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April 20, 2012 7:00 PM
So, if I say I had 6 oz of grilled chicken breast...is this weighed or measured in a cup? How much is 6 oz? I don't have a way to weigh it. Last time I entered generic chicken breast info in my food diary I was told the measurements didn't look right so this time I'm checking. Any ideas? Sorry for the ignorance. I'm not a cook....yet. :-)
  19070349
April 20, 2012 7:02 PM
Get a scale. I got mine at walmart for 25 bucks.

I always estimated my meat. I was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy off.
  15271863
April 20, 2012 7:02 PM
Weight. A food scale is really worth the investment.
April 20, 2012 7:03 PM
6 ounces is weight for a chicken breast. Not volume (measured with a measuring cup).
Edited by treetop57 On April 20, 2012 7:03 PM
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April 20, 2012 7:04 PM
Even reading the generic "one serving of meat is the size of a deck of playing cards" I was literally 100% off. What I thought was 3 oz was 6...
  9684357
April 20, 2012 7:04 PM
Thanks, everyone! I guess since I have 500 calories left for the night...I can log about half that and that leaves room for whatever I missed. I'll have a small piece. Thanks!
  19070349
April 20, 2012 7:16 PM
My postal scale says it's 5.8 oz. I guess that will have to be close enough! lol
  19070349
April 20, 2012 7:17 PM
This may help: http://caloriecount.about.com/article/when_you_cant_measure_estimate_portions

3 ounces grilled/baked fish or chicken ---- checkbook
3 ounces cooked meat, fish, poultry ---- your palm, a deck of cards or a cassette tape

So 6 oz of chicken is two checkbooks, two decks of cards, or two cassette tapes.
  13285248
April 20, 2012 7:22 PM
QUOTE:

This may help: http://caloriecount.about.com/article/when_you_cant_measure_estimate_portions

3 ounces grilled/baked fish or chicken ---- checkbook
3 ounces cooked meat, fish, poultry ---- your palm, a deck of cards or a cassette tape

So 6 oz of chicken is two checkbooks, two decks of cards, or two cassette tapes.


I like this. Thanks!
Edited by kacbldmm07 On April 20, 2012 7:22 PM
April 20, 2012 7:23 PM
Thank you very much. That matches up with what my postal scale said. (Still laughing at myself for using it) It's about the size of two decks of cards. I will leave the remaining calories untouched for the day just in case I over-estimated the size. Thanks for helping a newbie to the cooking world. :-)
  19070349
April 20, 2012 7:26 PM
QUOTE:

My postal scale says it's 5.8 oz. I guess that will have to be close enough! lol


A postal scale is still a scale. If you don't want to buy a kitchen scale, this will work just fine.
April 20, 2012 7:26 PM
QUOTE:

This may help: http://caloriecount.about.com/article/when_you_cant_measure_estimate_portions

3 ounces grilled/baked fish or chicken ---- checkbook
3 ounces cooked meat, fish, poultry ---- your palm, a deck of cards or a cassette tape

So 6 oz of chicken is two checkbooks, two decks of cards, or two cassette tapes.


What's a "cassette tape"?






Just kidding. I'm super old.
April 20, 2012 7:31 PM
I'm lazy. I just count the breasts in the package and divide by the number of pounds in the package.
  3240741
April 20, 2012 7:34 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

This may help: http://caloriecount.about.com/article/when_you_cant_measure_estimate_portions

3 ounces grilled/baked fish or chicken ---- checkbook
3 ounces cooked meat, fish, poultry ---- your palm, a deck of cards or a cassette tape

So 6 oz of chicken is two checkbooks, two decks of cards, or two cassette tapes.


What's a "cassette tape"?

lol! i vaguely remember those... wink





Just kidding. I'm super old.
April 20, 2012 7:34 PM
in weight watchers years back i was told ur palm not fingers was 4 oz. (so 3 or 4 )its still the serving size u were surpose to have
April 20, 2012 7:37 PM
I'd buy a kitchen scale. Right now I just have a cheap one I found at Target. It was under $10 I think, but it only measures up to 16 oz. Which is fine for me at the moment. Next time I have an influx of money, I'll probably buy a nicer, bigger one. I use it all the time now! When I measure out shredded cheese, it's really nice, because I learned I was always shorting myself when I just measured out a 1/4 cup, which is nice :) I think you need one!!
  13520359
April 20, 2012 7:40 PM
Totally agree about getting a small digital kitchen scale. For packaged foods you'll notice that they typically describe the serving size in volume and weight. I've found that the volume measurement is usually way over what the weight should be. For example, a serving of my favorite cereal that is described as 1 cup / 55g, when weighing 1 level cup actually weighs 70g, which undercounts your calories by more than 25%. I weigh just about everything now. Most scales let you zero out the scale after you've added weight, so you can zero out the weight of a bowl or other container, then weigh only the contents you put into it.
  7766411
July 24, 2013 9:19 AM
Is 3oz chicken thickness / size of checkbook? I've been underestimating.
July 24, 2013 9:28 AM
seriously?

just get a scale.. it's not rocket science... just the regular kind of science.
July 24, 2013 9:29 AM
QUOTE:

I'm lazy. I just count the breasts in the package and divide by the number of pounds in the package.


I do exactly the same thing laugh
  14244982
July 24, 2013 9:38 AM
QUOTE:

I'm lazy. I just count the breasts in the package and divide by the number of pounds in the package.


QFT
  22015114
July 24, 2013 9:38 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I'm lazy. I just count the breasts in the package and divide by the number of pounds in the package.


I do exactly the same thing laugh


Totally beat me to it .... LOL
  22015114

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