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Watup, from Louisville!

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jakejake10

Watup, from Louisville!

Hello everyone, I actually didn't stumble upon this site, though I am an avid stumbler (its addicting). I have been baking for a couple of years, but it has been mostly sweets. I wanted to get into baking breads because I am a big fan of freshly baked bread, so I hope that browsing this site can give me a better sense of what I can make with my limited set of appliances.


I am actually from Ohio, I am a product design student at the Ohio State University. The joy that I find in cooking has led me to design a tool that can help the cooking experience for my next project.


I am in the research phase of this project and would like to hear some of the problems and annoyances that you guys face when cooking. Also, It would help me out if you guys could take my 10 question survey, thanks!


http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VKKCXTB


Thanks for your help and I look forward to learning from and talking to you all!

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EvaB

and was annoyed to find that I couldn't use the same rating for several things, which is not the way a survey should be. I tried skipping the rating for a line and it still took out the tick in the line that it had been used in first.


So the survey is skewed already since I couldn't answer honestly!

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jakejake10

thanks for letting me know what you think of the survey.


 


The reason you couldn't choose the same number for different ingredients was because I set the question to force the participant to rank the items from best to worst.


However, changing these to standard multiple choice answers might be more accurate if participants are equally frustrated with the ingredients!


thanks for the advice

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Daisy_A

Hi jakejake10


Did your questionnaire. I appreciate you wanted people to rank things and that this was reflected in the survey design. However would be interested to know why the ranking was out of 6? Have normally used either 1-10, which makes calculating percentages easier or 1-5, which also makes percentage calculation easier and  gives you a clear mid-point (3), which 6 does not.


Anyway - good luck with your research.  Daisy_A

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hanseata

and I took your survey. It's a bit difficult to answer because there is no room for explanations.


For example, measuring ingredients is not difficult for me at all because I use a scale, it would much more cumbersome, though, if I had to use only measuring cups.


Does the least favorite ingredient pertain to personal taste or difficulty in processing it?


Karin

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jakejake10

I was trying to get a better sense of an ingredient that people have difficulty working with.


Also, why is using a scale less cumbersome? is it easier to remove excess amounts of your ingredient? or are you less likely to ever over shoot your measure?

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hanseata

like me are used to measure everything with a scale.


It's less cumbersome because you can put your bowl on the scale, and add the ingredients, setting the scale back to zero after each addition. No cleanup of a lot of different volume measures.


For bread baking volume measures are too unprecise, anyway.


For me honey is the most tedious ingredient to work with. Either it comes in big globs out of the bottle, and you can't stop the flow in time, or, if you put it in a squeeze bottle, it hardens und has to be warmed up every time you want to use it.


Good luck with your research,


Karin

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EvaB

using a scale easier, I do too, and have been doing for the past 18 months, its just downright more accurate, and I am going to be converting several recipes I do all the time into weighted ones over cups etc, I actually use a combination of them, using the measuring spoons for things like baking powder or spice, but for water and flour and things like butter they are so much easier to weigh into the bowl, over trying to put butter or stuff like honey into a cup, then scrape it out, you tend to waste so much more.


I agree with Karin, honey and molasses are the worst to measure.