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If a recipe calls for 16 oz of shredded cheese, do they mean weight or volume?

SomnicFernas's picture
SomnicFernas

If a recipe calls for 16 oz of shredded cheese, do they mean weight or volume?

I'm making a cheese ball and it calls for 16 oz of shredded cheddar cheese. I am a bit confused as to whether this means a 16 oz block of cheese shredded, or 16 oz (2 cups) of shredded cheese. It doesn't say "16 oz cheddar, shredded" or anything like that because god forbid they actually be specific. If it is in volume, then how densely do I pack the cheese?

I know that, in the end, there won't be a significant difference either way, and its just a cheese ball, so I'm sure it'll turn out fine no matter which measurement I use, but its annoying when recipes are vague like this.

I guess my question isn't so much how I should prepare it, but rather how would you interpret those instructions?

DanAyo's picture
DanAyo

Can you post the recipe? I am almost sure in this case it is weight. Like a 16 oz pack of shredded cheese.

Danny

BrianShaw's picture
BrianShaw

By weight, not volume. 

Turbosaurus's picture
Turbosaurus

Weight.  They would say cups if they meant volume.