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

SomnicFernas's picture

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

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


BrianShaw's picture

By weight, not volume. 

ds99303's picture

It's definitely by weight.  If it had been volume, it would have said 4 cups.  Any ingredient listed as ounces in an American recipe means by weight unless it's a liquid.  If a recipe says 8 ounces of milk, it means 1 cup.  Sometimes to be even more specific, it will say fluid ounces. Sixteen ounces of cheese is about 4 cups.  Generally, when it comes to cheese, when you need a certain volume, the weight you need is half of the volume.  So if you need 1 cup of cheese (8 ounces by volume), you need a block of cheese that weighs 4 ounces.  Of course people will argue that it depends on how finely you shred the cheese, but that's generally how manufacturers label shredded cheese.