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Old 06-26-2013, 06:25 AM   #1
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Always forget this rule...

Sorry all, but I can't ever remember, is it better to weigh meat before or after it is cooked? Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:49 AM   #2
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I wasn't aware of any rule .... I use the cooked weight and the USDA's #'s for the type of meat and the method of cooking. So a 6 oz. steak may turn out to be 5.5 oz. once grilled.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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Depends on your intent.

For a rough guide on how much to eat, for me, I measure raw because it's easy when I'm cooking. 5-8 oz is my goal depending on hunger.
If I'm eating leftovers, I weigh it cooked and I shoot for 4-6 oz.
Your plan, or your body, may require different amounts.

If you want to figure out a recipe for a stew where you'll eat everything that goes into the pot including a fatty roast, tally it out raw.

If you're eating a burger and leaving the grease in the pan, find out what you ingested by using a tracker/counter that gives the numbers for "burger patty, cooked, yield from 4 oz raw".

And then if it helps, generally for lean meats, 3.5 oz raw yields 3 oz cooked.
For fattier cuts, 4 oz raw yields 3 oz cooked.
And for really fatty stuff like chuck roast or pork butt, there's about a 60-70% yield, so 6 oz raw yields somewhere around 4 oz.

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #4
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Depends on what tracker you're using.
If the tracker states "4oz" then it probably means the data is for raw.
If it states "4oz cooked", then weigh after cooking.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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definitely weigh it the way your nutrition facts state, otherwise you will be counting it wrong.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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Right; it doesn't really matter which way you do it, as long as what you think you are doing is what your nutrition info says. If you'd been weighing 8 ounces of chicken breast cooked, and then realized your nutrition info was for raw, you'd be off by a few ounces. As long as you're consistent, either way is okay.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:18 AM   #8
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One more thought--
when you're browsing a restaurant menu and you see "Half pound burger" (8 oz) or "12 oz new york strip", that's raw weight.
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I weigh raw.
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