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 05-13-2014, 02:39 PM #1 Up and at 'em...again!     Join Date: Mar 2011 Location: Smack dab in the middle, Newfoundland, Canada Posts: 668 S/C/G: 203.4/170.4/140.0 Height: 5'0" Dumb (?) food weighing question All righty. So I've been using my food scale a lot more lately, but today I'm running into an issue that I can't quite figure out (and I have a feeling that I'm going to feel sublimely stupid if/when someone posts the answer, haha.) When dealing with bone-in chicken pieces, how do you calculate the weight? Like, okay, if I weigh a chicken leg and it's 6 ounces, that's the weight including the bone. But I'm not planning to eat the bones (I haven't gotten quite that desperate....yet.) So how do you figure that out? __________________
 05-13-2014, 03:11 PM #2 Senior Member     Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: upstate NY Posts: 446 S/C/G: 257/ticker/154 Height: 5'5.5" I weigh the whole thing, then weigh the bones/whatever I didn't eat and subtract that from the original total. Or you could take the meat off the bone and weigh it on a container on your scale (use the tare function to eliminate the weight of the container). __________________ 250, 240, 229, 220, 216; 199; 186; 154
 05-13-2014, 09:48 PM #3 Unstoppable Force     Join Date: Jan 2013 Posts: 878 S/C/G: 225/ticker/137 Height: 5'6" This is NOT a dumb question....I've often wondered the very same thing. I use the numbers that are in the sparkpeople database (which is what I use for food tracking). The numbers seem to make sense in comparison to boneless chicken, but I've never known if it was really right. I've called it close-enough and good-enough but it would be nice to be a bit more accurate. __________________ "I want to be improbable, beautiful, and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings." (Mary Oliver)
05-13-2014, 10:02 PM   #4
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 Originally Posted by fadedbluejeans I weigh the whole thing, then weigh the bones/whatever I didn't eat and subtract that from the original total. Or you could take the meat off the bone and weigh it on a container on your scale (use the tare function to eliminate the weight of the container).
Great idea!

05-15-2014, 06:15 AM   #5
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 Originally Posted by fadedbluejeans I weigh the whole thing, then weigh the bones/whatever I didn't eat and subtract that from the original total.
That is friggin' brilliant (and probably something I should have been able to come up with on my own, right?) Thanks!
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 05-15-2014, 07:50 AM #6 banned     Join Date: Jan 2014 Location: Tropical Australia Posts: 1,270 S/C/G: 80.2kg/66kg/60kg x2.2 for lb Height: 165cm/5' 4.5" And next time you won't have to weigh the bones because they won't be much different.
05-15-2014, 08:03 AM   #7
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 Originally Posted by Pattience And next time you won't have to weigh the bones because they won't be much different.
Good point!
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 05-15-2014, 11:41 AM #8 Senior Member     Join Date: Jul 2003 Location: Wausau, WI Posts: 13,383 S/C/G: SW:394/310/180 Height: 5'6" Or you can use a calorie counting resource that has done the math for you. Most online calorie counters will include calories and weights for chicken prepared and presented in various ways, so you search until you find the calories listed for bone-in chicken., cooked the way yours is, and of the same approximate weight. You'll usually find both cooked and raw calculations, so if you weigh before cooking, use the raw calculations, and if you weigh after cooking, use that. You'll even find calculations for various weights of chicken pieces, so you can just browse the various sizes you find for the one closest to your own, or use the "medium" by default. Some calculators online even let you plug in the weight of your food and calculate for that, again just look for the listing description that specifies that the weight given includes the bone. __________________ My Etsy shop (currently closed for the summer) http://www.dreamstormdesigns.etsy.com etsy link by permission from 3fc! Want to add yours? Ask them!