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How to use the Kitchen Calculator App for Android™

Using the Android App to convert recipes and units (version 4.0)

Selecting between the different converters or tools:

On the home screen, you can select between the different conversion tools.

Press the button that corresponds to the tool you would like to use. You can select the recipe converter or several unit conversion tools that allow you to convert by ingredient, volume, weight, length, and temperature. You can also select the gas mark reference, the cooking temperature reference, or the support link.

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If you wish to return to the home screen from one of the converter tools, press the back button located at the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Image of the back button

Using the Recipe Converter to multiply, divide, scale, or portion a recipe:

  1. Select the ingredient list text box. The soft keyboard should appear and allow you to type in the ingredients.

    Image of the ingredient list
    Note: To dismiss the soft keyboard, press the Android device back button.
    Note: Pressing the clear button above the ingredient list text box will clear the ingredient list.
  2. Enter the recipe. Three common ways to enter a recipe are by using the keyboard, copy and paste, or voice input (if your device supports it).

    • Enter the recipe using the keyboard.

      You can use the keyboard to type in the ingredient list. Make sure each line begins with a numeric quantity and that each ingredient line is on a new line by adding a line break. You can create line breaks by pressing the enter key after each line so that each ingredient line is on a separate line.

      Important: If the ingredients are all on the same line, and the quantity is not at the beginning of the line, the converter will not be able to convert the recipe properly.
      Hint: If you would like to convert other numbers that do not start at the beginning of the ingredient line, use the "##" operator. (See How to use the scale operators for details)
    • Enter the recipe using copy and paste.

      Most Android devices support copy and paste. Instead of manually typing in each of the ingredient items, you may be able to copy the ingredients list found on many websites or electronic documents and paste it into the recipe converter's ingredient list.

      To use copy and paste, first copy the text from the source to the clipboard. Next, press and hold on the ingredient list text area until the paste icon appears. Press paste to paste the content.

      Image of pasting an ingredient
      Important: Text that is copied and pasted may sometimes contain formatting that adds extra spaces or characters and removes line breaks. This type of text formatting cannot be automatically read by the recipe converter correctly. When pasting the text into the recipe converter, the text may need to be edited using the keyboard.
      Note: Common mistakes when entering the ingredients list include:
      1. Forgetting to leave a space behind a number
      2. Forgetting to separate each ingredient line on it's own line
      3. Forgetting to clean up unwanted formatting during a copy and paste
      4. Forgetting to use the ## operator for other numbers
    • Enter the recipe using voice input.

      Many Android devices support voice input. You can use this feature to enter the ingredient list using your voice. This is helpful if the recipe is from a book, magazine, or other printed material. It's important to remember to change numbers that are spelled out as words (such as "two" or "three") into numerical values for each of the values you want to convert.

      Image of voice input button Image of voice input
      Hint: To insert a new line using your voice, many speech recognition programs will recognize key words such as "enter" or "new line" to make a line break. Check with your device's documentation for more information.
  3. Click on the "Round to nearest cooking fraction" check box if you would like the conversion to be rounded to the nearest cooking fraction (checked by default). If this box is left unchecked, the conversion will be shown with a more precise decimal value.

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    Note: When using round to nearest cooking fraction, values below 0.125 will be rounded up as 1/8.
  4. Click on the "Include original ingredient list" check box if you would like to include the original ingredient list as part of the conversion for reference (unchecked by default).

    Image of including original recipe checkbox
  5. Press the "Convert by multiplier" or "Convert by portion" button to choose between converting by portion or by multiplier/divider.

    • If converting by portion, enter the Original recipe size/yield and the Desired recipe size/yield into the corresponding text boxes and press the portion button.

      Image of converting by portion
    • If converting by multiplier, enter a number into the multiplier text box that you would like to multiply or divide the recipe by and press the multiply or divide button.

      Image of converting by multiplier
  6. Double-check the recipe conversion. The converted recipe will be shown in the converted recipe section.

    Important: Always check the recipe conversion for correctness after converting! Common mistakes when entering the recipe could lead to an incorrect conversion.
    Note: Common mistakes when entering the ingredients list include:
    1. Forgetting to leave a space behind a number
    2. Forgetting to separate each ingredient line on it's own line
    3. Forgetting to clean up unwanted formatting during a copy and paste
    4. Forgetting to use the ## operator for other numbers
  7. Add additional information. Additional information can be added to the converted recipe section. You can add to or edit the text, such as adding a title or modifying some of the words. You may also paste additional content to the converted recipe section, such as the recipe instructions.

    To paste additional text into the converted recipe text box, first copy the text from the source to the clipboard. Next press and hold down on the converted recipe text box where you want the text to be pasted. This should bring up the paste button and allow you to paste the contents from the clipboard.

    Image of pasting the instructions into the converted recipe area
    Note: Not all Android devices support the copy and paste feature and the copy paste feature of each Android device may behave differently.
  8. Share the converted recipe. After the recipe is converted and additional information is entered, you can use the SHARE button to share the converted recipe using compatible apps on your device, such as sending as a text message or email, or saving the text in a notes app.

    Image of the share button Image of compatible apps for share action

Using the Convert by Ingredient, Volume, Weight, Length, and Temperature unit converters:

  1. If using the convert by ingredient tool, you can filter the ingredient selection by selecting from the "filter by" drop-down selector. This will narrow down the ingredient selection choices.

    Image of ingredient filter selector
  2. If using the convert by ingredient tool, select an ingredient you would like to convert units with.

    Image of ingredient selector
  3. Select the start value text box. The fraction keyboard should appear and allow you to enter the start value. You can input numbers in decimal or fraction format such as "2.75" or "2 3/4".

    Note: To dismiss the fraction keyboard, press the Android device back button.
    Image of start value textbox
  4. If using the convert by ingredient or volume unit converter, press the start unit US/UK button to select between US or UK (imperial) units.

    Image of the US/UK button
  5. Select the start unit from the unit selection list.

    • INGREDIENT:
      Choose between teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, fluid ounces, milliliters, liters, grams, kilograms, ounces, pounds, and some units specific to each ingredient, such as "sticks" of butter.
    • VOLUME:
      Choose between teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, fluid ounces, milliliters, and liters.
    • WEIGHT:
      Choose between grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds.
    • LENGTH:
      Choose between inches, feet, yards, miles, millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers.
    • TEMPERATURE:
      Choose between Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.
  6. If using the convert by ingredient or volume unit converter, press the desired unit US/UK button to select between US or UK (imperial) units.

    Image of the US/UK button
  7. Select the desired unit from the unit selection list.

  8. Press the convert button. The conversion will appear in the conversion area.

    Image of convert button

Conversion History

The converter keeps a history of the previous conversions from each of the unit converters. To clear the history, press the "Clear" button.

You can use the "SHARE" button to share the conversion history with compatible apps on your device.

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Using the Gas Mark reference:

  1. A list of Gas Mark values and their corresponding temperatures are listed in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

  2. To toggle between Fahrenheit or Celsius, press the toggle temperature unit button.

  3. You can use the SHARE button to share the Gas Mark reference values with compatible apps on your device.

    Image of Gas Mark reference

Using the Cooking Temperatures reference:

  1. Select an ingredient type from the ingredient selector.

  2. A cooking temperature reference will be displayed for that ingredient.

  3. You can use the "SHARE" button to share the cooking reference for that ingredient with compatible apps on your device.

    Image of cooking temperature references

Settings:

You can access the settings by pressing on the menu icon at the upper right corner of the title bar.

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Keep screen from sleeping

  • This setting will allow you to toggle between keeping the screen from sleeping or allowing it to sleep.

Temperature unit preferences

  • This setting will allow you to set your preferred temperature unit between Fahrenheit or Celsius.

  • Image of settings menu
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