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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Tea + Math = Not a good Match

For those of you who don't know I am a huge tea freak. I absolutely love tea, could drink tea any time of the day and night and have a whole collection of different teas at home.
Well the other day an ongoing project I've had in my head for a long time now (do you ever plan to do something for a really long time but never really get around to it ?) popped back up in my mind again. I've been wanting to reorganize my tea collection. Right now all my tea is scattered in a little wood basket in our kitchen. It's loose tea that is usually sold in little bags (usually around 4 oz.) So I have been thinking there must be a better way for me to organize this. You are really supposed to store tea in airtight containers so it keeps fresh and does not get stale. So I have been thinking I better do something with all this tea so it doesn't go to waste.

Then maybe a week ago I had the enlightning idea. I found a website that sells little spice cans. I thought they would be perfect for my tea plus they are stackable so it would be great to keep them organized. I was in heaven and couldn't wait for the little spice cans to arrive.
Well tonight they came. I even convinced Mike to go to Staples and buy some labels so I could make some cool labels for my tea. :) (see I am a nut when it comes to that stuff *g*) So everything was great for a while. I sat down to make my labels on the computer, printed them out and was all excited to complete my project.

That's when the problems started. The spice cans I bought are supposed to be 4 oz. The bags of loose tea I have hold 4 oz. So technically that shouldn't be an issue at all. Right ? Well WRONG ! I had to realize that somehow 4 oz. are not 4 oz.
I actually needed two of those 4 oz. cans to fit one bag of my 4 oz. tea. That of course threw my calculations completely out the window and I had to order a whole bunch more of those spice cans.

So who out there can explain to me .... in a Hanna-friendly way .... why 4 oz. are not 4 oz. ? Mike tried to explain to me that it has to do with volume. He said it's the same concept as in "What's heavier ? 1 pound of feathers or 1 pound of steel ?" I guess the feathers would take up much more room than the steel. Even though I understand that I am still not convinced about the whole 4 oz. issue. Math was never my strong suit. :) Can you tell ? ;)

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Hmmmm, I don't get it either. Four ounces is four ounces, isn't it? As far as the what's heavier, one pound of feathers or one pound of steel, that one's been around forever, tricking people. A pound is a pound no matter what the content is, right? ;)

But, most importantly, I'm a huge tea fan as well. Apricot is my favorite. : ) I love your little tins regardless of how wacky the measurements are!

Posted by: Leslie | Aug 19, 2004 6:21:19 PM

Hmm...i have to confess that it hadn't occurred to me when you originally showed me those cute tins...though in the back of my mind i was thinking thats cool...spice jars are usually small.

I guess Mike already explained about the volume thing..the 4oz of tea is the weight of the tea...the 4oz in the jar is the volume (amount of stuff you can fit in not weight)..i can't think of a better way of describing it lol.

But if it makes any difference to you...i'm sure i would have done the same thing!

Posted by: jo | Aug 20, 2004 1:26:57 PM

I'm with you. And besides, they were made for spices, which I would assume weigh about the same as tea. So what gives?

Posted by: cassie-b | Aug 21, 2004 11:09:16 AM

I learned a couple of months ago the different in ounces. There are two measurements of ounces, one with weight and one with volume. They are both completely different, except for one instance.... water. Water that weighs 4oz would take up 4oz in volume. So if it is something else... like tea, it would take up more space if it is lighter than water. I learned this while baking, because measurements often go by either weight or volume. Hope this helps!

Posted by: Mary | Sep 19, 2004 6:15:47 PM

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