Items you will need to calculate the carbohydrate content of any recipe are:
- A good book of carbohydrate values. Your book should list the carbohydrate
content of several different increments of "raw" ingredients like flour and potatoes. Some
books only offer carbohydrate values for "ready-to-eat" foods or for foods found at
restaraunts. While these have their place, they are not going to be useful for this purpose.
There is a list of good nutritional value books
on the Insulin Pumper's website.
- A kitchen scale. This should be able to weigh several pounds at a time. (For a
recipe such as apple pie, you will need to weigh the apples all together.) It need not be a
fancy digital scale, however. You can find scales at restaurant supply houses or "cooking"
- Measuring cups and spoons. Make sure you have a complete set of measuring
spoons and both dry and liquid measuring cups.
- A calculator. You'll also want to have paper and a pencil.