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Stadium Rat
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Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
UPDATE - LATEST VERSION AVAILABLE HERE:

Version 6.1

WARNING: Please do not use previous versions of the calculator.

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Here is a little project I've been working on - the Jambalaya Calculator.



Maybe this will help cut down on all the questions about how much rice do I need, or how big a pot do I need, or how many people can I feed, etc.

The pink cells are editable. This allows you to input the ratios you've always used, and scale them up or down for the amount of jambalaya you need. It makes it easy to play around with "what if?" scenarios.


The idea for this was for you to input a recipe and then play around with it.

Thanks to pochejp for letting me bounce some ideas off him.

And take note I did NOT include a column for tomatoes, because I didn't want to restart that war.
This post was edited on 9/14 at 7:27 pm


Count Chocula
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
I was gonna ask, but then i saw this: And take note I did NOT include a column for tomatoes, because I didn't want to restart that war.


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the Jambalaya Calculator.
You should ask for a permanent sticky!
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Winkface
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
Very Cool!


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fouldeliverer
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
This is amazing!

Requested sticky.
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FCP
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
Good stuff. Thanks for the post!


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Beast Rabban
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
That is awesome Rat! I have one similar to that but for BBQ if anyone is interested but it is at home atm. It handles brisket, butts, ribs and chicken and all sides you generally serve at a BBQ.

Thanks for this one!


fouldeliverer
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
One quick question, how come there isn't any black or white pepper in this recipe?


Stadium Rat
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
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how come there isn't any black or white pepper in this recipe?
Just a question of space. I could add that I suppose. What amounts do you use?


fouldeliverer
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
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What amounts do you use?

I'm definitely not the person to ask, I add a mix of white and black pepper to taste. I doubt it is ever the same. Lately, I have been following poche's recipe anyway lol so he'd be the person to ask.


NDA13112
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
Awesome!


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
Awesome, this is what I have been looking for, but one question, it looks like you end up with too much finished product for the size pot (ie 16 cups to a gallon but you end up with 18 cups of jambaylaya), i am assuming this is ok b/c of the concave shape of the lid?

thanks a lot for the effort


NDA13112
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
I'd definitely love to see the bbq one


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Kajungee
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
damn you internet geeks think of everything.

Where was this kinda stuff when I was tryin to figure this stuff out 30 years ago..

good job rat - Very Impressive.

As for seasoning, measurments are not the way to go.. Do it by taste.
Before you add your rice. It should be too salty and too spicy. the rice will soak up a good bit of seasoning.


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Stadium Rat
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
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it looks like you end up with too much finished product for the size pot (ie 16 cups to a gallon but you end up with 18 cups of jambaylaya),

Well, that's why I put that column in, so you can see if you've got too much food in the pot. This may be an indication that something needs to be tweaked.

And I don't know for sure what the ratio of pounds of raw meat to cups of cooked is. Rice is supposed to be 1 cup raw = 3 cups cooked. I don't have much experience with cooking large quantities, so maybe someone else can chime in on this point.

Another point about this. Check out "how many cups in a lb of rice?" That shouldn't even be a variable, but I couldn't get a definitive answer from internet sources. Some jambalaya cooks use 2 cups and some use 2.5. Some are in between. This way, you can use what has always worked for your method of cooking. BTW, if you change that variable to 2.0, the pot is just full.
This post was edited on 5/19 at 6:20 pm


LSUSports247
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
If you buy a 5lb bag of rice, it will be 12.5 cups of rice. That's 2.5 cups per pound.


Stadium Rat
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
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If you buy a 5lb bag of rice, it will be 12.5 cups of rice. That's 2.5 cups per pound.
That's true for long grain in my experience. Short grain is more like 2.25 cups per pound. But some jambalaya cooks are doing their recipes based on 2 cups per pound.


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Catman88
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
That would be an easy ASP page to write where someone could just enter the size they need and it would spit out the recipe. Have the numbers been checked though? I havent gone through the list.


Stadium Rat
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
I really would like some experienced jam cooks to post screen shots with their recipes punched in the calculator. The numbers that happen to be in the variable cells are not necessarily the best.

What I posted is not a recipe, it's the tool to calculate your recipe.
This post was edited on 5/19 at 12:28 pm


fouldeliverer
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
I'll try to cook a small pot based off of this tonight or tomorrow and post some pics.


Stadium Rat
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re: Jambalaya Calculator - Version 6.1 Available
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What I posted is not a recipe,


Use your own recipe.


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