The correct use of the words karat and Carat can be confusing. Both derive from the word carob because carob seeds were used as counterweights on ancient balancing scales. Although other types of seeds were also used for measuring, the carob seed was preferred for its precision in weighing gold and gemstones because its mass varies so little.
Here’s a quick overview of the differences:
Carat is a unit of weight used specifically for gemstones and pearls. One carat is equal to 200mg or 100 points. Therefore, a .70 carat stone may also be referred to as being 70 points. This unit of measurement was adopted by the United States in 1913.
Karat describes the quality or purity of the gold in and item. Pure gold is 24 karat and is rarely used for jewelry in its pure form because it is so soft and also very costly. Gold is normally alloyed with other metals such as silver and copper and the resulting blend is harder and more durable for jewelry. Reducing the percentage of gold and increasing the amount of other alloys also effects the value of a piece. The lowest karatage that can be sold and marketed as Gold jewelry in the United States is 10 karat.
Here are common karatages and their relative gold purity:
24K = 100% pure
18K = 75% pure
14K = 58.33% pure
10K = 41.66% pure
The yummy vegetable most often orange in color was originally grown for its aromatic leaves and seeds. Fortunately, we’ve found some delicious uses for the root part. I thought it would be fun to share this old family recipe given to me by friend Naomi. This carrot pudding has graced the table of many fun holiday dinners we have shared together and I hope you enjoy it too. :)
Aunt Selma’s Carrot Pudding
Carrots – 2 bags peeled and chopped
Butter – 2 sticks at room temperature
Flour – 4 Tablespoons
Sugar – 4 Tablespoons
Eggs – 4
Vanilla – 1 Teaspoon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Boil carrots until mushy (25 min?)
Let carrots cool to room temperature
Mash and mix all ingredients together (I like leaving the carrots a little lumpy so there’s some texture)
Pour into oiled pan
Bake at 350 for about an hour until brown on top and enjoy.
Do you have a carrot recipe you would like to share?