Equivalent Measures and Abbreviations

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Jeanne Benavidez

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This has been a helpful resource that I have needed from time to time. The measuring guide is something I never remember right off the top of my head and is posted inside my spice cabinet door for reference.

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  1. I have printed this out on a piece of paper and put it in a plastic sheet protector and tacked it on the inside door of my spice cabinet. It really comes in handy.
  2. ~~Measurements~~

    1 dash = less than 1/8 teaspoon (dry)
    1 pinch = as much as can be taken between tip of finger & thumb
    1 dash = 3 drops to 1/4 teaspoon (liquid)
    3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon = 1/2 ounce (liquid and dry)
    2 tablespoons = 1 ounce (liquid and dry)
    4 tablespoons = 2 ounces (liquid and dry) = 1/4 cup
    5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
    8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
    16 tablespoons = 8 ounces = 1 cup = 1/2 pound
    16 tablespoons = 48 teaspoons
    32 tablespoons = 16 ounces = 2 cups = 1 pound
    64 tablespoons = 32 ounces = 1 quart = 2 pounds
    1 cup = 8 ounces (liquid) = 1/2 pint
    2 cups = 16 ounces (liquid) = 1 pint
    4 cups =32 ounces (liquid) = 2 pints = 1 quart
    16 cups = 128 ounces (liquid) = 4 quarts = 1 gallon
    1 quart = 2 pints (dry)8 quarts = 1 peck (dry)
    4 pecks = 1 bushel (dry)
  3. ~~Approximate Equivalents~~

    1 quart (liquid) = about 1 liter
    8 tablespoons = 4 ounces = 1/4 cup = 1 stick butter
    1 cup all-purpose pre-sifted flour = 5 ounces
    1 cup stoneground yellow cornmeal = 4 1/2 ounces
    1 cup granulated sugar = 8 ounces
    1 cup brown sugar = 6 ounces
    1 cup confectioners' sugar = 4 1/2 ounces
    1 large egg = 2 ounces = 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
    1 egg yolk = 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
    1 egg white = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  4. ~~Cooking Equivalents~~

    Spaghetti: 8 ounces uncooked = 4 cups cooked
    Macaroni: 1 cup uncooked = 2 1/2 cups cooked
    Rice: 1 cup uncooked = 3 cups cooked
    Crumbs: 1 slice bread = 1/2 cup crumbs
    Popcorn: 1/4 cup unpopped = 5 cups popped
    Cheese: 4 ounces = 1 cup shredded
    Juice of 1 lemon = 3 tablespoons
    1 medium onion chopped = 1/2 cup
  5. ~~Substitutions~~

    Flour:
    1 cup sifted cake flour = 1 cup less 2 Tbsp. sifted all-purpose flour
    1 Tbsp. cornstarch = 2 Tbsp. flour for thickening sauces and gravies

    Milk / Cream:
    1 cup milk = 1/3 cup dry milk plus 1 cup water or 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus
    1/2 cup water

    1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar plus
    enough milk to make 1 cup; Let stand 5 minutes.

    Miscellaneous:
    1 tsp. baking powder = 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar plus 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    1 Tbsp. lemon juice = 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
    1 cup dry bread crumbs = 3/4 cup cracker crumbs or 1 cup cornflake crumbs
    1 cup butter = 1 cup margarine or 7/8 cup vegetable oil
    1 chopped onion = 1 Tbsp. instant minced
    1 clove garlic = 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    1 cup tomato sauce = 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water
    1 Tbsp. prepared mustard = 1 tsp. dry mustard plus 1 Tbsp. water
    1 oz. unsweetened chocolate = 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1
    Tbsp. butter, margarine or shortening
  6. Common Abbreviations

    t or tsp = teaspoon
    T, Tbsp or Tbs = tablespoon
    c = cup
    oz = ounce
    pt = pint
    qt = quart
    gal = gallon
    lb or # = pound

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About Equivalent Measures and Abbreviations

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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