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All the recipes in this website were tested using standard measuring cups and spoons. In measuring dry ingredients, heap them lightly into the cup (available in a set of 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1-cup sizes) and level them off at the rim with the edge of a knife or spatula. Do not press down the ingredients. However, shortening, butter or margarine as well as brown sugar should be packed firmly* into the cup. To use the measuring spoon (which comes in a set of 1 tbsp. and 1, 1/2 and 1/4 tsp.) dip it into the ingredient, then level it off with the edge of a knife.

In measuring liquids, use an 8 or 16 oz. standard cup of transparent glass or clear plastic. Do not use the cup for dry' ingredients to measure liquids because a cup of liquid is slightly more than a cup of dry ingredients. When measuring liquids, set cup on a level surface, fill up to the amount needed, then check measurement at eye level by bending down, not by lifting the cup. To measure one cup, do not fill to the rim because the cup has space at the top to allow for full measure without spilling.

Commonly Used Weights and Measures

Dash or pinch Less than 1/8 teaspoon (tsp.)
1 tablespoon (tbsp.) 3 tsp.
4 tbsp. 1/4 cup (c)
5-1/3 tbsp. 1/3c
8 tbsp.
1/2 c
12 tbsp. 3/4 c
16 tbsp.
1 c
1 fluid ounce (fI. oz.) 2 tbsp.
1 c (liquid) 2c 1/2 pint (pt)
2 pints or 4 c 1 quart (qt.)
4 quarts 1 gallon (gal.)
8 quarts (dry) 1 peck
4 pecks
1 bushel
16 ounces (oz.) 1 pound (Ib.)
2 c 1 pint

U.S. to Metric Capacity
1/5 teaspoon = 1 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 fluid oz. = 30 ml
1/5 cup = 50 ml
1 cup = 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) = 470 ml
4 cups (1 quart) = .95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.) = 3.8 liters

Weight
1 oz. = 28 grams
1 pound = 454 grams

Metric to U.S. Capacity
1 militers = 1/5 teaspoon
5 ml = 1 teaspoon
15 ml = 1 tablespoon
30 ml = 1 fluid oz.
100 ml = 3.4 fluid oz.
240 ml = 1 cup
1 liter = 34 fluid oz.
1 liter = 4.2 cups
1 liter = 2.1 pints
1 liter = 1.06 quarts
1 liter = .26 gallon

Weight
1 gram = .035 ounce
100 grams = 3.5 ounces
500 grams = 1.10 pounds
1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
1 kilogram = 35 oz.

Cooking Measurement Equivalents
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
6 tablespoons = 3/8 cup
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 1/6 cup
1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
48 teaspoons = 1 cup