It seems that schools don’t teach cooking or anything that the girls need to know to make a home anymore, not even the most simple things. For example how to measure food. All the cuts that the schools have made has made it impossible for girls or even the young men to learn how to take care of themselves.
You always hear about the overweight people in our country, well if people don’t know how to cook they use the easy way out. Fast food and snacks are always on the menu. Opening a box or a can is easier than cooking from scratch.
So, I know that there are a lot of people out there that don’t know some of the things that make cooking easier and fun. If you get real technical there are slight differences between measuring wet and dry ingredients. They even have measuring cups and spoons for both.
If you’re just starting out and trying to figure out how to make a cake or cookies, and you don’t have all the equipment you need to measure food, you need to learn how to get by with what you have. I know that experienced cooks can eye their measurments and things turn out great, but you still need to learn how to start.
The measurements that are listed below are based on standard US measurements. In many parts of the world the way they measure food is different. For instance they may use the British Imperial measurements. The following list should work for most of the measurements that you will need to follow most US recipes.
The following list should help you get started. These are liquid measures and volume equivalents.
- A few grains = less than 1/8 teaspoon
- 60 drops = 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon = 1/3 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoon
- 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce
- 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
- 5 1/3 tablespoons = 1/3 cup
- 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
- 16 tablespoon = 1 cup or 8 ounces
- 8 tablespoons = 1 tea cup or 4 ounces
- 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoon
- 3/8 cup = 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons
- 5/8 cup = 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon
- 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon
- 1 cup = 1/2 pint or 8 fluid ounces
- 2 cups = 1 pint
- 1 gill, liquid = 1/2 cup or 4 fluid ounces
- 1 pint, liquid = 4 gills or 16 fluid ounces
- 1 quart, liquid = 2 pints
- 1 gallon, liquid = 4 quarts
The above list should help some of the new cooks that read our blog to measure food and follow recipes more successfully.