by Joyce Kohl

Using the correct weights and measurements when preparing recipes can be the difference between success and disaster. For example, it takes 3 teaspoons to equal 1 tablespoon. Another common mistake is that a silverware (a.k.a. kitchen) teaspoon is not the same as a measuring teaspoon. That’s why you should always ask your doctor about prescriptions which instruct you to use dosages of a teaspoon or tablespoon. Is a measuring spoon or a kitchen spoon?

Abbreviations Used In Recipes

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

Equivalent Weights and Measurements

A Few Grains = Less than 1/8 teaspoon
A Pinch or Dash = Amount that can be held between your thumb and forefinger
A Speck = Less than 1/8
1 teaspoon = a measuring spoon leveled across the top OR 1/8 fluid ounce
1 tablespoon = a measuring spoon leveled across the top OR 1/2 fluid ounce
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
4 ounces = 1/2 cup
8 ounces = 1 cup
16 ounces = 1 pound
1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

2 cups = 1 pint
2 cups sugar = 1 pound
1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
2/3 cup = 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
5/8 cup = 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons
7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
2 2/3 cup powdered sugar = 1 pound
2 2/3 cup brown sugar = 1 pound
4 cups sifted flour = 1 pound
1 pound butter = 2 cups or 4 sticks
1 pound = 16 ounces
1 pint = 2 cups or 16 fluid ounces
2 pints = 1 quart
1 quart = 4 cups or 2 pints
1 gallon = 4 quarts

 

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