Sometimes when you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen for the family, a measuring cup comes up among the missing- leaving you desperately searching through the drawer or cupboards- or staring at the measuring spoons and quickly doing some math in your head. Here are some simple measuring equivalents charts that will take the effort out of baking so you can reduce your recipe or double it with ease.
Essentially- this is precisely how many tablespoons or teaspoons are in each measuring cup size. If you happen to be missing a meauring cup, you can use the equivalent measure in tablespoons (or teaspoons). For Example: 1 cup EQUALS (or is the same as) 16 Tablespoons.
Reducing a Recipe in Half
Perhaps it’s a big family recipe or a potluck recipe that feeds 6 or 8 and you don’t need those extra servings- these measurements are how to reduce the recipe to half.
Example: Half of 1/3 of a cup equals 2 Tablespoons PLUS 2 teaspoons.
Reducing a Recipe into One-Third
This one is particularly effective for the Mix recipes area of our site. Many of our make ahead mixes create 6-12 servings. If you happen to be trying one for the first time, you may prefer to make a smaller version to test it out and see if your family likes it or not.
Additionally, when attempting to divide or reduce recipes it helps to remember the following:
16 Tbs = 1 Cup
1 Cup = 8 Fluid Ounces
1 Fluid Ounce = 2 Tablespoons
1 pound = 16 Ounces
1 Pint = 2 Cups
2 Pints = 1 Quart
1 Quart = 4 Cups = 32 Ounces
2 Quarts = 8 Cups = 1/2 Gallon = 64 Ounces
4 Quarts = 16 Cups = 1 Gallon = 128 Ounces
1 Stick of Butter = 8 tbs = 1/2 cup
1 Medium Egg = 3 Tablespoons; to easily divide it, beat the raw egg in a bowl and measure out 1 Tablespoon
In our own kitchen, since our sons both enjoy cooking, I transformed the inside of my kitchen cupboard doors into chalkboards and have several of the equivalents written there as a handy reference if needed as a reminder!
Oven Temperature Equivalents
Additionally, there are times when old school recipes call for an ingredient that may not have ever even heard of, such as Oleo, which is actually butter. Here are the most common “Use This For That” for ingredients in American/USA based recipes, and use this one for foreign-based recipes.