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A Guide To Cooking Measurements


Cooking measurements need to be accurate in order for the recipe to come out as it should. Knowing the proper cooking measurement substitutions can make the difference between delicious and disaster.

These cooking measurement substitutions are about weights and measures. A dash equals less than one eighth of a teaspoon. One half tablespoon equals one and one half teaspoons. One tablespoon equals three teaspoons. Two tablespoons equals one eighth of a cup. One quarter of a cup equals four tablespoons. One third of a cup equals five tablespoons and one teaspoon. One half cup equals eight tablespoons. Two thirds of a cup equals ten tablespoons and two teaspoons. Three fourths of a cup equals twelve tablespoons. One cup equals sixteen tablespoons. One half of a pint equals one cup or eight fluid ounces. One pint equals two cups or sixteen fluid ounces. One quart equals four cups, two pints, or thirty two fluid ounces. One gallon equals sixteen cups or four quarts. One pound equals sixteen ounces.

These cooking measurement substitutions are about if an individual does not have a certain ingredient.

If you do not have:

One teaspoon baking powder

One half cup firmly packed brown sugar

One cup buttermilk

One ounce unsweetened baking chocolate

Three ounces semisweet baking chocolate

One half cup corn syrup

One cup honey

One teaspoon freshly grated orange or lemon peel


1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ cup granulated sugar mixed with two tablespoons molasses

One tablespoon lemon juice plus milk to equal one cup

Three tablespoons unsweetened cocoa and 1 tablespoon shortening

Three ounces of semisweet chocolate morsels

½ cup granulated sugar and two tablespoons liquid

1 ¼ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup water

½ teaspoon dried peel

One teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

One cup fat free milk

One cup light coconut milk

One cup low fat sweetened condensed milk

One cup sour cream

One teaspoon Allspice

One teaspoon apple pie spice

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each ground allspice and cardamom

½ cup evaporated fat free milk and ½ cup water

One cup low fat milk and ¼ teaspoon coconut extract

One cup and two tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder and ½ cup warm water and ¾ cup sugar

One cup plain low fat yogurt and one tablespoon cornstarch

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

These cooking measurement substitutions will help any individual get through any recipe they may come across.

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