Measuring ingredients

Christine Zalnieraite

2020 Jul 13

1 min read

Whether you’re trying out new recipes or simply preparing a healthy meal, measuring ingredients is always an important part of a successful dish. 

Common measuring tools: 

Measuring spoons: Very easy to use and you can find them in any bigger convenience store. Usually, they come in a pack of different sizes – from a ¼ teaspoon to a tablespoon. Suitable to measure both dry and liquid ingredients.

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Measuring cups: You should use graded cups for dry ingredients and glass cups for liquids. They are both designed with a specific purpose in mind so make sure you’re not mixing up the two.

Kitchen scales: Kitchen scales are regularly used to scale solid goods such as meat, fish, butter, etc.

Most measuring tools are graded and labeled with numbers, so it shouldn’t be difficult to follow the instructions. However, some recipes may measure in spoons or cups, so here’s a quick cheat sheet that may come in handy when cooking: 

  • 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
  • 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup = 1/2 pint
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 4 cups (2 pints) = 1 quart
  • 4 quarts = 1 gallon
  • 16 ounces = 1 pound
  • Dash or pinch = less than 1/8 teaspoon
Written by

Christine Zalnieraite

Christine is a registered and licensed dietitian (RD, LD) with more than eight years of professional experience. Christine is an expert in dietetics that includes human nutrition and the regulation of the proper individual diet. She alters patient's nutrition based on their medical condition and individual needs. Education: Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Food Safety and two Bachelors of Science - Bachelor in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, and Human Nutrition and Food Safety. Also, she continues to deepen her knowledge in Ph.D. studies of Medical Science and Dietetics.

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