Cooking Measurements

Equivalent Standard Measurements


  • 3 teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 Tablespoons = 1/8 cup
  • 4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 5 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
  • 8 Tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 12 Tablespoons = 3/4 cup
  • 16 Tablespoons = 1 cup
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 2 pints = 1 quart
  • 1 quart = 4 cups
  • 4 quarts = 1 gallon



  • 4 ounces = 1/2 cup
  • 8 ounces = 1 cup
  • 1 ounce = 2 Tablespoons shortening or liquid
  • 16 ounces = 1 pound
  • 2 cups shortening = 1 pound
  • 2 cups white sugar = 1 pound
  • 2 2/3 cups brown sugar = 1 pound
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar = 1 pound
  • 4 cups sifted flour = 1 pound
  • 1 pound butter = 2 cups or 4 sticks


Great Grandma's Measurements

  • A few grains = less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • Pinch = as much as can be taken between tip of finger and thumb
  • Speck = less than 1/8 teaspoon

Approximate Standard Food Measurements

1 lemon = 3 Tbsp. juice or 1 tsp. grated peel
1 orange = 1/3 cup juice or about 2 tsp. grated peel
1 chopped, medium onion = 1/2 cup
8-10 egg whites = 1 cup
12-14 egg yolk make 1 cup
1 lb. (16 oz)  shredded cheese makes 4 cups.
1/4 lb. blue cheese makes 1 cup
1 cup whipped cream makes 2 cups whipped cream
1-1 1/4 cup uncooked macaroni makes 2 1/4 cup cooked