On this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer we’re heading back to elementary school and re-learning our measurement equivalents.
So if you’re like me elementary school was 150 years ago. Back then life was simple – you colored, had recess (OMG kick ball, jax and Chinese jump rope were the best!), you had lunch, snacks, movie days, gym (shout out to Mr. G!) and some schooling. You learned about dinosaurs, Christopher Columbus, multiplication, spelling, geography and science. It wasn’t anything terribly difficult and you certainly didn’t have hours of homework after school. Somewhere in the mix you learned about measurements and fractions. Now if you would have asked me back then I would have said “No, I will never need to know in my life how many tablespoons are in a cup”. Kind of like how many said “they would never need to know Algebra or Geometry”. Well okay maybe you wouldn’t need to know those today if you weren’t say an engineer or had kids in school learning it but measurements, yeah you need that in most every day life.
Well okay, maybe you don’t if you only eat fast food and never cook a single thing but if that’s the case, um, why are you reading this? Oh I know, cause you love me! *wink*
Now I’ll be honest, I never thought to write a post like this as it’s one of those “assumptions” that folks knew this stuff. But hey, if you don’t, no worries. I got you covered. And yes for your non-US measuring TKW Family, I got you too. However for this post I’m only going with US Measurements as that’s what I know off of the top of my head. Metric and the such I have to think about. HOWEVER because I love you guys I set up a full page dedicated to recipe measurement conversions!
Today I’m sharing with you the basic measurements however I need to put this out there, to get true accuracy use a scale for measuring baking ingredients. Baking is a science, period. It needs to be exact. Also when I type measurements I abbreviate:
Teaspoon = tsp
Tablespoon = Tbl
Cup = Cup
Pint = Pint or Pt (depends on how lazy I am)
Quart = Quart or Qrt (depends on how lazy I am)
Gallon = Gallon or Gal (depends again on how lazy I am)
♦ 3 tsp = 1 Tbl
♦ 4 Tbl = 1/4 cup
♦ 5 Tbl + 1 tsp = 1/3 cup
♦ 2 cups = 1 pint
♦ 2 pints = 1 quart
♦ 4 quarts = 1 gallon
But wait, there’s more! So remember how I said you should really measure items? Well when you measure items you need to determine if you’re measuring dry or liquid as the weights are different. I have a post dedicated to this here.
Finally as I said earlier I have a full page dedicated to recipe conversions for all types of measurements to cover global measurements, check out the page I created here.