Equivalencies

For Cooking and Baking

The following equivalency chart is from Wikibooks (with some updates based on information from the USDA and Purdue University). Given the subjective nature of determining “medium,” many of these are approximate. Let me know if there are any other equivalencies you’d like to see listed here.

Apple: 1 medium = 1 cup diced or finely chopped

Banana: 1 medium = 1/3 cup mashed; 3 medium = 1 cup mashed

Cheese, American: 4 ounces = 1 cup shredded

Coffee: 1 pound = 5 cups ground

Cracker Crumbs: 23 soda crackers = 1 cup; 15 graham crackers = 1 cup

Cream, Whipping: 1/2 pint = 2 cups whipped

Eggs: 1 egg = 4 tablespoons liquid; 4-5 whole = 1 cup; 7-9 egg whites = 1 cup; 12-14 egg yolks = 1 cup

Flour: 1 pound sifted all-purpose = 4 cups; 1 pound sifted cake = 4 1/2 cups; 1 pound unsifted whole-wheat = 3 3/4 cups; 1 pound rye = 5 cups

Gelatin: 3 1/4 oz. package flavored = 1/2 cup; 1/4 oz. package unflavored = 1 tablespoon

Herbs: 1 part dried herbs = 3 parts fresh herbs (for example: 1/3 tablespoon dried basil = 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped basil); this is approximate and can vary based upon freshness of dried herbs. Extended exposure to light and air can reduce the flavor of dried herbs.

Lemon: 1 medium = 2 to 3 tablespoons juice; 5 to 8 medium = 1 cup juice

Lemon: 1 medium = 1 tablespoon grated rind or zest

Onion: 1 medium = 1/2 cup chopped

Orange: 1 medium = 1/3 cup juice; 3 medium = 1 cup juice

Pasta: 1 oz. dry = 1/2 cup cooked; 4 oz. dry = 2 cups cooked; 8 oz. dry = 4 cups cooked spaghetti = 4 cups cooked; 4 oz. uncooked macaroni = 3 cups cooked; 8 oz. uncooked macaroni = 6 cups cooked

(These estimates for spaghetti and macaroni are from MyPyramid.gov. They do not match those provided by Wikibooks.)

Rice: 1 cup uncooked long grain = 3 to 3 1/2 cups cooked

Sugar: 1 pound brown sugar = 2 1/2 cups; 1 pound granulated sugar = 2 cups; 1 pound powdered sugar = 3 1/2 cups

Walnuts: 1 pound unshelled walnuts = 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups shelled

Measurements

1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 3 teaspoons (tsp)

1/16 cup (c) = 1 tablespoon

1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons

1/6 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons

1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon

3/8 cup = 6 tablespoons

1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons

2/3 cup = 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons

1 cup = 48 teaspoons

1 cup= 16 tablespoons

8 fluid ounces (fl oz) = 1 cup

1 pint (pt) = 2 cups

1 quart (qt) = 2 pints

4 cups = 1 quart

1 gallon (gal) = 4 quarts

16 ounces (oz) = 1 pound (lb)

(from the USDA)

Pinch, Dash and Smidgen, accuracyproject.org

Metric Conversions

I couldn’t find a copyright-free recipe conversion chart, so here’s a link to one that’s available elsewhere on the web.

Recipe Conversion Charts, foodgeeks.com

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