Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Units of Measurement

The cookbook needs a cheat sheet of units of measurement, and it should include more obscure tidbits, such as how many cups of beans are actually contained in a 15-ounce can.


16 ounces = 1 pound
1 pint = 1 pound of water (Note that this only works for water, as pints are a unit of volume and pounds are a unit of weight.)
1 cup = 8 ounces of water
1 pint = 2 cups
1 quart = 2 pints
1 cup = 16 tablespoons
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

1 medium can holds 15 ounces, which is just a bit less than 2 cups.
1 15 ounce can of beans holds about 1 ½ cup drained beans.
1 pound of dry beans is about two cups of dry beans, for most types of beans.
1 pound of dry beans makes about 4 or 5 cups of cooked, drained beans, for most types of beans.
1 medium onion is about one cup of chopped onion.
1 stick of butter = ½ cup = 8 tablespoons.
Pasta doubles in volume when cooked.1 pound of pasta serves about 4 people as a mail course, or 6 to 8 as a side dish.
1 cup of dry rice makes about 2 cups of cooked rice.
4 ounces of grated cheese makes about 1 cup.
1 slice of sandwhich bread makes about one cup of torn-up bread.

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