weighing scale easy cooking equivalents
Take the guesswork out of measuring ingredients with our trusty list.

CUP AND SPOON EQUIVALENTS

Misplaced your usual measuring spoons and cups? Try this in-a-pinch easy cooking equivalents:

AMOUNT                                              EQUIVALENT
Under 1/8 teaspoon                             A pinch or dash
1½ teaspoons                                      ½ tablespoon
3 teaspoons                                         1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons                                      ¼ cup
8 tablespoons                                      ½ cup
16 tablespoons                                    1 cup
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
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AMOUNT                                                         MEASURE
Dairy
½ stick butter                                      ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons
1 square chocolate                             25 g
1 cup heavy cream                             2 cups whipped cream

DRIED INGREDIENTS
1 cup dried beans/lentils                    2¼ cups cooked
1 tablespoon fresh herbs                    1 tsp dried herbs
225 g spaghetti                                   4 cups cooked
225 g elbow macaroni                        4 cups cooked
1 cup white rice                                  3 cups cooked
1 cup brown rice                                 3 to 4 cups cooked
450 g granulated sugar                       2 cups
450 g brown sugar
(firmly packed)                                     2¼ cups
450 g icing sugar                                 4½ cups

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED
Buying ingredients for a recipe is difficult if you don’t know how many onions make 125 g. Use this chart as a guide to how much to buy

 

RECIPE CALLS FOR                                          YOU NEED
250 g shredded cabbage                                ¼ small cabbage
125 g grated raw carrot                                   3 large carrots
125 g chopped onion                                      1 medium-sized onion
450 g potatoes                                                4-5 medium-sized potatoes
125 g chopped green capsicum                     1 green capsicum
125 g chopped tomatoes                                2 medium-sized tomatoes
125 g peeled banana                                       ¼ medium-sized bananas
1 cup mashed banana                                     3 medium-sized bananas
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind                         1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice                              1 medium-sized lemon
4 tablespoons grated orange rind                   1 medium-sized orange
300 ml fresh orange juice                                3 medium-sized oranges
1 cup soft breadcrumbs                                  2 slices fresh bread
125 g breadcrumbs                                         3 slices bread
2 cups shredded cheese                                 225 g shredded cheese
1 cup egg whites                                             6 to 7 large eggs
1 cup chopped nuts                                        112 g shelled nuts
400 g cooked spaghetti                                  175 g dry spaghetti
400 g cooked pasta shapes                            200 g dry pasta shapes
450 g cooked couscous                                  175 g dry couscous
Compiled by Angeline Thien
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