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  • Writer's pictureChef Ashley, Back 2 Basics Cooking

Cooking Measurements: Your Friendly Guide!

Hey there, culinary explorers! Chef Ashley here from Back 2 Basics Cooking. Today, we're diving headfirst into the world of kitchen measurements. Whether you're just beginning your culinary journey or looking to brush up on your skills, this post is your trusty guide to mastering the language of cooking.

Teaspoons and Tablespoons

Let's kickstart our culinary journey with two of the most essential tools in any kitchen - the humble teaspoon (tsp) and tablespoon (tbsp). Tiny as they might seem, these warriors have a pivotal role to play in the symphony of flavors we create with every dish.

Now, here's a little trick to remember which one's the big brother: imagine a 'table' and a 'teacup'. Which one's larger? The table, right? So, it's no surprise that a tablespoon, just like a table, holds more than a teaspoon, just like a teacup. To be precise, a tablespoon is three times the size of a teaspoon.

1 Tablespoon=3 Teaspoons

On a side note, in my years of conducting countless cooking classes at Back 2 Basics Cooking, I've often found myself wishing for a chance to chat with the person who chose these confusing names. If only they knew how many cooking newcomers they've puzzled over the years which could have easily been avoided with less similar names!

Ounces and Cups

Next up, we have ounces (oz) and cups. Remember, 8 fluid ounces make up a cup. But be careful not to mix up fluid ounces with weight ounces. That's like comparing apples to oranges, or soup to potatoes in our case. When you're measuring liquids, always go by volume, not weight.

8 fluid ounces=1 cup

Pints and Quarts

Now let's talk pints and quarts. Picture this: You're at a music festival with two pint-sized water bottles. Pour those into a big, quart-sized container and voila! Those two pints have magically become a quart. So, next time you're doubling a recipe and need to convert pints to quarts, just remember that music festival.

2 pints=1 quart

Gallon, Quarts and Pints

Finally, we have the mighty gallon. To get the size right, remember that 'G' comes before 'P' and 'Q' in the alphabet, just as a gallon is bigger than a pint and a quart. A gallon equals 2 quarts or 4 pints. It's like a family reunion—two parents (quarts) and four kids (pints) all make up one big happy gallon family.

1 gallon = 2 quarts = 4 pints


For those visual learners out there, I've included an awesome infographic below to help you remember. It's like a cheat sheet for your kitchen!

An infographic with simple kitchen conersions.
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Real World Examples

Let's bring it all together with a real-life example. You're making your famous spaghetti sauce, which requires 2 cups of tomatoes. All you have is a 1-quart mason jar of home-canned tomatoes. No need to panic! Remember, 1 quart equals 2 pints, and since 1 pint is 2 cups, your 1-quart jar is 4 cups. So, you've got enough tomatoes for the sauce and even some leftover for a pizza topping!

Picture this, you're making your favorite chocolate chip cookies. The recipe calls for one cup of sugar, but your measuring cup is nowhere to be found. No worries, just grab that pint glass from the cupboard. Remember, a pint equals two cups, so half a pint glass will give you the cup of sugar you need. Crisis averted!

It's a hot summer day, and you're preparing a refreshing lemonade. The recipe needs 1 quart of water. But hold on, you only have a gallon jug of water. How much should you use? Remember, a gallon equals 4 quarts. So, pour out a quarter of that gallon jug, and there you have it, one quart of water ready for your lemonade!

You're making a delicious marinade that calls for 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. But oh no, you only have a teaspoon at your disposal. What do you do? Recall that 1 tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons. So, for 2 tablespoons, you'd need 6 teaspoons. Get pouring those teaspoons, and you're on your way to a flavorful marinade.

Wrapping Things Up

And there you have it, dear culinary explorers! I trust that this post, accompanied by the handy infographic, has shed some light on the intriguing world of kitchen measurements. Remember, at Back 2 Basics Cooking, I believe that cooking is more than just following recipes—it's about truly comprehending them.

Keep these conversions close to your heart (or perhaps stuck to your fridge) and let confidence be your secret ingredient in every dish you whip up.

But before I sign off, I'd love to hear from you. Can you recall a time when you had to convert kitchen measurements on the fly? How did it go? Share your stories with us and let's continue to learn together. Until next time, happy cooking!

Chef Ashley


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