Cooking Measurements and Equivalents

Simple Solutions

How many times have you been looking at a recipe only to find that the ingredients are labeled in pounds, fresh, smidgen, or even ounces? Does it throw you off balance as to what measurement is actually needed? Probably. That is because we, as a society, are so accustomed to reading recipes where the measurements are given in cups, tablespoons, canned, teaspoons, etc.

Although a glass measuring cup will help you determine ounces to cups and even provide you with measurements in metric, it unfortunately does not tell you how to convert a recipe from a canned item to a fresh item.

No more guessing

Well, you do not have to rack your brain guessing how many cups of flour is in a pound, what size orange is needed for 2 tablespoons of peel, what size bag of frozen equates to one cup of fresh, what size apple achieves 1 cup of sliced, how many sticks of butter equals 1 cup, how many pieces of fresh bread you need to gain a cup of bread crumbs or what size can is needed for 1-1/2 cups of fresh because below is an easy measurement guide to help you.

Hint: Print the list and put it in the refrigerator for easy access

Sometimes you get lucky and the equivalent is printed right on the bag.

What of This Equals That???

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Item  
If You Need This  
It Equals This  
Almonds slivered
1 Cup
4 ounces
Beans
1 Cup
6 1/2 ounces
Brown Sugar
2 1/4 cup packed
1 pound
Chicken Broth
1 3/4 Cup
13.75 ounces
Chocolate
1 Cup
6 ounces of chocolate chips
Coconut
1 2/3 Cup
4 ounce bag
Cucumber
1 1/2 Cup sliced
1 medium
Flour - All Purpose
3 1/2 to 4 Cups
1 pound
Flour - Wheat
3 3/4 to 4 Cups
1 pound
Oranges - Juice
6 to 8 Tablespoons of Juice
1 medium
Oranges - Grated Peel
2 Tablespoons
1 medium
Peas
2 Cups
10 ounces of frozen
Pecans - Chopped
3 1/2 to 4 Cups
1 pound
Pecans - Halved
4 Cups
1 pound
Powdered Sugar
4 Cups unsifted
1 pound
Shortening
2 1/2 Cups
1 pound
Sour Cream
1 Cup
8 ounce container
Apples
1 Cup of sliced apples
1 medium
Bananas
1/3 Cup mashed
1 medium
Bell Pepper
1 Cup chopped
1 large cup chopped
Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup coarse crumbs
1 slice of fresh bread
Butter
2 Cups
4 sticks
Butter
1 Cup
2 sticks
Butter
1/2 Cup
8 tablespoons
Butter
1/4 Cup
4 tablespoons
Cheese
1 Cup shredded
4 ounces
Chicken
2 Cups cubed
1 large breast with bone
Cream Cheese
6 Tablespoons
3 ounce package
Cream Cheese
1 Cup
8 ounce package
Garlic
1 Teaspoon minced
2 medium cloves
Granulated Sugar
2 1/2 Cups
1 pound
Onions
1/2 to 3/4 Cup
1 medium
Rice - uncooked long grain
3 Cups cooked
1 cup uncooked
Shrimp
1 pound
10 to 15 jumbo
Shrimp
1 pound
16 to 20 large
Shrimp
1 pound
25 to 30 medium
Tomatoes
1 1/2 Cup peeled and seeded
3 medium
Walnuts
1 Cup
1/2 ounce

Hopefully this list of cooking measurements and equivalents’ will make your life a little bit easier and cooking a lot more fun. So, stop guessing how much of one thing you will need to equal another, refer to the list, and get cooking!

Happy Cooking!

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