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Kitchen Equivalents

Updated on November 4, 2015
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Kitchen Equivalents

Recently I found a cook book that belonged to my Great Grandmother printed in 1930. To my delight I found, tucked in the pages, some of her hand written recipes. Many women of her day living in the Great Depression wrote recipes calling for a pinch of this and dash of that. I am assuming they did this because they could not afford to buy, or had access, to a measuring cup or measuring spoons thus used the terms "dash" "pinch" or "splash" to make the recipe were used. That find brought back so many memories of her delicious cooking.

Unlike our great grandmothers we modern women cook using exact measurements to create memories which is why I researched with assistance from Good Housekeeping and experimented to make an equivalent chart. Please use this cart if you need help to measure a dash or an ingredient when you can not find the measuring utensils you normally use or they are dirty...you don't want to measure a dry ingredient in a cup that was just used to measure a liquid would you?

Equivalent chart for Standard Measurements

The following equivalent chart is for standard US measurements ( a metric chart is below):

  • 1/16 teaspoon = a dash
  • 1/8 teaspoon = a pinch
  • 3 teaspoons= 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons= 1/8 cup
  • 4 tablespoons - 1/4 cup
  • 5 tablespoons = 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
  • 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup = 8 oz.
  • 2 cups= 1 pint
  • 4 cups = 1 quart
  • 16 oz = 1 pound

Now for the metric chart

If your recipe uses the metric system to measure, this will help:

  • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
  • 1 tablespoon = 15 ml
  • 1 cup = 240 ml
  • 1 pint = 470 ml
  • 1 quart = .95 liter
  • 1 gallon = 3.8 liter
  • 1 oz = 28 grams
  • 1 pound = 454 grams


Please feel to copy this charts, and enjoy your pinch of this and a splash of that.

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