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Thursday, October 01, 2009

How to measure 1/3 cup when you don't have a 1/3 cup measuring device

So you need to measure 1/3 of a cup of something and your run of the mill set of measuring cups doesn't have one. What do you do?

This isn't rocket science but a handy tip that I thought I'd share with you oh loyal readers who demand I get off my doofus and share with the world.

First of all be aware that the stackable type of measuring cups are meant for measuring solids and the ones that are or look like they should be made of glass, well those are intended for measuring liquids. I use them interchangeably but you may be measuring something more precise where the differences would matter. For my purposes they do not matter. The more butter I put in the better people like it.

Anyway back to the program. How do you get 1/3 cup when all you have is a 1 cup, 2/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup measuring cups? Like this:

Pour whatever it is you are measuring into the 1 cup container. I know, I know you only need 1/3 of a cup. We won't waste it, I promise. And you won't have to eat it without cooking it or whatever it is you are doing. Put the stuff in the 1 cup container and fill it up as though you were going to use 1 cup. Now, put your 2/3 cup measuring device over the bowl you are mixing in, or whatever container you are using. Now pour the 1 cup of said solid into the 2/3 cup said solid allowing the excess to fall into the mixing bowl.

You now have 2/3 of a cup in a measuring container ready to be put back into its original container and 1/3 of a cup of your measured solid in your mixing bowl.

See that, cooking can be fun.


Stacy said...

This makes perfect sense! :o)

Fiona Panton said...

Lol, that does make perfect sense. Thank you so much, that was incredibly helpful!

sleepless said...

but if you don't have any measuring cups at all, how to measure 1/3 cup?

Marcia O'Flynn said...

Does this go for liquids as well? Like Oil!?

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much im making my mom a birthday cake :)it was very helpful

Rashad Simmons said...

Did you find out? How to do it with out any cup?

Anonymous said...

1/3 cup is equal to 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon.

Anonymous said...

How many teaspoons would.that b