Cooking Measurements

Denise with Measuring Cups

Denise with Measuring Cups

Hi. I’m Denise. Thank you for watching my video. Have you ever tried to follow an American recipe and then become confused because of the measurements? Maybe the measurements were not what you expected them to be. For example, the recipe might have asked for a cup of flour

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and you said, “Well, a cup? What kind of cup? That’s a cup. That’s a cup. This is a cup. Which one is the right cup?”

Well, in our recipes we don’t use these cups. We use this cup. It’s a measuring cup. It’s an exact amount, so it doesn’t have to be in this specific shape or size. For example, this is also a measuring cup. Notice the difference. They look different but they hold the same amount. So if a recipe asks for a cup of something, use a measuring cup. It says one cup right on it.

Okay, and then these also come in fractional sizes. Okay, so we have all these others. There’s one cup, a half-cup, a third of a cup, a quarter of a cup, and an eighth of a cup. So, if the recipe calls for a cup or a half a cup, use a measuring cup. It is a precise measurement, okay. And, by the way, one cup equals. I don’t remember exactly. One cup is about, one cup equals about a quarter of a liter, so it’s almost 250 milliliters. So this, for example, this is 500 milliliters and it holds a little bit more than two cups. So I said that this is a measuring cup, well we also have it in this kind of a container, a glass pitcher, so we can pour, so we can measure something that’s liquid. So if I tried to put two cups into here, those two cups would fit and I’d have a little bit of space left. So one cup is about 237 milliliters, I believe. So it’s almost a quarter of a liter. This is a half-liter so two cups would fit there.

All right. Those are cups. When we measure things, sometimes you’ll see in a recipe, it says not to scoop the flour into your cup. Okay, don’t just scoop it like this because when you do it sometimes will pack down more than what the recipe wants you to have. So instead, recipes often tell you just to spoon the flour into the measuring cup or using some other kind of container. That way you’re not packing it down into the cup. Again, this is a precise measurement and once you get it in there. I took too big of a cup. I should have taken a half a cup. Well this isn’t quite done, but what you do if it’s overflowing, then you take a knife or something else that’s straight and you just even off the top. And that would be one cup of flour.

Okay. I’m going to get full of flour here. With sugar, you can scoop it in because that doesn’t get packed down. So sugar you can just scoop. But again, if you get too much, you just scrape it off with a flat knife or something else that’s flat.

We also use tablespoons and teaspoons. So again, these are precise measurements. It’s not just any old spoon that you might stir your coffee with or that you’ll eat your food with. This is a tablespoon. It comes in different sizes, not different sizes, but different shapes also and different fractional spoons. So this is half of a tablespoon. Actually, it’s not. This is a teaspoon. I don’t have a matched set. So this is one tablespoon. This is a half a tablespoon.

If you want to measure smaller quantities such as salt or something else small, you can use maybe a teaspoon and again, you would just even that off with a knife if it’s overflowing and that does give you a precise amount. So we don’t measure things by weight normally. We measure them by volume. This is one teaspoon here. This is a tablespoon. We also have half-tablespoons, half-teaspoons, quarter-teaspoons, some different fractional amounts but the basic ones are the tablespoon and the teaspoon. This is a half tablespoon. Again, we do measure by volume.

One thing, though, that we can measure by volume or weight is butter. So, this is one pound of butter which is sixteen ounces. Sixteen ounces is two cups. Okay. Sixteen ounces is two cups. We could have fluid ounces. Sixteen ounces is two cups both by weight and volume and two cups remember fit into a half-liter. So, this is sixteen ounces of butter or one pound of butter. When we buy it like this, it comes in four sticks, four sticks of butter. These are marked, so if you don’t remember it’s okay. You can just look right on here and it tells you that this is a quarter pound, so it’s one quarter of this whole thing. It’s also a half-cup, so this one stick of butter equals a half-cup. If you only want a tablespoon of butter, so you only want about this much, you can easily get that from the stick because the tablespoons are marked on here. There are lines indicating each tablespoon and this is eight tablespoons. So all I would do if I wanted one tablespoon is I would just cut it. I would just cut it right at that line. Now if I wanted two or three tablespoons, I would just count the correct number of lines and then cut it right there. So we do measure butter both by volume and by weight. Again this is a, four sticks are one pound.

Since I’m talking about food measurements, I’ll also talk about a couple of liquid measurements. I don’t think that you’d be cooking with something this large but I just wanted to show you. This is a gallon. It’s about four liters, not exactly, though. This is a half-gallon, so we get milk in half-gallon or gallon sizes and lots of other liquids in these two sizes.

So, that’s a little bit about measurements. Thanks for watching. Bye.

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