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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 24th Apr 05, 5:56 PM
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    Cups and ounces
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    • 24th Apr 05, 5:56 PM
    Cups and ounces 24th Apr 05 at 5:56 PM
    I'm coming round to the idea of using cups for baking instead of weighing. I'm sure someone posted a conversion table on this board but I can't find it so I've searched on Google and found that although everyone agrees 1 cup of flour = 4oz, there is some debate about what a cup of sugar is. :confused: I have a measuring cup from Tesco that has cup measurements but you could use any cup that takes 250ml. These are the equivalents that have worked for me this weekend.


    1 CUP =
    FLOUR
    4 ounces
    SUGAR 8 ounces
    ICING SUGAR 6 ounces
    OATS 3 ounces
    FRESH BREADCRUMBS 2 ounces
    DRIED BREADCRUMBS 4 ounces
    DRIED FRUIT 5 ounces
    BUTTER/GRATED CHEESE 4 ounces


    8 FLUID OUNCES = 1 cup
    1/2 PINT = 1.25 cups
    1 PINT = 2.5 cups

    Hope this is of use to someone.
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    • elona
    • By elona 24th Apr 05, 6:18 PM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 6:18 PM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 6:18 PM
    What a good idea - I have a new slow cooker book that annoys me because it uses "cups" so this is really useful.
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    • 25th Apr 05, 10:22 AM
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    • 25th Apr 05, 10:22 AM
    ooh I've just seen threads with conversions in
    will go and find them for you
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 25th Apr 05, 4:19 PM
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    • 25th Apr 05, 4:19 PM
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    • 25th Apr 05, 4:19 PM
    And I... shortly, will see if I can merge all these conversion posts into a single thread if that's ok with you guys?
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    • soba
    • By soba 3rd Jun 05, 3:06 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:06 PM
    How big is american cup?
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:06 PM
    I need to know how big is an american cup? Found a recipe for yog and cucumber dip, but measurements are in cups. Have no idea. Or anyone got a recipe in English? Just made lamb koftehs with half shoulder of lamb purchased from friendly local market, and have some fresh mint left over, it's a shame not to use it. Replies before teatime would be great!! Thanks, Soba

    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jun 05, 3:33 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:33 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:33 PM
    It really depends on what you're measuring into it. Honest. But to give you a size by volume that you can then guage by using a coffee mug...

    ..a cup full of water weighs 240 grams.

    So if you zero a scale with a coffee mug on it, add water until it shows 240 grams you then need to look at, and remember, the water level. That would be the mark you fill to - be it flour or sugar or yoghurt
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:35 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:35 PM
    For liquid measurements, one cup is 250ml, 1/2 cup is 125 ml, 1/3 cup is 80ml and 1/4 cup is 60 ml. 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 15ml.

    For solid measurements, it depends on how finely ground the solid is - flour packs with less airspaces than beans etc. However, 1 cup flour is about 4oz/125g and 1 cup beans is 8oz/250g.

    A stick of butter is about 4oz/125g.

    Beware the American pint - it is only 16floz, not 20floz as in Britain.

    Hope this helps.
  • Queenie
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:39 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:39 PM
    1/3 US cup = approx 1/4 pint
    1 1/4 US cup = approx 1/2 pint ...

    therefore it's somewhere inbetween .. if it's the yogurt you are measuring just use any cup you have in the house (teacup?) and add the cucumber measurement by the same cup
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    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 3rd Jun 05, 3:41 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:41 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 05, 3:41 PM
    You can also get "cup" measures from Tesco.
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    spendy .. are those English cups or US cups ... I think I was only able to get US cups from Lakeland :confused: (If they are US I'll be because I gave my US one's to a relative and haven't got anymore from LL)
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jun 05, 4:00 PM
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    The ones I saw in Asda looked exactly the same as the ones a friend sent me from the US. If there's a difference it can't be by much. I just saw someone say that a cup was 250ml... well my american one is 240... so it would seem that they aren't too far apart to worry about.
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    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 3rd Jun 05, 4:00 PM
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    I didn't even know we had English cups ... so no doubt they're English. Soz for being a dunce. Again.

    However, I've used them in my US recipes and they seemed fine ... maybe it's that old assumption that so long as you use the same measurements for all of the ingredients (rather than grams for some things, ounces for others, and, well, cups for the rest) it'll work out ok in the end.

    EDIT: I do admit to becoming slightly flummoxed when they mention "sticks" of butter, though. :confused:
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jun 05, 4:03 PM
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    I think american packs are marked into either quarters or eights. One such division being known as a stick. I'll google...

    Edit: The very first hit on google was This One.


    4oz or 125 grams
    Last edited by squeaky; 03-06-2005 at 4:08 PM.
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    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 3rd Jun 05, 4:05 PM
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    That sounds like when our old butter packs were marked with lines for ounces or 25g - or do they still?
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jun 05, 4:07 PM
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    Some do. I can't remember which one I recently saw with it. BTW - your answer is in the edit above ^^^^
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    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 3rd Jun 05, 4:14 PM
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    Ta much - again!

    But why they have to say "approximately 125g" ... I'll try to remember the 4oz reply ... I'm presuming that ounces weigh the same ... don't they also have bigger pints?
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jun 05, 4:20 PM
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    The thing is that an ounce is 28 and a bit grams. So the usual thing for small measures is to round off to 25's because it makes the sums easy.

    With bigger quantities those missing 3's start adding up so people tend to round off again to another 25...

    ..4 ounces is closer to 112 grams - so rounded up it's approx 125

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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 3rd Jun 05, 4:50 PM
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    Apparently a US cup is 8fluid ounces and a Brit one is 10 fluid ounces (25% more).

    I bake using cups now, I have a couple of cheap plastic jugs with mls/fl oz/cups. For baking I reckon on a cup of flour,oats or icing sugar = 4oz,
    cup of caster- granulated sugar = 6-8oz,
    cup of rice = 6oz
    • soba
    • By soba 3rd Jun 05, 5:45 PM
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    Thanks folks!
    Thanks for all your replies. I made the dip with 'some' yogurt, then tipped in a bit more till it tasted right. Must say I've never made it before, but I've saved half of it for tomorrow's Rogan Josh. p.s. also did homemade (well in the bread machine) naan breads today, yummy.....

  • Queenie
    WTG soba!!!

    That's the real beauty of recipes, adapting, imagining and .... tasting as you go along
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