Food Equivalents

Knowing your food equivalents can save time when working out a recipe. One example of a food equivalent is: one stick of butter equals 8 tablespoons of the stuff. Pretty handy, huh? This table lists common equivalent measurements that you may find useful.

Food Equivalents
This Measurement . . . . . . Equals This Measurement
3 medium apples or bananas about 1 pound
1 ounce baking chocolate 1 square
2 slices bread about 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 pound brown sugar 2 1/4 cups packed
4 tablespoons butter 1/2 stick
8 tablespoons butter 1 stick
4 sticks butter 1 pound
6 ounces chocolate chips about 1 cup
1 pound confectioners’ sugar about 4 1/2 cups sifted
1 pound granulated sugar 2 cups
1/2 pound hard cheese (such as cheddar) about 2 cups grated
1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 cups whipped cream
1 medium lemon 3 tablespoons juice, 2 to 3 teaspoons grated zest
1 pound macaroni 4 cups raw, 8 cups cooked
4 ounces nuts about 2/3 cup chopped
1 large onion about 1 cup chopped
1 cup uncooked rice 4 cups cooked
1 pint strawberries about 2 cups sliced
1 large tomato about 3/4 cup chopped
3 to 4 tomatoes about 1 pound
1 pound all-purpose flour about 4 cups sifted
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