Cups and Spoons: Test Your Food Measurement Knowledge

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All I have handy is a teaspoon, and the recipe calls for a tablespoon. How many times should I fill the teaspoon?

A tablespoon is equal to about 3 teaspoons.

How many tablespoons are in a cup?

There are 16 tablespoons in a cup.

This recipe calls for a cup of fresh basil, but all I have is dried. How much should I use?

The rule of thumb is a teaspoon of dried leaves for every tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs. So -- deep breath -- if there are 16 tablespoons in a cup, you would need 16 teaspoons of dried basil.

How much is "a dash"?

If a recipe calls for a dash of a liquid, use 6 drops.

I need 4 cups of apples to make this pie. So how many apples is that?

This is an easy one -- an apple generally equals 1 cup. So you'd need 4 apples.

If I'm supposed to end up with 4 cups of cooked macaroni, how much dry pasta would I have to use?

You'll need a cup of dry macaroni, so that's 8 ounces.

How many cups can I get out of this gallon of milk?

There are 16 cups in that gallon. Or 128 ounces. Or 256 tablespoons.

If my recipe calls for a cup of egg whites, how many eggs will I need?

You're going to have to separate six or seven large eggs. Good luck.

I just picked a bushel of corn. How many pecks is that?

It takes 4 pecks to make a bushel.

I'm making a barrel of wine. How many bottles do I need to buy?

Whoa, that's some serious winemaking. Go out and get yourself 300 bottles.

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