How Many Tablespoons in a Cup, Cups in a Gallon? Your Cheat Sheet for Common Recipe Measurements

How many tablespoons are in a cup? How many cups are in a gallon? This quick cheat sheet for measurement conversions covers the most common needs you’ll have with your recipes at home. Just print it out and magnet it to your fridge for easy access.

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Common Cooking Conversions

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

4 tablespoons = ¼ cup

5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup

8 tablespoons = ½ cup

16 tablespoons = 1 cup

1 cup = ½ pint

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces

2 cups = 1 pint

2 cups = 16 fluid ounces

4 cups = 1 quart

8 cups = ½ gallon

16 cups = 1 gallon

128 fluid ounces = 1 gallon

Need to know how many teaspoons are in 1 1/3 cups? Or how many ounces are in 3 ½ cups? For the more tricky conversions not listed here, you don’t have to rack your brain trying to calculate the complicated ones in your head. Simply hop online to get any conversion quickly calculated.

Though many cooking calculators exist online, has been my preferred site for years now. The website has several conversion options, including a basic cooking conversion calculator and a gram conversion calculator, but the real star of the site is the advanced cooking conversion calculator. You punch in the keyword, food group, and ultimate ingredient that you are trying to convert—which gives you the most accurate results based upon the specific food you are converting.

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