Have you tried to measure exactly 1 cup of butter (or tablespoon for that matter)?
Spend forever to squeeze the butter in the cup, making sure there are no spaces,
just to spend more time with a spatula trying to get every little bit of butter out of the cup again?

Q: Is 1/2 lb. of butter the same as 1/2 cup of butter? (Or margarine or baking margarine like Stork bake or Marvello)
A:  The recipe writers of the world have entered a conspiracy to make cooking with butter way more complex than it should be.
In one recipe, they ask for a half-cup of butter. In the next, they ask for 8 tablespoons.
Then they turn around and demand one stick of butter.

And the whole time, they’re asking for the same thing!
In the US, butter is mostly packaged in 1-pound boxes, with four individually wrapped quarters or sticks.
In South Africa, butter is packed 250g or 500g.
Sometimes you get a smaller brick.
Or at Woolworth’s you can get a Stick of Butter.
The margarine’s are packed in 250g, 500g or 1kg.

Each pound (S.A. 500g) is roughly two cups of butter.
Each quarter-pound stick is 8 tablespoons or a half a cup. Each tablespoon is 1/2 ounce.

To thwart the wicked aims of those recipe writers once and for all, we present the following fool-proof
Butter Measurement Translation Chart to Defeat Nefarious Recipe Writers*

 

Volume Sticks Weight: US & British Weight: Metric
1 Tbsp 1/8 1/2 oz 14 g
2 Tbsp 1/4 1 oz 25 g
3 Tbsp 3/8 1-1/2 oz 42 g
1/4 cup 1/2 2 oz 57 g
5 Tbsp 5/8 2-1/2 oz 72 g
6 Tbsp 3/4 3 oz 85 g
7 Tbsp 7/8 3/1/2 oz 98 g
1/2 cup 1 1/4 pound 113 g
9 Tbsp 1-1/8 4-1/2 oz 126 g
10 Tbsp 1-1/4 5 oz 142 g
11 Tbsp 1-3/8 5-1/2 oz 155 g
3/4 cup 1-1/2 6 oz 170 g
13 Tbsp 1-5/8 6-1/2 oz 184 g
14 Tbsp 1-3/4 7 oz 198 g
15 Tbsp 1-7/8 7-1/2 oz 212 g
1 cup 2 1/2 pound 227 g
17 Tbsp 1-1/8 8-1/2 oz 241 g
18 Tbsp 1-1/4 9 oz 255 g
19 Tbsp 1-3/8 9-1/2 oz 270 g
1-1/4 cups 1-1/2 10 oz 284 g
21 Tbsp 1-5/8 10-1/2 oz 298 g
22 Tbsp 1-3/4 11 oz 312 g
23 Tbsp 1-7/8 11-1/2 oz 327 g
1-1/2 cups 3 3/4 pound 341 g
25 Tbsp 1-1/8 12-1/2 oz 355 g
26 Tbsp 1-1/4 13 oz 370 g
27 Tbsp 1-3/8 13-1/2 oz 384 g
1-3/4 cups 1-1/2 14 oz 398 g
29 Tbsp 1-5/8 14-1/2 oz 412 g
30 Tbsp 1-3/4 15 oz 427 g
31 Tbsp 1-7/8 15-1/2 oz 441 g
2 cups 4 1 pound 454 g
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