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|