Measurements Math to Make Your Life Easier

I can almost guarantee you’ll never hear me calling for 4 tbsp of anything. Why? Because 4 tbsp is 1/4 cup, and measuring something once in a 1/4 cup measure is pretty much always going to be easier than measuring something out four times in a tablespoon measure.

Incidentally, when other recipes call for 3 tbsp, I generally use a 1/4 cup measure and eyeball it to 3/4 full. I find it less finicky and, ironically, more precise, because you’re not trying to smooth the top of the tablespoon three times (have you ever tried to measure peanut butter by the tablespoon? CRAZY-MAKING).

Another kitchen conversion I rely on often is 3 tsp = 1 tbsp. If something calls for 2.5 tsp of something, save yourself the trouble and measure out a scant tablespoon.

It’s the little things sometimes, right?

Now you can join me in noticing when recipes call for both 4 tbsp of something AND 1/4 cup of something else, and feeling a moment of mild disharmony ;)