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Measuring Butter

Butter Measurment

Q. Is 1/2 lb of butter the same as 1/2 cup of butter?

A. The recipe writers of the world have entered into 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 this country, butter is mostly packaged in 1-pound boxes, with four individually wrapped quarters. Each pound is two cups of butter. Each quarter-pound stick is 8 tablespoons or a half a cup. Each tablespoon is 1/2 ounce. (So to answer your question, a half pound of butter is a cup.) 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

*This also works for margarine that comes in 1-pound boxes.