Measuring Cups

1 Cup

"1 Cup" is equal to 8 fluid ounces in US Standard Volume. It is a measure used in cooking.

A Metric Cup is slightly different: it is 250 milliliters (which is about 8.5 fluid ounces).

Ounces
(at 8 oz per cup)
Tablespoons
(at 16 Tbs per cup)
milliliters
(at 250 ml per cup)
¼ cup2 oz4 Tbs63 ml
1/3 cupAbout 2¾ ozAbout 5 Tbs83 ml
½ cup4 oz8 Tbs125 ml
2/3 cupAbout 5¼ ozAbout 11 Tbs167 ml
¾ cup6 oz12 Tbs188 ml
1 cup8 oz16 Tbs250 ml
1 ¼ cup10 oz20 Tbs313 ml
1 ½ cup12 oz24 Tbs375 ml
1 ¾ cup14 oz28 Tbs438 ml
2 cups16 oz32 Tbs500 ml

(In italics: not exact)

Measuring Cups

measuring cup

Measuring cups are used to measure liquids, or powders like flour or sugar.

As we fill up the measuring cup, we need to look at which number it is filled to.

cup 2/3

 

Here we have 2/3 cup (two-thirds of a cup) of milk.

150ml of milk in cup

And they can also measure milliliters (ml):

Here we have 150 ml.

It doesn't say "150" ... it says "50" ... but it is half-way between 100 and 200 so we can figure out it is 150 ml.

 

measuring cups

There are also special ones designed to hold an exact amount, such as these 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup measures.

 

 

4 cup jugThey can also hold more than "1 Cup" of liquid.

This measuring cup holds up to 4 cups of liquid. If the liquid goes all the way to the 3, then there are 3 cups of liquid. Between the numbers we find fractions of a cup. 

2 cups of a liquid is the same thing as 1 pint.  So this measuring cup also holds 2 pints (4 cups equals 2 pints).