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    Hi folks,
    I've a bit of a noobie question. I'm not really up with the cooking lingo and this has been confusing me.
    How much is 1 cup worth of ingredients?
    I know it may sound self explanatory, but I have seen many cups of many different shapes and sizes! Can anybody please give me a rough weight measurement? Or even just fluid ounces of the cup so I can find one the right size?
    Many thanks in advance!
    John

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    buy yourself a set of measuring cups. They are usually split into 1/4c, 1/3c, 1/2c, 3/4c, and 1c sizes. Problem solved.
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    • #3
      +1 and there are clear pyrex measuring cups with handles and pouring spouts with clearly marked 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1 C for measuring liquids.
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      • #4
        A cup in a recipe is a specific amount (as is a teaspoon/tablespoon). Buy a set of measuring cups and measuring spoons. If you just grab a random cup and spoon out of your kitchen, you may end up way off the amounts in your recipe or for your calculations. Many coffee mugs now are much larger than an 8oz. measuring cup--the one I'm using right now is more like 1.5 cups.

        If you're in a metric country, you can convert recipes pretty easily by typing the conversion into Google's search bar (e.g. 1 cup in millilitres) or learn the approximations (1 cup is about 250ml) and convert in your head.
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        • #5
          Cheers guys!

          This should make recipes much easier to handle! I think I'll just measure the cups I have, see if any of them measure up. :-)

          John

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          • #6
            To answer an odd question with an odd question... I guess in metric countries recipes are all by cubic centimeters, grams, and milliliters?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by VeloCity.X View Post
              To answer an odd question with an odd question... I guess in metric countries recipes are all by cubic centimeters, grams, and milliliters?
              Cubic centimetres are almost never used in recipes since 1cc=1ml and it would be weird to use both. Millilitres and litres are the norm, and grams/kilograms for identifying sizes of packages (for example, quantities of butter). Some European recipes use grams for measuring flour and such too.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lijo03 View Post
                Cheers guys!

                This should make recipes much easier to handle! I think I'll just measure the cups I have, see if any of them measure up. :-)

                John
                ...but how are you going to measure a cup without a measuring cup? :-P
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chima_p View Post
                  ...but how are you going to measure a cup without a measuring cup? :-P
                  Count out 48 teaspoons of water maybe?

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                  • #10
                    If it's any help, I got a good set of measuring cups quite cheaply in Tesco's! It's worth investing in a set rather than weighing everything out, as so many of the Primal/Paleo recipes use them. Good luck tracking down a set!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chima_p View Post
                      ...but how are you going to measure a cup without a measuring cup? :-P
                      With a scale, seeing which cup holds 250g of water

                      Outside of the US, it's pretty common to see recipes entirely given in weight. Unfortunately in the US, it seems there's a vicious circle - nobody buys scales because no recipes are by weight, and nobody gives weight measurements in a recipe (except for baking) because nobody has scales.

                      There was an article in the NYTimes just recently about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/di...ted=all?src=tp
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