How to cut recipes in half and in thirds

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Around the holidays, we all like to pull old family recipes from our recipe boxes. If the original recipe yields more than you need for your gathering, check out how to cut the recipe in half or in thirds.

How to cut a recipe in half

When the recipe calls for … Reduce measurement to …
¼ cup 2 tablespoons
⅓ cup 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
½ cup ¼ cup
⅔ cup ⅓ cup
¾ cup 6 tablespoons
1 cup ½ cup
1 tablespoon 1 ½ teaspoons
1 teaspoon ½ teaspoon
½ teaspoon ¼ teaspoon
¼ teaspoon ⅛ teaspoon
⅛ teaspoon Dash

How to cut a recipe in thirds

When the recipe calls for … Reduce measurement to …
¼ cup 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
⅓ cup 1 tablespoon + 2 ⅓ teaspoons
½ cup 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
⅔ cup 3 tablespoons + 1 ½ teaspoons
¾ cup ¼ cup
1 cup ⅓ cup
1 tablespoon 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon Generous ¼ teaspoon
½ teaspoon Scant ¼ teaspoon
¼ teaspoon Scant ⅛ teaspoon
⅛ teaspoon Dash

How to convert ingredient measurements

Dry or Liquid Measurement Conversion
1 bushel (dry) 8 gallons
1 peck (dry) 2 gallons
1 liter 1 quart + ¼ cup
2 pints 1 quart or 32 fl. oz.
1 pint 2 cups or 16 fl. oz.
1 cup 16 tablespoons or 8 fl. oz.
⅓ cup 5 ⅓ tbsp.
¼ cup 4 tbsp.
1 tablespoon 3 teaspoons
1 fl. oz. 2 tablespoons
1 dash ¼ teaspoon or less
1 pinch ⅛ teaspoon or less

Sources: Clemson University Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Related: Here’s the scoop on ingredient substitutions

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