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 cup2 tablespoons
⅓ cup2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
½ cup¼ cup
⅔ cup⅓ cup
¾ cup6 tablespoons
1 cup½ cup
1 tablespoon1 ½ teaspoons
1 teaspoon½ teaspoon
½ teaspoon¼ teaspoon
¼ teaspoon⅛ teaspoon
⅛ teaspoonDash

How to cut a recipe in thirds

When the recipe calls for … Reduce measurement to …
¼ cup1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
⅓ cup1 tablespoon + 2 ⅓ teaspoons
½ cup2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
⅔ cup3 tablespoons + 1 ½ teaspoons
¾ cup¼ cup
1 cup⅓ cup
1 tablespoon1 teaspoon
1 teaspoonGenerous ¼ teaspoon
½ teaspoonScant ¼ teaspoon
¼ teaspoonScant ⅛ teaspoon
⅛ teaspoonDash

How to convert ingredient measurements

Dry or Liquid MeasurementConversion
1 bushel (dry)8 gallons
1 peck (dry)2 gallons
1 liter1 quart + ¼ cup
2 pints1 quart or 32 fl. oz.
1 pint2 cups or 16 fl. oz.
1 cup16 tablespoons or 8 fl. oz.
⅓ cup5 ⅓ tbsp.
¼ cup4 tbsp.
1 tablespoon3 teaspoons
1 fl. oz.2 tablespoons
1 dash¼ teaspoon or less
1 pinch⅛ teaspoon or less

Sources: Clemson University Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Related: Here’s the scoop on ingredient substitutions

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