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When preparing a dish, quality and precision in the quantity of the ingredients are essential. We cannot afford to repeat procedures when things go wrong, so our measurements should never go wrong.
Measurement adjustments are necessary, especially if you cannot find the exact measurements you want on the internet. Asking what is half of 1 ½ cups is only one of the questions you ask in adjusting your measurements.
So half of 1 ½ cups is ¾ cup.
What is a Cup used For?
While cups are commonly used in coffee afternoons and tea parties, cups are also used in measurements. But unlike cups that are used in tea and coffee, measurement cups are accurately designed for measuring exact quantities.
There are two measuring cups for cooking and baking: cups for dry and wet ingredients.
Measuring cups for dry ingredients commonly come in four or five. It has various sizes containing ¼, ½, ¾, and one cup as its measurements. Some sets contain ⅛ cup measurement.
The measuring cup is used for ingredients like sugar, flour, powdered milk, and cornstarch.
On the other hand, measuring cups for liquid ingredients are usually transparent pitcher-like glass tools.
These kinds of measuring cups are produced in various sizes. It is your choice if you want to pick a 5-cup measuring cup or less but with this type of cup, you can measure liquid ingredients like milk and water.
How to Measure Ingredients Properly?
In this video, Thomas Joseph shows us how to measure wet and dry ingredients on measuring cups.
He explained that dry measuring cups are not limited to powdered ingredients but can also be used for mayonnaise, ketchup, and such. Anything that can be leveled off with a spatula can be measured in the dry measuring cup.
On the other hand, anything that can level itself off is measured with the liquid measuring cup.
How to measure dry ingredients?
The video demonstrated how to measure dry ingredients using flour, white sugar, and brown sugar.
1. For measuring flour, do not directly scoop the ingredient using the cup. Instead, use a scoop and make sure to gently mix it.
Gently mixing the flour will let the air into it, so it will not be measured in its compacted state.
After mixing, scoop it into the cup, gently tap, then level it off with a spatula or anything flat that can be used to level the ingredients in the cup.
If the recipe specifically stated to measure sifted flour, sift the flour first before measuring it.
This measurement procedure is called the ‘fluff, spoon, and level’ method. And it is also used in measuring cocoa powder.
2. For white sugar, directly scoop the white sugar using the cup, then level it off with a spatula.
3. For brown sugar, scoop it with the cup and make sure to make it well-compacted.
One way to ensure that it is measured well-compactedly is to tap it into a bowl. If it comes down unformed, repeat the measurement process until it comes down firmly enough to not be still in a cup shape.
How to measure liquid ingredients?
To measure liquid ingredients, leave the measuring cup on the table, then put the ingredients.
Do not lift the measuring cup to see whether it is leveled on your desired measurement. Level your eyes on the measuring cup instead.
If you are measuring non-viscous liquid ingredients, spray a non-stick cooking spray so it can spread through the measuring cup.
Whether ingredients are dry or liquid, measurement adjustments are still the same. Half of 1 cup is still ½ cup.
Remember, whether a cup is used to measure dry or liquid ingredients, it holds the exact volume; however, the specification is designed for precision.
If you want perfect accuracy, refer to your scale.
But is this globally standardized?
This video explains that measuring cups are not globally standardized. In other words, the cups do not have the exact sizes.
Measuring cups vary in countries across the globe. The countries mentioned in the video have their corresponding cup measurement in milliliters.
- Commonwealth countries: 250 ml/cup.
This is also called the commonwealth measuring cup because they are widely used in commonwealth countries.
- The United States
The video explained that states in the United States do not seem to have a standardized measuring cup measurement.
Hence, there are measuring cups in the United States that have 236 ml/cup and 240 ml/cup; the former is referred to as the US customary, and the latter is referred to as the US legal cup.
The differentiation between the US customary cup and the US legal cup is its use. US legal cup measurements are usually used in nutrition labeling, but US customary cup measurements are the most likely used cups in the United States.
If you are in Canada, it is possible to have three to four sizes of cups.
That is, 250 ml/cup, 236 ml/cup, 240 ml/cup. In addition, people can also have a cup with 227 ml/cup concerning their pre-metric measurements before the 1970s.
Their metric counterpart of a cup is 200 ml/cup.
The video further informs that Australia and New Zealand choose different spots in their cup measurements for a quarter and a third of a cup.
Hence if looking into a recipe, you should note what country it is from. If there are available metric counterparts in the recipe, follow the measurements correctly, especially when baking.
What is half of 1 ½ cup if converted into milliliters?
Half of 1 ½ cup is ¾ if measured from a cup-cup conversion, but it is different when converted to milliliters.
Given the different conversion of cups into milliliters from different countries, a half of 1 ½ cups also varies if converted into milliliters.
Based on the data given above, here is a half of 1 ½ cups converted to milliliters:
1. Commonwealth Cup with a cup conversion of 250 ml/cup.
1 ½ cups = 375 ml.
Half of 375 ml is equivalent to 187.5 milliliters.
2. US Customary Cup with a cup conversion of 236 ml/cup.
1 ½ cups = 354 ml.
Half of 354 ml is equivalent to 177 milliliters.
3. US Legal Cup with a cup conversion of 240 ml/cup.
1 ½ cups = 360 ml.
Half of 360 ml is equivalent to 180 milliliters.
4. Canadian Measurement Cup with a pre-metric cup conversion of 227 ml/cup.
1 ½ cup = 340.5 ml.
A half of 340.5 ml is equivalent to 170.25 milliliters.
- Japan with a cup conversion of 200 ml/cup.
1 ½ cups = 300 ml.
Half of 300 ml is equivalent to 150 ml.
As we can see, there are different halves of a cup depending on the country where the recipe originated.
It is important to note these variations, especially when cooking in more considerable quantities.
These varying measurements do not make a huge difference when cooking or baking 1 to 2 cups. But this will surely make a huge difference when you cook or bake in higher quantities than 2 cups.
You can avoid a huge mistake if you note these differences.
Sample Recipe with Cup Measurement
Let us take a look at some of the ingredients of a chocolate chip recipe provided by a company in Iowa, United States:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
Since this recipe is from Iowa, United States, we will use the traditional customary measurement, 236 ml/cup.
Therefore, we will be using the following converted measurements in this recipe:
- 236 ml softened butter
- 236 ml white sugar
- 236 ml packed brown sugar
- 708 ml all-purpose flour
Let us look at the list of ingredients of this ‘dorayaki’ recipe; a Japanese pancake.
- 1 ⅓ cups of all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- 1 teaspoon of oil
- 1 lb of red bean paste
The other ingredients are measured in tablespoons and teaspoons. What we need to convert are cup measurements.
In Japanese cup-milliliter conversion, we need to include 266.67 ml of all-purpose flour and 133.34 ml of sugar among the ingredients to make 6 servings of dorayaki.
In cooking and baking food, we need to be aware of the various conversions of different countries regarding cup measurements. This way, we could attain the desired look and taste of what we cook.