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Eyeballing Portion Sizes

Every once in a while, you find your­self prepar­ing food with­out all the proper kitchen imple­ments. With­out the proper gear, you may be left to fig­ure out the proper por­tion sizes of your ingre­di­ents. It could be help­ful to be able to accu­rately eye­ball por­tions. Here’s a quick ref­er­ence that can help you eye­ball your ingre­di­ents accurately.

  • 1 tsp. of salad dress­ing = Size of a half dollar
  • 1/2 tsp. of oil = 1 thim­ble full
  • 1/2 cup of veg­gies = Size of a lightbulb
  • 1 oz. of nuts = 2 shot glasses
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream = 1 golf ball
  • 1 oz. chunk of cheese = 2 domi­noes or your thumps
  • 1/2 cup of pasta or rice fits in a cup­cake wrapper
  • 1/2 bagel = Hockey puck
  • 3 oz. ham­burger = Mayo jar lid
  • 3 oz. beef = 1 bar of soap
  • 1 tsp. but­ter = Scrab­ble tile
  • 1 cup = A closed fist
  • 1/2 cup = An ice cream scooper
  • 1 tea­spoon = Top of thumb from tip to joint

And, just for fun, here are a few quick mea­sure­ment conversions:

  • 1 tea­spoon = 60 drops of fluid
  • 1/2 tea­spoon = 30 drops
  • 1 cup = 225 ml, 8.3 oz. of water, 6.7 oz. of water, 4.2 – 5.0 oz. of wheat flour, or 10.0 oz. table salt
  • 1 pint = 1 pound
  • 1 gal­lon = 8.3 pounds

 

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