Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Much Does It Make?

Have you ever wondered, how many apples you needed to make 1 cup of diced apples?  I have, and this simple guide helps me figure out how much of an ingredient I need.  I keep a copy of the list in my wallet, so I always have it with me when I am shopping at the grocery store.

Equivalency Chart

American Cheese, 1 pound = 2 2/3 cup cubed cheese
American Cheese, 1 pound = 5 cups grated cheese
Apple, 1 medium = 1 cup
Banana, 1 medium = 1/3 cup of mashed banana
Bread, 1 1/2 slice = 1 cup soft bread crumbs
Bread, 1 slice = 1/4 cup fine, dry bread crumbs
Butter, 1 stick or 1/4 pound = 1/2 cup
Coconut, 1 1/2 pounds package = 2 2/3 cups
Lemon, 1 medium = 3 tablespoons juice
Macaroni, 8 ounce package = 6 cups cooked
Nuts, 1/4 pound = 1 cup chopped
Onion, 1 medium = 1/2 cup diced
Oranges, 3 to 4 medium = 1 cup juice
Saltine crackers, 28 crackers = 1 cup fine crumbs
Spaghetti, 7 ounces  = 4 cups cooked
Vanilla Wafers, 22 cookies = 1 cup fine crumbs

My friend, Ashley, has just started blogging.   On her blog, What Does A Songbird Sing?, she wrote a post about my, Lemon Over Chicken recipe.  Ashley is a newlywed, who loves to cook. and do yoga, so far she hasn't done them at the same time.

Please stop by her wonderful blog and sign up to follow her!

Janet & Diane of Modern Grandmas

Another friend of mine, my cousin, Diane, wrote a post for her blog, Modern Grandmas, featuring my "How long do ingredients keep?"   You don't have to be a grandmother to enjoy their blog.  It is a funny and well written blog, that I am sure you will want to read over and over again.  Please check it out!

On February 4th, I will be doing two drawings!  
One from the Followers of my blog, and one from the
Fans of my new Facebook page.
For more details, read my post about the Giveaway.

Winners will receive copies of my cookbook,

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully 
follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. I really like it that you promote other blogs . . . it is so refreshing.


  2. Thank you for this list. I never know how much I need to make a certain recipe so I either overbuy or under-buy. This list should help me save money. Thanks again. Take care.

  3. I am going to copy and print that conversion list ~ I need it!!!!
    Thanks for the new blog links, I follow Pam, but i will be sure to check out the others.
    Have a great day.
    oh..btw.. pick me pick me. lol

  4. Absolutely interesting post!Linda I will visit your friend blog! xx gloria

  5. Fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Interesting post Linda, will print this and keep it handy. Thanks Diane

  7. This is such a handy chart. I'm always scrambling at the deli counter or produce aisle trying to figure out what weight of cheese or apples would equal a volumetric measurement I need for a recipe. Thanks!

  8. Great guide to figure out ingredients, Linda! I will we checking out the blogs of your friends now.

  9. That's a very useful list !!
    Converting US cup measures to UK pounds and ounces or French grams is occasionally problematic especially if I use my cup measures incorrectly !!
    I shall copy the list and keep it in the kitchen - thanks a lot for sharing it.

  10. this is useful information
    thank you for sharing

  11. What a terrific chart! No more attempting to guess or do messy measurements. Thanks, Linda.

  12. I also feature a big conversion list on my blog. One day, yes, one day, I won't give up hoping, the US will convert to the metric system and life will be so easy. I dislike measurements in cups. They are not accurate and cause a lot of extra dishes!
    I bought myself an electrical kitchen scale that weighs cups, grams. ounces and pounds. I would recommend this to anyone.

  13. Hey Linda!

    I am so happy that we met! I think God puts people in our lives for a reason! So excited to know you and to see that you share my love for cooking! You are doing what I would love to do someday and that is so cool!
    Lesley Miller

  14. Linda Thank You so much for featuring my blog on this post!!! Your the Best!
    P.S. I am totally printing out that equivalency chart.

  15. This is such a helpful list! It would save a slew of measuring cups.

  16. Thank you for this useful list. It will definitely be a helpful guide in the kitchen!

  17. Thank you so much for this list...I'm going to print it and put in my recipe book!
    You have a gorgeous blog.
    Thanks for stopping by...I,too, am your newest follower.
    Shel from South Africa

  18. Love the list and will be using it.

  19. I don't know....I just can't get around the idea of using a pound of american cheese at one time, ha ha. That's a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches!

  20. Hi Linda-Just about all my cookbooks have the conversion charts, which is a great idea. As far as for how many apples to use, bananas, nuts...for some reason, I have never measured by the cup. As far as for example with onion, or garlic I always just figure it logically, even with the spices...but for baking, I try to keep the measurements correct.
    It really is good to have the list on hand, just as you mentioned!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, and I feel honored to follow your blog. Would love to win your giveaway cookbook with your signature on it!

  21. Thanks for the info, great list of need to know items. Would love your book, especially signed for my son who is learning to cook with his college roommates.

    Plan B