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  • Measuring Butter

    If I am following a recipe that is using cup measurements do I just put the butter into the required cup?

    From the nigella team:

    In the US butter can be measured in cups but measurements are often also given in "sticks". Butter is mostly sold in packages of 1/2-pound or 1-pound and within these packages the butter is split into pre-wrapped sticks weighing 1/4 pound (or 4 ounces/110g) each, which also equals 1/2 cup. The wrapping on each stick indicates tablespoon measures (8 tablespoons per stick).

    So if you are using cup measures you could pack the butter into a measuring cup or below is a ready reckoner which may help if you have scales.

    1 tablespoon butter = 1/2 ounce/15g

    1 stick butter = 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup = 4 ounces/110g.

    2 sticks butter = 1 cup = 8 ounces/225g.

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