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How Many Ounces In A Pound? 7 Easy Tricks To Help You Remember Conversions

Do you have trouble keeping this all straight?

We’ve all been there: elbow-deep in a recipe when it calls for a cup of this or a tablespoon of that—but you can’t seem to find the measuring cup or spoon you need anywhere.

All you need to do is rely on one of these trusty memory tricks and you’ll never ask Siri or Alexa for help again—well, at least not with conversions.

How Many Ounces Are In A Pound?

1. Maybe this little saying will help you remember this one: “A pint’s a pound the world around.”

But wait, what’s a pint?

Both a pint and a pound are 16 ounces—in the U.S. anyway, the British “Imperial” pint is 20 ounces. However, a pint is 16 fluid ounces and is a measure of volume, while a pound is 16 dry ounces and a measure of weight. Don’t expect them to weigh the same because they won’t. But at least you’ll be safe remembering the number 16 in both cases. Unless you’re British, as mentioned.

2. Still confused? Try this song.

How Many Teaspoons In A Tablespoon?

3. You only need one little saying to remember this one.

“One big T equals teaspoons three.” One tablespoon is comprised of three teaspoons.

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How Many Cups Are In A Gallon?

4. Keep this picture in mind.

There’s no cute rhyme to remember this one, but for you visual learners, lookie here.

Cups in a gallon
Emma Christensen for the Kitchn

As you can see, two Cs fit inside a P, two Ps fit inside a Q, four Qs fit inside a G. This means 16 Cs, or cups, fit inside the G, a gallon.

5. Or tell yourself a fairy tale instead.

Not a visual learner? Try telling yourself this little fairy tale instead every time you need to recall this information: “In the kingdom of Gallon there were 4 Queens, each Queen had a Prince & Princess. Each Prince & Princess had 2 Cats.”

What If I Can’t Find My Measuring Cups?

Never fear! If you have your measuring spoons on hand, you can use those (provided you’ve confirmed your measuring spoons are accurate!)

6. Remember: A cup is 16 tablespoons.

Here’s the breakdown: Sixteen tablespoons gets you a full cup. Eight tablespoons is equal to 1/2 cup. The easiest way to remember this one is to remember that 16 cups equals a gallon and apply that same logic with tablespoons to cup. From there you can even figure out how many tablespoons are in a gallon (the answer is 256)!

7. Bookmark this chart.

Need a visual? Check out this nifty chart that will help you with all the teaspoon, tablespoon and other conversions you need.

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