OK, so I’m still talking about butter here. Specifically, what is a cup of butter in grams?
If you’re used to buying butter by the stick and all of a sudden found yourself needing to measure or weigh your butter would you know how?
Does everybody buy butter by the sticks and are all sticks of butter the same size?
What is a cup of butter in grams?
Would you know how to convert it if you needed to?
Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t. A lot of people here in the United States are just as in the dark as you are.
Let’s say tomorrow morning you woke up and found yourself living in Paris or Amsterdam, or in a charming little village in Tuscany. You would soon realize butter isn’t readily available in cute little wrapped sticks marked with red or blue lines denoting tablespoons, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup.
You have your grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe in hand and you know you need a cup of butter. Or, worse, you just noticed another recipe you tore from a local magazine calls for 227 grams of butter.
Holy crap, what are you going to do?
If you have lived your entire life in the U.S., and baked according to recipes written only in the U.S., there is a good chance that you would be totally clueless. It’s no fault of yours. We’re just used to buying butter by the stick, and those sticks are, for the most part, a uniform size.
Whoa…slow down here. You mean not everyone gets to buy those 2-packs and 4-packs we all know and love?
And guess what, some people even buy butter by the stick but the sticks are not the same size as ours.
I know, mind-blowing, huh?
Now I didn’t wake up this morning committed to throwing anybody’s day into an upheaval but the fact is the better part of the free world measures butter, among other ingredients, in grams. Not a stick measurement in sight!
If you should happen to come across a recipe written in, say, France, Australia, England, or Ireland, you’ll surely see that.
Welcome to the metric system. A system we ought to be paying a lot more attention to I might add.
Recipes written in both U.S. measurements, imperial measurements (U.K.), as well as in the metric system would benefit a lot more people but unfortunately, that’s not usually the case.
So what is a cup of butter in grams and how can you weigh your butter if need be?
Below are conversions for butter that may come in handy. Note that these are rounded off and are approximations. If you are off by a gram or two there is no need to panic.
- 1/8 U.S. stick = 1 tablespoon = .06 cup = .03 pound = .5 ounces = 15 grams
- 1/2 U.S. stick = 4 tablespoons = .25 cup = .125 pound = 2 ounces = 57 grams
- 1 U.S. stick = 8 tablespoons = .5 cup = .25 pound = 4 ounces = 113 grams
- 2 U.S. sticks = 16 tablespoons = 1 cup = .5 pound = 8 ounces = 227 grams
- 4 U.S. sticks = 32 tablespoons = 2 cups = 1 pound = 16 ounces = 454 grams
Another easy way to measure butter is to use what is known as the displacement method.
No scale needed here. Just butter, a measuring cup that holds at least twice the size of the butter you need, and some cold water.
Let’s say I need that 1 cup of butter again. I fill my trusty Pyrex liquid measuring cup with 1 cup of cold water.
Now I cut chunks of butter and plop them into that measuring cup, making sure the butter is submerged.
As I add butter to the cup, it will cause the water level to rise (the butter is displacing the water).
When the water level rises to the 2-cup level, you now have 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter.
Pour out the water and drain the butter completely. You’re ready to start baking.
I’m sure you’re just giddy over all of this information. You can hold your head high knowing you can tackle any recipe, regardless of where it originated.