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How to Cut Down Recipes

Need to downsize a favorite recipe? Learn how to decrease servings using these easy tips.


ORIGINAL AMOUNT HALF
THE AMOUNT
ONE-THIRD
THE AMOUNT
1 cup 1/2 cup 1/3 cup
3/4 cup 6 tbsp 1/4 cup
2/3 cup 1/3 cup 3 tbsp + 1-1/2 tsp
1/2 cup 1/4 cup 2 tbsp + 2 tsp
1/3 cup 2 tbsp + 2 tsp 1 tbsp + 1-1/4 tsp
1/4 cup 2 tbsp 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
1 tbsp 1-1/2 tsp 1 tsp
1 tsp 1/2 tsp 1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/8 tsp
1/4 tsp 1/8 tsp dash

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon




Measurement Amounts

Here's a listing of how many tablespoons and teaspoons are in larger measuring cup amounts. This may make it easier for you to downsize your recipes by one-half or one-third.


1 cup = 16 tablespoons

Half of 1 cup = 8 tablespoons

3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons

Half of 3/4 cup = 6 tablespoons

1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons

Half of 1/2 cup = 4 tablespoons

1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon

Half of 1/3 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons

Half of 1/4 cup = 2 tablespoons

1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons

Half of 1/8 cup = 1 tablespoon

1/2 tablespoon = 1-1/2 teaspoons