checking with the tree of life real quick to find out how many pints are in a cup just American things

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I neither know nor care if any of these numbers are accurate btw

@SeanAloysiusOBrien I posted this in my cabinet and it summoned a loaf of fresh bread

@solarbear @SeanAloysiusOBrien in this episode Shinji has an existential crisis when his bread doesn't rise, which was due to his dad providing yeast measured in metric.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien bookmarking this because it's unfortunatley useful tyvm

@bouncinglime @SeanAloysiusOBrien

1/3rd cup is 5 tablespoons
1 tablespoon is 3 teaspoons
1 teaspoon is 1/3rd cup

something seems wrong here?

@bouncinglime @SeanAloysiusOBrien oh the (+) thing set into the angle is

1 teaspoon + 5 tablespoons = 1/3rd cup

not directly comparing them

@SeanAloysiusOBrien OOH this looks really fuckin' useful actually!

(Did you make it yourself? If not d'you happen to have a source?)

@SeanAloysiusOBrien I .. didn't know there was an integer relationships between tea spoons and cups.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien It is, though the relationships between 1/3 & 2/3 cups and teaspoons / tablespoons is unintuitive.

(For others who may care.)

@SeanAloysiusOBrien absolutely despise how useful and necessary this is.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien Pretty sure this diagram is from a Jordan Peterson book

@SeanAloysiusOBrien @Taweret @Aleums the chaos oroborous dragon would be an excellent / terrible tattoo

@SeanAloysiusOBrien This is made a lot more complicated by the fractions of a cup.

Doesn't including those defeat the point of expressing the fractions in those rings?

@apLundell @SeanAloysiusOBrien The human eye is bad at reading fractions in pie charts and the goal is to reduce math, so probably not?


I don't think those rings are pie charts. The size of the slice doesn't mean anything.

They're just an artistic way of presenting the ratios.

But if there's an entry that 16 tablespoons make a cup, why do we need to also know that 8 tablespoons make half a cup? And 4 tablespoons make a quarter of a cup?

@federico3 @SeanAloysiusOBrien it goes both ways, you can't buy a 250ml can of condensed milk in the US.

@federico3 @RandomDamage @SeanAloysiusOBrien that's an extremely odd and specific example, however, both as an item sold by volume and not weight, as a measurement given as an item of sale, which is pretty rare in recipes.

And still, you can always convert the recipe to use whatever the closest amount you can easily get with a proportion, and the rest of the ingredient can be easily measured by weight even if they are in odd amounts like 342g, as that's just another number on the scale. Try measuring 0.342 of a cup by volume, that's pretty much impossible!

@valhalla @federico3 @SeanAloysiusOBrien not so odd, it's a key ingredient for a lot of homemade confections.

And as soon as you're talking about converting entire recipes to the local units of measure, remembering 48 tsp. to the cup seems a lot simpler (if you live in tsp land instead of ml land).

Just use the local measures.

I like the diagram, though, it would make a great fridge magnet for those of us who live in tsp land.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien ... Why 1 tea spoon = 1 1/3 cup but 48 tea spoon = 1 cup ???

is 1/3 cup something different from an actual third of a cup ???

@SeanAloysiusOBrien Oh the + is supposed to mean 1 tea spoon + 1 table spoon


@Nocta @SeanAloysiusOBrien yep, 32 tea spoon for 2/3 cup and 16 tea spoon for 1/3 cup (you use table spoon for simplicity)

@SeanAloysiusOBrien what is this black magic? Being from the UK I hate using recipes that have cups in them because I have quite a few cups, most of them are different sizes.
Knowing half a pint is one cup is actually useful knowledge!

@SeanAloysiusOBrien and for non-US folks and completeness sake, a quart is about 940 milliliters.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien Seeing this makes me think about how the only reason we're still on these units is all the old bitter fogeys who have all this useful information just ... in their brains taking up space

@SeanAloysiusOBrien This is one of those things that does happen to map to metric too. A quart is pretty much a liter, an american cup is 240ml, and so sixteen 15ml tablespoons and forty-eight 5ml teaspoons slot right in.

I guess the biggest diff is while we do use liters and tablespoons and teaspoons, we use “deciliters” (100 ml) instead of cups. A deciliter is 20 teaspoons or a third of that many tablespoons. (Which isn’t an integer relationship unfortunately.)

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