Health & Wellbeing Kitchen Tips

How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?

So how many teaspoons in a tablespoon? I’ve always been good at cooking but baking has taken a lot of practice and math conversion. Baking is a precise science and it has taken me some time to learn some important concepts that come in handy in the kitchen. So, I’d like to share some of the learnings around measurements here with you.

1 tablespoon is exactly 3 teaspoons.

I’ve googled this question many times while in the middle of baking, and yet I’ve managed to forget many times. But, now I’ve memorized it and posted it in my baking drawer (just in case I forget). Remembering this one measurement has certainly made my baking life a lot easier and results are much more in line with the expectations. Go figure!

Some Handy Kitchen Conversions

There is a difference between liquid and dry ingredients. For liquid ingredients, it is best to use a measuring cup that is specifically for liquids and is usually made of glass, like this one here. I don’t recommend plastic ones, as you might be working with hot liquids that can melt plastic

See below for common conversions for both dry and wet ingredients.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce
  • 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons = 1/3 cup
  • 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
  • 14 tablespoons = 1 cup

Wet Ingredients

As mentioned above, it is advisable to use a measuring cup specifically made for liquids, as it is different than dry ingredients measuring cup. I recommend this one here as it is a classic and is used by most home bakers. Below are conversions using a liquid measuring cup:

2 tablespoons1 fluid ounce
1 cup8 fluid ounces1/2 pint
2 cup16 fluid ounces1 pint
4 cup32 fluid ounces2 pint
8 cup64 fluid ounces4 pint

Hopefully printing and pinning this chart to your fridge will make your life much easier in the kitchen. And, like me, it will also make what comes out of the oven more predictable.

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