## Measuring Butter

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how to measure butter

when we purchase butter we purchase it

by weight and it usually comes in a

one-pound box like this it might be a

box that is this shape or it might be

another shape but each box then contains

four sticks

so before we can measure we need to

remember that sometimes when we measure

ingredients their dry ingredients and we

measure them in a certain way and we

measure liquid ingredients in a certain

way and butter is a solid ingredient so

we're going to measure it the way that

we measure solid ingredients another

thing to remember since we're talking

about weight we're talking about how

heavy it is so if you see a measurement

of pound or ounces we're talking about

how heavy something is when you see cups

tablespoons and teaspoons we're talking

about volume which is how much space the

item occupies and we're going to compare

these two so we're going to start with

weight and we're going to look at pants

so one pound of butter we already said

was comes in a box and sticks and there

are four sticks in one pound of butter

and so our sticks of butter I'm going to

have four of these in one box one pound

so each one then would be 1/4 of a pound

so one pound is four sticks so what if

we just have two sticks then we've got a

half a pound we've still got each stick

is 1/4 of a pound we put put them

together and we have a half a pound so

two sticks is a half a pound

now what about volume what about cups

remember volume is how much space it

occupies and we're talking about cups

and we're gonna be talking about

tablespoons so if we have our four

sticks here remember our four sticks are

still one pound and each stick is still

1/4 of a cup of 1/4 of a pound but for

volume our one pound is the same as two

cups so each stick is now a half a cup

so when we take two sticks together we

get one cup and then these two sticks

make one cup giving us two cups so 1/4

of a pound is the same as one half of a

cup of butter and one half a pound of

butter is the same as one cup and one

pound of butter is the same as 2 cups

weight how much it weighs volume is how

much space it occupies

one more volume measure that we look at

when we look at butter is tablespoons

alright and each stick of butter is

eight tablespoons if we look at our real

stick here you can see the tablespoons

are clearly marked on our stick of

butter and there's clearly eight of them

okay so one stick of butter is this it's

still a half a cup but it is eight

tablespoons if we just have four of

those tablespoons then we have a fourth

of a cup if we just have two tablespoons

we have an eighth of a cup okay

so how do I measure out 1/4 of a cup for

my recipe I've got a whole stick of

butter

I just need 1/4 of a cup well we know

that the stick is 1/2 cup so if we want

a fourth of a cup we're going to need 4

tablespoons because a half a cup is 8

tablespoons so for 1/4 of a cup we're

going to need 4 tablespoons well if I

count 1 2 3 4

we just need half of it so how do I do

that pretty simple we are going to cut

it with a knife

so we take our stick of butter we count

over 1 2 3 4 right through the paper we

cut it I'm gonna have to give it another

cut to get all the way through the paper

on the bottom and we have 1/4 of a cup

or 4 tablespoons here and 1/4 of a cup

or 4 tablespoons here so if my recipe

called for 1 tablespoon or 2 tablespoons

I would simply count the tablespoons on

the package and I would just cut here

for 1 tablespoon or I could cut here if

I needed 2 tablespoons but butter is

simple you cut it with a knife