Simple ways to divide ingredients while making recipes

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By Admin Desk

While making a recipe, you have to use the exact amount of the ingredients otherwise it may end in becoming a bad experience for us. In some recipes, measurements are not as always as easy as cutting a cup in half. In some recipes, we need 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup or even worse scenarios. We may have two main types of ingredients, the first one is dry ingredients like sugar, flour, etc., and the second one is wet ingredients like water, milk, etc.

So after hours of research, we are here with a couple of ways to divide these two types of ingredients in a much easier way so that you can make your recipe perfectly with wonderful taste. These techniques will help you measure ingredients more accurately.

Divide it

In recipes, many ingredients are very easy to divide. For example, dividing a cup of sugar into 1/2 or in 1/4 parts. Here half of a cup is 1/2 and half of 1/2 cup is 1/4 cup. In some cases, dividing ingredients is not as easy. For example, diving 1/2 of 2/3 cup is not simple. Here we break down our measurements into tablespoons and teaspoons for accurate measurements. Here are the details about how many teaspoons and tablespoons a cup has.

  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons = 48 teaspoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons = 36 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons = 24 teaspoons
  • 1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon = 16 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons = 12 teaspoons

Now we can more easily divide the ingredients. For example, now half of 3/4 cup would be 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons, or 6 tablespoons or half of 2/3 cup is 1/3 or 6 tablespoons.

So now we can more easily divide ingredients for our recipe. Below is a sample table about how to divide ingredients.

Actual Amount Half of the Actual Amount is One-Third of the Actual Amount is
1 cup 1/2 cup 1/3 cup
1/2 cup 1/4 cup 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
3/4 cup 6 tablespoons or 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons 1/4 cup
1/3 cup 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons 1 tablespoon + 1 1/4 teaspoon
2/3 cup 1/3 cup 3 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons
1/4 cup 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
1/8 cup 1/16 cup or 1 tablespoon 2 teaspoons
1 tablespoon 1 1/2 teaspoon 1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon Dash

 Weigh it

The second way to measure ingredients for your recipe is to measure the ingredient according to its weight. It is very easy and simple to measure the weight of the ingredients and then divide them.  Here are some common ingredients in a cup that weighs in grams

  • 1 cup brown sugar = 220 grams
  • 1 cup powdered sugar = 115 grams
  • 1 large egg (without shell) = roughly 50 grams (vary by a few grams due to size)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour = 125 grams
  • 1 cup granulated sugar = 200 grams
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder = 90 grams

Similarly, you can measure the weight of the ingredients and then divide them accurately to use in the recipe.

How to measure and divide wet ingredients

To measure and divide wet ingredients like water, milk, oil, vinegar, etc., we recommend you to use a liquid measure device such as a scaled cup used to measure liquids. Dividing the wet ingredients is as much easy as the dry ingredients. We just have to find half of the ingredient either by measuring using a scale or using weight calculation.


In the end, we recommend measuring the ingredients by their weight as this is an easy and simplest way to divide the ingredients. This is the reason that many chefs and bakers prefer to buy a food safe-scale for your kitchen. This is also inexpensive to measure the ingredients as compared to other ways of measurement. After reading this article about how to measure and divide ingredients for your recipe, we hope this article may help you measure the ingredients correctly and accurately in your kitchen while making any recipe for yourself or your loved ones.