In the food context, a cup is a unit of measurement used to quantify ingredients such as flour, sugar, and liquids. One cup is equivalent to approximately 240 milliliters (8 fluid ounces). Cups are a common measurement used in recipes, especially in the United States.
Some examples of recipes that use cups as a measurement include:
- Chocolate chip cookies: A classic cookie recipe that typically calls for 2 1/4 cups of flour, 1 cup of butter, and 1 cup of sugar.
- Pancakes: A breakfast staple that typically calls for 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of milk, and 2 eggs.
- Banana bread: A moist and delicious bread that typically calls for 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 3 ripe bananas.
- Smoothies: A blended beverage that typically calls for 1-2 cups of fruit, 1 cup of liquid (such as milk or juice), and other ingredients such as yogurt, protein powder, or honey.
Similar units of measurement used in cooking include:
- Teaspoon: A unit of measurement that is equivalent to 1/3 of a tablespoon or 5 milliliters.
- Tablespoon: A unit of measurement that is equivalent to 3 teaspoons or 15 milliliters.
- Ounce: A unit of measurement that is equivalent to 1/8 of a cup or approximately 30 milliliters.
- Gram: A unit of measurement used in metric systems, equivalent to approximately 1/4 teaspoon (0.035 ounces).