Historic Measurements

Measurement by Spoons

10 drops ..... 1 saltspoon
4 saltspoons ..... 1 teaspoon
3 teaspoons (dry) ..... 1 tablespoon
4 teaspoons (liquid) ..... 1 tablespoon
1 basting spoon (liquid)..... 4 tablespoon
4 basting spoon (liquid)..... 1 cup
12 tablespoons (liquid)..... 1 cup
8 heaping tablespoons ..... 1 cup

Measurement by coffee cup or common tumbler

Common tumbler ..... ½ pint ..... 1 C
Wine glass ..... ½ gill ..... ¼ C ..... 4T
Coffee cup ..... 1 cup
Tea cup ..... ¾ cup
2 gills ..... 1 cup
8 fl. oz. ..... 1 cup
1 pint ..... 2 cups
2 pints ..... 1 quart
4 quarts..... 1 gallon

Lard or Butter

1 rounded tablespoon ..... 1 oz
size of an egg ..... 2 oz
2 cups ..... 1 lb

Chart compiled from: Leslie 1832, 1840; Lee 1832; Hale 1839; and Morse 1909

Oven temperatures

Slow ..... 300
Moderate..... 350
Quick ..... 375
Hot ..... 400

Leslie, Eliza. Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. 1832. [c1828]
Leslie, Eliza. Directions...1844 [c1837]
Lee. The Cooks Own. 1832
Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell. The Good Housekeeper. 1839
Webster, Mrs. A.L. The Improved Housewife. Hartford: 1844
Murray's modern cookery book. Modern domestic cookery, by a lady London 1851
Farmer, Fannie Merritt. The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. 1896
Fullständigaste Svensk-Amerikansk Kokbok Swedish-English Cookbook. Chicago: 1897

Commerce Standards (Common weights & measures... years 732- )
Equivalents for one unit and fractions of a unit




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