Easily understand how butter is measured and weighed around the world. Convert butter from US cups, sticks of butter and tablespoons and more to grams with handy Butter Measurement Conversion Charts.
The confusion: Most countries outside the US (and Canada), weigh their butter using scales which makes it very difficult to understand American recipes.
American recipes vary so much on the measurements of butter referencing anything from a stick to a cup, teaspoon or tablespoon. I lose track all the time and end up Googling an answer when creating recipes. Even my recipes vary (having lived in both The US and Europe).
I knew I couldn’t be the only one in need of quick answers. So, in the charts at the bottom of this page, I have tried to give a variety of different conversions to try to clear up some of the confusion.
Differences in butter around the world:
- American butter is required to have at least an 80% fat content. French butter must contain a minimum of 82% fat. The higher the fat content in butter, the less water it contains, making pastries flakier. More butterfat also means a softer texture, faster melt, and often, a deeper yellow color.
- European butters are known for their rich taste which is a direct result of the higher butterfat content. Ads they contain less water, European butters are often the preference for baking, especially when the butter flavor is important in a recipe.
Tips on Making Measuring and Weighing Butter
- To make it easier to convert yourself – Try memorizing one fact in each category so you can easily convert in your head.
For example – 1/2 cup of butter equals 1 stick of butter so if a recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter, it will be simple to work out in your head that 2 sticks is equal to 1 cup and so on.
- Try to get into the habit of weighing butter instead of adding it to measuring cups or using the guide on the package. It’s more accurate to use a scale.
About American Sticks of Butter:
- In America, butter is measured in many different ways: cups, tablespoons, ounces and pounds, but many recipes also call for “sticks”.
- In the US, butter is mainly sold in 1/2 pound or pound packages, and in the packages, the butter is split into wrapped sticks weighing 1/4 pound (110g) each, which also equals 1/2 cup.
- The wrapping on each stick also has marks showing tablespoon measurements. There are 8 tablespoons in a stick.
Tips on baking with Butter
- When working with butter that’s been defrosted, don’t defrost it in a microwave. A microwave will destroy the emulsion. Instead, cut it into chunks and leave it out until it’s cold but workable.
- You can tell that butter is the right temperature if when wrapped, it leaves a bit of residue on the wrapping and if the cube bends easily without breaking or cracking.
- When a recipe calls for creaming butter, la good rule of thumb is to let your mixer whip the butter for three minutes.
- Mixing butter at high speeds increases the possibility that it will heat and lose its emulsion. During the creaming process, keep your mixer at a relatively low speed.
BUTTER CONVERSION CHARTS
Butter Stick Weights and Measurements
|Butter weight conversion chart|
|1 stick||1/2||113.4g||4 oz||.25 lb|
|half stick||1/4||56.7g||2 oz||–|
|two sticks||1||226.8g||8 oz||.5 lb|
|Four Sicks||–||453.6||16 oz||1 lb|
|1 tablespoon||–||14.2g||1/2 oz||–|
|Butter measurement equivalents|
|1/8 cup of Butter||28.4 g||1 oz||2 Tbsp|
|1/4 cup of Butter||56.7 g||2 oz||4 Tbsp|
|1/3 cup of Butter||75.6 g||2.7 oz||Approx 5 Tbsp|
|3/8 cup of Butter||85 g||3 oz||6 Tbsp|
|½ cup of Butter||113.4 g||4 oz||8 Tbsp|
|5/8 cup of Butter||141.8 g||5 oz||10 Tbsp|
|2/3 cup of Butter||151.2 g||5.3 oz||11 Tbsp|
|¾ cup of Butter||170.1 g||6 oz||12 Tbsp|
|7/8 cup of Butter||198.5 g||7 oz||14 Tbsp|
|1 cup of Butter||226.8 g||8 oz||16 Tbsp|
Common Butter Weight Conversions
|US Butter Weights||Grams||Ounces|
|1 stick||113.4g||4 oz|
|1/2 stick||56.7g||2 oz|
|1 cup||225g||8 oz|
|1/2 cup||113.4g||4 oz|
|1 tablespoon||14.2g||1/2 oz|
|1 teaspoon||4.7g||0.02 oz|
|1 pound||450g||16 oz|
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