How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? Yeah, that’s a question I’ve asked myself many times before.
The answer is 3, by the way. There are exactly 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon.
Before I really got into cooking, I was never able to measure my baking powder/baking soda or any other of my dry ingredients correctly.
I had no idea what a fluid ounce even looked like and wasn’t really able to gauge smaller amounts of ingredients without having to look up a conversion chart. I mean, even an abbreviation would stump me to where I’d have to go looking for a conversion chart of some sort. That all changed when I really started to pay more attention.
Fun fact: The United States uses the imperial system. The rest of the world uses the metric system.
How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?
There are 3 U.S. teaspoons in 1 U.S. tablespoon.
1 U.S. tablespoon equals 3 U.S. teaspoons.
Read on for a few more things on the metric system worth knowing.
How to approximate a teaspoon
Now, let’s say you need to approximate a teaspoon in a pinch and you don’t have measuring spoons around. What do you do?
Here’s the best way I’ve found how, conversion chart not necessary: Find a regular kitchen spoon and then fill it about halfway then take half of that. This will more or less approximate to the amount of a metric teaspoon.
Then, the next best thing to do is to memorize some measurement size comparisons for when you don’t have measuring spoons around. For instance:
- 2 metric tablespoons = a golf ball
- 1 metric tablespoon = a York peppermint patty
- 1 metric teaspoon = A quarter of a regular table-sized teaspoon
And you can also easily memorize ‘How many measuring cups, in a quart, cup, or gallon?’ using this printable conversion chart.
Measurement differences between imperial and metric system
You might’ve heard the US uses the metric system officially. Myanmar (or Burma) and Liberia also use the metric system.
Measurements around the world, like in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or even The United Kingdom you’ll see the rest of the world uses the imperial system. And yes, they’re each a bit different.
For instance, an Australian tablespoon equals something slightly different than a US metric tablespoon measurement.
I created a conversion chart for you to visualize each unit of measurement.
The metric system seems to be a little more consistent and overall easier to work with. The metric system is based on decimals because its always based on a power of 10. You measure units in terms of meters or grams.
The Imperial system uses measurements like inches, foot, yards, pounds, or miles to make measurements. Around the world, you can bet most people know their weight and height for example, in imperial measurements. Overall, imperial measurements tend to be more practical. Still, most of the world uses metric measurements.
Common cooking measurement questions
What a metric tablespoon equals in different scenarios is good random trivia to know. You never know when it’ll come in handy to know about an imperial teaspoon fact or conversions in US fluid ounces. Let’s look at some of the more popular unit of volume question asked in different ways.
How many teaspoons in a cup?
1 U.S. teaspoon equals 48 U.S. teaspoons.
How many teaspoons in an ounce?
1 U.S. fluid ounce equals 6 U.S. teaspoons.
How many teaspoons in a gallon?
1 U.S. gallon equals 768 U.S. teaspoons.
How many tablespoons are in a stick of butter?
1 stick of butter equals 8 metric tablespoons.
What does a spoonful of sugar weigh?
A spoonful of sugar weighs about 4.2 grams.
How much is two tablespoons of butter in sticks?
2 U.S. tablespoons of butter equals 0.25 of a stick.
How much is two tablespoons of butter in grams?
2 tablespoons of butter equals 28.350 grams.
How many cups is two tablespoons of butter?
2 tablespoons of butter equals 0.125 cups.
How much is 1 stick of butter in a measuring cup?
One stick of butter equals ½ cup.
measuring spoons and dessert spoons
I used to not know the difference between a measuring spoon or a dessert spoon. I though they were the same thing.
In the United Kingdom for instance, a dessert spoon is similar in size to a US tablespoon. One dessert spoon is about equal to two teaspoons.
Here are some more measurement conversions that can be useful in the kitchen or otherwise. Some of these come with a conversion chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge. Perfect for home cooks.
Did you find this roundup of measurement conversions helpful? Be sure to leave a comment below!
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