How To Measure 3/4 Cup Without Measuring Cup the Easy Way

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled like a pack of hungry wolves, and the rain pelted the windows like tiny little hammers. I was all cozied up in my bed, with my warm blankets and soft pillows, when I heard a knock at the door. It sounded like it was coming from inside my head. “Who could that be?” I thought to myself as I slowly got out of bed and made my way to the front door.

I opened it to find a drenched and bedraggled raccoon standing on my porch. It looked up at me with its big, brown eyes and said, “Can you help me measure 3/4 cup? I don’t have a measuring cup and I need to make a cake for my family.”

I thought for a moment and then said am I dreaming! I could not tell, but I thought ‘I can’t let a raccoon family go hungry’. So I grabbed my spoons and showed the raccoon how to use them to measure 3/4 cups of water. The raccoon gratefully thanked me and ran off into the night, ready to make her delicious cake for her family.

Just in case you find yourself in a similar situation, in your dream, or in real life, fear not, I have you covered.

How To Measure 3/4 Cup Without Measuring Cup?

The easiest way to measure 3/4 cups without a measuring cup is by using a tablespoon. One cup equals 16 tablespoons so 3/4 of 16tbs equals 12 tbs.

1 cup = 16 tablespoons

3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons

Quick Measurements Converter Chart

1/4 Cup1/3 Cup2/3 Cup3/4 Cup1 Cup
4 tbsp5.3 tbsp10.7 tbsp12 tbsp16 tbsp
12 tsp16 tsp32 tsp36 tsp48 tsp
2 fluid oz2.6 fluid oz5.4 fluid oz6 fluid oz8oz
59 ml78 ml158 ml177 ml236 ml

If you are a visual learner like me, then here is a video of different ways you can get 3/4 of a cup (without a measuring cup).

6 Easy Ways to Measure 3/4 Cup (Without a Measuring Cup) Emergency Guide

I know how frustrating it can be to try and measure everything properly. It’s a pain in the neck especially when you have to halve or double a recipe and all the weights and measurements get all over the place. Just in case you find yourself needing to make a cake and you realize at the last minute that you do not have a measuring cup, fear not. Here are some easy ways you can measure out 3/4 of a cup with things in your home and kitchen.

1. Use Household Items

You can use any household items like glasses (that you know are 12 ounces) and measure out 3/4 cup of dry ingredients. While this is eye-balling it so it will not be an exact science

Quick Conversion Hacks if you have to eyeball it.

  • 1/4 cup is about the same size as an egg
  • A tennis ball is about the size of 1/2 cup
  • A baseball is about the same size as 1/2 cup of pasta
  • A Ping pong ball is about 2 tbs

(*These are all estimations)

2. Use a Digital Kitchen Scale

A digital kitchen scale is super easy and quick to use. By knowing the weight equivalents for dry goods or by using a volume-to-weight conversion chart for liquids, you can easily weigh your ingredients.

Why Measure by Weight?

Measuring by weight is more accurate. There are no density problems when measuring by weight (this is of course only to do with dry ingredients). Six ounces of flour is always six ounces of flour and nothing is going to change that. However, if you are measuring water that is another story.

How Much Does Water Weigh?

The weight of a volume of water can be found given the density, which is the mass compared to the volume. The density of water is 1 kilogram per liter (kg/L) at 39.2°.

This means that

1 liter (L) of water = 1 kilogram (kg)

1 milliliter (mL) of water = 1 gram (g)

Water Weight Calculator

3. Use a tablespoon or teaspoon

Using tablespoons and teaspoons can also yield a one-quarter cup measurement. It might take a while to pour it all into your mixing bowl though.

For reference:

4 tablespoons (tbs) = 1/4 cup & 12 tablespoons (tbs) = 3/4 cup

12 teaspoons (tps) = 1/4 cup & 36 teaspoons (tps) = 3/4 cup

Easy tbs/tps conversions

  • measuring cup = regular coffee mug 
  • measuring tablespoon = average dinner spoon 
  • measuring teaspoon = standard stirring spoon 

4. Use your hand

If you don’t have any spoons or other utensils available, you can use your hand to estimate one-quarter, one-half, and three-quarter cups. To measure a quarter cup, simply scoop the ingredient into your cupped hand, your hand should be half full, which is equal to 1/4 cup. Now just do that 3 times.

Some more easy conversions using your hand

  • One cupped palm is equal to half a cup.
  • The size of your palm is approx 3oz.
  • The tip of your thumb approx a tablespoon.
  • The tip of your index finger is aprox a teaspoon.

5. Convert 3/4 cups to ounces

Another way to measure 3/4 cups without using a measuring cup is by converting it into ounces. Since there are 8 ounces in a cup, 3/4 cups are equal to 6 ounces.

Easy cups to ounces conversions

  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces.
  • 2 cups = 2 × 8 = 16 fluid ounces.
  • 3 cups = 3 × 8 = 24 fluid ounces.
  • 0.5 cup = 0.5 × 8 = 4 fluid ounces.
  • 2.5 cup = 2.5 × 8 = 10 fluid ounces.

6. Comparisons

By knowing the weight of one thing you can measure another. Find something that has the weight written on the packaging.

Many food packages have the weight on the side of the products. All you need to do is find one that is similar in volume and density to the item that you are trying to measure and from there you can roughly guess.

Quick Ways to Measure small amounts

  • A pinch – small pinch with your thumb and forefinger it’s about 1/16 of a teaspoon.
  • A dash – less than 1/8 of a teaspoon
  • A scant – less than what is actually called needed
  • A smidgen – is almost nothing, measuring to about 1/32 of a teaspoon.
  • Heaping – an amount that heaps over the top of the measuring spoon or cup.

So Do you know to Measure 3/4 Cup Without a Measuring Cup?

So there you have it – six different ways to measure 3/4 cup without a measuring cup! Whether you’re using kitchen tools, digital scales, tablespoons or teaspoons, hands, or even mason jars, you should be able to find a method that works for you so that if a racoon comes over you will be able to know what to do!

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