# How many kg is a measuring cup?

A measuring cup is a kitchen tool used to measure out standardized amounts of liquid and dry ingredients for cooking and baking recipes. But how much does a measuring cup actually weigh? The answer depends on the size and material of the measuring cup, as well as the density of the ingredient being measured.

## Standard Measuring Cup Sizes

There are several standard sizes of measuring cups used in most kitchens:

### 1 cup

A 1 cup measuring cup holds exactly 236.588 ml or 8 fl oz of liquid or dry ingredients. This is equivalent to:

– 16 tablespoons
– 48 teaspoons
– 1/2 pint
– 1/4 quart

### 1/2 cup

A 1/2 cup measuring cup holds exactly 118.294 ml or 4 fl oz. This is equivalent to:

– 8 tablespoons
– 24 teaspoons
– 1/8 quart

### 1/3 cup

A 1/3 cup measuring cup holds exactly 78.863 ml. This is equivalent to:

– 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
– 16 teaspoons

### 1/4 cup

A 1/4 cup measuring cup holds exactly 59.147 ml. This is equivalent to:

– 4 tablespoons
– 12 teaspoons
– 2 fl oz

### Tablespoon

A tablespoon holds exactly 14.787 ml or 3 teaspoons.

### Teaspoon

A teaspoon holds exactly 4.928 ml.

## Measuring Cup Materials

Measuring cups come in a variety of materials, each with their own weight:

### Plastic

Plastic measuring cups are lightweight and inexpensive. A 1-cup plastic measuring cup weighs approximately:

– 50 grams when empty
– 250 grams when full of water

### Glass

Glass measuring cups are heavier but more durable than plastic. A 1-cup glass measuring cup weighs approximately:

– 150 grams when empty
– 400 grams when full of water

### Stainless Steel

Stainless steel measuring cups are very durable but heavier than plastic or glass. A 1-cup stainless steel measuring cup weighs approximately:

– 200 grams when empty
– 450 grams when full of water

## Weight of Dry vs Liquid Ingredients

The weight of a measuring cup depends not only on the size and material, but also on the density of the ingredient being measured.

For example, 1 cup of water weighs:

– 236 grams or 0.236 kg

But 1 cup of flour weighs:

– 120 grams or 0.12 kg

This is because flour is less dense than water. Other common ingredient weights for a 1 cup measuring cup include:

### Sugar

– 200 grams or 0.2 kg

### Rice

– 180 grams or 0.18 kg

### Oil

– 210 grams or 0.21 kg

### Milk

– 244 grams or 0.244 kg

## Weight of Measuring Cups by Size

Here is a table summarizing the approximate weight in grams and kilograms of common measuring cup sizes, when empty and filled with water:

Measuring Cup Size Empty Weight (grams) Full of Water Weight (grams) Full of Water Weight (kg)
1 cup 100 340 0.34
1/2 cup 50 170 0.17
1/3 cup 35 115 0.115
1/4 cup 25 85 0.085

As you can see, a standard 1 cup measuring cup holds about 1/3 of a kg of water or other liquid ingredients. The exact weight varies greatly depending on the material, size, and ingredients being measured.

## Conclusion

To summarize, the weight of a measuring cup depends on:

### Measuring cup size

– Smaller cups weigh less than larger cups

### Measuring cup material

– Glass and stainless steel weigh more than plastic

### Ingredient being measured

– Dense ingredients like water weigh more than less dense ingredients like flour

But in general, a standard 1 cup measuring cup holds approximately 1/3 kg or 100-200 grams empty, and 300-400 grams when filled with water or other liquid ingredients. Being familiar with these approximate weights can be handy for kitchen tasks like scaling recipes up or down.