Eyeballing Portion Sizes

Every once in a while, you find yourself preparing food without all the proper kitchen implements. Without the proper gear, you may be left to figure out the proper portion sizes of your ingredients. It could be helpful to be able to accurately eyeball portions. Here’s a quick reference that can help you eyeball your ingredients accurately.

  • 1 tsp. of salad dressing = Size of a half dollar
  • 1/2 tsp. of oil = 1 thimble full
  • 1/2 cup of veggies = Size of a lightbulb
  • 1 oz. of nuts = 2 shot glasses
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream = 1 golf ball
  • 1 oz. chunk of cheese = 2 dominoes or your thumps
  • 1/2 cup of pasta or rice fits in a cupcake wrapper
  • 1/2 bagel = Hockey puck
  • 3 oz. hamburger = Mayo jar lid
  • 3 oz. beef = 1 bar of soap
  • 1 tsp. butter = Scrabble tile
  • 1 cup = A closed fist
  • 1/2 cup = An ice cream scooper
  • 1 teaspoon = Top of thumb from tip to joint

And, just for fun, here are a few quick measurement conversions:

  • 1 teaspoon = 60 drops of fluid
  • 1/2 teaspoon = 30 drops
  • 1 cup = 225 ml, 8.3 oz. of water, 6.7 oz. of water, 4.2 – 5.0 oz. of wheat flour, or 10.0 oz. table salt
  • 1 pint = 1 pound
  • 1 gallon = 8.3 pounds