When baking, measuring your ingredients correctly is very important. If you are off by just a little bit, your recipe may not turn out correctly. Unfortunately, cups are a very common way to measure liquids such as water or milk.
When baking with cup measures for liquid ingredients, you must know how many cups are in half a pint to ensure the recipe comes out correctly. The same goes for fluffy white flour; you need to know how many cups are in half a pound!
Many people wonder how many tablespoons are in a cup or how many ounces are in a liter. Luckily, we have the answers to these questions! Here at BakeItFunny, we wanted to spread our knowledge so we compiled a list of all of the conversions of cups into other units.
½ pint = 4 oz
Now that you know how many ounces are in a pint, the next question is how many cups are in half a pint?
Just like with the ounces, you will have to do a little math to find out. You will have to divide the volume of a cup by the volume of half a pint. Then you will have to remember how many tablespoons are in a cup and then add half of one.
To start, take your half pint and pour it into a measuring cup. See how much it fills up? That is the volume it has! Now you just need to divide that number by two.
There is just over two cups in half a pint, so two and a half cups is the answer! Two and a half cups is about 8 tablespoons, so there are 8 + ½ tablespoons in 2½ cups of milk.
½ pint = 128 ml
You may be wondering why there are two common pint measures: American and British. The American pint is slightly larger than the British pint, which makes for some fun comparisons across the pond.
American pints are used in the U.S. and its territories, Canada, Belize, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
British pints are used in Australia and New Zealand and in countries that were former colonies of Britain. However you do not need to travel across the ocean to encounter the different measurements – you can simply look at the bottle or can!
Beer bottles and cans are typically measured in American pints while British pints are used for milk bottles and cans.
Plastic half-pint cups
You may be surprised to know that there is not a standard size for half-pint plastic cups. While some brands make them in 2 oz., 1.5 oz., and 1 oz. volumes, others make them only in 1 oz.
If you do not have any plastic half-pint cups, you can always measure out your drinks in the smallest plastic quarter-pint cups you can find. You will need two of these to equal one half-pint drink.
These cups are usually very thin, so be careful with them! If you are out at a bar and run out of these cups, ask the bar tender if you can have one of their empty pint glasses to use as a substitute. You will get slightly more liquid, but it will hold more due to the bigger volume.
Either way, do not let your drinks go unmeasured for too long! Measure out some liquid using these tips and give them back their full measure.
Made of plastic
Another defining feature of half pints is that they are usually made of plastic. While some beers may come in glass half pints, the majority use a harder material.
Plastic has several advantages over glass when it comes to beer containers. First, plastic is lighter than glass, making it easier to transport drinks. Second, plastic does not break as easily as glass, making it more reliable and safer.
However, some drinkers dislike drinking from plastic containers due to a perceived lack of taste. Some believe that the plastic adds an artificial flavor to the beverage, ruining the actual taste of the beer. Others feel that plastic absorbs some of the flavor of the drink, leaving you with a less than optimal taste.
Whether or not this is true depends on the quality of the plastic used to make the container. If a container is made of high-quality plastics that do not absorb flavors then this argument is invalid.
Holds about 8 oz of liquid
A half pint is the equivalent of 8 ounces of liquid. This measure most commonly refers to beer, but you can use it for any type of beverage.
Beer glasses vary in size depending on the brewery and the beverage offered. Some hold as little as a half pint, while others hold up to two and a half pints!
Luckily, you can always double check how much a half pint of beer fills up by pouring it into an 8-ounce cup.
Similar to a shot glass
Another measurement that is close to a pint is half a pint. This is typically measured in ounces, not fractions of a pint.
A half-pint shot glass is the same as a half-pint cup. Both contain one ounce of liquid, so you could use either one to measure one ounce of liquid.
However, you could not fill a shot glass with liquid unless it was water. Liquids do not come in fractions of a cup, so this measure would be useless for anything other than water.
A half-pint is most commonly used for alcoholic drinks such as beer or whiskey.
Often used for condiments and sauces
Half pints are most often used for condiments and sauces. They are a great way to save some space and keep your sauces and spreads organized. Many restaurants will have these on the tables for patrons to use.
People also use them as ramekins for desserts like chocolate mousse or crème brulee. You can even use them as pots for plants!
As with all of the pint sizes, you can divide up the volume in half-pints in different ways. One way is to divide the volume by two, which would make this measure one quarter of a pint.
This measure is not very common, but you could use it to keep track of how much mustard you are using!
Another way is to divide the volume by three, which would make this measure one eighth of a pint.
Easy to store and transport
Cup sizes in the US are set standards, so you can be sure that a medium cup will always hold the same amount. Unless you are using super-sized cups, then they will still hold the same amount as a medium cup.
Cups are also very easy to store and transport. Since they are typically made of plastic, you can toss them in a bag and take them with you wherever you go. If you get cups that are waterproof, then you can even take them to the pool or beach!
This makes it easy to keep track of how many cups you have at any given time. You will never wonder how many cups are in a half a pint, for example. You will always have exactly one medium cup’s worth of liquid.
Keep in mind that this depends on the size of the cup, not the type of cup.