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How many ounces in a tablespoon?


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November 24, 2015 3:31PM

1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

A tablespoon is equivalent to 0.5 liquid ounces so there are 2 tablespoons in 1 ounce. This varies when you are using the tablespoon to measure a non-liquid such as flour or sugar since the weight of dry items is not consistent based on their volume.

That's impossible to say unless you tell us what is in the tablespoons.

A tablespoon of water will weigh a different amount than a tablespoon of flour.

Perhaps you meant to ask how many fluid ounces two tablespoons contain? There are two different ounces: ounces of weight and ounces of volume. A tablespoon is a measure of volume, not of weight. An ounce of volume is called a "fluid ounce." A tablespoon contains 0.5 fluid ounces. (It does NOT weigh 0.5 ounces.) So two tablespoons would contain 1 fluid ounce.

There is one-half liquid ounce in a tablespoon -- U.S. measure