Cooking Measurements

In recipes, quantities of ingredients may be specified by mass ("weight"), by volume, or by count. This category includes questions related to these terms.

Why is a baker's dozen 13?

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No one’s completely sure. The most common theory is that since there were harsh punishments for medieval bakers who shorted their customers, they took to throwing in an extra item in case any of them were accidentally a little light (many of them didn’t have scales, so they couldn’t tell exactly). Punishments for medieval bakers were kind of wild—ranging from fines to getting dunked in the river—so the extra caution makes a lot of sense.

Is 3 quarts bigger than 12 cups?

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No, 12 cups equals 3 quarts, since there are 4 cups in a quart, and 4*3 = 12.