Telling this story to a friend later, she laughed and said, "Don't you know about the gallon-eating-the-quarts trick?" At our blank look, she grabbed a pen and drew a diagram like the one above...
2 Cups in a Pint
2 Pints in a Quart
4 Quarts in a Gallon
And so two "C's" fit inside a "P," two "P's" fit inside a "Q," and four "Q's" fit inside a big, enormous "G."
It's like "the woman who swallowed a fly" for cups and quarts!
It still takes a few minutes of mental visualization, but with this diagram in mind, you can easily figure out that there are four cups in a quart, 16 cups in a gallon, and so on.
Fingers crossed--with luck we'll never find ourselves in this particular grocery store conundrum again!
Any other good memory tricks you use when cooking?
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(Originally posted June 10, 2008)
(Image by Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)