Memory Tricks: Remembering How Many Cups in a Gallon

Memory Tricks: Remembering How Many Cups in a Gallon

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Emma Christensen
Jun 14, 2010
Now that the sting has worn off a bit, we can divulge the full story of how we bought the wrong amount of strawberries for our review of the Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. It was all because--on the spot, in the store, without Google Calculator to save us--we couldn't remember how many cups were in a quart! 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... So there's: 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? Related: Measuring: Dip and Sweep (Originally posted June 10, 2008) (Image by Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)
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