Memory Tricks: Remembering How Many Cups in a Gallon

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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?

(Originally posted June 10, 2008)

(Image by Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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