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How big is a cup?

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Not a "how long is a piece of string" question, but -

in the UK we are puzzled by cups as food measurements,

just how big is a cup - for us here it offers all sorts of opportunities to cheat

does a cup = a great big mug? an expresso cup, or good old tea cup (of and saucer size)

I know there are grams to go by, but what is the capacity of a cup?


someone please enlighten me - and my husband who is a chef!!!

good luck to everyone over the festive season


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1 cup is equal to .24 liters, or 8 fluid ounces if you have any old measuring cups around.

Hope this helps! 

Thanks very much - mystery solved!!!
1 cup = 250 millilitres
I use a measuring cup... a small juice glass (8oz) is one cup too... or a regular-sized tea/coffee cup. NOT a big glass or a huge mug - our big water glasses hold 16oz and the mugs are about 12...
a cup is about two fists, for example, a half cup of ice cream is about the size of your fist.
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