Sun 27 Nov, 2011 10:52 am
Whe a reciepe calls for a cup of cool whip and i have an 8 oz container do i use the full container or do i measuring it into a cup which would be about half of the container? I have this problem every time i use cool whip in a reciepe.
Hi Lois, welcome to A2K. You might want to bookmark this measurement and equivalents site for future reference when you need it.
I believe the CoolWhip package is giving the measurement in weight while the recipe is giving the measurement in volume. They are two different things.
The two most commonly used units of weight (or mass) measurement for cooking in the U.S. are the ounce and the pound. Do not confuse the ounce of weight with the fluid ounce, because they are not the same; there is no standard conversion between weight and volume unless you know the density of the ingredient. To make matters worse, there are different kinds of weight measurement; Avoirdupois weight, Troy weight, and Apothecaries weight. In the U.S., when someone refers to pounds and ounces of weight (especially in cooking) they are usually referring to Avoirdupois weight.
Basic Cooking Rule:
16 ounces = 1 pound
To confirm this, here's what the Cool Whip/Kraft Foods website offers:
How many cups are in a tub of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping?
Size of Tub -- Yield
8 oz. -- 3 cups
12 ounce -- 4 1/2 cups
16 ounce -- 6 1/2 cups for REGULAR, 6 3/4 cups for LITE*