My mother's recipe for chocolate pound cake calls for 6 sticks of whipped butter. I can only find the whipped butter in 8 oz. tubs. How many tubs of whipped butter will I need to equal 6 sticks of whipped?
By Joyce from Salisbury, NC
Editor's Note: A "stick" of butter equals 1/2 cup
Do you have any way to verify that it means to take 6 sticks of butter, and whip them? That is how I read it.
I often write recipes for family, and try to add notes for situations such as that, where I know what I mean, but it may not be a standard recipe instruction.
1 stick of butter = 4 oz. So you would need to buy 3 - 8 oz. tubs of the whipped butter.
Compare prices and see if it would be cheaper to buy the butter and whip it yourself than the whipped butter.
I would take it that the recipe meant to take six sticks of butter and whip them.
I stick of butter equals 4oz
Joyce, I think that is more of a "recipe instruction" than it is a recipe measurement! Should probably read: 6 sticks of butter, whiped
As others have mentioned you can simply whip the butter yourself and save oodles of money. ;-) Also, not all sticks of butter are 4 oz anymore. The brand of butter I buy now comes in 2 oz sticks (8 sticks to a pound) so we all need to start using ounce, tablespoon or cup in measurements for our recipes because 'sticks' for measurement are no longer the standard.
I would buy the actual sticks and whip them. Whipped butter has additives to keep it spreadable.
4 sticks is 16 oz
6 sticks would be 16 + 8
Whipped store bought butter has either water added to it or oil. Recipes that say add sugar and 6 sticks butter whipped generally mean whip the sugar and butter together till light and fluffy. Chances are this was written to mean 6 sticks of butter whip it so it would be easy to add in drys.
G'day - I am from Australia and would just like to add that when people from the US talk about a Tablespoon it is a different measurement than what we have here in Australia for a tablespoon. An American tablespoon is only 15g or 3 teaspoons and Australian tablespoons are 20g or 4 teaspoons so be sure to make allowances for this difference.
Edited to add: if 8 American tablespoons = 1 stick of butter then you would only need 6 Australian tablespoons to equal the same amount of butter.
First of all: a standard "Stick of butter" always means 4 ounces. a "half-stick" is two ounces so Deeli is incorrect in saying that 4 ounces is no longer the standard. Secondly, fatboyslimsmom, if you are talking about mixing butter (or other fat) with sugar in the beginning of a recipe, it may be called "creaming". This means to blend your butter and sugar until they are no longer able to be distinguished from each other. to "whip" butter would mean to whip it separately then add your sugar in (by whatever means are most appropriate, whether that be folding it or whipping). Always be aware that the more you allow you butter to melt (if you are baking) the more it will spread in the oven.
Also, shortening may be a good substitute for butter (since it is much cheaper) but also be aware that "butter flavored" Crisco just has coloring in it. It is much easier to mix and converts to the same amount.
zachlechler, before you insist I am incorrect about sticks of butter measurements you might want to check out this link which includes photographic proof. ;-)
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How many ounces in a stick of butter?
By sonofman from KY
Butter is wrapped in 1 pound packages, and there are 4 sticks in a package so 1 stick is 1/4 pound. A pound is 16 ounces, therefore a stick is 4 ounces. I'm surprised I remember that. Up here in Canada we use grams and kilograms now. :) (09/10/2009)
The butter I buy is eight sticks in a one pound package. All you have to do is read the individual wrapper. Each wrapper shows the amount of tablespoons, cups and ounces. (09/10/2009)
1/2 cup or 4 ounces in one stick of butter. 8(1/2 ounce) tablespoons. (09/12/2009)
As I am in Australia, could you please tell me what quantity 1 stick of butter is in recipes?
By Wendyann from Albion Park, NSW Australia
The way they normally sell butter in the States is in pound packages and there are four individually wrapped sticks in each package. Each stick is 1/4 pound or 4 oz. It would equal 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons. (06/09/2009)
Greatly appreciated, will now be able to make those nice recipes. (06/09/2009)
Some companies here in the States are now selling that pound of butter in eight sticks instead of four sticks. Land o' Lakes is the brand I use and they recently switched to the eight sticks per pound.
Anyway, any stick of butter has markings on the individual wrappers here that show the tablespoon and/or cup amounts so if a recipe calls for 'a stick' you might want to find out the detailed equivalent measure. Sorry if I sound ignorant but I am curious if there are amount markings on Australia's sticks of butter? (06/10/2009)
This site should help you in figuring measurements. Substitutions and Equivalents - Basics of Cooking Lesson Series Equivalents and Substitutions
Just go to the correct page for the equivalent you need. (06/10/2009)
Most brands of butter are 1/2 cup each stick. (06/10/2009)
Butter Measurement Chart
Volume Sticks US Metric
1 Tbsp 1/8 1/2 oz 14 g
2 Tbsp 1/4 1 oz 25 g
3 Tbsp 3/8 1-1/2 oz 42 g
1/4 cup 1/2 2 oz 57 g
5 Tbsp 5/8 2-1/2 oz 72 g
6 Tbsp 3/4 3 oz 85 g
7 Tbsp 7/8 3/1/2 oz 98 g
1/2 cup 1 1/4 pound 113 g
9 Tbsp 1 - 1/8 4-1/2 oz 126 g
10 Tbsp 1 - 1/4 5 oz 142 g
11 Tbsp 1 - 3/8 5-1/2 oz 155 g
3/4 cup 1 - 1/2 6 oz 170 g
13 Tbsp 1 - 5/8 6-1/2 oz 184 g
14 Tbsp 1 - 3/4 7 oz 198 g
15 Tbsp 1 - 7/8 7-1/2 oz 212 g
1 cup 2 1/2 pound 227 g
17 Tbsp 2 - 1/8 8-1/2 oz 241 g
18 Tbsp 2 - 1/4 9 oz 255 g
19 Tbsp 2 - 3/8 9-1/2 oz 270 g
1-1/4 cups 2 - 1/2 10 oz 284 g
21 Tbsp 2 - 5/8 10-1/2 oz 298 g
22 Tbsp 2 - 3/4 11 oz 312 g
23 Tbsp 2 - 7/8 11-1/2 oz 327 g
1-1/2 cups 3 3/4 pound 341 g
25 Tbsp 3 - 1/8 12-1/2 oz 355 g
26 Tbsp 3 - 1/4 13 oz 370 g
27 Tbsp 3 - 3/8 13-1/2 oz 384 g
1-3/4 cups 3 - 1/2 14 oz 398 g
29 Tbsp 3 - 5/8 14-1/2 oz 412 g
30 Tbsp 3 - 3/4 15 oz 427 g
31 Tbsp 3 - 7/8 15-1/2 oz 441 g
2 cups 4 1 pound 454 g
How much does a stick of butter weigh?
Elizabeth from Santiago, Chile
Sticks of butter usually come in one pound packages of 4 sticks, so 1 stick equals 1/4 pound. If you buy Land O' Lakes, it has measurements on the side of the stick of butter, as well, with measurements by the tablespoon. (11/21/2007)
By Mary Jo in St. Paul
I hope this helped. (08/03/2008)
In the USA, 1 stick of butter is 4 ounces which is 115 grams. 120 grams is a little high, by 5 grams, but that really shouldn't effect most recipes. (08/11/2008)
How much would 3/4 stick of butter be?
Editor's Note: It would be 3/8 ths of a cup or 6 tablespoons. (12/10/2008)