9 Easy Ways To Measure 3/4 Cup (Without a 3/4 Measuring Cup)


You might think that you are stuck and can’t proceed when your ¾ measuring cup is missing. However, these spur-of-the-moment fill-ins will do the trick. See how to measure the exact amount you need without a measuring cup.

The easiest way to measure 3/4 cup is by measuring or weighing with an alternative method including tbsp., tsp, fluid oz., or mL. 3/4 cup is equal to 12 tbsp., 36 tsp., 6 fluid oz., or 177 mL.

1. Use One of Four Handy Conversions

Most people will find that the easiest way to figure out 3/4 cup is to weigh 6 fluid oz. or measure 12 tbsp. It’s more tedious, but 36 tsp. also works. And, if you have a way of measuring metric, 177 mL is 3/4 cup as well.

Here is a handy chart to help you find an alternative way of measuring common amounts if you either don’t have a measuring cup or it doesn’t include a particular measurement on it.

Alternative Kitchen Measurements Chart:

1/4 Cup1/3 Cup2/3 Cup3/4 Cup
4 tbsp.5.3 tbsp.10.7 tbsp.12 tbsp.
12 tsp.16 tsp.32 tsp.36 tsp.
2 fluid oz.2.6 fluid oz.5.4 fluid oz.6 fluid oz.
59 mL78 mL158 mL177 mL
Values are rounded, when necessary

If you don’t have any of these options, here are some rule of thumb methods to try:

2.  Use Other Household Items

A standard coffee cup is usually equivalent to one cup. When you measure the amount you need, you can estimate where to stop filling the cup to reach three-fourths of the way full. 

If you have a liquid measuring cup, it often has a spout to pour whatever is in the cup into another vessel. This type of measuring cup has measurements on the side. If the measurements are in ounces, you can google how much three-fourths of a cup is in ounces (6 fl oz or 180ml). 

Using tablespoons and teaspoons also yields a one-quarter cup measurement. For reference, 12 tablespoons and 36 teaspoons equal one-fourth cup. 

3.  Use a Home Scale

A food scale is a great way to determine what makes three-fourths of a cup. Place a paper towel on the scale and pour your ingredient until it measures six ounces. Remember to set the kitchen scale to zero for an accurate measurement after you put your cup or bowl on the scale. This way, you’re not measuring the cup or bowl weight along with your ingredients.

4.  Use Your Hand

Measuring cups are convenient, but what happens when you are out to dinner and need to measure your food to stay true to your diet? No one wants to carry measuring cups out to eat. When you ball up your hand into a fist, your fist size equals a cup. 

Or if you’re making something at home, you can eyeball the ingredients as you’re pouring them into the mixing bowl. If they look like what would fit in your hand, then it’s probably about ¾ cup.

5.  Compare Other Items and Foods

Comparing other items and foods can also give you an idea of how much constitutes a cup. 

For example: 

  • One egg is the same size and equals about ¼ of a cup. 
  • Three eggs would equal ¾ of a cup. 
  • In addition, the size of a tennis ball is approximately ½ cup, so a tennis ball and an egg would make ¾ of a cup, too. 

6.  Use a Science Beaker

While lab beakers are heat-resistant, crack-resistant, and can handle cold temperatures, beakers also have measurements printed right on the side and a pouring spout. Science beakers come in sizes as small as 10 ml (34 fl. oz) and increase from there. 

The glass used to manufacture a beaker is more heat resistant than a glass casserole dish. Many beakers have pouring spouts on two sides for ease of emptying. 

7.  Use a Mason Jar 

A quart mason jar measures 32 oz (946ml), so you can divide the contents by four and divide the remaining amount into four sections. Remove the fourth section, and you have three-fourths of a cup. Here is a helpful mason jar chart

This diagram will help: 

  1. Mason jar = 32 ounces
  2. Divide contents into 4 bowls.
  3. Take one bowl and divide it into four sections = ⊔⊔⊔⊔
  4. Remove one ⊔ , and the amount you have left is a ¾ cup. 

A pint (473ml) mason jar holds two cups. 

When you fill the pint mason jar, divide the contents into two sections. Divide one section into four segments and remove one, and the amount you have left is ¾ cup. 

Here is a diagram:

  1. Pint mason jar = 2 cups
  2. Divide the contents into 2 bowls.
  3. Take one bowl and divide it into ⊔⊔⊔⊔.
  4. Remove one ⊔ , and the amount you have left is ¾ cup. 

8. Food Storage Canisters Can Help You Measure Ingredients

One 14 oz (400g) food storage canister (you will find the measure on the bottom of the canister) holds 1 ½ cups of sugar or flour. You can add your food to the canister, pour it out, divide the amount in half, and that is ¾ a cup. 

Here’s how to measure ingredients with a storage container:

  1. Fill a 14 oz. (400g) food storage canister.
  2. Pour out and divide in half.
  3. Each half measures ¾ cup. 

9. A Funnel Of a Similar Size Will Help

A standard four-inch funnel holds 8 oz (237ml). If you have a funnel, you can use your finger to plug the bottom and fill the funnel to the top. 

Once you have the filled funnel: 

  1. Pour out the contents onto a paper towel. 
  2. Divide the contents into four sections. 
  3. Each section will be 2 oz (60ml). 
  4. Combine three sections, and you will have ¾ cup.

If you still aren’t sure how to measure 3/4 cup, here is a helpful YouTube video:

The YouTube suggestions often involve filling a cup with a specific number of tablespoons of whatever you measure. 

Other times they instruct you to choose a bowl or similar item to estimate with relative accuracy. These YouTube videos are creative in their use of non-traditional measurement vessels to help you get the amount you need.

Be Sure to Bookmark an Online Conversion Table

Many times you can find metric measurements in conversion tables on google. 

Exploratorium offers handy cooking conversions for volume, weight, and oven temperatures in metric and American measures. If you’re looking for a certain conversion for ¾ cup, you might be able to find it on these tables and then use a home scale to weigh out the ingredients.

For your convenience, I put together some numbers for you. Feel free to bookmark this article and return as needed:

Kitchen Measurement Conversion Chart: 

1 tablespoon (tbsp) 3 teaspoons (tsp)
1/16 cup (c) 1 tablespoon
1/8 cup 2 tablespoons 
1/6 cup 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1/4 cup 4 tablespoons
1/3 cup 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
3/8 cup 6 tablespoons
1/2 cup 8 tablespoons
2/3 cup 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
3/4 cup12 tablespoons
1 cup 48 teaspoons
1 cup 16 tablespoons
8 fluid ounces (fl oz) 1 cup (237ml)
1 pint (pt) 2 cups (473ml)
1 quart (qt) 2 pints (1,137ml)
4 cups 1 quart (946ml)
1 gallon (gal) 4 quarts (3.8L)
Source: US Department of Agriculture

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Hi, I'm Anne but my grandchildren call me Jelly Grandma. I have over 50 years of experience as a Southern cook and am a retired librarian. I love sharing what I have learned. You can find me on YouTube as well! Just click the link at the bottom of your page.

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