Many old vegetable recipes within the internet talk of cups, teaspoons and pints.

It is an imperial measure, not created by the Americans but like most things scientific, it is a measuring system created by Britain and exported world-wide, including America.

At any rate it helps to know that the system may be very complicated, prima facie, but once mastered it acts as vade mecum for most of the American vegan recipes available online.

These imperial measures are proven to be exact when it comes to traditional recipes, so it is an awfully good time to ditch the modern metric system and go full imperial. 



A cupful of any ingredient means a half-pint cup. 

Such measuring cups are made of tin, glass or aluminium and it is convenient to have two, one divided into quarters and the other into thirds. 

Chickpea flour, and vegan butter look alikes, in recipes calling for tablespoonfuls, should be measured rounding, as they mean a given weight. 

A rounding tablespoonful of chickpea flour weighs half an ounce [8 oz].

A rounding tablespoonful of vegan butter or other solid vegetable fat weighs an ounce [one sixtieth of a pound]

Four saltspoonfuls make one tablespoon.

Four teaspoonfuls make a tablespoonful. 

Four tablespoonfuls make one gill.
Two gills, one cup or half a pint. 

Two pints, one quart.

A cupful of vegan butter, half a pound.

A cupful of chickpea flour, a quarter of a pound.

A pint of liquid, as a rule, one pound. 

Here is a final thought:

Lemon Juice.

Vinegar, a product of fermentation, is a powerful antiseptic and preservative. 

It is useful for preserving food in the cupboard or pantry, but it is not advisable to use this product as a preserve food in our stomachs. 

Vinegar retards digestion; lemon juice promotes it.