# 1/2 ib cheese

1/2 ib cheese

• How much cheese is in a half-pound?

Converting Cheese Measurements from Cups to Pounds

• 1 pound of cheese equals how many cups?

A full one-pound block equals 2.67 cups of cubes. Our 1/4 pound block of cheese grated yielded 1 cup of shredded cheese, or 4 cups from a 1 pound block.

• What is the weight of 1/2 cup cheese?

Semi-hard (e.g., cheddar) cheese, shredded/grated

QUANTITY IN US CUPS
AMOUNT IN GRAMS QUANTITY IN OUNCES
⅓ cup 40 g\s1.4 oz
38 cup 45 g 1.6 oz 12 cup 60 g 2.1 oz 58 cup 75 g 2.6 oz

• How do I calculate 1/2 cup cheese?

When measuring semi-hard cheeses by weight, such as cheddar, Swiss, or mozzarella, 4 ounces yields 1 cup shredded cheese, or, to answer your question, yes, 8 ounces of shredded cheese will fit into a 2-cup volume measuring cup.

When your recipe calls for grated cheese measured in cups or grammes, but the supermarket only sells it as a wedge labelled in pounds, it can be difficult to know how much to buy. First, consider the following simple conversion table:

1 pound equals 16 ounces
1 pound equals 453 grammes
1 ounce equals 28 grammes

Knowing these standards can help you when purchasing cheese from Europe or other countries that use the metric system. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, there’s a general rule to follow to make cooking with cheese easier. Remember this before you overspend on expensive cheese:

1 cup grated cheese = 1/4 pound cheese
1 pound cheese = 1/3 pound 1/2 cup shredded
2 cups grated cheese = 1/2 pound cheese

This straightforward conversion chart applies to most cheeses, including Blue cheese and Feta, which are typically crumbled rather than grated or cubed.

Parmesan cheese, on the other hand, is a little different. One pound of this cheese equals approximately 4 1/2 cups grated, so 1/4 pound equals approximately 1 1/4 cups grated. The same is true for cheeses with a similar texture, such as Pecorino.

Grating Methods: Coarse vs. Fine

When measuring by weight, keep in mind that coarsely grated cheese is significantly heavier than finely grated cheese. In other words, 1 cup coarsely grated cheese has less cheese than 1 cup finely grated cheese. The grating size is usually specified in well-written recipes.

There is no need to be exact.

Don’t worry about having the exact amount of cheese in recipes that call for cup (volume) measurements—a little more or less won’t make a big difference. If you only had 7 ounces of cheese, it would probably not affect the outcome of a recipe that calls for 1 cup (8 ounces) of shredded cheese.

When in doubt, however, always purchase more than you think you’ll need.

Although it may seem obvious and convenient to purchase a bag of shredded cheese at the supermarket, grating your own is not as difficult or time-consuming as you may believe. Furthermore, you’re probably paying more for grated cheese than for the whole wedge, and pre-packaged shredded cheese contains additives to keep it from clumping together and becoming mouldy.

A little extra effort can save you money and food additives.

If you use a lot of cheese and prefer to grate it yourself, a good box grater for basic cheese shredding is a good investment—1 cup of shredded cheese will take less than two minutes. You can have grated cheese in 10 seconds if you use a food processor. A Microplane (most commonly used for zesting) also makes quick work of finely grated Parmesan cheese.