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How to Measure Shredded Cheese

Learn to measure shredded cheese like a boss. We did the math for you so you can focus on the cooking.

The recipe calls for shredded cheese. So far, so good. But the thing is, it calls for cheese in a quantity you’re not quite sure about, or a system of measurement you’re not at all familiar with.

It’s good that you stopped by, because we have what you need. To help you measure out shredded cheese, we spent a few hours searching the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) website for measurement conversions so you don’t have to.

When in doubt, this is how to measure shredded cheese, and do approximate conversions for shredded cheese’s weight:

U.S. cupsOuncesPoundsGrams
1/3 c2.40 oz0.15 lb68 g
1/2 c4 oz0.25 lb113 g
2/3 c5.6 oz0.35 lb159 g
1 c8 oz0.5 lb227 g
2 c16 oz1 lbs453 g
Approximate conversions for shredded cheese weight

If you prefer plain text over tables:

  • 1/3 U.S. cup shredded cheese weighs approximately 2.40 ounces, 0.15 pounds, or 68 grams.
  • 1/2 U.S. cup shredded cheese weighs approximately 4 ounces, 0.25 pounds, or 113 grams.
  • 2/3 U.S. cup shredded cheese weighs approximately 5.6 ounces, 0.35 pounds, or 159 grams.
  • 1 U.S. cup shredded cheese weighs approximately 8 ounces, ½ pound, or 227 grams.
  • 2 U.S. cups shredded cheese weighs approximately 16 ounces, 1 pound, or 453 grams.

If you’re the type of person who likes to think in formulas, as I do, here’s how we arrived at these numbers:

We began with the fact that 1 U.S. cup equals 8 ounces. Since 16 ounces equals 1 pound, we took the weight in ounces and divided it by 16 to get the weight in pounds.

And finally, we converted the weight of the shredded cheese from pounds to grams. 1 pound is equal to 453.592 grams. So to get the weight in grams, we multiplied the weight in pounds by that number. We then rounded this number to the nearest tens.

Now, I know some of you will wonder: why are these conversions approximate?

To make a long story short: Not all varieties and brands of shredded cheese are the same. Some contain more moisture and are heavier; others are drier and weigh less. The size of the cheese and the shape of the shreds also play a role, as they affect how much cheese vs. how much free space there is in the cup.

That said, these conversions above should be good enough for home cooking.

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Dim is a food writer, cookbook author, and the editor of Home Cook World. His first book, Cooking Methods & Techniques, was published in 2022. He is a certified food handler with Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering, and a trained cook with a Level 3 Professional Chef Diploma.