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June 16, 2011 5:43 PM
Making tacos/burritto but I don't have a food scale to measure 4oz :( any suggestions on eye balling it? Maybe 1/2 cup? 1/4 cup?
Please help :)
June 16, 2011 5:48 PM
I'd say 1/2 cup, since a cup is 8 oz, but that's a guess, I have a great scale! Best $20 I've spent for the kitchen in a long time!!!
June 16, 2011 5:48 PM
1/2 cup
June 16, 2011 5:48 PM
Never measured it before, only weighed it but if I had to guess I'd say 1/2 cup.
June 16, 2011 5:49 PM
1/2 cup for 4 oz. Since 8 oz is a measuring cup.
June 16, 2011 5:49 PM
3 oz cooked fish, poultry, or meat—size of a deck of cards, the palm of your hand, or a checkbook
June 16, 2011 5:50 PM
Thanx! Definitely need to invest in a scale :)
June 16, 2011 5:50 PM
1 cup packed. I had some cold in the fridge and measured it on my scale. Granted mine is cold so its not moist so don't fill yours completely to the top.
June 16, 2011 5:50 PM
4oz of cooked drained beef is equal to 1 cup! hope this helps
June 16, 2011 5:51 PM
they say the size of your palm. i'm voting 1/2 cup, too!
June 16, 2011 5:52 PM
measuring cups for baking are for liquid measurement. 4 oz. of ground beef is meant to be weight. I'm betting that a 1/2 cup of ground beef is way more than 4 oz of beef. Remember that a quarter pound hamburger is 4 oz. of meat.
June 16, 2011 5:55 PM
You would think since a cup is 8oz that 4oz of meat is half that... I googled it once before and it said 4oz of ground meat is a cup...
June 16, 2011 6:01 PM
Measuring cups are for liquid ounces(oz as in volume). You need 4oz of cooked hamburger (oz as in weight).

1 oz of lean cooked drained hamburger is equal to 1/4 cup. So 4oz would be 1 cup.
June 16, 2011 6:03 PM
Purchase scale and profit.
June 16, 2011 6:04 PM
Do not confuse the 8 fl. ounces to measuring actual weight!! This means 4 ounces of hamburger does NOT equal a half a cup! So many people confuse this and end up with either way too much or way too little. The last time I weighed it out on my food scale, it looked to be about a quarter cup, possibly a little more. So in this case people may be right that it could be close to a 1/2 cup, but that does not always happen! I suggest trying to find a food scale. Some of the cheaper ones actually work really really well. I am extremely poor LOL, but the food scale I bought was definitely worth the money, and it was on sale for $18.

If you ever get up the energy to want to search it, there are a few articles out there about the difference between fl. ounces and "regular" ounces. fl. ounces are simply a measurement of volume, not a measurement of weight.

Hopefully this helps!! :)
June 16, 2011 6:07 PM
4 oz of meat is a measure of mass. You can't put it into a cup that measures volume. If you buy the meat at the store it's usually weighed for you so if you bought a pound of beef just estimate into quarters if you don't have a scale. Or just quadruple the recipe and have leftovers!
June 16, 2011 6:12 PM
I took a measuring cup (1 cup) and put it on a digital scale, zero it out and pack it with cold, cooked, drained ground beef. It weighed 4 oz..
Edited by BigBoneSista On June 16, 2011 6:12 PM
June 16, 2011 6:15 PM
Just so you know, most measurements of meat and things are raw. So when the serving size on the package says 4 oz., that is raw, uncooked meat... when it cooks down, it will look like a lot less.
July 24, 2013 11:55 AM
0ne of those small Dixie cups are 4oz.
July 24, 2013 12:43 PM
a measuring cup measures volume not a food scale, they're not expensive
July 24, 2013 1:09 PM
Check the pound/servings on the packaging and eyeball it if you won't be ponying up for a scale anytime soon. There are figures for portions of both raw and cooked meat floating around for a reason. A pound weight is sixteen ounces, which means a one-pound chub is four four-ounce servings raw. Portioning a single pound into quarters will get the job done. Larger quantities will be split into more, which can make the job more difficult without a scale. Difficult, not impossible. I still don't own one and don't feel the need to.


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