# The Easiest Way to Convert Cheese Measurements From Cups to Pounds

## Calculating Cups to Pounds for Recipes

When your recipe calls for grated cheese measured in cups, but the supermarket only sells the cheese you need as wedge labeled in pounds, it can be challenging to figure out exactly how much to buy. Luckily there is this general guideline to make cooking with cheese easier:

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

This conversion works for most cheeses, including Bleu cheese and Feta, which are normally crumbled, not grated or cubed.

Parmesan cheese, however, is slightly different. One pound of this cheese equals about 4 1/2 cups grated which makes 1/4 pound come out to about 1 1/4 cups grated.

### Measuring by Weight

If you are measuring by weight, remember that coarsely grated cheese is much heavier than finely grated cheese. In other words, 1 cup of coarsely grated cheese will contain less cheese than 1 cup of finely grated cheese. Most well-written recipes will specify what grating size is used.

### No Need to be Exact

Don't worry too much about having the exact amount of cheese in recipes calling for cup (volume) measurements—a little more or less is not going to make much of a difference. If you only had 7 ounces of cheese, it probably wouldn't negatively affect the overall outcome of a recipe calling for 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded cheese.

When in doubt, always buy more than you think you'll need. Extra cheese is never a bad thing!