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Onions and Garlic: What does a medium onion or a medium garlic clove measure when chopped?

Onions and GarlicLinda recently e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink to ask, “when a recipe calls for a medium onion, chopped, or a clove of garlic, chopped, what do they measure in standard measuring cups and spoons?” What a good question! Not everyone’s idea of medium is the same. When I wrote my second cookbook, I picked out several onions that seemed to me to qualify as medium and chopped and measured them. Because they are natural products, each came out measuring a slightly different amount but I felt that all were close enough to 1 cup to use “about 1 cup” for a medium chopped onion. Thinly sliced onion measures about the same. I did the same thing with garlic cloves and figured that “about 1 teaspoon” was the measurement I would use for 1 garlic clove. Again, since they are natural products, you will get slightly different amounts but unless it differs greatly from the amount you want,  just go ahead and use whatever you get.

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