A challenging element to the process of cooking is that not all recipes list their ingredients using the same units of measurement. Some recipes call for metric units, while some call for American standard units. Some call for units of weight when the only instruments you have to go by are units of volume. Such is the case with cups of shredded cheese. Because the ingredient is not always a solid mass, it does not use a standard method of conversion from cups to ounces.

Locate the type of cheese cups called for in the recipe.

Set the variable x equal to the following values, depending on the type of cheese:

For grated cheese, let x = 3. For shredded cheese, let x = 4. For solid cheese, let x = 8.

Multiply the number of cups of cheese called for in the recipe by x to get the equivalent amount of the cheese in ounces.

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Matthew Weeks

Matthew Weeks has been a public policy and technology writer since 2003. He has been published on Men's News Daily and Free Republic. Weeks holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of New Jersey and a master's degree in public policy from Rutgers.