Sure, you could use the metric system, but that can be a little dry. It’s much easier to visualize cups to gallons (and how they equate to quarts and pints) with some diagrams or drawings. Then you don’t have to resort to your smartphone or run to the laptop in your bedroom when you’re knee deep in the kitchen. Time’s a tickin’.
Here we go, the almighty diagram:
A “G” holds four “Q’s”, a “Q” holds two “P’s”, and a P holds two “C’s”. Pretty snazzy!
So, for each gallon there’s 16 cups (4 quarts or 8 pints).
For each quart: 2 pints, 4 cups, or .25 gallon
For each pint: 2 cups, 1/2 quart, or .125 gallon
For each cup: .5 pint, .25 quart, or .0625 gallon (1/16)
If you don’t care for the diagram above, there’s also Mr. Gallon that a classroom teacher at teachnet.com used with her students. Its arms, legs and hands are the quarts, pints, and cups.
Do you have an easier method to remember the relationship between cups, pints, quarts, and gallons?