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You can get more raisins into a 1/2 cup if you pack them tightly.
So, when a recipe calls for 1/2 cup of raisins, should I loosely pour them into the cup measurer, or pack them tight?

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If the writer has chosen not to mention this, it implies that either it doesn't matter (most likely, for example if the exact amount of raisins is a matter of taste), or it's badly written, in which case all bets are off.

I did an experiment using British style sultana raisins (which are slightly different from US sultanas) and a 200ml cup. I found that 1 cup of loosely packed raisins was 120g and tightly packed was 155g. So for a 118ml ½ cup, loosely packed raisins would be 71g and tightly packed raisins would be 91g.

For comparison the website linked in another answer gives 80g for a half-cup The variation of -9/+11g would hardly be noticeable in a fruit cake.

Raisins, are a natural product and will vary depending on the variety of grape used, some will be slightly sweeter, or more acid. So even if you use exactly 80g, you will get some variation in result.

So for ½ cup of raisins you are free to pack them in, if you like a slightly more raisin-y mixture, or not if you don't. You are also free to use 80g on the scales, or go crazy and see what the result of using ¾ cup in the recipe. It probably won't be a disaster.

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  • Wait, where did 80g come from?
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 11 at 17:49
  • From the OP in their self answer, howmany.wiki/vw/--1%7C2--cup--of--raisins--in--gram rounded to a reasonable accuracy.
    – James K
    Aug 11 at 17:54
  • @FuzzyChef Just a guess. but in the USA a cup is 240 mL (actually 236.6. mL and even that is rounded.) Anyway, 134 grams in 200 mL would be approximately 160 grams in 240 mL. So half a US cup would be 80 grams of the 134 grams mentioned in the answer.
    – Damila
    Aug 11 at 18:23
  • can you add that to your answer, just for posterity?
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 11 at 18:27
  • I've rewritten that part to make my measurement more directly relevant to the OP's context
    – James K
    Aug 11 at 21:12

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