If you need to know how much 100 grams is without getting out your weighing scales, then you can look at other common items that weigh 100 grams to get a rough guide so that you can estimate weight.
Alternatively, it can be useful to use a cup to figure out measurements, but you will need to know what a cup equates to in the weight of different types of foods. Here we look at common items that weigh 100 grams.
Bananas are a natural item, so of course, their size can vary, ranging from small snack size bananas up to the giant bananas you sometimes find at the grocery store. However, the average size of a banana will be about 100 grams, so you can use this for a weight comparison if you are happy with an approximate measurement.
Half a Cup of Butter
Half a cup of butter weighs a little over 100 grams, at around 108 grams. If you are measuring for baking purposes, then fill a half cup measuring cup with butter and then remove a small amount, no bigger than a teaspoon could hold, and you will have closer to 100 grams of butter.
Half an Apple
Apples are dense, and therefore they are quite heavy in spite of not being very large. The average size of an apple is around 200 grams, so if you want to find 100 grams, you will need to slice an apple right down the middle and use half of it for comparison purposes.
Most bars of soap used for washing hands or washing bodies are made in molds that equate to 100 grams. The shape of the soap, whether it be round, oval, hexagonal, or novelty shaped, is irrelevant to the size because most standard soap bars are sold in weights of 100 grams.
An example of this is the Dove soap bar and the Imperial Leather soap bars, which are both sold weighing 100 grams. If you are using your soap bar as a means for comparing weight measurements, be sure to use a new soap bar, because obviously used soap bars will get smaller in size and weigh less than 100 grams.
Small Spice Jar
Small spice jars sold in the grocery store that contain dried spices such as basil, rosemary, and oregano, will typically weigh approximately 100 grams, including the weight of the jar.
If you have a small jar of spices in your pantry, you could use this as a guide for understanding what 100 grams of weight would feel like, but if some of the spices or herbs have been used, be sure to minus a few grams accordingly.
22 Pieces of Printer Paper
One piece of standard printer paper, or US letter-sized paper, will weigh approximately 4.5 grams. This means that if you stack 22 pieces of paper together, you will have a weight of 99 grams, which is very close to 100 grams.
2 Boiled Eggs
Eggs come in various sizes and grades, but your average medium-sized egg will weigh a little over 49 grams; therefore, 2 eggs will bring your total very close to 100 grams. When measuring the weight of eggs, you can use a boiled egg or an uncooked egg.
Cooking an egg cannot change its mass, so both types of eggs will weigh exactly the same. However, boiled eggs are much sturdier and less likely to crack and make a mess compared with raw eggs, so if you are carrying out a measuring experiment, you may be better off with 2 boiled eggs.
4 Large Medjool Dates
Medjool dates were unheard of by most people until just a few years ago, but they have become very popular as a healthy treat and a way to add sweetness to dishes without using sugar. These types of dates are much bigger than the ordinary types of dates that many of us are more familiar with.
Two large Medjool dates will weigh 50 grams, so four large Medjool dates will reach our exact target of 100 grams. Medjool dates have some impressive nutritional statistics, with 100 grams of Medjool dates offering 6 and a half grams of fiber.
1 Cup of Peanuts
A whole cup of peanuts measures a little over 100 grams. This measurement is based on whole peanuts that don’t have their shells on.
A cup full of chopped peanuts will measure more because the shape and size of these mean that you can fit a lot more in a cup, leaving much fewer air holes than with whole peanuts. For chopped peanuts, two-thirds of a cup would equate to around 100 grams.
Half a Cup of Uncooked Rice
A half-cup of uncooked rice will weigh around 100 grams. This amount will be sufficient to make one adult portion once the rice is cooked. It can be really hard to know how much rice you need to cook because it looks so much smaller when it is uncooked, so it’s common to add extra to the pan but then have way too much rice for the number of people you need to feed!
Stick to a half cup of uncooked rice, approximately 100 grams, per person, or use a little less than this if you don’t have a big appetite.
1 Baby Beagle
Small breeds of dogs weigh around 100 grams at their time of birth. Breeds of dogs that will weigh this amount as a newborn puppy include beagles, chihuahuas, and terriers.
100 Paper Clips
One small paper clip weighs about 1 gram, so to find 100 grams, you would need 100 small paper clips. If you don’t have any small paper clips to hand, you can also use medium-sized paper clips because these also weigh 1 gram each. However, avoid using the large size of paper clips because these weigh a little over 1 gram.
For 100 grams worth of large paper clips, you would only need to count out 90 paper clips.