200 grams is about the same as 7.05 ounces or 0.44 pounds. As you can see, 200 grams is as light as a feather, figuratively speaking. Seeing as how a feather weighs just 0.0082 grams, it would take about 2,439 of them to literally weigh 200 grams.
If you don’t have 2,439 feathers on hand, what other objects can you use to measure 200 grams without a scale? That’s simple enough, provided you know the weights of common lightweight objects to use as references.
In today’s guide, I’ll share with you 9 items that you use to get the feel of 200 grams in the palm of your hand.
I know, I know—I said you would need 2,000-ish feathers to get to 200 grams, but I wasn’t talking about goose feathers! A single goose feather can weigh 250 to 300 grams, which isn’t a noticeable difference compared to the 200 grams you’re trying to measure.
But if you take the downs of a goose—the feathers taken from a goose’s underside—you would need about three of them to reach 200 grams since each down weighs about 60 grams.
3 C-Cell Batteries
When was the last time you held a C-cell battery in your hand? Probably when you were a kid and needed to insert batteries into your remote-controlled car or monster truck. Anyway, a C-cell battery weighs 72 grams, so three of them would get you pretty close to the 200-gram mark.
Alternatively, you can use a single F-cell battery as a reference since it weighs 230 grams. Two D-cell batteries would get you closer to 300 grams than 200 grams. If you purchase a pack of eight AA-cell batteries, you’ll get an even closer feel of 200 grams.
If you have a pile of nickels somewhere in your house, you’re in luck. A single nickel weighs exactly 5 grams, so having 40 of them—the equivalent of $2 in spare change—would get you to 200 grams exactly.
However, if you’re a penny collector, you’re probably aware that a single Abraham Lincoln coin weighs half that of a nickel, meaning you would need twice as many (80) to get to 200 grams. Also, 25 $1 coins would get you extremely close to the 200-gram mark, seeing as how each coin weighs 8.1 grams.
4 Regular-Sized Snickers
One of the most infuriating things about Snickers, apart from the fact that they’re shrinking, is that you never get full-sized bars in your trick-or-treat bag. But on the off-chance you do get one, you should know that each of them weighs 1.86 ounces, according to the company website.
Since 1.86 ounces is equivalent to 53 grams, you would need about four regular-sized snicker bars to reach the 200-gram point.
1 Medium-Sized Potato
The thing about potatoes is that they don’t grow uniformly underground. Also, there are over 4,000 types of potatoes in the world, according to the International Potato Center, so you first have to know what type of potato to use.
Since the most popular potato in the US is the russet potato, we’ll use that as our reference. A single medium-sized russet weighs between 140 and 280 grams, so you’ll only need one of them to get under, exactly, or slightly beyond the 200-gram mark.
6-ounce Tin of Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is a crucial component of any pizza sauce or marinara sauce recipe you will come across. Its primary purpose is to thicken and add flavor to sauces. While it doesn’t taste like much on its own, you’ll definitely notice its absence if you eat a spoonful of tomato-paste-free pizza sauce.
Anyway, if you were to take a 6-ounce can of Hunt’s classic tomato paste, you would have about 170 grams, which is only 30 grams shy of what you’re trying to measure. To be honest, anything weighing 6 ounces will weigh 170 grams.
5 Winter White Dwarf Hamsters
A 2006 survey by Gallup discovered that 2% of the people polled owned a hamster. While the survey didn’t mention what species of hamster people kept (there are 18 species in the world today), one of the more popular species kept as pets is the winter white dwarf.
On average, an adult winter white dwarf hamster will weigh 45 grams, meaning five of them bunched together would give you roughly 200 grams. You don’t’ have to worry about the five winter white dwarfs eating each other like you would with Syrian hamsters.
1 Cup of Sugar
The great thing about sugar is that you can get a pretty accurate amount according to a recipe when you measure it by volume. Of course, you will have to level the top of the measuring cup. This is not the same with flour, which is so fine that a single cup, which should weigh 4.25 ounces, can end up weighing close to twice that.
Anyway, back to sugar. A single cup of sugar, when properly scooped and leveled, will weigh 200 grams. This is also true for brown sugar but not icing sugar, which is a fine powder, similar to flour.
5 Slices of Bread
The exact weight of a single slice of bread will vary. White bread, which you can pick up at the grocery store, will contain between 20 and 24 slices. Each slice weighs about 38 grams. So, to get to 200 grams, you would need only five slices or about ¼ a loaf of bread.
Alternatively, if you can get your hands on a baguette, you would need to cut it into thirds to get to 200-ish grams since a whole baguette weighs between 650 and 700 grams.
And that, folks, is how you measure 200 grams using everyday objects. I have provided approximate weights of the 9 items listed above, so you will have to take everything with a grain of salt. Speaking of which, it would take 0.69 cups of salt to get to 200 grams.
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