Measurements/ Conversions

One thing I love about cooking/baking is the math. I love math and science since I was a girl. However I have found myself needing to use both metric and english style measurements because here in the US we use English style but about 90% of the rest of the world use metric. Personal I like metric, being divisible by 10 is a lot easier to figure out.

There was this fish and chip recipe I wanted to try but all the measurements were metric and I had no clue how much that translated into the English system. I had to spend sometime trying to figuring out the new measurements. After all that work the fish turned out great, reminded me of this place my family and I use to get fish and chips from during Lent when I was younger. 🙂 I wish I kept the recipe or could at least remember where I put it.

Anyways I realized I can’t be the only person who has had this issue. I started to compile a list of commonly used measurements. Between books and the web I think I have come up with a good list to start off with. I tried to cover everything from food to liquid to pan sizes and temperature. I hope this helps you as it does me. 🙂

US Dry Volume Measurements
1/16 teaspoon dash
1/8 teaspoon a pinch
3 teaspoons 1 Tablespoon
1/8 cup 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup 4 Tablespoons
1/3 cup 5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup 8 Tablespoons
3/4 cup 12 Tablespoons
1 cup 16 Tablespoons
1 Pound 16 ounces
US liquid volume measurements
8 Fluid ounces 1 Cup
1 Pint 2 Cups OR 16 fluid ounces
1 Quart 2 Pints OR 4 cups
1 Gallon 4 Quarts OR 16 cups
US to Metric Conversions
1/5 teaspoon 1 ml*
1 teaspoon 5 ml
1 tablespoon 15 ml
1 fluid oz. 30 ml
1/5 cup 50 ml
1 cup 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) 470 ml
4 cups (1 quart) .95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.) 3.8 liters
1 oz. 28 grams
1 pound 454 grams
Metric to US Conversions
1 milliliter 1/5 teaspoon
5 ml 1 teaspoon
15 ml 1 tablespoon
30 ml 1 fluid oz.
100 ml 3.4 fluid oz.
240 ml 1 cup
1 liter 34 fluid oz.
1 liter 4.2 cups
1 liter 2.1 pints
1 liter 1.06 quarts
1 liter .26 gallon
1 gram .035 ounce
100 grams 3.5 ounces
500 grams 1.10 pounds
1 kilogram 2.205 pounds
1 kilogram 35 oz.

Oven Temperature Conversions

Farenheit Celsius Gas Mark
275º F 140º C gas mark 1-cool
300º F 150º C gas mark 2
325º F 165º C gas mark 3-very moderate
350º F 180º C gas mark 4-moderate
375º F 190º C gas mark 5
400º F 200º C gas mark 6-moderately hot
425º F 220º C gas mark 7- hot
450º F 230º C gas mark 9
475º F 240º C gas mark 10- very hot

Ratios for selected foods

Measure Equivalents
1 T.
1 stick
14 grams
4 ounces=113 grams
1 Tablespoon
8 tablespoons
½ cup
4 sticks 16 ounces=452 grams 32 tablespoons 2 cups

Measures for Pans and Dishes

Inches Centimeters
9-by-13-inches baking dish 22-by-33-centimeter baking dish
8-by-8-inches baking dish 20-by-20-centimeter baking dish
9-by-5-inches loaf pan 23-by-12-centimeter loaf pan
10-inch tart OR cake pan 25-centimeter tart OR cake pan
9-inch cake pan 22-centimeter cake pan

*NOTE: ml stands for milliliter, one thousandth of a liter

There are a ton of food and conversion calculators out there on the web and not all work the same. Use them as a guide and not as the absolute. I would hate for your food to turn out wrong and all your hard work go down the drain. 🙂


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