How to convert between the various measurements

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I found a recipe that's using one or more measurements that I don't recognize. How can I convert it to a unit that I use locally?



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How can I convert an Imperial weight or volume measurement (tsp, tbsp, cups, ounces, pints, quarts, gallons, pounds) to an equivalent Metric measurement (g, kg, mL, L)?

Best Answer

Common U.S. Volume Measurements:

  • 1 tbsp = 3 tsp
  • 1 fl oz = 2 tbsp
  • 1 cup = 8 oz
  • 1 pint = 2 cups
  • 1 quart = 4 cups
  • 1 gallon = 4 quarts

Common U.S. to Metric Conversions:

  • 1 oz ~ 30 mL
  • 1 cup ~ 237 mL
  • 1 quart ~ 1 L
  • 1 oz = 28.4 g
  • 1 lbs = 0.45 kg

Common Metric to U.S. Conversions:

  • 1 kg = 2.2 lbs

Online Converters:

  • Google: Type a conversion such as "1 tbsp in mL" and it will automatically convert it for you. This is generally the fastest option.

  • Wolfram Alpha: Same idea, gives you a little more information and lets you disambiguate between similar measurements (e.g. US tablespoons vs. UK tablespoons).

  • Convert-Me - Cooking Ingredients: Converts to every well-known measurement at the same time. Can convert (approximate) volume to weight and vice versa, for many ingredients.

  • Food.com Measurement Converter: Same thing, a little easier to use, but slower.

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