Learn The Basic Cooking And Baking Conversions With This Handy Guide

An excellent way to spend your free time indoors is experimenting with food. Whether it is baking or cooking, a good knowledge of the measurement conversions will help you. It might even be that one thing that helps give your cooking that touch of perfection. Here's a guide to help you; knowledge is power!

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Dry Measurement Conversions

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This list starts with popular measurement conversions for dry ingredients. There is no doubt that you have already seen some of these terms in a cookbook or on the internet.

Nevertheless, here are some of the most important to keep in mind:

  • 3 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 1/16 cup
  • 6 tsp = 2 tbsp = ⅛ cup
  • 12 tsp = 4 tbsp = ¼ cup
  • 24 tsp = 8 tbsp = ½ cup
  • 36 tsp = 12 tbsp = ¾ cup
  • 48 tsp = 16 tbsp = 1 cup
  • Pinch or a dash= Less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • 5 tbsp + 1 tsp= 1/3 cup

Tip: it is best advised that you use a cup when measuring large quantities of dry ingredients and a spoon when the portions are smaller.

Liquid Measurement Conversions

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There is nothing like getting the quantities just right, and that is most important even when it is a liquid ingredient.

  • 8 fluid ounces (fl oz) = 1 cup (C) = ½ pint (pt) = ¼ quart (qt)
  • 16 fl oz = 2 C = 1 pt = ½ qt
  • 32 fl oz = 4 C = 2 pt = 1 qt = ¼ gallon
  • 128 fl oz = 16 C = 8 pt = 4 qt = 1 gallon

Tip: measuring cups should ALWAYS be used when measuring for a liquid ingredient. Also, always make sure that the measurement is done on a levelled surface to avoid unprecedented errors.

Volume Vs Weight Ounces

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These two terms are commonly mixed up. It is therefore essential to note what makes one different from the other. The most important is that liquid and other ingredients are measured in volume ounces, while dry ingredients are measured in weight ounces.

You may have noticed the words, "NET WT OZ", on a packaged ingredient, well. That means weight ounces. When the substance is liquid, the ounces are measured as "NET OZ FL", where the FL stands for fluid.

Imperial Vs Metric Measurements

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Converting your ingredient measurements to the metric system may be necessary when you go searching for a recipe.

Here are some crucial conversions you need to know:

Metric to Standard (Imperial) for Volume

  • 1 milliliter= 1/5 teaspoon
  • 5 milliters= 1 teaspoon
  • 15 milliliters = 1 tablespoon
  • 240 milliliters = 1 cup (or 8 fl oz)
  • 500 milliliters= 2 cups= 1 pint
  • 1 liter = 4 cups = 2 pints = 1 quart (34 fl oz)

Metric to Standard for Weight

  • 1 gram = 0.35 ounces
  • 100 grams= 3.5 ounces
  • 454 grams = 1 pound
  • 500 grams = 1.1 pound
  • 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds = 35 ounces

On a final note, you must know what one cup equals. This will come in handy when you lose a measuring tool and have to improvise.

One cup is equal to:

  • 8 fluid ounces
  • 16 tablespoons
  • 48 teaspoons
  • 1/2 pint
  • 1/4 quart
  • 1/16 gallon
  • 240 ml

Have fun cooking!

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