Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned cook, kitchen measurements can get daunting. Here’s a helpful kitchen conversion chart to simplify things to keep your culinary life fun and easy!
The key to keeping a consistently clean and healthy lifestyle is to make sure it’s sustainable and to do that, we refrain from the complicated stuff. Sadly, cooking measurements can sometimes be part of that complexity for some people – new and old cooks alike!
From converting metric to U.S. measurements, knowing which exact tools to use, to understanding how certain ingredients are measured, it can seem like A LOT.
And as y’all know, I’m a firm believer in keeping things light and joyful in the kitchen. After all, it’s my happy place! And it should continue to be yours too (if it already is).
I’ll be breaking down the basic measurements you should know, with an accompanying easy-to-follow kitchen conversion chart.
What Are The Culinary Measurements?
Speaking broadly, culinary measurements are a set of guidelines for qualifying amounts of ingredients. These include measurements for liquid ingredients, dry ingredients, weight, length, and temperatures.
Liquid and dry ingredients are measured using different tools but we will get to that in a bit.
A kitchen scale can be used for weighing items, portioning, or measuring in grams. While temperatures are scaled in Fahrenheit with 212° as the boiling point and 32° for freezing water.
Or Cecluis with 100° as the boiling point and 0° for freezing water.
Here are some of the basic tools used for measuring:
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Kitchen scale
How Much Is A Cup In American Recipes?
You will find that most recipes in the U.S. list dry ingredients in tablespoons and cups instead of in ounces. This is because we use the standard system of measurement as opposed to the metric system.
A cup is a common unit of measurement in most recipes and kitchens. It can amount to different quantities when converted to other units. Check out this simple kitchen conversion chart for your easy reference.
Units Of Measurements Amounting To 1 Cup:
|1 cup||8 fl oz|
|1 Cup||16 tablespoons|
|1 Cup||48 teaspoons|
|1 Cup||1/2 pint|
|1 Cup||1/4 quart|
|1 Cup||1/16 gallon|
|1 Cup||240 ml|
Are Measuring Cups The Same For Liquids And Dry?
No, they’re not the same so you should treat dry and liquid ingredients differently when measuring. If this comes as a shock to you, no worries! Admittedly, when I first started cooking… this did not occur to me. But that is what we’re here for!
Generally, measuring cups and spoons are made for dry ingredients. Liquid ingredients have their own set of liquid measuring cups. Trust me, it pays to use the right tools so we can come up with exact measurements which makes everything easier and tastier (especially in baking!).
I’ve outlined 2 simple tips to ensure you’re able to measure your ingredients to a tee:
- Fill the cup to the brim: When measuring dry ingredients, fill the cup to the brim and then scrape off the excess from the top to get a precise amount. Of course, this can’t be done with liquids which is why we have separate tools for that.
- Use measuring spoons for smaller amounts of liquid: If a recipe lists smaller doses of liquid ingredients, go for the spoons over the liquid measuring cup.
- Don’t confuse ounces with fluid ounces: Ounces measure weight while fluid ounces measure volume. (Except for water and other liquids that are similar in density – which are equivalent)
- Read your ingredients carefully: For example, a cup of “sifted all-purpose flour” and a cup of “all-purpose flour, sifted” are not the same. The sifting happens before in the first and after in the second. This means they lead to different amounts of flour in the end.
How Do You Convert Grams To Cups In Cooking?
To convert grams to cups, it’s handy if you have a kitchen conversion chart. I made this one for you below…
Common Ingredient Baking Conversions: Grams To Cups
|1 cup flour||140 grams|
|1 cup sugar||150 grams|
|1 cup powdered sugar||160 grams|
|1 cup heavy cream||235 grams|
How Do I Convert Uk Cooking Measurements To Us?
Once in a while you might refer to your grandma’s old cookbook and find yourself scrambling to convert grams to cups. It can seem overwhelming, but not if you have these common baking and cooking conversions to guide you.
Widely Used US To Metric Conversions:
|US Measurement||Metric Conversion|
|1/5 tsp||1 ml|
|1 tsp||5 ml|
|1 tbsp||15 ml|
|1 fl ounce||30 ml|
|1 cup||237 ml|
|1 pint (2 cups)||473 ml|
|1 quart (4 cups)||.95 liter|
|1 gallon (16 cups)||3.85 liters|
|1 oz||28 grams|
|1 pound||454 grams|
Kitchen Conversion Chart: Weight (Grams To Ounces)
|1 gram||0.035 ounces|
|100 grams||3.5 ounces|
|500 grams||1.1 pounds|
|1 kilogram||35 ounces|
Kitchen Conversion Chart: Liquid Measurements
|8 ounces||1 cup||1/2 pint||1/4 quart|
|16 ounces||2 cups||1 pint||1/2 quart|
|32 ounces||4 cups||2 pints||1 quart||1/4 gallon|
|128 ounces||16 cups||8 pints||4 quarts||1 gallons|
|3 teaspoons||1 tablespoon||1/16 cup|
|6 teaspoons||2 tablespoons||1/8 cup|
|12 teaspoons||4 tablespoons||1/4 cup|
|24 teaspoons||8 tablespoons||1/2 cup|
|36 teaspoons||12 tablespoons||3/4 cup|
|48 teaspoons||16 tablespoons||1 cup|
Kitchen Conversion Chart: Temperature Conversions (Fahrenheit to Celsius)
|250 °F||120 °C|
|320 °F||160 °C|
|350 °F||180 °C|
|400 °F||205 °C|
|425 °F||220 °C|
More Clean Baking Recipes
Now that we’ve covered the kitchen conversion chart and basics of culinary measurements, be sure to try a few of my clean baking recipes!
- 9-Ingredient Blender Chocolate Muffins
- The Best Healthy Strawberry Muffins | Paleo and Sugar-Free!
- 5-Ingredient Coconut Oil Pie Crust Recipe
- Healthy Pecan Pie (Without Corn Syrup!)
- Healthy No Bake Cherry Vegan Cheesecake
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