When it comes to following recipes, measuring right is the difference between success and failure. Bookmark this quick guide to kitchen measuring and conversion charts, and keep at hand for when you need some help with ours and other people's recipes.
Common kitchen measuring conversion
Cup, tablespoon, pinch? Baffling? Although the whole idea behind this site is to keep cooking very easy and we try to use odd measurements the least possible, we still have to use some to maintain the correct proportion of the ingredients.
Above all I want you to trust your common sense, measuring is essential, but your instinct and taste buds are still more important than your measuring cups and spoons.
- Small quantities should always be measured more carefully than large quantities.
- Do not pack the dry ingredients when measuring, just pour into the measuring cup/spoon to the desired measurement. Level the ingredients.
- To measure liquids, put the measuring cup on a flat surface and pour to the desired level.
- A pinch is obviously a subjective measurement, you should definitely use your instinct and taste buds here. I personally use ¼ teaspoon for my "pinch" measurements.
Weight and volume
|1 kilogram||2.2 pounds|
|1 pound||0.45 kilograms|
|1 pound||16 ounces|
|½ pound||225 grams|
|1 fluid ounce||30 milliliters|
|1 cup||8 ounces|
|1 quart||4 cups|
|1 quart||2 pints|
|1 teaspoon||⅓ tablespoon|
|1 tablespoon||3 teaspoons|
|1 quart||0.96 liters|
Convert amounts in cups of common ingredients into Imperial and Metric weights.
|Butter||1 cup||½ pound||227 grams|
|Butter (1 stick)||½ cup||¼ pound||181 grams|
|Butter||2 cups||1 pound||454 grams|
|Granulated sugar||3 ½ cups||1 pound||454 grams|
|Granulated sugar||1 cup||0.29 pound||132 grams|
|Brown sugar||2 ½ cups||1 pound||454 grams|
|Brown sugar||1 cup||¼ pound||181 grams|
|All purpose flour||4 cups||1 pound||454 grams|
|All purpose flour||1 cup||4.8 ounces||136 grams|
|Dry beans||3 cups||1 ½ pound||0.7 kilos|
How to convert
If you're looking to convert from kilograms, pounds, gallons or liters, here are some easy ways to do it.
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How many ounces in a pound?
1 pound equals 16 ounces.
How many ounces in a cup?
It is not possible to calculate this conversion without knowing the density of the substance to be measured, the ounces per cup will vary from substance to substance. For example, 1 cup of butter = 8 approx. ounces, but 1 cup of sugar equals approx. 4.64 ounces.
How much is ⅓ cup in tablespoons?
⅓ cup equals 5.33 US tablespoons.
How many tablespoons in a cup?
1 cup equals 16 US tablespoons.
How many tablespoons in ¼ cup?
¼ cup equals 4 US tablespoons.
How much is a kilogram in pounds?
One kilogram equals 2.2 pounds.
How much is a pound in kilograms?
One pound equals 0.45 kilograms.
How many grams in a pound?
One pound equals 454 grams.
How much is a pound?
One pound equals 16 ounces, 0.45 kilograms, or 450 grams.
Originally published on September 24, 2022