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Your Ultimate Guide to Cooking and Baking Conversions

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It is a good time to cook. Thanks to the Internet and more cookbooks than ever, there are countless recipes available to the home cook to choose from. These days you can travel the globe and get a taste of history without leaving your kitchen.

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But sometimes a recipe from across the pond or from your grandmother’s recipe collection can leave you scratching your head, wondering how many tablespoons are in a cup. Some countries use imperial measurements, others use the metric system, some use weight as a unit, while others volume. Chances are you don’t often consider how many litres are in a gallon and that’s OK.

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To help, we’ve created this handy converter chart with some of the most common ingredients and conversions including oz to ml and grams to cups. Bookmark it or print it and stick it on your fridge so you can cook with ease, no matter which measurement system your recipe uses.

Common Baking and Cooking Conversions

CupsTablespoonsOuncesGrams
Butter1/4 cup4 Tbsp2 oz57g
1/3 cup5 Tbsp + 1 tsp2.67 oz76g
1 cup16 Tbsp8 oz227g
Flour/Sifted1/4 cup4 Tbsp1.06oz/0.95oz30g/27g
1/3 cup5 Tbsp + 1 tsp1.41oz/1.23oz40g/35g
1/2 cup8 Tbsp2.12oz/1.94oz60g/55g
1 cup16 Tbsp4.24oz/3.88oz120g/110g
Granulated Sugar1/4 cup4 Tbsp1.76oz50g
1/3 cup5 Tbsp + 1 tsp2.29oz65g
1/2 cup8 Tbsp3.5oz100g
1 cup16 Tbsp7oz200g
Brown Sugar/ Firmly Packed1/4 cup4 Tbsp1.59oz45g
1/3 cup5 Tbsp + 1 tsp2.12oz60g
1/2 cup8 Tbsp3.2oz90g
1 cup16 Tbsp6.4oz180g
Water1/4 cup4 Tbsp2 oz57g
1/3 cup5 Tbsp + 1 tsp2.67 oz76g
1/2 cup8 Tbsp4 oz114g
1 cup16 Tbsp8 oz227g

6 Common Conversions You Need to Know

1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
1 cup = 250 mL
1 pint = 500 mL
1 quart = 0.95 L
1 gallon = 3.8 L

Common Weight Conversions

1 ounce = 28 g
4 ounces or 1/4 pound =113 g
1/3 pound=150 g
8 ounces or 1/2 pound =230 g
2/3 pound =300 g
12 ounces or 3/4 pound =340 g
1 pound or 16 ounces =450 g
2 pounds= 900 g

Common Metric Conversions

1 teaspoon = 5 mL
1 tablespoon or 1/2 fluid ounce =15 mL
1 fluid ounce or 1/8 cup= 30 mL
1/4 cup or 2 fluid ounces =60 mL
1/3 cup= 80 mL
1/2 cup or 4 fluid ounces=120 mL
2/3 cup=160 mL
3/4 cup or 6 fluid ounces=180 mL
1 cup or 8 fluid ounces or half a pint= 240 mL
2 cups or 1 pint or 16 fluid ounces =475 mL
4 cups or 2 pints or 1 quart = 950 mL
4 quarts or 1 gallon = 3.8 L

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