Conversions

Both Baking and Cooking bring out the inner creator and artist in most of us, with cooking allowing for a bit more flare when it comes to skipping the need for accurate measurements and adding “a dash of this” or a “handful of that”.

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Baking is more of a science and it is advisable to carefully measure out all ingredients and add them in the order as stated in the recipe.  It’s only once you’ve been baking for a while that the confidence develops and the sense of “knowing” how many of your favourite spoons to add to equal a certain amount.  Also, with so many recipes freely available on the internet, it can be frustrating if you don’t know how to convert from metric to US measurements, or pounds to teaspoons.  A good friend suggested adding a few tips to this site which reminded me to look at the very first page of my very first hand written recipe book from way back when when I first began baking.  It is a list of measurement conversions that has been very helpful over the years.

Measurements should be levelled off (the back of a knife blade works well) or loosely packed, unless the recipe specifically calls for “heaped” or “firmly packed”.

Key:

ml millilitre
g gram
kg kilogram
oz ounce
lb pound
tsp teaspoon
tbsp tablespoon
in inch
mm millimetre
cm centimetre

Oven Temperature:

Description °C °F
Very cool 100 200
Very cool 110 225
Very cool 120 250
Cool 140 275
Cool 150 300
Moderate 160 325
Moderate 180 350
Moderate to Hot 190 375
Moderate to Hot 200 400
Hot 220 425
Hot 230 450
Hot 230 450
Very Hot 240 475
Very Hot 260 500

Ounces and pounds to grams:

½ ounce 10 g 12 ounces or ¾ pound 350 g
1 ounce 25 g 16 ounces or 1 pound 450 g
1½ ounces 40 g 1½ pounds 700 g
2 ounces 50 g 2 pounds 900 g
2½ ounces 60 g 3 pounds 1,350 g
3 ounces 75 g 4 pounds 1,800 g
4 ounces or ¼ pound 110 g 5 pounds 2,250 g (2¼ kg)
4½ ounces 125 g 6 pounds 2,750 g (2¾ kg)
5 ounces 150 g 7 pounds 3,175 g
6 ounces 175 g 8 pounds 3,650 g
7 ounces 200 g 9 pounds 4,100 g
8 ounces or ½ pound 225 g 10 pounds 4,550 g
9 ounces 250 g 11 pounds 5,000 g (5 kg)
10 ounces 275 g 12 pounds 5,450 g

Metric volumes for old measures:

Cups

¼ cup 60 ml
1/3 cup 80 ml
½ cup 125 ml
¾ cup 180 ml
1 cup 250 ml
2 cups 500 ml
3 cups 750 ml
4 cups 1,000 ml (1l)

Tablespoons

1 Tbsp 15 ml
2 Tbsp 30 ml
3 Tbsp 45 ml
4 Tbsp 60 ml

Teaspoons

3 tsp15 ml

¼ tsp 1 ml
½ tsp 2 ml
1 tsp 5 ml
2 tsp 10 ml (1l)
4 tsp 20 ml

I’ve also included a few additional points taken from http://www.whatscookingamerica.net./Q-A/equiv.htm

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