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Conversion Tables

Common Measures

The following tables provide the common measures used in cooking.

Within the UK, the Imperial “tablespoon” is officially defined as 5/8 of a fluid ounce and a teaspoon is 1/24 of a gill. However, in other Imperial countries the tablespoon is often defined as half an ounce and the teaspoon as one third of a tablespoon. For the metric calculators above, the official UK definitions (tablespoon = 5/8 fluid ounce, teaspoon = 1/24 gill) are used. However, for ease of use, the simpler measures (tablespoon = 1/2 ounce, teaspoon = 1/3 tablespoon) are used in the following tables.

For the converter and the following tables, we’ve used the most authoritative definitions of the measures available. Irrelevant definitions (e.g. the “medical drop”) have been excluded for simplicity.

Although the Imperial and USA systems have the same units (e.g. ounce, cup, quart) for measuring volume, the size of these units is not the same in the two systems. For this reason, the Imperial and USA measures are listed separately below (details are provided in Metric & Imperial Units). The converter at the top of the page will convert between: metric and Imperial; metric and USA; Imperial and USA.

Measurement units of Volume (capacity)

Metric capacity

     

Imperial liquid capacity

   

“metric drop”

 

0.05 milliliters

 

3 drops

=

1 dash

“metric teaspoon”

 

5.0 milliliters

 

2 dashes

=

1 pinch

       

8 pinches

=

1 teaspoon

10 milliliters

=

1 centilitre

 

2 teaspoons

=

1 dessertspoon

10 centiliters

=

1 decilitre

 

3 teaspoons

=

1 tablespoon

10 deciliters

=

1 litre

 

2 tablespoons

=

1 fluid ounce

       

5 fluid ounces

=

1gill

       

2 gills

=

1 cup

       

2 cups

=

1 pint

         

=

20 fluid ounces

       

2 pints

=

1 quart

       

4 quarts

=

1 gallon

       

USA liquid capacity

   
       

4.75 drops

=

1 dash

       

2 dashs

=

1 pinch

       

8 pinches

=

1 teaspoon

       

3 teaspoons

=

1 tablespoon

       

2 tablespoons

=

1 fluid ounce

       

4 fluid ounces

=

1 gill

       

2 gills

=

1 cup

       

2 cups

=

1 pint

           

16 fluid ounces

       

2 pints

=

1 quart

       

4 quarts

=

1 gallon

Measurement units of Mass (weight)

Metric mass

     

Imperial weight

   

1000 grams

=

1 kilogram

 

16 ounces

=

1 pound

       

14 pounds

=

1 stone

       

USA weight

   
       

16 ounces

=

1 pound

 

Converstion to and from Metric

Following are approximate conversions. For ease of use the conversions are rounded to the 2nd decimal place. For more exact conversions, use the calculator at the top of this page.  The Imperial “tablespoon” is generally interpreted as half a fluid ounce (the measure used in the following table), but sometimes as five eights of an ounce (which would be approximately 17.76 milliliters).

Imperial/USA unit

Metric unit

 

Metric unit

Imperial/USA unit

Teaspoon (UK)

5.92 milliliters

 

Millilitre

0.17 teaspoons (UK)

Teaspoon (US)

4.93 milliliters

   

0.20 teaspoons (US)

Tablespoon (UK)

17.76 milliliters

 

10 Millilitre

0.56 tablespoons (UK)

Tablespoon (US)

14.79 milliliters

   

0.68 tablespoons (US)

Fluid ounce (UK)

28.41 milliliters

 

100 millilitre

3.52 fluid ounces (UK)

Fluid ounce (US)

29.57 milliliters

   

3.38 fluid ounces (US)

Pint (UK)

0.57 liters

 

Litre

1.76 pints (UK)

Pint (US)

0.47 liters

   

2.11 pints (US)

Quart (UK)

1.14 liters

   

0.88 quarts (UK)

Quart (US)

0.95 liters

   

1.06 quarts (US)

Gallon (UK)

4.55 liters

   

0.22 gallon (UK)

Gallon (US)

3.79 liters

   

0.26 gallons (US)

Ounce (weight)

28.35 grams

 

Gram

0.035 ounces (weight)

Pound

0.45 kilograms

 

Kilogram

2.21 pounds

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12 Comments »

  1. There is a mistake on convert table “grams into weight ounces, multiply the grams by 0.35274”. The number should be 0.035274. Otherwise, the numbers for ounces will be huge. I tried so many times and could not believe the ounces number, then figureed out …

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    Comment by Simone | August 1, 2008

  2. Thank you for alerting us to the error – I have made the necessary adjustments. Thanks!

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    Comment by mark | August 1, 2008

  3. How many grams is a stick of butter as in some US recipe?

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    Comment by lena | February 19, 2009

  4. Hi Rose, I happen to chance upon your web and found it very well done up and useful for someone like me who is no good in cooking.

    I am really very impressed by your blog.

    Thank you very much for sharing your receipe with us. It is easy to understand.

    Thank you and May God Bless You!

    Rgds

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    Comment by Sally | May 27, 2009

  5. Hi Rose

    Thank you for sharing.

    Take care!

    Warm regards

    Anna

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    Comment by Anna | October 2, 2009

  6. I reckon there’s an error in the conversion from metric cup to grams. eg 1 cup flour, plain, self-rising = 1254gms which is 1.254kg. Should be 125.4gms!

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    Comment by Lucy | January 14, 2010

  7. Hi Lucy,
    Thanks for highlighting this to us. We will look into it.
    Regards.

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    Comment by rose | January 19, 2010

  8. Please let me know what are correct measurements for almond sugee cake, eg. how much to put in the butter, semolina and flour.

    I am following the measurement gms. The cake wss very oily.

    Thank you.

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    Comment by Lucy Low | July 14, 2010

  9. Hi Rose

    Thank u for all your recipes. I should be trying out some baking downloaded from your website.

    I would appreciate if u can tell me what should the depth be for a 8″ round cake tin? Is is 2″ or 2.5″. Phoon Huat in S’pore only has 8″ x 3″.

    Would appreciate your reply as I think depth of the cake tin does matter.

    Rgds
    Priscilla Poh

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    Comment by priscilla poh | July 20, 2010

  10. Hi Rose,
    Your nyonya kueh recipes use coconut milk in ml. I am not sure how much proportion of water to coconut milk.

    How many ml is one coconut? What if I buy a ready squeezed coconut milk? Some say 200ml, 250ml, 300ml. What if I use the packet coconut milk which is very thick?

    Appreciate your advice.

    Bless you Rose. Take good care.

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    Comment by Ena | November 30, 2010

  11. wow…thanks for the conversion tables. it do help.

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    Comment by doris | November 1, 2011

  12. Hi,Rose really enjoy very much all of your recipes,is it okay with you Rose is you could give me the exact amount for recipes called Kueh Split (you said flour,sugar,egg and coconut milk ) i’d like to try to made the kueh split.what kind of flour and how much i need for that recipes.
    Thank you very much
    Lyna Uch(from Australia)Cheer

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    Comment by Lyna Uch | June 21, 2012

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