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Baking Lessons: Measurement Conversions

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You’re baking a scrumptious, complicated dessert. You pull out your mixer, bowls, tools and ingredients. After you put on your apron, imagine that instead of scooping 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, you simply dumped what looked like the right amount into the bowl? If you estimated for every ingredient in this dessert, your result would not turn out quite right!

Measurements are vital in baking. If you’re halving, doubling, or splitting your recipe, you might get stuck on the conversions. This is a common problem. The easiest way to avoid the headache and mental math is to keep a conversion chart on hand. Grabbing your measurement conversions chart is much easier than pulling out a pen and paper while you’re pouring, mixing and getting your hands dirty.


Listed below are the basic measurement conversions you might need the next time you are baking a masterpiece.

US Dry Volume Measurements
MEASUREEQUIVALENT
1/16 teaspoondash
1/8 teaspoona pinch
3 teaspoons1 Tablespoon
1/8 cup2 tablespoons (= 1 standard coffee scoop)
1/4 cup4 Tablespoons
1/3 cup5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup8 Tablespoons
3/4 cup12 Tablespoons
1 cup16 Tablespoons
1 Pound16 ounces
US liquid volume measurements
8 Fluid ounces1 Cup
1 Pint2 Cups (= 16 fluid ounces)
1 Quart2 Pints (= 4 cups)
1 Gallon4 Quarts (= 16 cups)
Metric to US Conversions
1 milliliter1/5 teaspoon
5 ml1 teaspoon
15 ml1 tablespoon
30 ml1 fluid oz.
100 ml3.4 fluid oz.
240 ml1 cup
1 liter34 fluid oz.
1 liter4.2 cups
1 liter2.1 pints
1 liter1.06 quarts
1 liter.26 gallon
1 gram.035 ounce
100 grams3.5 ounces
500 grams1.10 pounds
1 kilogram2.205 pounds
1 kilogram35 oz.