How To Convert Recipe Measurements:

Through interactions with cooking class participants it soon became obvious that not everyone was aware of the subtleties of cooking measurement throughout the world. This includes both Measurement Standards as well as the actual method of measurement.

In the United States, for example, both dry and liquid ingredients tend to be measured by volume, whereas in Europe, dry ingredients tend to be measured by weight and only the liquids by volume.

Also there are differing measurement standards depending on the counry eg. Imperial, US Standard and Metric.

An example of how this translates into ingredient measurement is as follows:

Australia 1 cup = 250 milliliters,
UK 1 cup = 284 milliliters
U.S.A. 1 cup = 237 milliliters.

So you can see that 1 cup of ingredient in the United States is less than those used in countries outside the United States.

Even though the differences listed above my not seem like much, in many recipes it could make the difference between a superb tasting dish and an ordinary one.

As we are interacting with an international audience here on the internet, and as recipes from all over the world are shared back and forth by various means, it is helpful to stay alert to these differences in measurement.

As a guide, we have listed below the most commonly used cooking measures in English speaking countries as they compare to one another:





1 Teaspoon (tsp) 5 ml 5 ml 4.9 ml
1 Dessertspoon N/A 10 ml N/A
1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) 20 ml 15 ml 14.8 ml
1 Cup 250ml 285 ml 237 ml
1 fl. oz. N/A 28 ml 30 ml
1 Pint N/A 568 ml 473 ml
1 Quart N/A 1137 ml 946 ml

Most Common Weight Measures Compared
1 kilogram = 1000 grams = 2.2 pound weight
1 pound wt = 16 ounces = 454 grams
1 ounce = 28.4 grams

Depending in which country you live, your measuring utensils may already have gradients represented in two or more measurement units. The point in this post is to help raise awareness of this issue when referencing recipes from different cultural backgrounds.

In the recipes that we post on this site we will lindicate the respective measurement standards. Let us know if there is anything we left out.

Sven and Karen

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