Cookery conversion tables

We know that switching between metric, imperial and cup measures can be awkward at best when cooking - so to help keep everyone on track we have created these tables of essential cooking conversions.

Please let us know if you feel anything is missing, or if its been helpful to you - using the comment box at the bottom.

Quick Reference

If perfect accuracy isn't as important as clarity, this quick reference table below might be all you need.

Measure Metric (rounded)
1 cup 250ml
1 pint 500ml
1 quart 1l
1 gallon 4l

Liquids (and Herbs and Spices)

Liquids can be converted to litres or millilitres with the following table. Small volumes (less than about 1 fluid ounce or 2 tablespoons) of ingredients such as salt, herbs, spices, baking powder, etc. should also be converted with this table.

Do not use this table to convert other non-liquid ingredients.

Customary quantity Metric equivalent
1 teaspoon 5ml
1 tablespoon or 1/2 fluid ounce 15ml
1 fluid ounce or 1/8 cup 30ml
1/4 cup or 2 fluid ounces 60ml
1/3 cup 80ml
1/2 cup or 4 fluid ounces 120ml
2/3 cup 160ml
3/4 cup or 6 fluid ounces 180ml
1 cup or 8 fluid ounces or half a pint 240ml
1 1/2 cups or 12 fluid ounces 350ml
2 cups or 1 pint or 16 fluid ounces 475ml
3 cups or 1 1/2 pints 700ml
4 cups or 2 pints or 1 quart 950ml
4 quarts or 1 gallon 3.8l

Weight

Weights can be converted with the following table. Note that the ounces referred to in this table are not the same as fluid ounces.

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

Continue reading to find out about non-liquid ingredients…

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