Quick Kitchen Conversions: Temperature, Weight & Volume

Handy Kitchen Cooking Tips & Info

If you’re professional chef, you might have stumbled upon the wrong page… or then maybe not! Spoiler: whether you are a visitor or part of the Eat2Health community, this section is short and sweet (but extremely dry) and not applicable to everyone!

We don’t know about you, but there have been occasions (more so when we were new to cooking!), where we would be endlessly searching for conversions. Whether it was for oven temperatures, or deciphering between weight and volume, particularly when navigating through some old school American recipes!

We think that with so many home cooks on the rise (us included), sometimes all you need to do is go back to basics as not everyone uses metric, nor is everyone a human calculator, or perhaps familiar with the fact that dry and liquid measurements are not like for like.

So whatever category you might find yourself in (experienced or not), we are all fallible to: memory lapses (haha, yep), not writing everything down (particularly recipe names and/or quantities), losing our paperwork or scrapes of paper that we’ve scribbled our notes on (haha-guilty!).

Our recipes tend to give conversions (particularly for oven temperatures), but we are not religious about weight and/or volume. In the aid to try to make our recipes, your cooking experiences (and our blog!) as user and kitchen friendly as possible, we are providing you with three simple and standard kitchen conversions for temperature, weight and volume.

We hope that this section will give everyone (who needs it) access to quick kitchen conversions that are just two clicks away! 🙂

 

Oven Temperature Conversions

Unless you want to do some quick maths to do convert Fahrenheit to Celsius or vice versa (and even then it’s not a perfect conversion!), here’s an approximate conversion chart between electric, fan-assisted ovens and gas marks.

 

Dry/Weight Conversions

NB: OZ measurements rounded to nearest whole number

 

Volume Conversions

NB: OZ measurements rounded to the nearest whole number.

 

Key Measurements & Tips:
  • Tsp= teaspoon/ 1 tsp =5ml
  • Tbsp= tablespoon/ 1 tbsp =15ml
  • 3 tsp = 1 tbsp
  • 250ml = 1 cup
  • 1Litre (L)= 1000ml (4 cups)
  • 1 Quart(US)= 946ml
  • A measuring cup is not the same as a ‘drinking cup’.
  • Standard measuring spoons are not the same as teaspoons and tablespoons that you eat with; they can actually make a significant difference when measuring leavening agents, spices etc. as their measurements can vary from 1-4g (depending on how full your spoon is!)
  • A liquid measuring cup is not the same as a dry measuring cup. A liquid measuring cup has a spout and handle with markings (measurements down the side). Dry measuring cups are smaller, designed to only hold a specific quantity and to be levelled with a flat edge. Try not to mix them up; dry ingredients tend to vary in weight and are not necessarily like to like with liquid measurements.
  • A basic set of measuring spoons comes with five spoons: 1/8 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp. Although some sets have: 1/4 tsp, 1/3tsp, 1/2tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbsp and 1 tbsp or other combinations instead.

 

Feature image:  Bring the heat By: Valeriee*_Flickr
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