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Weights and measurement conversions are always a dangerous part of using a recipe your unfamiliar with. I know I've ruined more than one dish that way! The following charts should be handy as a quick little reference.

A note on accuracy

These charts are accurate enough for cooking, but would likely yield disappointing results for anything requiring scientific precision. Most of the imperial to metric conversions required rounding. Also, each region tends to have their own variations depending on cultural differences. For instance, a teaspoon in the UK is about 20% larger than teaspoons in the US.

Common cooking measures Edit

U.S. to Metric
1 teaspoon 5 ml
1 tablespoon 15 ml
1 cup 240 ml
Metric to U.S.
10 ml 2 teaspoons
250 g 1 cup
500 ml 2 cups

Dry Measures Edit

U.S. standard weight units
1 Ounce (oz) 16 Drams    
1 Pound (lb) 16 Ounces 256 drams  
1 Stone 14 Pounds 224 ounces 57344 drams

U.S. to Metric
1 ounce 28.4 grammes
1 troy ounce 31.1 grammes
1 pound 0.45 kilograms
1 stone 6.35 kilograms

Metric to U.S.
1 kilogram (kg) 2.205 pounds 35.27 ounces

Liquid Measures Edit

U.S. customary liquid units
1 cup (c.) 8 fluid ounces (fl. oz)      
1 pint (pt.) 2 cups 16 fl. oz    
1 quart (qt.) 2 pints 4 cups 32 fl. oz  
1 gallon (g.) 4 quarts 8 pints 16 cups 128 fl. oz

US to metric
1 fl. oz 29.6 ml
1 pint 473.2 ml
1 quart 0.95 liters
1 gallon 3.79 liters

Metric to US
1 liter 0.26 gallons 1.06 quarts

Bar (drink) Measurements
1 dash 6 drops
3 teaspoons ½ ounce
1 pony 1 ounce
1 jigger 1½ ounce
1 large jigger 2 ounces
1 standard whiskey glass 2 ounces
1 pint 16 fl. oz
1 fifth 25.6 fl. oz
1 quart 32 fl. oz

Miscellanous Edit

Small measurements
1 drop 1/72 teaspoon 0.002 oz 0.065 milliliter
1 dash 1/16 teaspoon 0.010 oz 0.308 milliliter
1 pinch ⅛ teaspoon 0.021 oz 0.616 milliliter
1 teaspoon (US) 1/6 ounce 4.93 milliliters
1 tablespoon (US) 0.5 ounce 3 teaspoons
1 teaspoon (UK) 1.2 teaspoons (US) 6.16 milliliters
3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon
1 dessert spoon (UK) 2.4 teaspoons 12.32 milliliters
½ tablespoon 1½ teaspoons
1 tablespoon (UK) 1.2 tablespoons (US) 18.48 milliliters
2 tablespoons 1 fl oz
4 tablespoons ¼ cup
5⅓ tablespoons 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon ⅓ cup
6 tablespoons 8 fl oz
8 tablespoons ½ cup
10⅔ tablespoons 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons ⅔ cup
12 tablespoons ¾ cup
1 liter ~4 cups ~1 quart
⅛ cup 2 tablespoons
¼ cup 4 tablespoons
¼ cup 2 fl oz
⅓ cup 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon 5⅓ tablespoons
½ cup 8 tablespoons
1 cup 16 tablespoons
1 cup 8 fl oz
1 cup ½ pint
2 cups 1 pint
2 pints 1 quart
4 quarts (liquid) 1 gallon

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