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U.S. & Metric Measurements

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:31pm



The blue dots on the picture to the above represent the location of my blog readers on a typical day. Today's visitor locations can be seen at the bottom of my blog. Occasionally, I see viewers on 6 of 7 continents. The seventh continent is Antarctica where almost nobody lives.

Because of the international nature of my real job, I have recently become more aware of the fact that the United States (my home), Burma, and Liberia are the only three countries that have not yet accepted metric.

To assist those of you who are not familiar with U.S. (Imperial/English) measurements, I am posting a cross-reference guide. Even those of you who are familiar with U.S. measurements might find the "U.S. equivalents" section useful as it shows the fractions for converting from one U.S. unit of measure to another (teaspoons to tablespoons, tablespoons to cups, etc.). I am also including a brief list of common abbreviations that I often use on this blog. I hope you find this useful.


U.S. Cooking Measurement Abbreviations
c. = cup
T. = Tbs. = tbsp. = tablespoon
t. = tsp. = teaspoon
pkg. = package
lb. = pound
qt. = quart (4 cups)
lg. = large (often 29 oz.)
oz. = ounce
sm. = small
pt. = pint
med. = medium
gal. = gallon
sq. = square
approx. = approximately
min. = minutes
equiv. = equivalent



U.S. Cooking Measurement Equivalents
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
6 tablespoons = 3/8 cup
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 1/6 cup
1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
2 pints = 1 quart
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
48 teaspoons = 1 cup



U.S. to Metric Capacity
1/5 teaspoon = 1 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml1 fluid oz. = 30 ml
1/5 cup = 50 ml
1 cup = 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) = 470 ml
4 cups (1 quart) = .95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.) = 3.8 liters



U.S. to Metric Weight
1 oz. (ounce) = 28 grams
1 pound = 16 ounces
1 pound = 454 grams



Metric to U.S. Capacity
1 mililiter = 1/5 teaspoon
5 ml = 1 teaspoon
15 ml = 1 tablespoon
30 ml = 1 fluid oz.
100 ml = 3.4 fluid oz.
240 ml = 1 cup
1 liter = 34 fluid oz.
1 liter = 4.2 cups
1 liter = 2.1 pints
1 liter = 1.06 quarts
1 liter = 0.26 gallon



Metric to U.S. Weight
1 gram = .035 ounce
100 grams = 3.5 ounces
500 grams = 1.10 pounds
1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
1 kilogram = 35 oz.
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