Cooking Conversion Table
This post describes some of the differences between UK, European and American metrics used in the kitchen. It includes a cooking conversion table to help you convert some of them.
I do apologise, but I was born and raised in the UK (and this is of course why I apologise for this 🙂 ).
I cannot change this. But it does mean that I find it very difficult to spell something in American English, when that can never be the proper spelling :).
So you may find stuff on my site that you think is incorrectly spelt. It may well be, or it may just be how we spell it over here.
Having said that, I now live in a country where they spell place names in two or three different ways, so how much does that really matter?
However when it comes to measuring stuff, we also still do things differently. This is often a subject of confusion between the USA/UK and the rest of the world.
The US is in fact only one of three countries in the world that have not adopted the metric system as the primary method of weighing and measuring!
In the USA and the UK, we still like to use pounds and ounces as a measure of weight. The rest of the world uses kilograms.
But that is where any similarity ends. Our gallons, cups, stones and even pints are all different.
You have your own American Gallon and we have the Imperial Gallon, just like you have your own American pint (which is of course smaller 🙂 ).
But it is interesting to see that both in the UK and US there are two cups in a pint, even though the measures are different.
The only sense I can see in the Imperial system is that there are exactly 16 cups in a gallon, just as there are 16 ounces in a pound.
The same goes for temperature measurements. In Europe, we tend to use Centigrade whilst in the USA you still use Fahrenheit.
So having said that, here below you will find a simple conversion table.
It may help you when you are struggling through my ingredients lists and method descriptions, that may include oven temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius or gas marks, weights in pounds or kilos, grams or ounces, and volumes in pints, cups, teaspoons, tablespoons etc etc.
Perhaps you may be able to print this off and use as an easy reference in your kitchen – plastified and stuck to the fridge 🙂
I hope you can follow it or use it as an easy reference list – I do, because I can’t remember the conversions either. It will at least tell you the answer when you need to convert 1 cup to ml. and vice versa.
Gav’s Kitchen Measuring Units
My recipes will mostly have grams, millilitres and temperatures in 0C, just to avoid any confusion. If I do mention ounces it will be a weight measure.
Just remember there are 1,000 grams in a kilogram, 16 ounces in a pound, 1,000 millilitres in a litre and you can’t go wrong!
And regarding the spelling thing……I make no further apologies.
And finally, in Holland they have a saying: ‘meten is weten’. This means ‘measuring is knowing’. ie you have to measure something when you need to assess whether or not you need to make changes or improve something.
Bear this in mind when you are working in your kitchen and your cake is not rising as it should!
Cooking conversion table