When you’re following a recipe, it’s important to know your measurements. After all, 1 tablespoon of sugar is going to produce a very different result than 1 cup of sugar. While some recipes will list both measurements (especially baking recipes), others will just use one or the other. Let me show you some common cooking conversions you need to know so you can make sure your food turns out just the way you want it to.
How Many Tablespoons Are in a Cup?
There are 16 tablespoons in a cup. This is equal to 8 fluid ounces or 1/2 pint. If you’re measuring dry ingredients, such as flour or sugar, a cup is equal to about 4.5 ounces or 125 grams.
Metric vs Imperial Cup
In the United States, recipes generally use cup measurements. But if you’re living in the UK or another country that uses the metric system, you may need to convert your recipe. 1 US cup is equal to 0.95 UK cups or 237 ml. So if a recipe calls for 1 US cup of flour, you would use 0.95 UK cups or 237 ml of flour.
How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon?
There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon. This is equal to 1/3 of a fluid ounce or 1/6 of a fluid ounce (US). In the metric system, 1 tablespoon is equal to 15 ml.
How to measure liquids
If you don’t have a measuring cup, there are other ways to measure liquids. For example, 1 cup is equal to 16 tablespoons. So if you need 1/4 cup of liquid, you can use 4 tablespoons. Or 1/2 cup of liquid would be 8 tablespoons.
1 tablespoon = 1/16th of a gallon
There are 16 tablespoons in a cup and 2 cups in a pint. This means there are 32 tablespoons in a pint. And since there are 4 quarts in a gallon, that means there are 128 tablespoons in a gallon.
Now that you know some common cooking conversions, you can measure with confidence!
How to measure solids
If you need to measure a solid, such as flour or sugar, and don’t have a measuring cup, you can use a kitchen scale. 1 cup of flour is equal to about 4.5 ounces or 125 grams.
Common ingredient conversions
Here are some common ingredient conversions you may need:
1 cup of butter is equal to 2 sticks or 8 ounces
1 cup of sugar is equal to 7 ounces or 200 grams
1 cup of brown sugar is equal to 6 ounces or 170 grams
1 cup of honey is equal to 12 ounces or 340 grams
1 cup of molasses is equal to 11 ounces or 310 grams
1 cup of cornstarch is equal to 4.5 ounces or 128 grams
1 cup of baking powder is equal to 5.5 ounces or 156 grams
1 cup of self-rising flour is equal to 5 ounces or 142 grams
1 cup of rolled oats is equal to 3 ounces or 85 grams
I hope these cooking conversions help you in the kitchen! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.
How to measure without measuring spoons
If you don’t have measuring spoons on hand, there are other ways to measure your ingredients. For example, 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons or 1/2 ounce. So if you need 1 tablespoon of sugar, you can use 3 teaspoons or 1/2 ounce of sugar.
Here are some other common conversions you may need:
1 pint = 2 cups
1 quart = 4 cups
1 gallon = 4 quarts
Ounces to grams
If you’re measuring dry ingredients, such as flour or sugar, you may need to convert ounces to grams. 1 ounce is equal to 28 grams. So if a recipe calls for 4 ounces of flour, you would use 113 grams of flour.
Pounds to kilograms
If you’re in the UK or another country that uses the metric system, you may need to convert pounds to kilograms. 1 pound is equal to 0.45 kg. So if a recipe calls for 2 pounds of sugar, you would use 0.9 kg of sugar.
Common Ingredient Conversions
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of measurement conversions, let’s look at some common ingredient conversions. These will come in handy when you’re cooking or baking and need to convert between cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, and more.
1 cup sugar = 200g sugar = 16 tablespoons sugar = 48 teaspoons sugar
1 cup flour = 125g flour = 16 tablespoons flour = 48 teaspoons flour
1 tablespoon butter = 14 grams butter = 1/2 ounce butter
1 teaspoon salt = 5 ml salt = 5 grams salt
Keep these conversions in mind the next time you’re in the kitchen so you can make sure your food turns out just the way you want it to. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!
How Many Cups Are in a Quart?
There are 4 cups in a quart.
With these common cooking conversions, you’ll be able to follow any recipe with ease. Just remember that measurements can vary from country to country, so always double-check before beginning to cook. And have fun! After all, cooking is meant to be enjoyed.