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Cooks of the world unite!

Lady Sybil learns the basics of cooking 

Exploring dishes from other parts of the world can be an exciting adventure…until you start reading the recipe and have trouble understanding the measurements. Cookipedia to the rescue.  You will find this chart helpful in converting measurements from one part of the world to the other. 

If I neglect to list all conversions in the recipes, just come back to this post and you should be able to find the information you are looking for in your part of the world.  I will post another chart to help understand ingredients.

Oven Temperatures 

  • Celsius (International) — previously Centigrade
  • Fahrenheit degrees Fahrenheit (in Canada, USA)
  • Gas mark (UK).

This table provides a rough guide to conversion between the ranges.

Centigrade Farenheit Gas Mark Descriptive = Fan Oven equiv. °C
110° 225° ¼ Very slow/Very low = 90°
120° 250° ½ Very slow/Very low = 100°
140° 275° 1 Slow/Low = 120°
150° 300° 2 Slow/Low = 130°
160° 325° 3 Moderately slow/Warm = 140°
180° 350° 4 Moderate/Medium = 160°
190° 375° 5 Moderate/Moderately hot = 170°
200° 400° 6 Moderately hot = 180°
220° 425° 7 Hot = 200°
230° 450° 8 Hot/Very hot = 210°
250° 475° 9 Very hot = 230°
260° 500° 10 Extremely hot = 240°

Weights

Imperial Metric   Imperial Metric
¼ oz 5 g   210 g
½ oz 10 g   8 oz 225 g
¾ oz 20 g   8½ oz 235 g
1 oz 25 g   9 oz 250 g
1 ½ oz 40 g   9½ oz 260 g
2 oz 50 g   10 oz 275 g
60 g   10½ oz 285 g
3 oz 75g   11 oz 310 g
3½ oz 85 g   12 oz 350 g
4 oz 110 g   1 lb 450 g
4½ oz 125 g   1 lb 2 oz 500 g
5 oz 150 g   2 lb 900 g
5½ oz 160 g   2½ lb 1.1 kg
6 oz 175 g   3 lb 1.3 kg
6½ oz 185 g   3½ lb 1.6 kg
7 oz 200 g   4 lb 2 kg

Volume

Cups Imperial  •  fl oz Imperial  •  pint Metric
  1 fl oz   28 ml
  4 fl oz   112 ml
½ cup 5 fl oz ¼ pint 142 ml
1 cup 8.45 fl oz 0.43 pint 250 ml
  10 fl oz ½ pint 284 ml
  10.10 fl oz 0.52 pint 300 ml
  15 fl oz ¾ pint 426 ml
2 cups 16 fl oz 0.83 pint 473 ml
  20 fl oz 1 pint 568 ml
  35 fl oz   1 litre
4 cups 32 fl oz 1.7 pints 946 ml
  40 fl oz 2 pints 1.13 litres
  70 fl oz 3.5 pints 2 litres

Note on cup measurements.

In ‘modern’ recipes, use of the cup measure appears mainly in American recipes. Even here in the UK, there are 2 standards. The Commonwealth or Imperial cup measurement is 1/2 pint though in practice it is only commonly used in historic/old recipes. If your recipe uses cups as the ‘base’ measurement for all ingredients, then you should be OK. If you are uncertain, err on the side of caution (play it safe). In general, it is easy to add a little more of an ingredient – it is much harder (impossible??) to take it away again after adding it. Wikipedia article on cup measures

Lengths

Imperial Metric
1/8” 2.5 mm
¼” 5 mm
½” 1 cm
¾” 2 cm
1” 2.5cm
1¼” 3 cm
1½” 4 cm
1¾” 4.5 cm
2” 5cm
2½” 6 cm
3” 7.5 cm
3½” 9 cm
4½” 10 cm
5” 13 cm
6” 15 cm
7” 18 cm
8” 20 cm
9” 23 cm
10” 25 cm
11” 28 cm
12” 30 cm

Spoon measures

Single Multiple
1 level teaspoon 5 ml
1 level dessert spoon 10 ml
1 level tablespoon 15 ml
1 dessert spoon 2 teaspoons
1 tablespoon 3 teaspoons
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