Measurement Conversions for Recipes

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Sometimes you find a great recipe but it uses measurements that are not familiar to you, such as listing mL instead of cups. Whether they are metric, imperial, or gas mark, conversion tables come in handy when this situation arises, helping you create whatever recipe you wish to try.

Recipes require that the ingredients are measured accurately; it is a good idea to have a kitchen scale and set of complete measuring cups on hand when baking.

U.S. Liquid Cups to Metric

Before you begin converting, it is important to acknowledge that U.S. liquid cups are different from U.S. dry cup measurements. When measuring dry ingredients, such as flour, you need to use a dry measuring cup; besides that, it is sometimes impossible to level off the ingredient in a liquid measuring cup, the measurement is much more accurate in the dry cup. The reverse is also true.

While dry cups convert to grams and ounces, liquid cups directly convert to metric milliliters (mL) and liters.

  • 1/4 cup = 60 mL
  • 1/3 cup = 70 mL
  • 1/2 cup = 125 mL
  • 2/3 cup = 150 mL
  • 3/4 cup = 175 mL
  • 1 cup = 250 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups = 375 mL
  • 2 cups = 500 mL
  • 4 cups = 1 liter

Although the difference is slight, keep in mind that recipes from the UK have different measurements for cups.

Measurement conversions for recipes
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Volume: Metric to Imperial

  • 25 ml. equals 1 fl oz.
  • 50 ml. equals 2 fl oz.
  • 75 ml. equals 2 1/2 fl oz.
  • 100 ml. equals 3 1/2 fl oz.
  • 125 ml. equals 4 fl oz.
  • 150 ml. equals 5 fl oz.
  • 175 ml. equals 6 fl oz.
  • 200 ml. equals 7 fl oz.
  • 225 ml. equals 8 fl oz.
  • 250 ml. equals 9 fl oz.
  • 300 ml. equals 10 fl oz.
  • 350 ml. equals 12 fl oz.
  • 400 ml. equals 14 fl oz.
  • 425 ml. equals 15 fl oz.
  • 450 ml. equals 16 fl oz.
  • 500 ml. equals 18 fl oz.
  • 600 ml. equals 1 pint
  • 700 ml. equals 1 1/4 pints
  • 850 ml. equals 1 1/2 pints
  • 1 litre equals 1 3/4 pints
  • 1.5 litres equals 2 3/4 pints
  • 2 litres equals 3 1/2 pints
  • 2.5 litres equals 4 1/2 pints
  • 3 litres equals 5 1/4 pints
Oven temperature conversion
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Oven Temperatures: Celsius to Fahrenheit to Gas and Description

  • 110 C equals 225 F equals 1/4 Gas equals Cool
  • 120 C equals 250 F equals 1/2 Gas equals Cool
  • 140 C equals 275 F equals 1 Gas equals very low heat
  • 150 C equals 300 F equals 2 Gas equals very low heat
  • 160 C equals 320 F equals 3 Gas equals low heat
  • 170 C equals 340 F equals 3 Gas equals moderate
  • 180 C equals 350 F equals 4 Gas equals moderate
  • 190 C equals 375 F equals 5 Gas equals hot oven
  • 200 C equals 400 F equals 6 Gas equals hot oven
  • 220 C equals 425 F equals 7 Gas equals very hot
  • 230 C equals 450 F equals 8 Gas equals extremely
Illustration depicting metric to imperial weight conversions
Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018 

Weight: Metric to Imperial

  • 15 grams equals 1/2 oz.
  • 25 grams equals 1 oz.
  • 40 grams equals 1 1/2 oz.
  • 55 grams equals 2 oz.
  • 70 grams equals 2 1/2 oz.
  • 85 grams equals 3 oz.
  • 100 grams equals 3 1/2 oz.
  • 115 grams equals 4 oz.
  • 125 grams equals 4 1/2 oz.
  • 140 grams equals 5 oz.
  • 150 grams equals 5 1/2 oz.
  • 175 grams equals 6 oz.
  • 200 grams equals 7 oz.
  • 225 grams equals 8 oz.
  • 250 grams equals 9 oz.
  • 280 grams equals 10 oz.
  • 315 grams equals 11 oz.
  • 350 grams equals 12 oz.
  • 375 grams equals 13 oz.
  • 400 grams equals 14 oz.
  • 425 grams equals 15 oz.
  • 450 grams equals 1 lb.
  • 500 grams equals 1 lb. 2 oz.
  • 600 grams equals 1 lb. 5 oz.
  • 700 grams equals 1 lb. 9 oz.
  • 800 grams equals 1 lb. 12 oz.
  • 900 grams equals 2 lbs.
  • 1 kg. equals 2 lbs. 4 oz.