Cooking Conversion Charts

Cooking Conversion Charts; Measuring Ingredients,

...for Easy Reference

Cooking conversion charts are an essential part of party food planning. Party-size recipes are the norm on this site but you may want to cut a recipe down for the family, double or triple some recipes for an extra-large group.

This growing collection of recipe conversion facts will help you plan, shop and cook for your crowd, whatever size. Too much for one page, the cooking conversion charts span three pages, three categories:

1. U.S. Liquid and Weight Conversions, below

2. "U.S. to Metric" Cooking Conversion Charts

3. Food Equivalents and Substitutions 

Liquid Measurements & Equivalents

This first cooking conversion chart is for common, everyday recipe measurements:

Basic Measurements Equivalents
3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons 1/4 cup
1 pint 2 cups, 16 ounces
1 quart 4 cups, 32 ounces, 2 pints
1 gallon 16 cups, 128 ounces, 4 quarts
A punch serving is 4 ounces. A gallon equals 32 4-ounce servings.
1 liter about 4 1/2 cups, about 34 ounces
1.75 liters about 7 1/2 cups, almost 60 ounces
1 750 milliliter bottle about 3 1/4 cups, just over 25 ounces
This is the standard size bottle for most liquor, wine, and champagne. 3 750-mil bottles = @ 10 cups

Fluid Ounces Equivalents
1/2 ounce 1 tablespoon
1 ounce 2 tablespoons, 1/8 cup
1 1/2 ounces 3 tablespoons
2 ounces 4 tablespoons, 1/4 cup
1/3 cup 5 1/3 tablespoons
3 ounces 6 tablespoons
4 ounces 8 tablespoons, 1/2 cup
5 ounces 10 tablespoons
2/3 cup 10 2/3 tablespoons
6 ounces 12 tablespoons, 3/4 cup
8 ounces 16 tablespoons, 1 cup, 1/2 pint
16 ounces 2 cups, 1 pint
32 ounces 4 cups, 2 pints, 1 quart
128 ounces 16 cups, 8 pints, 4 quarts, 1 gallon

U.S. Weight Conversions

Don't confuse fluid measurements with dry weight measurements. A piece of cheese weighing 8 ounces, for example, is not 1 cup of cheese. Liquids are often close enough in weight and measurement that you can use one as a rough estimate of the other; not so with weight conversions.

Ounces Pounds
4 ounces 1/4 pound
8 ounces 1/2 pound
12 ounces 3/4 pound
16 ounces 1 pound
24 ounces 1 1/2 pounds
32 ounces 2 pounds
40 ounces 2 1/2 pounds
48 ounces 3 pounds
56 ounces 3 1/2 pounds
64 ounces 4 pounds
72 ounces 4 1/2 pounds
80 ounces 5 pounds
160 ounces 10 pounds

Use the Cooking Conversion Charts to Plan a Small Party

Food Planning for Large Groups


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