Making Measurements Measure up in the Kitchen

The internet is one of the single best things to ever happen to the average kitchen. Hundreds of thousands of recipes can be found online and most will have a wide variety of comments adding extra ideas and tips. There’s one rough point to these recopies though. The numbers are usually all over the place. The biggest culprit is the never ending battle between metric and imperial measurements. Metric is used by Americans in scientific or medical settings. It’s also used by almost every other country in the world for nearly everything. In the US, science is making it’s way into more and more aspects of people’s lives. And this is showing just why metric is usually preferred over imperial when precision or conversions are called for. Metric moves from one system to another with relative ease.

The one exception is the conversion that will happen most often with recipes. That’s the switch between metric and imperial. Anyone trying to use imperial will need to convert from metric fairly often when looking for recipe ideas. And of course the reverse is true as well. It’s fairly easy with a simple chart though.

1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 fluid oz = 30 ml
1 cup = 240 ml
1 oz = 28 grams
1 pound = 454 grams

These basic conversions are all that’s really needed. From there it’s fairly easy to extrapolate up or down if someone is familiar with imperial measurements. For example, one pint is equal to two cups. And one cup converts to 240 ml. So one pint would be around 480 ml.

It’s important to keep in mind that metric is a more precise measurement. In the real world a tablespoon is going to mean different things to different people. While 15 ml always means exactly 15 ml. In the end, the most important part is consistency so that one can move through a recipe without constantly needing to do the math. Because of this the easiest way to go about it is to simply convert recipes in advance. Just do the math once in advance and write it down. Then every time after that one can enjoy the math free cooking experience.