### Conversions

This week's post is a little lame, but I just wanted to cover some basics. Whenever you scale up or down a recipe, it's pretty straightforward most of the time. You could save time if you do some simple conversions. For example if you had a recipe that called for 1 tablespoon and you wanted to make 4 times as much, you could either use 4 tablespoons or pour it into a 1/4 cup, which would be a little more accurate. Here's a list of some conversions:

Gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 16 cups

Quart= 4 cups = 2 pints
Pint= 2 cups

1 cup = 48 teaspoons = 16 tablespoon = 8oz = 1/2lb of water

1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

All you really need to remember is 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons. 1 cup = 16 tablespoons and you could figure the rest out from there.

Personally, I do everything in metric, I find it quicker and easier. A teaspoon is about 5ml, tablespoon=15ml, cup=240ml and so it's just figuring out which one to use, kinda like making change. For example if a recipe calls for 1/3 cup and you want to do half of it, you could convert it to 80ml and then half it to 40ml, which is about 3 tablespoons.

Anonymous said…
8 cups is usually not equal to 16 cups
tomkim said…
good catch, sorry didn't proofread before posting
Anonymous said…

"how many teaspoons are in one fluid once?" google says = 6 teaspoons

of course your teaspoon may be bent, not truly a US teaspoon and so on.. but you get the picture :)