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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

8 cups is usually not equal to 16 cups

tomkim said...

good catch, sorry didn't proofread before posting

eileen said...

and if you're not sure about your conversions you can always google it!

"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 :)