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Volume and weight conversions are an important tool to have in the kitchen. When halving or doubling a recipe, making the correct conversions can make or break your final results.

Imperial vs. Metric

Most recipes in the United States use volume measurements in imperial units like teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, ounces, pints, quarts, and gallons. Most other countries use the metric system with units such as liters and milliliters. One liter is roughly equal to one quart (1.06L = 1qt).

Volume vs. Weight Ounces

It is important to note that volume ounces are not the same as weight ounces. Liquids and other wet ingredients will likely be measured in volume ounces while dry ingredients (like beans, flour or sugar) will be measured in weight ounces. On packaged goods, volume ounces are listed as ‘NET OZ FL’ where FL stands for fluid and weight ounces are listed as ‘NET WT OZ’ where WT stands for weight. To convert between volume and weight measurements you would need to know the density of the ingredient, so this is not done often.

Volume Conversions

TeaspoonsTablespoonsOuncesCupsPintsQuartsGallons
3 1 1/2 1/16
12 4 2 1/4
24 8 4 1/2
48 16 8 1 1/2 1/4 1/16
16 2 1 1/2 1/8
32 4 2 1 1/4
128 16 8 4 1

Key Conversions

  • 1 Tbsp = 3 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp = 1/4 cup
  • 1 ounce = 2 Tbsp
  • 1 cup = 8 oz.
  • 1 pint = 2 cups
  • 1 quart = 4 cups
  • 1 quart = 2 pints
  • 1 gallon = 4 quarts
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