Weights & Measures

The scale is your friend

Let’s face it,

Some recipes, especially in BAKING, need EXACT MEASUREMENTS for it to work…
luckily there are only two types of measurement,
Volume measurement – usually in tablespoons, teaspoons, millilitres, litres or cups
and
Weight measurement – usually in kilograms or grams.

I find weight measurements to be more accurate, but this is only if I have a scale at home,
which I know most people don’t..
…so then it’s easier to just whip out your cups and spoons and start measuring!

NERD ALERT:

Dry ingredients and liquid ingredients do not have the same density (mass) which means 500ml of water will be equal to 500g, but 500g of flour will NOT equal 500ml of flour
Density: mass or weight per unit of volume

Keeping this in mind I will try make my recipes as easy as possible by having most measurements in Volume measurement (were possible).

When I open a recipe and see “oz” or “Ib” after an ingredient I’m immediately put off, so to
make life even easier here’s what they stand for…

SYMBOLS OF MEASUREMENT
ml = millilitre mL = litre
tsp = teaspoon oz = ounce
Tbspn= tablespoon Ib = pound
fg =few grains mg = milligram
fl oz = fluid ounce g = gram
C = cup kg = kilogram
pt = pint qt = quart
gal = gallon

And then just in case you still aren’t 100% comfortable and need a little more help….

EQUIVALENTS AS COMMON USE
m1 g = 0.035 oz 1 qt = 950 ml
1 oz = 30 g 1 C = 240 ml
4 oz = 125 g ½ C = 125 ml
8 oz = 250 g 1 fl oz = 30 ml
1 kg = 2.2 Ib 1 Tbsp = 15 ml
1 kg = 1000 g 1 tspn = 5ml
1 Ib = 450 g 1 L = 1000 ml
1 L = 1 qt 1 qt = 0.95 L
¼ C = 60ml 1/3 C = 80ml

Hope that helps! if not, just drop me a message in the comment box below or use this conversion link…

http://www.onlineconversion.com/weight_volume_cooking.htm
but please remember that the conversions are not always 100% accurate.

Here are some of my favourite things….you can find them all at yuppiechef.com
the V60 Range Drip Scale – because it’s accurate to 0.1g and weighs up to 2kg

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Stainless steel measuring cups and spoons – because they’re super hygienic, dishwasher safe and last forever!

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