Understanding International difference in weights, measurements & temps + more
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In my quest to find new baking recipes, and exploring the world wide web's wondrous supply of international baking recipes, in my excitement  I had purchased a LOVELY set of Kitchen Aid measuring cups and spoons and that the measures on those were COMPLETELY different than all my other measuring cups purchased in Australia.
DING! Light dawns on me, and one thing dawned on me..not all countries are metricated!
So, after much fiddling, and head scratching, I eventually amalgamated a list of conversions of measurements, so that I can 'convert' recipes I find online to measurements that MY measuring tools are capable of.
Soo here is a list of conversions I put together, for measurements, temperatures etc..which makes 'Australianizing' recipes a sinch.
Of course, you can use this list to covert to whatever country of origin you like.
And just for good measure..(pun intended..) I've put a few tips I've compiled on conversion of ingredients which you may find helpful
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## Step 1: Measurement equivalents for cooking

1st step. Get out all your measuring cups and spoons. Check whether they are metric or imperial.

1 cup                            =       16 tablespoons
¾ cup                           =       12 tablespoons
½ cup                           =       8 tablespoons
¼ cup                           =       4 tablespoons
2 thirds cup                 =       10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
3 eighths cup              =       6 tablespoons
1 eighth cup                 =       2 tablespoons
1 sixth cup                    =       2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1 sixteenth cup            =       1 tablespoon
2 cups                           =       1 pint
2 pints                           =       1 quart
1 quart                          =       4 cups
3 teaspoons                =       1 tablespoon
48 teaspoons               =       1 cup
1 pinch                           =       less than 1 eighth teaspoon
1 dash                            =       3 drops to ½ teaspoons
2 tablespoons               =       1 oz
1 cup (metric)                =       250mls
1 tablespoon (metric)  =       20mls
1 teaspoon (metric)     =       5mls
1 cup (USA)                   =       237mls
1 tablespoon (USA)      =       15mls
½ cup (USA)                   =       118mls
1 teaspoon (USA)         =       5mls
1 pound (USA)               =       454g
16oz                                 =       454 grams
1 kilo                                =       2.2 lbs
1oz                                   =       28.5 grams
3oz                                   =       85 grams
stick of butter                  =       113grams

Now, the biggest tip I can give you, is make sure your measuring method within a recipe is consistent. I was making a silly mistake in the beginning of using my metric Pyrex jug to measure some ingredients, and my Kitchen aid cups and spoons to measure others. This is a silly mistake to make..90% of the time it won't make that much of a difference, but its the 10% of the time that will be an epic fail, cos the measurements were out of whack.
So get yourself a set of metric measuring spoons to go with your Pyrex jug, and when using your Kitchen Aid cups, use the matching spoons, so that ALL your measuring equipment you use on a particular recipe is of the same 'understanding'.
(Yeah, I get that YOUR measuring cups are probably not going to be Kitchen Aid brand..but the theory is sound)
sangua says: Jul 28, 2012. 8:59 PM
In your list you have "3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon". Is this an suppose to be an American tablespoon or a metric tablespoon?

Australian tablespoons are 20mls which equals 4 teaspoons (5ml). American tablespoons are 15mls which equals 3 teaspoons.