Measuring ingredients with tables for the interested

You have probably noticed that I just use cups for measuring ingredients in my recipes. Honestly, I love cooking by feeling which means I don’t like to fiddle with balancing ingredients. Normally I just pour the ingredients according to my gut feeling and surprisingly this works quite well for me. Writing a cook book however requires giving exact amounts. Using the standard measuring cups, which you can buy in any home equipment store, seems the easiest way to me to get the amounts right.

I must admit though, that I have grown up in a kitchen where a balance for ingredients was one of the essential tools. My mother – although she is really a great cook – cannot do without her recipes and the exact amounts of everything which has to go into them. She puts all the ingredients on her balance which is quite a tedious job. First you have to decant the ingredients into a container on the balance, get the weight right, and then pour them into your recipe. A lot can go wrong on the way, especially for a clumsy person like me. To me balancing ingredients seems to be quite a boring and superfluous affair. Using measuring cups is simple enough though, even for me. If you don’t want to use measuring cups for whatever reason, I have provided the following tables.

Metric Cups Imperial
60 ml ¼ cup 2 fl oz
80 ml ½ cup 2 ½ fl oz
120 ml ½ cup 4 fl oz
240 ml 1 cup 8 fl oz

 

  Spoons
1,25 ml ¼ tea spoon
2,5 ml ½ tea spoon
5 ml 1 tea spoon
15 ml 1 table spoon

Measuring dry ingredients:

Metric Imperial
15 g ½ oz
30 g 1 oz
60 g 2 oz
90 g 3 oz
125 g 4 oz
155 g 5 oz
185 g 6 oz
220 g 7 oz
250 g 8 oz
280 g 9 oz
315 g 10 oz
375 g 12 oz
410 g 13 oz
440 g 14 oz
470 g 15 oz
500 g 16 oz (1 lb)
750 g 1 lb 8 oz
1 kg 2 lb
1,5 kg 3 lb

Measuring liquid ingredients:

Metric Imperial Cup
30 ml 1 fl oz  
60 ml 2 fl oz ½ cup
90 ml 3 fl oz  
120 ml 4 fl oz ¼ cup
155 ml 5 fl oz  
170 ml 5 ½ fl oz 2/3 cup
185 ml 6 fl oz  
220 ml 7 fl oz  
240 ml 8 fl oz 1 cup
470 ml 16 fl oz 2 cups
600 ml 20 fl oz (1 pt)  
750 ml 1 ¼ pt  
1 liter 1 ¾ pt 4 cups
1,2 liters 2 pt  

Both my cook books 'Kornelia's Kitchen' & 'Kornelia's Kitchen 2'
have won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for India.

'Kornelia's Kitchen'

Kornelia's Kitchen 2

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