Common Cooking Conversions
It’s easy to get confused when looking at a recipe that calls for ingredients in measurements that seem odd. Some of the old recipes have measurements that don’t obviously match up to modern day or common standards.
How to Convert Liquid Teaspoons to Ounces
The common measurement of teaspoons is most often used in home kitchens. However ingredients are sold by ounces. It can be a challenge to know how many ounces (oz) needed to equate to the teaspoons (tsp) called for in the recipe.
The simple conversion is three teaspoons to one half ounce. The chart above shows how the teaspoons increase for each half ounce. This is a good time saving chart to keep on hand.
3 tsp equals 0.5 oz
6 tsp equals 1 oz
For each additional ounce, increase teaspoons by six.
Remember to measure liquids on a flat surface and to use a clear glass or plastic utensil so you can see exactly the level of the liquid inside the measuring cup.
How to Convert Tablespoons to Milliliters
When converting liquid ingredients between tablespoons and milliliters, it’s a simple formula. One tablespoon (TB) equals 15 milliliters (ml).
1 TB = 15 ml
2 TB = 30 ml
3 TB = 45 ml
For each additional tablespoon, increase your milliliters by 15. Again, if you’re measuring using a cup on the counter, make certain it’s level. If you’re using spoons, keep a steady hand to avoid dripping the liquid out of your measuring spoon.
What do you do when you’ve lost pieces of your measuring cup set? You know that one half cup is somewhere in the drawers, but for the life, you can’t find it!
Use the chart above to convert whole measuring cup sizes into smaller measuring cups or spoons. This chart is also helpful when you need to divide a recipe in half.
Original Measure Equals (Quantity) Measure
1 cup = (2) 1/2 cups
1/2 cup = (2) 1/4 cups
1/3 cup = (5) Tablespoons
1/4 cup = (4) Tablespoons
1 Tablespoon = (3) teaspoons
1 teaspoon = (2) 1/2 teaspoons