So, here’s the situation.
You have just seen an amazing , super yummy American recipe.
A quick check to find all the ingredients. Done!
Your apron is on, a wooden spoon held proudly and you’re as excited as a Bake Off competitor and… wait! What… What are these Oz, Cups and Tablespoons? Where are the grams?
And so…suddenly… all your enthusiasm vanishes and it is replaced by one thought: WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Well, today I want to face this crucial and painful problem with you: how to convert American measurements in grams! Yessss!
Let’s start with few explanations.
Americans usually measure ingredients by volume, not in weight:
|OZ – ounce (more or less 28.35 gr )|
|LBL (more or less 455gr )|
All these measurements can be charted in this way:
|1 cup||16 tablespoon /48 teaspoon||240 ml|
|1 Tablespoon (tbsp)||15 ml|
|1 teaspoon (tsp)||1||5 ml|
|1 quart||4 cups||0,95 l|
|1 ounce/oz||=||28 g|
|1 pound||16 ounces||454 g|
It’s possible to measure the dry and liquid ingredients but it’s important to notice that every ingredient has its own specific weight. For example one cup of milk doesn’t weigh as much as a cup of icing sugar. I know everything sounds fiddly (and maybe it is…) but here is another chart that will make it easier.
|Flour||1 cup||150 gr|
|1 Tablespoon/tbsp||14.5 gr|
|1 stick = ½ cup||115 gr|
|Sugar||1 cup||220 gr|
|Brown Sugar||1 cup||200 gr|
|Icing-Powder Sugar||1 cup||125 gr|
|Cocoa powder||1 cup||125 gr|
|Yogurt/milk/cream||1 cup||245 gr|
|Chocolate chips||1 cup||175 gr|
|Sultanas/raisin||1 cup||200 gr|
|Honey/golden syrup/syrups||1 cup||340 gr|
|Baking powder/Bicarbonate||1 Tablespoon
If you don’t like numbers, like me, all this looks hard to understand, but don’t worry, I made an easy table that you can print and hang in your kitchen with everything you need to know. Just click the link below!
I thought it could be helpful also to have a conversion of different oven temperatures comparing Gas mark (depending on the oven), Celsius (C°) and Fahrenheit (F°).
Here are some tips if you’re planning on buying a set of North American measuring cups and tablespoons.
To weigh your ingredients correctly , remember to fill the measuring container (the tablespoon, for example, or cup) only until the level of the container (don’t make a heap!).
Great! Now you’re ready to face every kind of recipe!
Lift your wooden spoon, to the office!!!