Metric Confusion

After attempting to try a few new recipes and with that am running into a consistent problem….I never know how many cups are in a quart, how many ounces are in a pound and don’t get me started on how many ounces are in a cup.  I get so confused, and I can’t figure out why people who write recipes are convinced in confusing me.  For example, in a recent recipe I had the following ingredients:

1 Cup of Milk

8 Oz of Water

Yes…you read that right…and it took me 15 minutes to figure out that 8 oz of water is the same as 1 cup of water.  Now maybe it’s just me, but my brain has plenty muddling it up without trying to figure out conversions between ounces and pounds and cups and heaven forbid grams…just the thought of it makes me shudder.  So for me, and for all of you lovely home cooks who need a quick guide…I give you this – shamefully stolen from http://metricconversioncharts.org/

I hope this is a quick reference for you to make quick work of finding cups per pound or stones per metric ton (lets hope you don’t actually have to do that one).

Weight

1 milligram (mg) = 0.001 grams (g)
1 gram (g) = 0.001 kilograms (kg)
1 gram (g) 0.035273962 ounces
1 ounce = 28.34952312 grams (g)
1 ounce = 0.0625 pounds
1 pound (lb) = 16 ounces
1 pound (lb) = 0.45359237 kilograms (kg)
1 kilogram (kg) = 1000 grams
1 kilogram (kg) 35.273962 ounces
1 kilogram (kg) 2.20462262 pounds (lb)
1 stone = 14 pounds
1 short ton = 2000 pounds
1 metric ton = 1000 kilograms (kg)

Volume

1 US tablespoon = 3 US teaspoons
1 US fluid ounce 29.57353 milliliters (ml)
1 US cup = 16 US tablespoons
1 US cup = 8 US fluid ounces
1 US pint = 2 US cups
1 US pint = 16 US fluid ounces
1 liter (l) 33.8140227 US fluid ounces
1 liter (l) = 1000 milliliters (ml)
1 US quart = 2 US pints
1 US gallon = 4 US quarts
1 US gallon = 3.78541178 liters

Another great site is http://www.worldwidemetric.com/measurements.html and you can calculate exact measurements using the very smart formulas already coded for you.

Hopefully this quick reference will help you the next time you have to figure out that 4 oz is 1/2 cup. 🙂

Happy Cooking Everyone!

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