Kitchen Measurements

Volume, ounce, weight, quart, pound, cup, teaspoon — there are so many measurement terms used in the kitchen. Recipes can get confusing if you don’t have a good base knowledge of measurement terms. In this post, I’m going to share the basics along with some measurement conversions that come in handy while cooking.

Some common measurement terms:

  • Volume – is the amount of space an item takes up (ex: 1 cup pasta, 2 teaspoons salt)
  • Weight – is the item’s heaviness (ex: 1 pound chicken, 3 ounces flour)
  • Count – is the number of items (ex: 3 eggs, 2 avocados)

Some common measurement names and abbreviations:

  • teaspoon (tsp)
  • tablespoon (tbsp)
  • cup (c)
  • ounce (oz)
  • pound (lb)
  • quart (qt)
  • gallon (gal)
  • pint (pt)

Your time in the kitchen will be much easier if you have a basic knowledge of measurements and conversions.

For example, 8 oz = 1 cup or 4 quarts = 1 gallon.

I suggest printing off a conversion chart like the one here and keep it handy.


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