Food measurement and conversions

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 31 March 2010.
Tagged: healthy cooking, healthy recipes, kitchen organisation, measures

Food measurement and conversions

If you want to cook something from a recipe book from a country which uses imperial measures or you want to try out your grandmother’s favourite recipe that’s in pounds and ounces then you will need to convert the ingredient quantities. To help you we have prepared this handy conversion guide for the kitchen.

All our Foodwatch recipes use metric cup and spoon measures, as is standard in Australia. These are:

  • one metric cup holds 250 ml (8 fl oz)
  • one metric tablespoon holds 20 ml (2/3 fl oz)
  • one metric teaspoon holds 5 ml (1/6 fl oz)

Imperial to metric conversions - click on a link:

 

 

Metric units at a glance

Weights
g = gram
kg = kilogram
1000g = 1kg
Volumes
ml = millilitre
L = litre
1000ml = 1L
Lengths
mm = millimetre
cm = centimetre
m = metre
10mm = 1cm
100cm = 1m

Dry measures

Metric

Imperial

15 g

½ oz

30 g

1 oz

60 g

2 oz

90 g

3 oz

100 g

3 ½ oz

125 g

4 oz (¼lb)

155 g

5 oz

185 g

6 oz

220 g

7 oz

250 g

8 oz (½lb)

280 g

9 oz

315 g

10 oz

345 g

11 oz

375 g

12 oz (¾lb)

440 g

14 oz

470 g

15 oz

500 g

16 oz (1 lb)

750 g

24 oz (1 ½ lb)

1 kg

32 oz (2 lb)

 

Liquid measures

Metric

Imperial

30 ml

1 fluid oz

60 ml

2 fluid oz

100 ml

3 fluid oz

125 ml

4 fluid oz

150 ml

5 fluid oz

(¼ pint = 1 gill)

185 ml

6 fluid oz

250 ml

8 fluid oz

300 ml

10 fluid oz

(½ pint)

500 ml

16 fluid oz

750 ml

24 fluid oz

1 L

32 fluid oz

(1 ¾ pints)

 

Length measures

Metric

Imperial

3 mm

1/8 in

6 mm

¼ in

1 cm

½ in

2 cm

¾ in

2.5 cm

1 in

5 cm

2 in

6 cm

2 ½ in

8 cm

3 in

10 cm

4 in

13 cm

5 in

15 cm

6 in

18 cm

7 in

20 cm

8 in

23 cm

9 in

25 cm

10 in

28 cm

11 in

30 cm

12 in (1 ft)

 

Oven temperatures

Setting

oC

(Celsius)

oF

(Fahrenheit)

Gas Mark

Very slow

120

250

½

Slow

140-150

275-300

1-2

Moderately slow

160

325

3

Moderate

180-190

350-375

4-5

Moderately hot

200

400

6

Hot

220-230

425-450

7-8

Very hot

240

472

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Catherine Saxelby

About the Author

Catherine Saxelby knows nutrition! She is an accredited nutritionist, food commentator, blogger and award-winning author. Her latest book Catherine Saxelby's Food and Nutrition Companion answers all those tricky questions on healthy eating, diets and supplements. It draws together a lifetime of advice and gives you all you need to know to eat right! It's a complete A to Z. A handy desk go-to reference.