Common Kitchen Conversions

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 21, 2014)

One of the key elements in baking, or even cooking for that matter, is flexibility. Being able to adapt and learn new ways of doing things can only make you a better baker or cook. One of the easiest ways to adapt is by understanding a few common kitchen conversions. By either understanding them or having this simple guide nearby when cooking, you will be able to experiment more easily and come up with your own version of some outstanding recipes. Have fun!

Equivalents

  • 1 jigger is equal to 1-1/2 fluid ounces or 3 tablespoons
  • 7/8 cup is the same as 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons.
  • 5/8 cup is equivalent to 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons.
  • 1 ounce is the same as 2 tablespoons of either fats or liquids.
  • 16 ounces is one pound, or 2 cups.
  • 8 ounces is 1 cup, or 16 tablespoons.
  • 4 ounces is 1/2 cup, or 8 tablespoons.
  • 3/4 cup is the same as 12 tablespoons.
  • 1/3 cup is the same as 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon.
  • 1/4 cup is 4 tablespoons.
  • 1/8 cup is 2 tablespoons.
  • 3 teaspoons is 1 tablespoon.

Ingredient Equivalents

  • 28 crumbled saltines will yield 1 cup of crumbs.
  • 4 ounces of uncooked noodles will make two cups of cooked noodles.
  • 4 cups of sifted flour will provide 1 pound.
  • 2 cups of sugar is going to weigh 1 pound.
  • 1 orange will typically yield 1/3 cup of juice, while 1 lemon will provide 3 tablespoons.
  • 1/4 pound of blue cheese is the same as 1 cup.

Cans

  • An 8 ounce can will provide 1 cup worth of material.
  • A number 300 can will provide 1-3/4 cups.
  • Number 1 tall cans provide 2 cups, the same as number 303 cans.
  • A number 2 can provides 2-1/2 cups, while a number 3 can will yield 4 cups.
  • A number 10 can is going to contain between 12 and 13 cups of material.

Oven Ratings

  • If your recipe calls for a very slow oven, then set the temperature between 250 degrees and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A slow oven needs to be set between 300 and 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When your oven is set between 325 degrees and 375 degrees Fahrenheit then you have a moderate oven.
  • A medium hot oven is set between 375 degrees and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Hot ovens are typically set between 400 degrees Fahrenheit and 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If your recipe happens to call for a very hot oven, then it needs to be set somewhere between 450 degrees and 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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