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How many ounces to how many grams to how many cups?


When I get a recipe it seems that it is either for 2 or 30, so I have to scale up or down.  Or it is from a FAB cook who uses metric and I just haven't done a metric recipe in a month or so.

Here are a couple sites to help you out.

This one is for English measurements - teaspoons, tablespoons, cups and ounces.  Here's a few things that you can easily remember and don't have to scramble getting web help -

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

2 tablespoons = 1 ounce

1 ounce = 1/8 cup

2 ounces = 1/4 cup

1/4 + 2 tablespoons = 1/3 cup

4 ounces = 1/2 cup

8 ounces = 1 cup

The sneaky amounts are the teaspoons to tablespoons and what makes 1/3 cup, in my humble opinion.

This one is for Metric to US or UK measurements - milliliters to tablespoons et al.  Remember there are different amounts in tablespoons when you are in London versus Denver.  Here's a few that are easy to remember -

1 teaspoon = 5 ml

1 tablespoon = 15 ml

1/2 cup = 120 ml

1 cup = 240 ml

1 quart = 950 ml

I have memorized the teaspoon and tablespoon.  For one cup, I can remember that it is just shy of 250 and a quart is a few ounces shy of a liter.

Somethings never need to be measured.

One of the reasons I have videos of my ingredients is to let you know what size potato or onion I'm using.  But as usual, recipes are just structures to start you on a dish.  When I preface serving a dish with, "I followed the recipe" it is usually a slight disaster.  The kicker is that I knew it while I was making it.

There are two types of food -

  1. The ones you like
  2. The ones you will never taste again.


Your palate will be the real determiner to the perfect amount.