How to Convert Liquid Measurements

Using correct measurements is one the simplest keys to recipe success. We'll show you how to convert liquid measurements and how to measure liquids correctly.


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To measure liquids, you will need a set of liquid measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons.

-- Measuring cups are made of clear glass or plastic and hold 1, 2, 4, or 8 cups of liquid. They have incremental markings on the outside and a handle and spout for easy pouring.

-- Nested measuring spoons commonly come in sets that measure 1/4, 1/2, and 1 teaspoon, plus 1 tablespoon. They may be used for both dry and liquid ingredients.

Tip: Avoid using dry-ingredient measuring cups to measure liquid because the meniscus on the liquid can cause inaccurate measurements.

How to Measure Correctly

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To measure liquids, pour the liquid into a liquid measuring cup set on a level surface.

To confirm the measurement, bend down so your eyes are level with the markings on the side of the cup.

When measuring 1 tablespoon or less, fill the appropriate-size measuring spoon to the rim without letting the liquid spill over.

Measuring Math

Here's how to convert liquid measurements within the U.S. system:

Tablespoon Math:
-- 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
-- 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
-- 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
-- 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
-- 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
-- 12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
-- 16 tablespoons = 1 cup

More Conversions:
-- 1 tablespoon = 1/2 fluid ounce
-- 1 cup = 1/2 pint= 8 fluid ounces
-- 2 cups = 1 pint = 16 fluid ounces
-- 4 cups = 2 pints = 1 quart = 32 fluid ounces
-- 16 cups = 4 pints = 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces

How to Convert Metric Measurements to U.S. Measurements:

-- 0.5 ml = 1/8 teaspoon
-- 1 ml = 1/4 teaspoon
-- 2 ml = 1/2 teaspoon
-- 5 ml = 1 teaspoon
-- 15 ml = 1 tablespoon
-- 25 ml = 2 tablespoons
-- 50 ml = 2 fluid ounces = 1/4 cup
-- 75 ml = 3 fluid ounces = 1/3 cup
-- 125 ml = 4 fluid ounces = 1/2 cup
-- 150 ml = 5 fluid ounces = 2/3 cup
-- 175 ml = 6 fluid ounces = 3/4 cup
-- 250 ml = 8 fluid ounces = 1 cup
-- 500 ml = 1 pint = 2 cups
-- 1 liter = 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups

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