Guide to kitchen measurements and equivalences


For the majority of us “Estimating” a measure is not a good idea, attempting a measurement estimate means making a disaster. And it is that not all foods have the same equivalences in kitchen measurements. With this quick guide to kitchen measurements and equivalences you won’t have to deal with that mistake.

The weight of a cup of rice is not the same as a cup of oil. This is why it is important to keep in mind the different types of conversions when making a preparation.

Not being able to understand kitchen measurements and equivalents can cause chaos when preparing a dish.

In this article we show you the most common kitchen measurements of the ingredients that are used the most.

Implements of measures

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Kitchen abbreviations

  • Liter (l.)
  • Cubic centimeters (c.c.)
  • Tablespoon (c/s o c.s.)
  • Teaspoonful (c/c ó c.c.)
  • Milliliter (ml.)
  • Kilograms and grams (kg. y g. o gr.)
  • Libra (lb.)
  • Ounce (oz.)

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Imperial System Equivalences al International system for kitchen


It is important that you know how to handle equivalences. There are two systems of measurements that you have surely heard of, one is the Imperial System (pounds and ounces) and the International System (kilograms and grams).

How much is a pound in grams?

1 pound equals 454 grams.

How much is a pound in ounces?

1 pound equals 16 ounces.

How much is an ounce in grams?

1 ounce equals 28 grams

Most common equivalences used in the kitchen

Measuring cups

Cup measures

Do not be confused with its name. Many people who are just starting out in the world of cooking often make the mistake of calculating all the food with whatever cup they find at home.

The reality is that it is a specific measure. You can use a common cup forever that you make sure that the weight in grams of each food in that cup corresponds to the appropriate measure. Make sure that the weight in grams is neither higher nor lower than what is stipulated with respect to your cup.

Rice cup in grams

1 cup of rice equals 30 grams.

Oil cup in grams

1 cup of oil equals 180 grams.

Cup of cornstarch in grams

1 cup of cornstarch equals 110 grams.

Cup of sugar in grams

1 cup of sugar equals 250 grams.

Cup of powder sugar in grams

1 cup of powdered sugar equals 115 grams.

Cup of cocoa powder

1 cup of cocoa powder equals 85 grams.

Cup of chocolate chips

1 cup of chocolate chips equals 180 grams.

Cup of grated coconut

1 cup of grated coconut equals 80 grams.

Cup of wheat flour

1 cup of wheat flour equals 125 grams.

Measuring bowl

Milk cup

1 cup of milk equals 250 grams.

Cup of butter

1 cup of butter equals 225 grams.

Cup of cream or heavy cream

1 cup of cream or heavy cream equals 250 grams.

Cup of ground walnuts

1 cup of ground walnuts equals 80 grams.

Cup of breadcrumbs

1 cup of breadcrumbs equals 100 grams.

Cup of walnuts in pieces

1 cup of walnuts in pieces is equivalent to 100 grams.

Measuring spoons
Measuring spoons in the kitchen

Shallow tablespoons measurements

Shallow tablespoons are quite a specific measure for the kitchen, as are cup measures.

This measurement is taken correctly when the ingredient is up to the edge of the spoon, that is, as its name indicates. «al ras´´

Level tablespoon of sugar

1 tablespoon of sugar equals 10 grams.

Level tablespoon of oil

1 tablespoon of oil equals 8 grams.

Level tablespoon of milk

1 tablespoon of milk equals 17 grams.

Level tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of butter equals 15 grams.

Level scoop
Level scoop

Scoop of grated coconut

1 tablespoon of grated coconut equals 12 grams.

Level scoop of breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs equals 15 grams.

Level tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of salt equals 15 grams.

Level scoop of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of icing sugar equals 15 grams.

Shallow spoonful of species

1 tablespoon of spices is equivalent to 10 grams.

Level tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of honey equals 21 grams.

Level scoop of jam

1 tablespoon of jam equals 20 grams.

Shallow tablespoon of coffee

1 tablespoon of coffee equals 18 grams.

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Teaspoon Measures Used in kitchen

Teaspoons correspond to the smallest kitchen measurements. They are a very delicate measure so they are used for ingredients with powerful flavors or for chemical ingredients that we must handle very carefully so as not to ruin our preparation.

Teaspoon of flour

1 teaspoon of flour equals 3 grams.

Teaspoon of oil

1 teaspoon of oil equals 4 grams.

Teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of salt equals 5 grams.

Teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking powder equals 3 grams.

Teaspoon of powdered spices

1 teaspoon of spices is equivalent to 3 grams.

Other kitchen measures

Sometimes we observe that in recipes they put measurements in cubic centimeters (cc) or milliliters (ml), this can be a problem, especially when we need to know how much they are in grams or tablespoons.

1 teaspoon equals 5 cc.

2 tablespoon is equivalent to 30 cc.

1 cup equals 250 cc.

4 cups equals 1000 cc.

How much are the cups in milliliters?

1/4 cup equals 60 ml.

1/3 cup equals 80 ml.

1/2 cup equals 120 ml.

2/3 cup equals 160 ml.

3/4 cup equals 180 ml.

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Final recommendations

Although there are useful objects to measure, some of these implements are imprecise and this can be the cause of your mistakes in the preparations, which is why it is always recommended that you make sure of the exact weight of each ingredient.


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