Listed below are U.S. measurement abbreviations and the most relative metric

abbreviations, further down the page are some helpful equivalents. I felt these

were the most commonly used.

Note from the Chef:

Liquid and dry Measures are not necessarily the same. 1 Pint of water weighs 1 lb.

"A pint is a pound the whole world round" ever here this qoute?

However, 1 pint of any other liquid than water wouldn't weigh the same because they have

different density

Metric abbreviations

l. is liter = metric

kg. is killogram = metric

g. is gram =metric

mg. is milligram =metric

Note from the Chef:

In my 22 years in the kitchen I would have to say that as far as

measurements go knowing these basic equivalents has been most helpful

in saving time in the kitchen. Knowing if something calls for 3 tsp. I can

simply measure out 1 T. instead. Then relating the same for oz., cups,

pints and gallons. I included peck and bushel because they relate to

purchasing shellfish.


Whenever you measure something it is important to level the

item off with the straight edge of something.


Sifted flour is not the same as unsifted flour, and flour must

always be measured in the way a recipe states. If it calls for 2 cups don't

weigh out a pound, it is not how the author created the recipe.  

Helpful equivalents

3 tsp. = 1 Tablespoon

2 T. = 1 fluid ounce

2 oz. = ¼ cup

4 oz. = ½ cup

8oz. = 1 cup

2 cups = 16 oz. Or 1 Pint

½ liter = 16.91 oz.

1 liter = 33.81 oz.

lb. is pound = 16oz.

1 peck = 2 gallons

1 bushel = 4 pecks or 8 gallons

Metric Equivalent

½ liter = 16.91 oz.

1 liter = 33.81 oz

1 lb. = .454 kg = 453.59 g = 453592.37 mg


1Killograms = 2.2 lbs.