Do you have a recipe with units of measure you’re not sure of? It can ruin a good cooking experience. But if you have a quick reference handy in the kitchen you’re smiling. Here’s my free kitchen cheat sheet to help you convert unfamiliar units to those you know...
If you scroll to the bottom of this page you’ll find my printable cooking conversion chart pdf – download it for free – there’s no need to subscribe either (though I’m considering this).
Why use a kitchen conversion chart? If you search for recipes online you’ll find the problem is different countries use different units of measure. Some use metric and others the imperial system. The US uses fluid ounces vs millilitres used in UK, Europe, Australia and so on, for instance.
An then there are the oven settings…
Oven temperature conversion Chart
Oven temperatures for recipes can cause some frustration. It’s a pain having your best bakeware filled and ready to go in the oven or doing some blind baking and then realizing you’re not confident of the oven setting.
Some recipes may give you a qualitative level of heat for the oven, e.g. slow, moderate, and hot. Without trial and error, knowing exactly what temperature to set the oven can be tricky when you have this sort of abstract information.
The best cooking tip is to refer to the recipe source’s temperature baking guide, as their meaning can vary between sources. If there is no reference table, your best bet are temperature baking conversion guides, like the following.
Baking Metric conversion Guide
The following conversion guide helps with baking or any cooking process where you need an imperial or metric conversion chart for the dry and liquid ingredients listed in cups. When a recipe calls for cups, check whether the source is US, UK, or other. Instead of using a cup measure, consider weighing the ingredients so you get the right quantities for the desired recipe.
Did you know that the US cup measure is not universal? It’s actually smaller than the metric cup. A US cup of 7 oz equates to 200 grams. It’s 20 grams less than the metric cup measure of 220 grams used by other countries.
My kitchen conversion cheat sheet pDF
Here’s my kitchen conversion cheat sheet (pdf) for you to download and then print, if you wish to keep it handy. It includes baking conversions and an oven temperature conversion chart in a printable pdf. Tip: Put it on your refrigerator, inside your favorite cooking book, inside your kitchen cabinet, or in a plastic sheet in the pantry — just as long as it’s handy when you need it.
NOTES ON MY PRINTABLE CONVERSION CHART FOR STAPLES
US cup ≠ Metric cup.
A US cup of 7 oz equates to 200 grams.
Amount in oz is for a US cup measure.
Amount in g is for a metric cup measure.
Apart from measurements, ingredient names can differ from country to country — my glossary of cookery terms helps with this type of kitchen conversion.