Equivalents and Conversions

I love the fact that this food blog attracts readers from all over. But of course it does raise issues and problems, sourcing products is one and another thorny area is weights and measures. Obviously, when you move from one system of measurement to another, you are obliged to round up or down, so it’s always going to be an approximation, but here is a table of conversions and equivalents, which should at least help!

Equivalents

You may not recognise some of the ingredients listed in the recipes section. Here is the UK/US equivalents guide to give you a helping hand.

Double cream Heavy cream
Single cream Light cream
Cornflour Corn starch
Shortcrust Pie crust
Caster sugar Superfine sugar
Icing sugar Confectioners’ sugar
Grill Broil
Aubergine Eggplant
Courgette Zucchini
Mangetout Snow peas
Coriander Cilantro
Clingfilm Saran wrap
Beef mince Ground beef
Prawns Shrimp
Digestive biscuits Graham crackers (substitute)
Sultanas Raisins
Trifle sponges Ladyfingers
Spring onions Scallions
Semi-skimmed milk 2% milk
Dark/plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) Bittersweet chocolate
Milk/plain chocolate (less than 70% cocoa solids) Semi-sweet chocolate
Bicarbonate of soda Baking soda
Horlicks UK brand of malted milk powder
Maltesers UK brand of malted milk balls

TEMPERATURES

Gas Mark 1 140C 275F Very cool
Gas Mark 2 150C 300F Cool
Gas Mark 3 160C 325F Warm
Gas Mark 4 180C 350F Moderate
Gas Mark 5 190C 375F Fairly Hot
Gas Mark 6 200C 400F Fairly Hot
Gas Mark 7 210C 425F Hot
Gas Mark 8 220C 450F Very Hot
Gas Mark 9 240C 475F Very Hot

VOLUME AND LIQUID MEASUREMENTS

5 ml 1/6 fl oz 1 teaspoon
15ml 1/2 fl oz 1 tablespoon
30ml 1 fl oz 2 tablespoons
45ml 1 1/2 fl oz 3 tablespoons
60ml 2 fl oz 1/4 cup
75ml 2 1/2 fl oz 1/3 cup
125ml 4 fl oz 1/2 cup
150ml 5 fl oz 2/3 cup
175ml 6 fl oz 3/4 cup
250ml 8 fl oz 1 cup
600ml 1 pint 2 1/2 cups
900ml 1 1/2 pints 3 3/4 cups
1 litre 1 3/4 pints 4 cups

SOME USEFUL CUP CONVERSIONS

Please note that these are approximations

1 cup sugar 200g
1 cup icing sugar 125g
1 cup flour 140g
1 cup rice 200g
1 cup frozen peas 125g
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 70g
1 cup grated cheese 100g
1 cup chocolate chips 175g
1 cup sultanas 150g
1 cup honey/syrup 300g
1 stick of butter 110g or 4oz

WEIGHT CONVERSIONS

15g half oz
30g 1 oz
45g 1 1/2 oz
60g 2 oz
75g 2 1/2 oz
90g 3 oz
100g 3 1/2 oz
125g 4 oz
150g 5 oz
175g 6 oz
200g 7 oz
250g 8 oz
275g 9 oz
300g 10 oz
325g 11 oz
350g 12 oz
375g 13 oz
400g 14 oz
450g 15 oz
500g 1 lb

CAKE TINS SIZES

20cm 8 inch
23cm 9 inch
25cm 10 inch

LOAF TIN SIZES

450g 1lb
900g 2lb

2 Responses to “Equivalents and Conversions”

  1. rafi Khan! August 29, 2011 at 1:54 AM #

    hey!!!
    triEd sum Of uR recipes!!
    fabuLous i muZ saY..!!
    by Any chancE!!do u haV any reciPes on Oreo cHeeZcakE??

    • cadymcbronzie August 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM #

      Hello there Rafi,

      Glad to hear that you’ve tried out some of the recipes. And yes! I do have a recipe somewhere stashed in my many books. Once I’ve baked it, I’ll definitely share it with you 🙂

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