Weights and Measures

I am from the UK so majority of my recipes will be in English weights and measures, and I also generally use pounds and ounces although I am trying to move on to the kilograms and grams, most of our recipes list both measurements so I will try really hard to remember to put both!  However because I know there is a strong American readership I thought a little bit of information about translating English weights and measures into American friendly measurements.

The most important difference to note when measuring liquids is that the American Canadian pint is 16 fluid ounces whereas the English pint is 20 fluid ounces.  This means the American half pint measuring cup is equivalent to the two-fifths of a British pint.  I have put a little table below for measuring solids.

English                                                                               American

1lb Butter/fat                                                                       2 cups

1lb Flour                                                                             4 cups

1lb Sugar (Granulated or Castor)                                       2 cups

1lb Icing Sugar                                                                    3 cups

1lb Brown sugar                                                                  2 1/2 cups

1lb Syrup/treacle                                                                1 cup

1lb Rice                                                                               2 cups

1lb Dried Fruit                                                                     2 cups

1lb Chopped Meat                                                               2 cups

1lb lentils                                                                             2 cups

1lb Breadcrumbs                                                                4 cups


I will update this list as and when I come across something that isn’t converted and please feel free to let me know if there is something you have come across and I will add it in.



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