Measurement Conversions for Easy Cooking

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Measurement conversions can easily slip to the back of your mind when you’re operating or working in a busy kitchen. Often there’s simply not enough time to sit down and properly convert cooking measurements for your recipes, and that’s okay. Supplize is here to do the work for you. We’ve pulled out our math books to design this guide to help you properly scale your delicious meals in small or large commercial settings. At the end of our guide, you will also find useful information on temperatures and substitutions.

U.S. Measurement Conversions

The U.S. measurement system is based on the ancient British Imperial system. As of today, the United States remains one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t made the switch over to the metric system. However, because so many chefs and recipes come out of the U.S., understanding this system and how to scale recipes is crucial.

U.S. Liquid Measurements

U.S. liquid measurements are used in the food service industry for measuring the volumes of various liquids used throughout the cooking process. It’s essential to both understand and practice converting measurements by liquid volume because liquid measurements are widely used in commercial kitchens and bakeries.

Measurement Conversions: Grey and green chart demonstrating U.S. Liquid Volume Measurement.

U.S. to Metric Conversions

If you’ve ever traveled abroad or watched a foreign television program or film, you’ve likely found or heard different titles for units of measurement in the kitchen. Instead of pounds, cups, and Fahrenheit, you’ll see kilograms, milliliters, and Celsius. Keep in mind that many of these conversions do not even out perfectly, so it’s best to do the calculations yourself and measure as accurately as possible for recipes that require exact measurements.

U.S. to Metric Weight Conversions

Weight measurements are handy in kitchens when determining the amount of meat to use in a recipe or portioning an exact amount of food. These measurements can also be used when ordering food in bulk.

Measurement Conversions: Grey and green chart demonstrating weight conversions.

U.S. to Metric Liquid Conversions

In the food service industry, converting liquid volume is extremely useful for bakers or cooks who may be using recipes from around the world. This is because baking is a precise science, meaning it’s crucial to make sure the conversions are as exact as possible. To put it simply, try to avoid rounding up or down when measuring out your ingredients.

Measurement Conversions: Green and grey chart demonstrating U.S. to metric liquid conversions.

U.S. to Metric Temperature Conversions

In the food service industry, understanding how temperature is measured is critical. Knowing proper temperature settings is what can lead you to deliver a perfectly seared steak that boosts customer satisfaction instead of a burnt piece of meat that garners a bad Yelp review. Understanding temperature measurements are also necessary as many foods need to be heated to a specific internal temperature before they are safe to eat. Before we break down the measurements, remember that Fahrenheit is the system used in the U.S. and Celsius is used in most other countries.

Measurement Conversions: Grey and green chart to demonstrate U.S. to Metric Temperature Conversions.