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Measurement Abbreviations and Conversions

Recipes are full of culinary codes like abbreviations and weird measurements (how big is a pinch?). You can find common abbreviations for measurements here, as well as conversions of various ingredient measurements.

Although some recipes spell out measurements, a lot of cookbooks use abbreviations. This table lists common abbreviations and what they stand for.

Common Abbreviations for Measurements
Abbreviation(s) What It Stands For
C, c cup
g gram
kg kilogram
L, l liter
lb pound
mL, ml milliliter
oz ounce
pt pint
t, tsp teaspoon
T, TB, Tbl, Tbsp tablespoon

This table lists common conversion measurements.

Converting Measurements
This Measurement . . . . . . Equals This Measurement
Pinch or dash less than 1/8 teaspoon
3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons 1 fluid ounce
1 jigger 1 1/2 fluid ounces
4 tablespoons 1/4 cup
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon 1/3 cup
12 tablespoons 3/4 cup
16 tablespoons 1 cup
1 cup 8 fluid ounces
2 cups 1 pint or 16 fluid ounces
2 pints 1 quart or 32 fluid ounces
4 quarts 1 gallon
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