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The American Cup measurement is used for some of the recipes on this website 1 American Cup is 8floz. (American Cup = half an American Pint; American Pint = 16floz)

If you do not use American Cups when cooking then the list below should enable you to change from cups to lbs and ozs. If you have any questions, please e-mail us and we may be able to help.


GUIDE TO AMERICAN CUP MEASUREMENTS:

DRY INGREDIENTS:
1lb flour = 4 American Cups
0.5oz flour = 1 level tablespoon
1oz flour = 1 heaped tablespoon
1lb granulated sugar = 2 American Cups
1oz granulated sugar = 1 heaped tablespoon
1lb caster/superfine sugar = 2 American Cups
1oz caster/superfine sugar = 1 heaped tablespoon
1lb icing/confectioner's sugar = 3 American cups
1oz icing/confectioner's sugar = 1.5 heaped tablespoons
1lb brown (moist) sugar = 2.5 American Cups
1lb dried fruit = 2 American Cups
1lb fine, dry bread crumbs = 4 American Cups
2oz fresh bread crumbs = 1 American Cup
6oz slivered almonds = 1.5 American Cups
4oz ground almonds - 1 American Cup
3.5oz rolled oats = 1 American Cup
2.5oz dessicated coconut = 0.75 American Cup
1oz hazelnuts (whole, shelled) = 0.25 American Cup

FATS AND OILS:
1lb butter or other fat = 2 American cups
0.5oz butter = 1 level tablespoon

PULSES AND PASTA:
1lb rice = 2 American Cups
1lb lentils/split peas = 2 American Cups

MEAT AND CHEESE:
1lb chopped meat = 2 American Cups
2oz Gorgonzola Cheese = 0.5 American Cup

VEGETABLES:
6oz button mushrooms = 1.5 American Cups
11oz shredded red cabbage = 4 American Cups
2oz shredded leek or spring onions = 0.5 American Cup

MISCELLANEOUS:
1lb golden syrup/treacle = 1 Amercian Cup
1oz golden syrup/treacle = 1 level tablespoon
1oz jam = 1 level tablespoon
1oz fresh yeast = 0.5oz dried yeast = 4 level teaspoons
1lb coffee beans = 2.5 American Cups
2oz sliced dill pickles = 0.5 American Cup
6oz canned chestnut puree = 0.75 American Cup
8 fluid oz strawberry puree = 1 American Cup

LIQUIDS:
1 tsp (teaspoon) = 5 ml (millilitres)
1 dsp (dessertspoon) = 10 ml
1 tbs (tablespoon) = 15 ml
1 floz (fluid ounce) = approx 30 ml
1 pint = approx 570 ml
British Imperial Pint = 20 fluid oz
American Pint = 16 fluid oz
1 gill = 1/4 pint
Jigger = 3tbs
Dash = 4-5 drops
1 Quart = 2 Pints

WEIGHTS:
16 ounces = 1 lb (pound)
1 ounce = approx. 30 grams
4 ounces = approx. 115 grams
8 ounces = approx. 230 grams
1 lb = 454 grams



COOKING TEMPERATURES:

FAHRENHEIT

GAS MARK

CELSIUS/CENTIGRADE

300

2

140

325

3

158

350

4

177

375

5

190

400

6

204

425

7

214

450

8

232

500

9

260


FAHRENHEIT OLD FASHIONED TERMINOLOGY
240-280 VERY COOL
280-320 COOL
320-340 WARM
340-370 MODERATE
370-400 FAIRLY HOT
400-440 HOT
440-480 VERY HOT