Cooking Conversion Chart
Knowing how to convert measurements is an important skill to have in the kitchen. For example, in a restaurant or catering setting, you might have to convert a recipe that serves 300 people to accommodate 500 people. Additionally, if you're using a family recipe or one from the internet, you'll have to scale it up for use in a commercial environment. Cooking conversions are also especially useful in bakeries, where the ratio of ingredients needs to be exact to get the desired effect.
The U.S. system of measurements is based off of the old British Imperial system, and the U.S. remains one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t switched to metric. But because there are so many chefs and recipes that come out of the U.S., understanding this system and how to scale recipes remains a necessity.
U.S. Liquid Measurements
U.S. liquid measurements are used for measuring the volume of various liquid used in the cooking process. It is important to know how to convert measurements by liquid volume because liquid measurements are used widely in both commercial kitchens and bakeries.
U.S. to Metric Conversions
Outside of the U.S., you’re likely to find different units of measurement in the kitchen. Instead of pounds, cups, and Fahrenheit, you’ll find kilograms, milliliters, and Celsius. It is important to note that many of these conversions do not even out perfectly, so for recipes that require exact measurements, it is best to do the calculations yourself and measure as accurately as possible.
U.S. to Metric Weight Conversions
Weight measurements are often used in commercial kitchens for determining the amount of meat to use in a recipe or portioning an exact amount of food, but these measurements are also useful when ordering food in bulk. If you are ordering produce from out of the country, you may have to convert the measurements to ensure you're buying enough.
U.S. to Metric Liquid Conversions
Converting liquid volume is an especially useful skill for bakers using recipes from around the world. And because baking is an exact science, the conversions should be exact as possible, so try not to round up or down when measuring out your ingredients.
U.S. to Metric Temperature Conversions
In cooking, there are two main systems of measurement for temperature: Fahrenheit, the system used in the U.S., and Celsius, the system used in most other countries. Understanding how temperature is measured is very important in the foodservice industry, as many foods need to be heated to a specific internal temperature before they are safe to eat.
Memorizing volume conversions and converting between the U.S. system and the metric system can be confusing, so we've created a handy cooking conversion chart that you can print out and keep on hand in your restaurant or bakery. To download the conversion chart, click on the button below.Download Cooking Conversion Chart