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2 British (Imperial) measures 3 Metric measures 4 Special Instructions 5 External Link |

Measures are classified as either dry measures or fluid measures. Fluid measures are measures of volume, while dry measures are measures of weight. Whether the ingredient you are measuring is dry or fluid really doesn't matter, and will only confuse you. Simply use the measure that is specified in your recipe.

US recipes are almost always in terms of volume.

*Dry Measures:*

- Pinch = approx. 1/8 teaspoon
- 1 Dry Ounce (Oz.) = 16 drams = 1/16 pound = 28.35 g
- 1 Peck = 8 quarts = 2 gallons = 1/4 bushel
- 1 Pound (lb.) = 16 ounces = 453.6 g

- 1 Drop = 1/76 teaspoon
- 1 Dash = 6 drops
- 1 Teaspoon (t.) = 76 drops = 1/3 tablespoon = 4.93 ml
- 1 Tablespoon (T.) = 1/16 cup or 1/2 fluid ounce = 3 teaspoons = 14.79 ml
- 1 Fluid Ounce (Oz.) = 1/16 pint = 29.57 ml
- 1 Jigger = 1 1/2 fluid ounces = 44.36 ml
- 1 Gill = 4 fluid ounces = 118 ml
- 1 Cup (c.) = 8 fluid ounces = 16 tablespoons = 237 ml
- 1 Pint (pt.) = 16 fluid ounces = 2 cups = 473 ml
- 1 Fifth = 25.6 fluid ounces = 757 ml
- 1 Quart (qt.) = 32 fluid ounces = 2 pints = 946 ml

Traditional British measures distinguish between weight and volume.

- Weight is measured in pounds and ounces (16oz = 1lb = 0.4545Kg)
- Volume is measured in pints and fluid ounces (20fl.oz = 1pt = 568ml)

American cooks using British recipes, and vice versa, need to be careful with pints and fluid ounces. A US pint is 473 ml, while a UK pint is 568 ml, a fifth larger. A US fluid ounce is 1/16 of a US pint (29.4 ml); a UK fluid ounce is 1/20th of a UK pint (28.4 ml)

On a larger scale, perhaps for institutional cookery, it must be noted that a UK gallon is eight 20oz pints (4.54 liters) whereas the US gallon is eight 16oz pints (3.78 liters).

The Metric system was officially adopted in the UK for most purposes, some decades ago, and both taught in schools and used in books. It is now mandatory for the sale of food. However, a very large part of the population continues to use Imperial measures. Most modern cookery books give ingredients in both units.

In the rest of the world recipes use the metric system of litres (l) and millilitres (ml), gramss (g) and kilograms (kg), and degrees celsius (°C).

In addition to these, some measures are often redefined in terms of metric units. Most countries use the following units:

- 1 teaspoon (t) = 5 millilitres
- 1 dessertspoon (D) = 2 teaspoons = 10 millilitres
- 1 tablespoon (T) = 3 teaspoons = 15 millilitres
- 1 cup (c) = 250 millilitres

- Firmly Packed
- With a spatula, a spoon, or your hand, tightly press the ingredient into the measuring cup. You should measure as much of the ingredient as you can fit into the measure.

- With a spatula, a spoon, or your hand, tightly press the ingredient into the measuring cup. You should measure as much of the ingredient as you can fit into the measure.
- Lightly Packed
- Press the ingredient into the measuring cup lightly. Make sure there are no air pockets, but don't compress it too hard either.

- Press the ingredient into the measuring cup lightly. Make sure there are no air pockets, but don't compress it too hard either.
- Even / Level
- Measure the amount precisely, discarding all of the ingredient that rises above the rim of the measuring cup. The back of a straight knife works well for this.

- Measure the amount precisely, discarding all of the ingredient that rises above the rim of the measuring cup. The back of a straight knife works well for this.
- Rounded
- Don't flatten out the ingredient to the top of the measuring cup, but instead allow it to pile up above the rim naturally, into a soft, rounded shape.

- Don't flatten out the ingredient to the top of the measuring cup, but instead allow it to pile up above the rim naturally, into a soft, rounded shape.
- Heaping / Heaped
- Pile as much of the ingredient on top of the measure as you can.

- Pile as much of the ingredient on top of the measure as you can.
- Sifted
- Sift before measuring to ensure ingredient is not compacted.

- Sift before measuring to ensure ingredient is not compacted.
*See also :*Cooking