The only quantity conversion chart you will ever need

The only quantity conversion chart you will ever need

We’ve selected the ingredients we thought most useful to be converted for everyday and special-occasion cooking and baking and have put together a comprehensive volume-to-weight conversion chart for your convenience. We’ve carefully weighed out each ingredient in our test kitchen and we hope our conversion chart will be very useful in your home kitchen.

Because all ingredients have different densities, 1 cup of one ingredient will not be equal in weight for the same volume of another ingredient – hence the importance of a conversion chart.

Our conversion chart will also be handy when it comes to those recipes where the originator has not provided conversions.

READ MORE: How to calculate catering quantities per person

How to convert gelatine leaves to powdered gelatine

To convert gelatine leaves to powdered gelatine, or vice versa, just use the same weight of gelatine. Simply, this means a standard 2g leaf of gelatine can be replaced by 2g powdered gelatine. If your leaf is equal to 3g, use 3g powdered gelatine. It is important to remember, however, that leaf gelatine sets your liquid clear, whereas powdered gelatine results in a murky appearance.

The only quantity conversion chart you will ever need

 

Ingredient Quantity (volume) Quantity (weight)

Baking

Baking powder 5ml (1 tsp) 5g
Bicarbonate of soda 5ml (1 tsp) 7g
Cocoa powder 15ml (1 tbsp) 7g
Coconut, desiccated 250ml (1 cup) 95g
Coffee granules 15ml (1 tbsp) 5g
Cream of tartar 5ml (1 tsp) 5g
Custard powder 15ml (1 tbsp) 10g
Gelatine, powdered 5ml (1 tsp) 4g
Milk, powdered 250ml (1 cup) 115g
Yeast, dried 5ml (1 tsp) 4g
Yeast, fresh 5ml (1 tsp) 5g

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs, brown, dried 250ml (1 cup) 55g
Breadcrumbs, brown, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 80g
Breadcrumbs, white, dried 250ml (1 cup) 55g
Breadcrumbs, white, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 65g
Breadcrumbs, panko 250ml (1 cup) 85g
Breadcrumbs, shop-bought 250ml (1 cup) 110g

Cheeses

Bocconcini mozzarella, torn 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Cheddar, grated 250ml (1 cup) 125g
Cottage cheese, chunky 250ml (1 cup) 245g
Cottage cheese, creamed 250ml (1 cup) 225g
Cream cheese 250ml (1 cup) 235g
Feta cheese, crumbled 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Goat’s cheese, crumbled 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Mascarpone 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Mozzarella, grated 250ml (1 cup) 127g
Parmesan, grated 250ml (1 cup) 100g
Ricotta, crumbled 250ml (1 cup) 170g

Dairy

Butter

250ml (1 cup) 225g
Buttermilk 250ml (1 cup) 255g
Cream, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 255g
Crème  fraîche 250ml (1 cup) 235g
Custard, shop-bought 250ml (1 cup) 270g
Double thick cream 250ml (1 cup) 245g
Ice cream 250ml (1 cup) 195g
Milk 250ml (1 cup) 250g
Sour cream 250ml (1 cup) 235g
Yoghurt 250ml (1 cup) 250g

Dried and preserved fruit and vegetables

Apple cubes, dried 250ml (1 cup) 85g
Apple rings, dried 250ml (1 cup) 85g
Cake mix 250ml (1 cup) 160g
Cherries, glacé and drained 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Citrus peel, candied 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Coconut flakes, dried 250ml (1 cup) 60g
Cranberries, dried 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Dates, dried 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Figs, dried 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Ginger, candied, drained 250ml (1 cup) 20g
Glacé fruit, mixed, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Goji berries, dried 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Mango strips, dried 250ml (1 cup) 95g
Mixed dried fruit, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Mushrooms, dried 250ml (1 cup) 35g
Peach halves, dried 250ml (1 cup) 125g
Pear halves, dried 250ml (1 cup) 175g
Pomegranate rubies, dried 250ml (1 cup) 165g
Prunes, dried 250ml (1 cup) 140g
Raisins 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Sultanas 250ml (1 cup) 170g

Eggs

Eggs, whole, beaten 250ml (1 cup) 255g
Egg yolks 250ml (1 cup) 260g
1 egg yolk, large 18g
1 egg yolk, extra large 18g
1 egg yolk, jumbo 18g
1 egg white, large 36g
Egg whites 250ml (1 cup) 245g
1 egg white, extra large 38g
1 egg white, jumbo 40g
1 egg, whole, large, no shell 54g
1 egg, whole, extra large, no shell 56g
1 egg, whole, jumbo, no shell 58g

Fats

Avocado oil 250ml (1 cup) 205g
Canola oil 250ml (1 cup) 210g
Coconut oil 250ml (1 cup) 220g
Duck fat 250ml (1 cup) 215g
Lard 250ml (1 cup) 220g
Margarine 250ml (1 cup) 235g
Olive oil 250ml (1 cup) 220g
Suet, dried, shredded 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Sunflower oil 250ml (1 cup) 215g

Flours

Almond, ground 250ml (1 cup) 120g
Bread flour 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Cake flour 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Chickpea flour 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Coconut flour 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Cornflour 15ml ( 1 tbsp) 10g
Mealie-meal, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 195g
Self-raising flour 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Semolina 250ml (1 cup) 180g
Wholewheat flour 250ml (1 cup) 155g

Fruits

Apple, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Apple, grated 250ml (1 cup) 195g
Banana, mashed 250ml (1 cup) 245g
Berries, mixed, frozen 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Blueberries, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Gooseberries, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 175g
Pineapple, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Raspberries, fresh 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Strawberries, fresh, whole 250ml (1 cup) 145g

Grains, beans, legumes and rice

Arborio rice, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 210g
Barley, pearl 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Basmati rice, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 210g
Bulgur wheat 250ml (1 cup) 190g
Beans, red speckled, dried 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Beans, white, dried 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Chickpeas, dried 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Jasmine rice, dried 250ml (1 cup) 190g
Lentils, dried 250ml (1 cup) 210g
Oats, rolled 250ml (1 cup) 120g
Peas, split, dried 250ml (1 cup) 215g
Quinoa, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Sago 250ml (1 cup) 185g
Samp, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 200g
Sushi rice, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 225g

Liquids

Black coffee 250ml (1 cup) 250g
Coconut cream 250ml (1 cup) 260g
Coconut  milk 250ml (1 cup) 255g
Fruit juice 250ml (1 cup) 250g
Nut milk 250ml (1 cup) 230g
Water 250ml (1 cup) 250g

Non-perishables

Anchovy fillets, drained 15ml (1 tbsp) 25g
Baked beans, tinned 250ml (1 cup) 280g
Condensed milk 250ml (1 cup) 315g
Corn, creamed, tinned 250ml (1 cup) 240g
Corn, tinned, drained 250ml (1 cup) 175g
Olives, drained 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Olives, drained and pitted 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Pineapple, tinned, crushed 250ml (1 cup) 280g
Sun-dried tomatoes, marinated and drained 250ml (1 cup) 180g
Tomato paste 15ml (1 tbsp) 20g
Tomatoes, chopped, tinned 250ml (1 cup) 240g
Tomatoes, whole baby, tinned 250ml (1 cup) 250g
Tomatoes, whole, tinned 250ml (1 cup) 235g
Tuna, drained 250ml (1 cup) 100g

Nuts and seeds

Almonds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Brazil nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Cashew nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Chia seeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 170g
Flaxseeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Hazelnuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Macadamia nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Mixed nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 140g
Peanuts and raisins 250ml (1 cup) 155g
Peanuts, roasted 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Pecan nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 100g
Pine nuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Pistachios, raw and shelled 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Pistachios, raw and unshelled 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Poppy seeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Psyllium seed husk, raw 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Pumpkin seeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 140g
Sesame seeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 160g
Sunflower seeds, raw 250ml (1 cup) 140g
Walnuts, raw 250ml (1 cup) 95g

Pasta and noodles

Couscous, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 190g
Elbow macaroni, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Farfalle (bow ties), uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 60g
Macaroni, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Orzo, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 190g
Penne, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 95g
Corkscrew pasta, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 80g
Shells, medium 250ml (1 cup) 90g
Spaghetti, fresh, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 70g
Tagliatelle, fresh, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 80g
Udon noodles, fresh, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 135g
Vermicelli, uncooked 250ml (1 cup) 40g

Sauces and condiments

Chutney 250ml (1 cup) 280g
HP sauce 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Mayonnaise 250ml (1 cup) 225g
Olive tapenade 250ml (1 cup) 125g
Pesto 15ml (1 tbsp) 20g
Soya sauce 250ml (1 cup) 135g
Sweet-chilli sauce 250ml (1 cup) 140g
Tomato sauce 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Worcestershire sauce 250ml (1 cup) 245g

Sugars

Brown sugar 250ml (1 cup) 220g
Caramel sugar 250ml (1 cup) 205g
Castor sugar 250ml (1 cup) 225g
Coconut blossom sugar 250ml (1 cup) 160g
Demerara sugar 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Icing sugar 250ml (1 cup) 145g
Muscovado sugar 250ml (1 cup) 190g
Treacle sugar 250ml (1 cup) 230g
White sugar 250ml (1 cup) 220g

Sweeteners and jams

Apricot jam 15ml (1 tbsp) 25g
Golden syrup 15ml (1 tbsp) 25g
Honey 15ml (1 tbsp) 25g
Maple syrup 15ml (1 tbsp) 30g
Molasses 15ml (1 tbsp) 30g
Strawberry jam 15ml (1 tbsp) 25g

Vegetables

Aubergine, raw, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 115g
Beetroot, peeled, raw, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Butternut, raw, peeled and chopped 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Carrots, peeled, raw, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Carrots, peeled, grated 250ml (1 cup) 115g
Celery, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 110g
Cucumber, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 150g
Cucumber, grated 250ml (1 cup) 185g
Garlic, peeled and minced 15ml (1 tbsp) 10g
Ginger, peeled and minced 15ml (1 tbsp) 15g
Onion, peeled and chopped 250ml (1 cup) 135g
Peas, frozen, thawed 250ml (1 cup) 130g
Rhubarb, fresh, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 120g
Tomatoes, fresh, chopped 250ml (1 cup) 180g
Tomatoes, fresh, seeded and diced 250ml (1 cup) 210g

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