I know it seems like every chef on TV chops up some food and throws it in a bowl without measuring anything, and voila! The food comes out of the oven looking perfect. Experienced cooks can usually measure by eye, but, as a new cook, it is important that you follow directions and measure exactly.

Measuring ingredients is the foundation of following a recipe and creating an awesome meal. After following a couple of recipes word for word, you will naturally know what a cup of flour or milk looks like.

Measure like a pro

Measure liquids, such as water, milk, and juice, in a liquid or wet measuring cup. This cup will have a spout to pour the liquid and have lines marked on the side to measure fluid ounces. When you measure liquids, make sure that you place the measuring cup on a flat surface to level the liquid and get an accurate measurement.

Measure dry ingredients such as flour and sugar in measuring cups and measuring spoons. Dry measuring cups and spoons usually come in sets. The tops are level, and they do not have spouts. Remember to level off the top of the cup and spoon to get an "eggsact" amount.

  • Dry Measuring cups

  • Wet Measuring cups

  • Thermometer

Easy Measurement Conversions

Wet Measurements
1 Gallon (g.) = 4 quarts (qt.) = 16 Cups (C.) = 8 Pints (pt.) = 16 Cups = 128 Fluid Ounces (fl.oz.)

1 Quart = 2 Pints = 4 Cups

1 Pint = 2 Cups = 16 Fluid Ounces

1 Cup = 8 Fluid Ounces

1 Fluid Ounce (fl. oz.) = 2 Tablespoons (tbsp.)

Dry Measurements
1 pound (lb.) = 16 ounces (oz.)

1 ounce (oz.) = 28 Grams (gm.)
¼ cup (C.) = 4 Tablespoon (tbsp.)
1 Tablespoon (tbsp.) = 3 Teaspoons

Fahrenheit and Celsius
We use Fahrenheit (F) in the U.S. to measure temperature. Most other parts of the world use Celsius (C).
Freezing is 32° F and 0° C

Boiling is 212° F and 100 C
Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again.
(C x 1.8) + 32
= F
(F - 32) ÷ 1.8
= C