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Liquid Measurements

Liquid Measurements

While cooking, if we do not know the exact conversion of the liquid measurements, then task can become very difficult. In this Buzzle article, we will see the measurement equivalents and conversion details, which will make life easy for us, when we cook.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
When you visit different countries, you will realize that there is no single unit of measurement which is used world wide. For example, in the United States of America, liquid measurements are used not only for liquids, but also for solid ingredients like flour, butter, spices, sugar shortening, etc. This often confuses a new cook. If the ingredients are not used in the right proportions, then the dish may not taste good. Therefore, it makes sense to have a metric system chart hung on a wall in the kitchen, because it will come in handy.

The most commonly used measurements are teaspoon, tablespoon, fluid ounces, pint, cup, gallon, quart, barrel, and hogshead. Although around the world the metric system is used, in the United States, the U.S. System of measurement continues to be used. In the table that follows, we will see the metric measurement units and conversions as well as the same for the U.S. System.

Liquid Measurements Table

Equivalent Chart

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons = 2 fluid ounces
8 fluid ounces = 1 cup
2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart or 32 fluid ounces
4 quarts = 1 gallon or 128 fluid ounces
3 ½ gallons = 1 barrel
2 barrels = 1 hogshead

Dry Measure Equivalent and Ounce Equivalent

Unit Ounce Equivalent Milliliter Equivalent
1 teaspoon ~ 5 ml
1 tablespoon ½ fluid ounce 15 ml
2 tablespoons 1 fluid ounce 30 ml
¼ cup 2 fluid ounces 59 ml
⅓ cup 2 2/3 fluid ounces 79 ml
½ cup 4 fluid ounces 118 ml
2/3 cup 5 ⅓ fluid ounces 158 ml
¾ cup 6 fluid ounces 177 ml
1 cup 8 fluid ounces 237 ml
2 cups 16 fluid ounces 437 ml
4 cups 32 fluid ounces 946 ml

Detailed Conversion Chart

Amount Teaspoon Tablespoon Fluid Ounce Gill Cup Pint Quart Gallon
1 teaspoon 1 1/6 1/24 ~ ~ ~ ~
1 tablespoon 3 1 ½ 1/8 1/16 ~ ~ ~
1 fluid ounce 6 2 1 ¼ 1/8 1/16 ~ ~
1 gill 24 8 4 1 ½ ¼ 1/8 ~
1 cup 48 16 8 2 1 ½ ¼ 1/16
1 pint 96 32 16 4 2 1 ½ 1/8
1 quart 192 64 32 8 4 2 1 ¼
1 gallon 768 256 128 32 16 8 4 1
1 firkin 6912 2304 1152 288 144 72 36 9
1 hogshead 48384 16128 8064 2016 1008 504 252 63
Using these charts, you can make one even as reference for your kids. Whenever you are following directions from a cook book, always refer to the chart you have put up on your kitchen wall so that you do not get confused with the terms used. With time you will understand the measurements well, and you won't even need to refer to anything for the exact proportions.