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Handy Kitchen Weight Conversions

Some recipes, especially older ones, give ingredients in pounds and ounces but you may need to know the metric equivalent - the following chart gives guidance on the conversion rate between British Imperial measures, metric equivalent and American cups, by commodity.

As this is not an exact science weights shown are approximate.   When following recipes measurements should not be mixed - always stick to Imperial, Metric or American throughout the recipe.

 

COMMODITY

BRITISH
MEASURE

METRIC EQUIVALENT
(APPROX)
AMERICAN
EQUIVALENT
Flour 4 oz. (ounces) 115g 1 cup
Cornflour 1 oz. 30 g 4 tablespoons
  4 1/2 oz. 130 g 1 cup
Icing sugar (sifted confectioners) 7 oz. 200 g 1 cup
Soft Brown Sugar 4 oz. 115 g 1/2 cup (firmly packed)
Castor or Granulated sugar 4 oz. 115 g 1/2 cup
Butter, Margarine, Fat etc. 1 oz. 30 g 2 tablespoons
  8 oz. 225 g 1 cup
Stick of butter 4 oz. 115 g 1/2 cup
Grated cheese - cheddar type 4 oz. 115g 1 cup
Grated cheese - Parmesan 8 oz. 225 g 1 cup
 
Pearl Barley/Tapioca 8 oz. 225 g 1 cup
Semolina/Ground rice 6 oz. 175 g 1 cup
Fresh bread or cake crumbs 3 oz. 75 g 1 cup
Dried bread crumbs 2 oz. 60 g 1 cup
Oatmeal 2 oz. 60 g 1 cup
 
Carrot - coarsely grated 4 oz. 115 g 1 cup
Sweetcorn - cooked 4 oz. 115 g 1 cup
Celery 4 sticks   1 cup chopped
Tomatoes - chopped 7 oz. 200 g 1 cup
Apples - Cooking 1 lb. (pound) 450 g 3 medium size
Apples - Eating 1 lb. 450 g 4 medium size
Mushrooms - button 4 oz. 115 g 1 cup
Beetroot 6 medium   1 cup - diced
Cucumber 1/2 average size   1 cup - diced
Strawberries - crushed 6 oz. 175 g 1 cup
 
Clear Honey/Golden syrup/Molasses/Black treacle 12 oz. 350 g 1 cup
Maple Syrup 11 oz. 300 g 1 cup
Jam/marmalade/jelly 8 oz. 225 g 1 cup
       
Currants/Sultanas/Raisins 6 oz. 175 g 1 cup
Candied Peel 4 oz. 115 g 1 cup
Almonds - shelled 5 oz. 150 g 1 cup

 

For other handy measures click here.

 

 

 

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