Equivalent Measurements

If you don’t have the measuring spoon or cup called for in the recipe, here’s an easy chart for the equivalent measurement, showing conversions to and from teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, fluid ounces and metric measurements all in one.

I suggest printing it out, maybe laminating it, then posting it inside a cupboard in your galley (and in your home kitchen as well, if you’re not a full-time liveaboard). A couple of readers also suggested pinning it on Pinterest and right-clicking and saving to your desktop — both great ideas!

Conversion table for teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, ounces and metric.

Purists will note that some of these are not a perfect mathematical conversion, but rather a functional conversion.  For example, one gallon is actually 3.78 liters — but in everyday use, 4 liters works for one gallon.

Did I miss a measurement conversion that you find useful?  Let me — and the other readers — know with a comment below.

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12 Comments
  • Candy Ann Williams
    Posted at 25 December 2010 Reply

    This will be my new life saver…I will laminate and save like you suggested….Thanks!!

  • Carol Ann Getter
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    Heck, I posted my copy to the Desktop of my computer!
    Thanks, and fair winds,
    Carol Ann

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    An even better idea from Carol Ann — just save it to your computer desktop (assuming your computer is on the boat with you). DUH!

  • Nita Knighton on Facebook
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    I desperately needed this last year and did not have a computer on the boat. .Thank You

  • Annette
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    I added it as a note in Evernote so I’ll have it on my devices. Thanks.

  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    Good idea!

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 12 February 2012 Reply

    @Nita — guess that’s a reason for printing and laminating it!

  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 22 July 2012 Reply

    I need to print this one up.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 24 March 2013 Reply

    This is really great – thanks 🙂 One thing that I find really difficult with American recipes though is the cup measurments for things like flour or butter. Not used to it at all and always worried I have filled the cup too much or too little. I think weighing out the measures is more accurate but I guess it is what you are used to!

  • Ann Heinrich
    Posted at 14 August 2015 Reply

    Learned this in elementary school “years”ago 😉

    • Lynn Norcott
      Posted at 14 August 2015 Reply

      why on earth would you need to know this in ELEMENTARY school? …and you REMEMBERED it? That’s amazing – you’re obviously a chef?

    • Ann Heinrich
      Posted at 14 August 2015 Reply

      Lynn Norcott nope just old school. Thanks for the smile 🙂

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