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As cooks we are very respectful of proper measurements, especially when it comes to baking. We have done our best to make Recipezaar understand just about every measurement unit out there, as well as make it easy to convert any recipe from US to metric and back.

In the process, we have learned a lot about how chefs around the world measure differently. When a European chef calls for a "cup" they are referring to a standard coffee cup, not the strict 8 oz cup used in the US system. Furthermore, Europeans usually use weight measurements instead of volume in recipes, and most kitchens are equiped with a scale which is quite uncommon in the US. We are looking at ways to make differences like these work and coexist.

If you have other cooking measurement lore, any measurements we have missed, or features we could add, please let us know.

UnitUsesNotes
bagbag
bags
When the ingredient comes in a bag, as in "1 bag of tortilla chips"; often with another measurement for the box, as in "1 (12 oz) bag of tortilla chips"
bigbigUsed when you are specifying a large item, such as a "10 big apples" or a "1 big pepper".
bottlebottle
bottles
When the ingredient comes in a bottle
boxbox
boxes
When the ingredient comes in a box, as in "1 box of frozen spinach"; often with another measurement for the box, as in "1 (7 oz) box of frozen spinach".
bunchbunch
bunches
As in a "1 bunch of cilantro"
cancan
cans
For ingredients that come in cans, such as beans. For example, "1 can (10 oz.) of beans". Note that it is greatly appreciated if you also specify the size of the can. This makes it more clear to those who aren't as sure what you mean. Put the size of the can in parentheses between the word "can" and the ingredient.
cartoncarton
cartons
When the ingredient comes in a carton, as in "1 carton of cream"; often with another measurement for the carton, as in "1 (8 oz) carton of cream".
containercontainer
containers
When the ingredient comes in a container, as in "1 container of strawberries"; often with another measurement for the container, as in "1 (16 oz) container of strawberries".
countcountWhen the ingredient is simply counted.
cupc
cs
cp
cps
cup
cups
The very common "cup". As in "1 cup sugar".
centimetercm
centimeter
When the ingredient should be measured by legth. 1/100 of a meter.
cloveclove
cloves
As in a clove of garlic, not the clove as in the spice. Recipezaar is smart enough to distinguish between these.
dashdash
dashes
Just a bit of the ingredient. This isn't an exact measurement, but people will know what you mean.
dozendozenUsed when the ingredient comes in dozens, such as eggs. So you'd say "2 dozen eggs". DO NOT use "dozen" as a count of the ingredient, such as "dozen apples". For that, say "1 dozen apples".
dropdropAs in "4 drops red food coloring".
earear
ears
For ears of corn. That's about all this is used for.
envelopeenvelope
envelopes
When the ingredient comes in envelopes as a package. Yeast is a good example. Here it's also helpful to specify the size of the envelope, like "1 oz.". And you put that in parentheses between "envelope" and the ingredient like so: "1 envelope (1 oz.) yeast"
fluid ouncefl oz
fluid ounce
gallongal
gals
gallon
gallons
glassglass
glasses
A glass, typically 3.5 ozs. But it's best to be more exact and say 3.5 ounces so that you don't risk confusing people.
gramg
gram
grams
The metric unit of weight measure.
headhead
heads
As in a "head of garlic" or "head of lettuce".
inch"
in
inch
inches
The friendly English measure of length. Not used terribly often in recipes, but comes in handy when you want to specify the length of something like string or a stick of cinnamon.
jarjar
jars
Some ingredients come in jars as opposed to cans. Again, it's very helpful to specify the size of the jar and put it in parentheses between "jar" and the ingredient. For example, "1 jar (12 oz.) maraschino cherries".
kilogramkg
kilo
kgram
kilogram
kilograms
The metric measurement of weight. 1 kg=1000 grams. Use this for big and heavy ingredients.
largelargeSame as "big" (above). Use whichever you're most comfortable with.
poundlb
lbs
pound
pounds
The English measurement of weight. 1 pound=16 oz.
leafleaf
leaves
For things such as cabbage, i.e., "6 leaves of cabbage".
linklink
links
For sausages, i.e., "6 links of chicken sausage".
literl
liter
liters
Metric liquid measurement, just a bit more than a quart.
loafl
loaf
loaves
For bread, as in "1 loaf of french bread".
mediummed
medium
Same as "big" or "large" except less in size. For example, "3 medium apples".
medium-sizedmed-sized
medium-sized
For example, "3 medium-sized apples".
milliliterml
milliliter
milliliters
Metric liquid measurement. 1 milliliter=1/1000 liters.
ounceoz
ozs
ounce
ounces
packagepk
pack
package
packages
When the ingredient comes in a package, as in "1 package of rice noodles; often with another measurement for the package, as in "1 (8 oz) package of rice noodles".
piecepiece
pieces
When the ingredient is simply counted in pieces, as in "4 pieces baking chocolate".
pinchpinch
pinches
Similar to a dash, but this is literally what you can pinch between your thumb and finger (any finger you like.
pintpt
pint
pints
Also an English measurement, most notably for beer, as in "20 pints of Guinness"!
packagepkg
pkgs
package
packages
Use this for ingredients that come in a specific package, any kind of package, such as cheese. It's up to you to use "package" rather than specify the size, but if you do use "package", please specify the size as well in parenthese between "package" and the ingredient. Example: "1 package (6 oz.) cheddar cheese".
packetpkt
packet
Just like "package"(above). Using either is a matter of personal preference. But please follow the suggestion as with "package" (see above).
quartqt
quart
quarts
scoopscoop
scoops
When the ingredient is scooped, as in "2 scoops vanilla ice cream".
sheetsheet
sheets
sliceslice
slices
When the ingredient comes in slices, as in "4 slices bread".
smallsmall
sprigsprig
springs
Used for ingredients that come in "sprigs", like cilantro, parsley, etc.
stalkstalk
stalks
Like a sprig, but appropriate for such things as celery.
stickstick
sticks
When the ingredient comes in sticks, as in "1 stick of butter".
stripstrip
strips
For anything that can be specified in strips, like "2 strips of bacon".
tastetasteAn unspecified amount, suitable to the chef.
tablespoonT
tbl
tbls
tblsp
tbs
tbsp
tbsps
tablespoon
tablespoons
There's many ways to abbreviate this common measurement...almost any way you can imagine
teaspoont
tsp
tsps
teaspoon
teaspoons
There's almost as many ways to abbreviate this common measurement.
wholewholeThis is used to specify the entire ingredient, such as "1 whole garlic head".
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