Cooking Conversions

Recipe Abbreviations

Praline Chocolates

Abbreviations are often found in recipes and on food labels, in order to help you understand any that you come across we have compiled a comprehensive list of common abbreviations sorted into the following categories: weights, liquid volumes, lengths, temperatures, spoon sizes, energy, time, amounts and serving.

Weight Abbreviations

  • lb, lbs - pounds
  • oz, ozs - ounces
  • kg - kilograms
  • g - grams
  • mg - milligrams
  • μg - micrograms

Liquid Volume Abbreviations

  • gal, gals - gallons
  • qt, qts - quarts
  • pt, pts - pints
  • fl oz, fl ozs - fluid ounces
  • l or L - litres
  • cl - centilitres
  • ml - millilitres

Length Abbreviations

  • in - inches
  • cm - centimetres
  • mm - millimetres

Temperature Abbreviations

  • °C, C - celsius, formerly known as centigrade
  • °F, F - fahrenheit
  • Mk, Gas - gas mark
  • Th - thermostat (French gas mark)
  • Stufe - gasherd stufe (German gas mark)

Spoon Size Abbreviations

  • tsp, tsps, t, ts, tspn - teaspoons
  • tbsp, tbsps, T, tb, tbs, tbl, tblsp, tblspn - tablespoons
  • dsp, dsps, dspn, dstspn - dessertspoons

Energy Abbreviations

  • kcal, cal, cals - kilocalories (often referred to as calories colloquially)
  • kj - kilojoules
  • RI - reference intake
  • NRV - nutrient reference value

Time Abbreviations

  • hr, hrs - hours
  • min, mins - minutes
  • sec, secs - seconds

Amount Abbreviations

  • c, C - cups
  • sm - small
  • md, med - medium
  • lg, lge - large
  • doz - dozen (12)
  • ½doz - half dozen (6)
  • btl - bottle
  • ½btl - half bottle
  • ¼btl - quarter bottle
  • dp - drop
  • pn - pinch

Serving Abbreviations

  • srv, serv - serving
  • ea - each
  • pers - person(s)
  • DF - dairy free
  • GF - gluten free
  • V, VG - vegetarian
  • VN - vegan
  • WF - wheat free

 

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