Cooking Conversions

Cooking Liquid Measurement Conversions

A Traditional British Pint

Photo Credit: Hogsback Brewery

Probably the most problematical conversions you are likely to come across in recipes are those involving liquids. If the recipe specifies litres or millilitres it isn't too difficult to understand that you need to convert this into your local pints and fluid ounces. The difficulty comes when you see a recipe that specifies pints or fluid ounces, as the US pint and fluid ounce are not the same as the UK Imperial pint and fluid ounce.

When the recipe specifies pints or fluid ounces you will need to identify where the recipe is from. If the recipe can be identified as US then the measures are in US pints and fluid ounces, if the recipe is from the UK or one of the British Commonwealth countries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) then the recipe will use Imperial pints.

US Pints & Fluid Ounces to Litres & Millilitres Converter

Type values into either the US pints and US fluid ounces fields or the litres and millilitres fields to convert from US pints and fluid ounces to litres and millilitres or litres and millilitres to US pints and fluid ounces.

US Pints   US Fluid Oz     Litres   Millilitres  
pt fl oz = l ml

Simple US pints to litres converter and the conversion formula and US fluid ounces to millilitres converter and the conversion formula are also available.

Imperial Pints & Fluid Ounces to Litres & Millilitres Converter

Type values into either the UK pints and UK fluid ounces fields or the litres and millilitres fields to convert from Imperial pints and fluid ounces to litres and millilitres or litres and millilitres to Imperial pints and fluid ounces.

UK Pints   UK Fluid Oz     Litres   Millilitres  
pt fl oz = l ml

Simple Imperial pints to litres converter and the conversion formula and Imperial fluid ounces to millilitres converter and the conversion formula are also available.

US Pints & Fluid Ounces to Imperial Pints & Fluid Ounces Converter

Type values into either the US pints and US fluid ounces fields or the UK pints and UK fluid ounces fields to convert from US pints and fluid ounces to Imperial pints and fluid ounces or from Imperial pints and fluid ounces to US pints and fluid ounces.

US Pints   US Fluid Oz     UK Pints   UK Fluid Oz  
US pt US fl oz = UK pt UK fl oz

Simple US pints to Imperial pints converter and the conversion formula and US fluid ounces to Imperial fluid ounces converter and the conversion formula are also available.

US Pints & Fluid Ounces - Useful Information

The US liquid pint is smaller than an Imperial pint and there are 16 US fluid ounces to the US pint, the US pints and fluid ounces are only used in the United States of America, where they are official measurements.

1 US pint = 16 US fluid ounces

1 US pint = 4 US fluid gills

1 US pint = 2 US cups

1 US pint = 0.5 US liquid quarts

1 US pint = 0.125 US liquid gallons

The abbreviation for US pints is pt (p is sometimes seen) and the abbreviation for US fluid ounces is fl oz (oz fl is sometimes seen). Throughout this site we have used US pt and US fl oz to ensure that there is a distinction between them and the Imperial pints and fluid ounces.

Imperial Pints & Fluid Ounces - Useful Information

The Imperial pint is larger than the US pint and there are 20 fluid ounces to the Imperial pint. Imperial pints and fluid ounces are falling out of use following the adoption of litres and millilitres as the official units in the UK and British Commonwealth countries, however there are still many older people who regularly use them and many older recipes and recipe books are still in use that specify values in Imperial pints and fluid ounces.

1 Imperial pint = 20 Imperial fluid ounces

1 Imperial pint = 4 Imperial gills

1 Imperial pint = 0.5 Imperial quarts

1 Imperial pint = 0.125 Imperial gallons

The abbreviation for Imperial pints is pt (p is sometimes seen) and the abbreviation for Imperial fluid ounces is fl oz (oz fl is sometimes seen). Throughout this site we have used UK pt and UK fl oz to ensure that there is a distinction between them and the US pint and fluid ounce abbreviations.

Litres & Millilitres - Useful Information

Litres and millilitres are metric units of volume used in all European countries and most of the rest of the world. They are now the official units of weight in Great Britain, Ireland and British Commonwealth countries although their use is still not ubiquitous.

1 litre = 1000 millilitres

1 litre = 100 centilitres

1 litre = 10 decilitres

Centilitres and decilitres are not commonly used in recipes or cooking in general.

The abbreviation for litres is l and the abbreviation for millilitres is ml.

 

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