Leaving Shakespeare alone, one of the challenges one is faced, when the cooking sources span from Europe (and even here, between Metric and Imperial) to USA, are the measurement conversions.

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While in these day and age, one can search the web for Equivalents and Measures as well as easy to use Conversion Calculators, or even download handy APP for the iPhone, when asked, I always recommend investing in good measuring tools (some include automatic conversion).

In any case it is useful to remember the following:

Metric/imperial

  • 1oz = 27g
  • 4oz = 125g
  • 8oz = 250g
  • 12oz = 360g
  • 1 lb = 450g
  • 1kg = 2 lbs 4oz.

Oven temperatures

  • 150c = 300F
  • 170c = 325F
  • 180c = 350F
  • 200c = 400F
  • 220-230c = 450F

US Cups

Consider that cups measure volume, thus 1 cup flour differs in weight from 1 cup sugar due to the different mass of the ingredients.

  • 1 cup flour (unsifted) = 150g
  • 1 cup sugar = 200g
  • 1 cup rice = 200g
  • 1 cup butter = 2 sticks = 225g
  • 1 tablespoon butter = 15g
  • 1 cup icing sugar or cocoa = 110g
  • 1 cup rolled oats = 100g
  • 1 cup cream cheese = 250g.
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