A lot of people use the metric system, especially when cooking. But what about measuring ingredients? And how many teaspoons per tablespoon do you really need? We asked our resident nutritionist, Dr. Sarah Koszyk, to help us figure out how much we actually need to know when it comes to measuring ingredients. Here’s what she had to say.
The United States uses the metric system, which measures things like weight, length, volume, mass, pressure, temperature, and electricity. Most countries use the imperial measurement system, which includes ounces, pounds, quarts, pints, etc. What does that mean? Well, let’s start with just one ingredient—the teaspoon. One teaspoon of salt weighs 0.1 grams. So, if you want to measure 2 tablespoons of salt, you’d add 2 teaspoons worth of salt. Now, some people might think, “Wait, I thought there were 16 tablespoons in a cup?” Nope. There are 12 tablespoons in a cup. Why? Because cups are measured in fluid ounces. Fluid ounces are based on water, while teaspoons are based on salt.
So, what about the tablespoon? You guessed it —there are 12 tablespoons in a tablespoon. However, the difference here is that a tablespoon is defined as 15 milliliters. Milliliters are based on liquid volume, while teaspoons are based around salt. To make matters even trickier, the gram is different too. One gram equals 1000 milligrams, while one ounce equals 28.35 grams. If you wanted to weigh 10 grams, you’d divide 10 by 28.35 to find.035 ounces.
Now, you might be thinking: “I don’t care about all this math stuff! Just tell me how many grams in an ounce!” Unfortunately, because the metric system is used worldwide, it isn’t possible to convert between units without knowing the conversion factor. For example, if you’re looking at a recipe that says “one cup flour,” you’ll likely assume that it’s referring to American cups, since most Americans use cups. But, if you live somewhere else, you won’t know whether that’s a cup, a liter, or something else entirely.
How Many Grams In An Ounce?
There are 28 grams within one oz. This is equivalent to 0.28 ounces.
If you can remember this number – even if you find yourself lacking this helpful cooking conversion chart – you’ll be able to quickly calculate conversions.
With there being no easy conversion method that does not involve some math, I’ve come up with this table of some common baking ingredients and their metric equivalents.
Interestingly enough, when it comes baking, I actually like the beauty of the metric systems.
Our normal way of measuring by volume is not very accurate when it comes to floured products such as flour and powder.
An example that often affects recipe results is that what is in a cup will vary depending on whether the product was pre-measured or not.
How Many Grams In An Eighth Of An Ounce?
A lot of people ask me about what exactly is an eighth of an ounce, and how much it weighs. This is actually a very simple question to answer. If you look at the picture above, you can see that there are eight solid circles around the edge of the cupcake. Each circle represents one gram, or 0.035 ounces. So, to figure out how many grams are in one eighth of an ounce, just take 8 grams times 0.035. You’ll get the answer of 3.5 grams. Now, if you’re wondering why we don’t use metric system measurements, here’s why: We do not live in a metric world anymore. Most Americans still think in pounds and ounces. And even though we’ve been taught that kilograms are used in science class, most people still think in pounds. There are some exceptions, such as the French who use kilos for everything except water, and the Japanese who use both metric and imperial units. But that’s another story.
But now that you know how many grams are in each eighth of an ounce, let’s talk about baking. A typical recipe calls for three cups of flour, and 1/3 cup of sugar. One teaspoon of salt is added to almost every baked good. So, how much does each gram weigh? Well, according to my calculations, each gram of flour weighs 0.064 ounces, while each gram of sugar weighs 0.0095 ounces. So, 3 cups of flour equals 4.8 ounces, or 128 grams. Three tablespoons of sugar equals 7.2 ounces, or 192 grams. So, if you want to calculate how many grams are in a cup of flour, simply divide the number of cups by 128. For example, if you wanted to make a chocolate cake, you’d start by mixing together 2 cups of flour, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of unsweetened natural cocoa powder, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 1 egg. Then, mix together well. Next, fold in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. After that, pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
How To Weigh Food?
We’ve all been there. You’re cooking dinner, and your kitchen scales are covered in flour, sugar, salt, butter, etc. And then you realize that you just added 3 pounds of ingredients onto the scale. It’s a nightmare. But now we have a solution.
The Ozeri Scale weighs food without touching it, so you don’t have to worry about getting sticky fingerprints all over your scale. Plus, it looks like a regular digital scale, so no one will notice that you’re secretly weighing food.
This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the Ozeri Scale.
Cooking Weight Conversion Chart
We often use scales to measure our food, but do we know how to properly weigh it? Here are some tips to help you keep track of what you eat:
1. Choose a clean, dry container to weigh your ingredients. You want something that won’t affect the accuracy of your reading.
2. Place the container on the scale and let it sit there for about five minutes. Afterward, press “Tare.” Your total weight should read 0.0 lbs. If your container weighs anything else, your reading might not be accurate.
3. Add your food to the container. Make sure you don’t fill it up too much; you don’t want to make the measurement inaccurate.
4. Press “Weight,” and record the amount of food in grams.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each ingredient.
6. Calculate the total weight of your meal by multiplying the gram amounts together. For example, if you weighed 200 g of chicken breast and 300 g of broccoli, multiply 200 * 300 6000 g.
7. Divide the total weight by 100 to find out how many servings you ate.
What Is The Best Way To Cook Chicken Breast?
Chicken breasts can be cooked in different ways. Some people prefer to grill them, while others bake them. There are also other options such as frying, broiling, poaching, steaming, microwaving, and even boiling. Which method is best depends on your preference.
In this video, I’ll show you how to cook chicken breast using four methods: grilling, roasting, sautéing, and baking.
Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe
• 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast (about 6 oz)
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse chicken breast with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub both sides of chicken breast with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put chicken breast on a foil lined sheet tray. Roast for 20 minutes per pound. Remove from oven and serve immediately.