Conversions in the Kitchen:
dr, oz, lbs, kg, g
In the US, recipes may give ingredient weights in drams (dr), ounces (oz), or pounds (lbs), which are US customary units. A dram is an apothecaries' unit, not often encountered in modern food recipes, but sometimes used in medicinal preparations. In other countries, recipes use metric weights--grams and kilograms. Some countries, such as Canada, may use both.
If you are preparing a recipe from a country that uses a different measuring system from yours, you can use the calculator or table below to convert between different weight units.
Kitchen Conversion Calculator
Cooking Weight Conversion TableTo convert from unit A to unit B, select the starting unit from the appropriate "Unit A" row group. Go along the row until you reach the destination unit in the "Unit B" column group. Multiply the number of A units by the number in the cell to compute the equivalent number of B units. See examples below table.
Example 1: To convert 25 grams to ounces, go to the row labeled "g." Find where the "g" row intersects the "oz" column and note the number in the cell. In this example, the number is 0.03527. Multiply this number by 25 g to compute the equivalent number of ounces, i.e., (0.03527)(25 g) = 0.8818 oz.
Example 2: To convert 3.5 pounds to kilograms, go to the row labeled "lbs." Find where the "lbs" row intersects the "kg" column and note the number in the cell. In this example, the number is 0.4536. Multiply this number by 3.5 pounds to compute the equivalent number of kilograms, i.e., (0.4536)(3.5 lbs) = 1.5876 kg.
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