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Cooking Measures and Abbreviations

The following are some commonly used cooking measures and their abbreviations. In general, if a recipe lists both metric and imperial measures, one should use only the metric or only the imperial, rather than trying to mix the two.

Imperial Measures

oz, ℥
Ounce
lb
Pound (= 16 ounces)
fl oz, oz fl, ℥ fl
Fluid Ounce
pt
Pint (= 20 fluid ounces)
qt
Quart (= 2 pints)

Imperial Cooking Measures

t, tsp
Teaspoon
T, tbsp
Tablespoon (= 3 teaspoons)
c, C
Cup (= 16 tablespoons = ½ pint)
doz
Dozen (12)

Metric Measures

Abbreviations in (parentheses) are unofficial.

g (gm)
gram
kg
kilogram (= 1,000 grams)
ml
milliliter
l, L (ℓ)
liter (= 1,000 milliliters)