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Author Topic: I'm so fed with converting US measures to English and metrics. Can anybody...  (Read 842 times)

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...Can anybody recommend the best website I can use that can convert them for me?
It'd make my life such a doddle because I really like the classier end of US cuisine and use many US cookery website recipes.

Or at least can you suggest the best website that can simply give me a really clear list of how many lovely sensible English teaspoons or millilitres etc there are in an eighth or three quarters of a goddam US cup?

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...Can anybody recommend the best website I can use that can convert them for me?
It'd make my life such a doddle because I really like the classier end of US cuisine and use many US cookery website recipes.

Or at least can you suggest the best website that can simply give me a really clear list of how many lovely sensible English teaspoons or millilitres etc there are in an eighth or three quarters of a goddam US cup?

Just type it into Google and you'll have your answer instantaneously . Example : 55 gallons in Imperial gallons
Google will convert most measures as well as currency among other things .
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Just type it into Google and you'll have your answer instantaneously . Example : 55 gallons in Imperial gallons
Google will convert most measures as well as currency among other things .

Thank you so much for that Cosmos but...that is exactly what I have had to have been doing and it is getting on my wick doing it. 

For me, trawling the web for new recipes is a bit of an obsessive hobby.  Finding really good new recipes is a joy - but the converting of US measures to UK measures is a bit of a drag if I have to keep keying in and keying in every time I hit an American measurement.

What I was hoping for is a wonder site with tables where all US cups and fractions of cups for different wet and dry ingredients are given with a column of UK tablespoons and/or teaspoons and, next to that, a column of gram equivalents all in one neat chart.

This wonder site I could then keep open while I am busy purloining US recipes and (at a glance) see all the UK equivalents I need.

Let me try to explain it a bit better...I have about 3,500 recipes that I have culled over the last 15 years or so from the internet and (because I want to be able to print these recipes out) I designed a template for the page 'look' in Word - and I reformat all new US recipes into Word docs and then add them to my 'recipe book'.

What I was hoping for is a comprehensive 'US to UK cooking measurements' website that I could simply have in my 'Favourites' list and keep it open while I am busily reformatting US recipes into my Word layout.

Ideally I would have this new 'US to UK conversions' list constantly open and use it as an 'at a glance' ready reckoner as I convert recipes from US foodie sites.

That'd  be my ideal...but maybe it doesn't exist? 

Maybe I'll just have to stick to what you suggested and keep googling everything laboriously every time I needed another UK measurement equivalent...But I live in hope that someone can recommend one or two decent 'US to UK conversion sites' - especially ones  that have comprehensive lists of equivalents that I can use as an 'at a glance' ready-reckoner while I steal from US foodie sites.

Does that make it any clearer?

« Last Edit: 19 December, 2017, 12:33:00 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Hmm - slightly technical, but if you run a browser that supports extensions, and can install the Greasemonkey extension, then this script might sort you out for some of the units - but I'm not sure if it will go into teaspoons, cups and other exotic measures typically used in some recipes, although if you were a coder you might be able to modify the script itself.

Basically these scripts read the web-page as it comes in, looks for key words such as "miles per hour" an then attempts to find the number before it and then do a units conversion inline. Then they modify the web page you are reading with the new value.

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What I was hoping for is a comprehensive 'US to UK cooking measurements' website that I could simply have in my 'Favourites' list and keep it open while I am busily reformatting US recipes into my Word layout.

Ideally I would have this new 'US to UK conversions' list constantly open and use it as an 'at a glance' ready reckoner as I convert recipes from US foodie sites.



I Googled conversion chart dry measure and came up with this http://startcooking.com/measurement-and-conversion-charts
It doesn't contain every measure you'll come across but it probably covers most . I'm presuming you use metric measures for UK recipes . There's also links to other conversion web sites .
I suggest that rather than rely on a bookmark you make a screencap of the relevant information and keep at least two copies on a local drive .

BTW if you ever come across an Australian recipe that mentions tablespoons it should be mentioned that is four teaspoons (20ml) not two teaspoons as in the UK .
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I Googled conversion chart dry measure and came up with this http://startcooking.com/measurement-and-conversion-charts
It doesn't contain every measure you'll come across but it probably covers most . I'm presuming you use metric measures for UK recipes . There's also links to other conversion web sites .
I suggest that rather than rely on a bookmark you make a screencap of the relevant information and keep at least two copies on a local drive .

BTW if you ever come across an Australian recipe that mentions tablespoons it should be mentioned that is four teaspoons (20ml) not two teaspoons as in the UK .

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Exactly what I was looking for! Merry Christmas to you Cosmos and also thank you for your timely tip about Aussie tablespoons being twice the size of our scrawny UK ones. Any idea why tablespoons are so much bigger in Australia? Has it anything to do with gob size?
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