Changing Portions or Servings

Changing Portions or Servings

To do Recipe Convenversion due to wanting to change portions or serving sizes of a Recipe first we note the portions/servings of the orignal recipe and the portions/serving of the new recipe we would like to make.

Recipe Conversion | Portion Sizes

In the example above, the Original Recipe has 10 Portions (Cookies) and the New Recipe has 15 Portions (Cookies).

Now we divide our New Recipe Portions by the Original Recipe Portions. So 15 / 10 = 1.5

Therefore to do the Recipe Conversion you need to multiply all the original recipe ingredient quantities by 1.5.

For example if the original recipe says 100 grams of sugar, then 100 grams multiplied by 1.5 = 150grams. So you need 150grams in your new recipe. As you can see Recipe Conversion for portions iszes is fairly simple.

Unit Conversion

Imperial to Metric and Metric to Imperial Weight Conversion

To convert weights and measures from Metric to Imperial or Imperial to Metric all we do is multiply by the appropriate factor. The table below shows the conversion factors to use.

To Convert Multiply By
Pounds (lb) to grams (g) 453.6
grams (g) to Pounds (lb) 0.002205
Pounds (lb) to KiloGrams (kg) 0.4536
kilograms (kg) to Pounds (lb) 2.205
Ounces (oz) to grams (g) 28.35
grams (g) to Ounces (oz) 0.03527

Example

To convert 4 pounds (lbs) to grams we multiply by 453.6 and get 1814.4 grams. (4 * 453.6 = 1814.4)

Things get a little tricky if you have a weight in pounds and ounces. First multiply the pounds value to grams, then multiply the ounces value
to grams and add the two results to get your final answer.

Imperial to Metric and Metric to Imperial Lengths

Occasionally you may need to do Recipe Conversion on lengths of ingredients. Here are the Conversion Factors

To Convert Multiply By
Inches (“) to Centimetres (cm) 2.54
Centimetres (cm) to Inches (“) 0.394
Inches (“) to MilliMetres (mm) 25.4
MilliMetres (mm) to Inches (“) 0.039

Make Recipes to Fit Pans, Tins and trays

Recipe conversion sometimes requires some simple mathematics. The mathematics of converting a square or circular baking tray or tin to a larger diameter aren’t so straight forward. To do this try of Recipe Conversion follow the simple steps outlined here.

Changing for Square or Rectangular Items

For Square or Rectangular Recipes the following Recipe Conversion can be used.

Note: This calculation assumes you want to keep the height/depth of the cake/pizza/loaf/whatever the same. If you do not you will have to further multiply by the depth also and think about changing cooking times.

Before we can do the Recipe Conversion we need to know the width and length of the original recipes tin/pan/pot and the width and length of the new recipes tin/pan/pot. The Width is across one side of the rectangle and the Length is across the other side of the rectangle, it doesn’t really matter which way round you measure it as long as you don’t measure the height.Recipe Conversion | Width Length

Recipe Conversion | Rectangles

Example

Original Recipe Length = 23 Inch, Width = 13 Inch

New Recipe Length = 28 Inch, Width = 15 Inch

All measurements must use the same measurment scale. The above example uses all inches.

The next stage of this Recipe Conversion is to calculate the area of each Recipes rectangle.

To calculate the area we simply multiply the Length by the Width (Area = Length * Width)

So the Orignal Area will be 23 * 13 = 299

We now calculate the area of the New Recipe, this will be 28 * 15 = 420

And next we divide our new area by the old area. 420 / 299 = 1.4

Therefore to do the Recipe Conversion you need to multiply the Original Recipe quantity by 1.4.

For example if the Original Recipe says 100grams of Sugar. Then 100grams * 1.4 = 140grams. So you need 140grams in your new recipe.

Changing the Recipe for Circular Items

For Cakes and Pizza the following can be used.

This calculation assumes you want to keep the height/depth of the cake/pizza/loaf/whatever the same. If you do not you will have to further multiply by the depth also and think about changing cooking times.

Before we can do this Recipe Conversion we need to know the diameter of the original recipe and the diameter of the new recipe. The Diameter is the distance across the widest part of the circle.

Recipe Conversion | Circular Conversion

Example

Original Recipe Diameter = 9 Inch

New Recipe Diameter = 12 Inch

The next stage of this Recipe Conversion is to calculate the area of each Recipe.

To calculate the area we multiply the diameter by p (Area = Diameter * p)

Don’t be scared by the mathematical symbol p. The p is just the symbol for pi (no not pie but pi). Pi or p is just a mathematical constant. This means it has a value and pi’s value is 3.142 (well thats not exact but it will do for Recipe Conversion purposes). So back to calculating we replace pi or p with 3.142.

Recipe Area = Diameter * 3.142

So the Orignal Pizza Area will be 9 * 3.142 = 28.278

We now calculate the area our new recipe will have. 12 * 3.142 = 37.704

And next we divide our new area by the old area. 37.704 / 28.278 = 1.333

Therefore to do the Recipe Conversion you need to multiply the Original Recipe quantity by 1.333.

For example if the Original Recipe says 100grams of Sugar. Then 100grams * 1.33 = 133grams. So you need 133grams in your new recipe. Just multiply all the other ingredients in the same way to finsih your Recipe Conversion.

Country Difference Conversions

Recipe Conversion is sometimes required because some countries measures are different even though they have the same name. For example US Pints and fluid ounces are different to British pints and fluid ounces. The table below lists the differences in countries weights and measures.Recipe Conversion | Country Differences

Measure Australia Canada UK USA
Teaspoon 5 ml 4.93 ml
Dessertspoon 10 ml
Tablespoon 20 ml 15 ml 14.79 ml
Fluid ounce 28.41 ml 29.57 ml
Cup 250 ml 284.1 ml 236.59 ml
Pint 568.26 ml 473.18 ml
Quart 1136.52 ml 946.35 ml
Gallon 4546.09 ml 3785.41 ml

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Recipe Conversion | US to British and British to US quick conversions.

Many US and British recipes give measurements in metric ml, in which case Recipe Conversion is not needed.

The US fluid ounce is only a little different to the US fluid ounce so for most recipes Recipe Conversion is unnecessary and they can be considered the same.

The US teaspoon and tablespoons are only a little different to the British metric teaspoon and tablespoons so again for most recipes Recipe Conversion is unnecessary and they can be considered the same. The only issue here is if the units are actually imperial tablespoon (17.7581714 ml) or imperial teaspoon (5.91939047 ml).

US and British pints do differ quite a lot, US=473.18 mL British=568.26 ml. The table below shows the direct conversion factors to use.

To Convert Multiply By
US pints to British pints 1.2
British pints to US pints 0.83

The US cup is 8 US fluid ounces (fl oz) or 236.59 ml. The British cup is 10 British fluid ounces (fl oz) or 284.1 ml. Therefore the British cup is approximately one fifth greater than the US equivalent. The table below shows the conversion factors to use to directly convert between the two.

To Convert Multiply By
US Cups to British Cups 1.2
British Cups to US Cups 0.83

So the Recipe Conversion for a British recipe containing 5 British Cups would equal 5 * 0.83 = 4.15. Recipe Conversion need not be this exact so we just say 4 and a bit cups.

Change to More Useful Units

Recipe Conversion

This Recipe Conversion method will allow you to convert any weight/mass, volume or length ingredient unit into any other ingredient unit. The method works by giving you the conversion factor for a common unit (metric), you can then convert from that unit back into any other unit.

Recipe Conversion | Weight / Mass Conversion

To convert any Weight measure in to any other other weight measure first convert it to grams and then convert it to the desired unit.

To Convert Multiply By
kilograms (kg) to grams (g) 1000
Pounds (lb) to grams (g) 453.59
milligrams (mg) to grams (g) 0.001
Ounces (oz) to grams (g) 28.35
To Convert Multiply By
grams (g) to kilograms (kg) 0.001
grams (g) to Pounds (lb) 0.0022046
grams (g) to milligrams (mg) 1000
grams (g) to Ounces (oz) 0.0352740

Example: To convert 10 Pounds (lb) to milligrams (mg) using this method, first convert 10 Pounds to grams, 10 * 453.59 = 4535.9 Next convert 4535.9 grams into milligrams, 4535.9*1000 = 4535900mg.

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Recipe Conversion | Length Conversion

To convert any length measure into any other other length measure first convert it to grams and then convert it to the desired unit.

To Convert Multiply By
metres (m) to millimetres (mm) 0.001
centimetres (cm) to millimetres (mm) 10
Inches (“) to millimetres (mm) 25.4
To Convert Multiply By
millimetres (mm) to metres (m) 1000
millimetres (mm) to centimetres (cm) 0.1
millimetres (mm) to Inches (“) 0.0393701

Example: To convert 10 Inches (“) to metres (m) using this method, first convert 10 Inches to millimetres, 10 * 25.4 = 254.0 Next convert 254 millimetres into metres, 254*0.001 = 0.254metres.

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Recipe Conversion | Volume Conversion

To convert any volume measure into any other other volume measure first convert it to millilitres and then convert it to the desired unit.

To Convert Multiply By
litres (l) to millilitres (ml) 1000
teaspoons (tsp) to millilitres (ml) 5
tablespoons (tbsp) to millilitres (ml) 15
UK Fluid Ounces (fl oz) to millilitres (ml) 28.41
US Fluid Ounces (fl oz) to millilitres (ml) 29.57
Gills to millilitres (ml) 142.07
UK Cups (c) to millilitres (ml) 284.1
US Cups (c) to millilitres (ml) 236.59
UK Pints (pnt) to millilitres (ml) 568.26
US Pints (pnt) to millilitres (ml) 473.18
UK Quarts to millilitres (ml) 1136.52
US Quarts to millilitres (ml) 946.35
UK Gallons (gal) to millilitres (ml) 4546.09
US Gallons (gal) to millilitres (ml) 3785.41
DeciLitres (dl) to millilitres (ml) 100
To Convert Multiply By
millilitres (ml) to litres (l) 0.001
millilitres (ml) to teaspoons (tsp) 0.1689363
millilitres (ml) to tablespoons (tbsp) 0.0563121
millilitres (ml) to UK Fluid Ounces (fl oz) 0.0351951
millilitres (ml) to US Fluid Ounces (fl oz) 0.0338181
millilitres (ml) to Gills 0.0070390
millilitres (ml) to UK Cups (c) 0.0035198
millilitres (ml) to US Cups (c) 0.0042268
millilitres (ml) to UK Pints (Pnt) 0.0017598
millilitres (ml) to US Pints (Pnt) 0.0021133
millilitres (ml) to UK Quarts 0.0008799
millilitres (ml) to US Quarts 0.0010566
millilitres (ml) to UK Gallons 0.0002191
millilitres (ml) to US Gallons 0.0002617
millilitres (ml) to decilitre (dl) 0.01

Example: To convert 1 UK pint to litres (l) using this method, first convert 1 UK Pint to millilitres, 1 * 568.26 = 568.26 Next convert 568.26 millilitres into litres, 568.26*0.001 = 0.56826 litres.

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Conversion of Oven Temperatures

Recipe Conversion is sometimes needed when you want to change from on type of oven temperature to another. There are 3 popular types of oven temperature settings used, Gas Mark, degrees Farenheit (°F) and degrees Celsius (°C).
Recipe Conversion | Oven Temperatures
To convert from degrees Farenheit (°F) to degrees Celsius (°C), you need to do the following calculation.

Tc = (5/9)*(Tf-32)

Tc is the temperature in degrees Celsius (°C) and Tf is the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (°F)

To convert from degrees Celsius (°C) to degrees Farenheit (°F) , you need to do the following calculation.

Tf = (9/5)*Tc+32

Tc is the temperature in degrees Celsius (°C) and Tf is temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (°F)

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Recipe Conversion | Simple Oven Temperature Conversion

Neither calculation is particularly easy and for Recipe Conversion we don’t need to be so precise. Therefore we suggest you use the following tables conversions which also includes Gas Mark settings.

Gas Mark °C °F
1 140°C 275°F
2 150°C 300°F
3 170°C 325°F
4 180°C 350°F
5 190°C 375°F
6 200°C 400°F
7 220°C 425°F
8 230°C 450°F
9 240°C 475°F

For values not listed in the table use your own judgement to do the Recipe Conversion.

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