Most of us are aware that different measurement systems are used in different countries (such as Imperial, US Standard, and Metric), but many people may not know that different ways of measuring ingredients are also used. The most important difference one may encounter is whether dry ingredients are measured by weight (e.g. ounces, pounds, grams, kilograms) or by volume (e.g. tablespoons, cups, milliliters, liters).

For example, cooks in the United States tend to measure all ingredients by volume, while it is common in Europe to measure dry ingredients by weight and liquid ingredients by volume. Many other countries also use measuring devices with similar (and sometimes even identical) names, but which are actually different in size. Example—1 cup has the following equivalents: U.S. = 237 milliliters, U.K. = 284 milliliters, and Australia = 250 milliliters.

All of the recipes at Allrecipes use volume measurements for ingredients. The default measurement system is US Standard, but any recipe may be converted to a metric recipe by clicking on the “Metric” button located just below the recipe image, adding in the number of servings, and clicking Change. The metric version is an exact conversion of the recipe from US Standard volume measures to metric measures.

Although cooking is not an exact science, differences in measurement can make your dishes turn out less than perfect. So, there are two items cooks outside of the U.S. should note when accessing the fabulous recipes here on Allrecipes:

  1. If you are in the U.K, Australia or elsewhere, your measuring cups and spoons are larger than those used in US Standard measurements. Therefore it may be necessary to use a conversion table to get the correct equivalents for your measuring cups and spoons.
  2. If you are submitting a recipe, please let us know if you are using a measurement system other than US Standard.

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