Measurements & Conversions

Length and Distance

The United States uses the English system of weights and measures. The metric system is available, but is only very slowly being adopted. Check the table below for the more widely used standards.

US Lengths & Distance Measurements

Length & Distance Conversion


Measurements for recipes in the US are in terms of volume rather than weight for dry, as well as liquid ingredients. The standards of measure such as “teaspoon” or “cup” refer to cooking utensils you can buy at any supermarket. The terms do not refer to the common household teaspoon or cup.

Abbreviations Used in Cookbooks

Volume Conversion for Ingredients

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