**Knowing how to convert basic measurements is a helpful skill to have, particularly when it comes to cooking and baking in your kitchen! For example, when you know that 32 ounces is equal to 4 cups, you can easily figure out how much of an ingredient you need, regardless of how something is labeled. Since we know that there are 8 ounces in 1 cup, all we need to do is multiply both of those numbers by four to get 32 ounces in 4 cups.**

While many countries around the world use the metric measurement system, the United States mainly uses the Imperial system of measuring. The Imperial system uses units of measurements including teaspoon, tablespoon, ounce, cup, pint, quart, and gallon when measuring the volume of something. When measuring weight, this system mostly uses ounces and pounds.

It can be handy to keep a conversion chart in your kitchen if you do a lot of cooking or baking–that way you don’t have to do calculations every time but instead just consult the chart. Some people like to keep these charts in their recipe books or taped to the inside of a kitchen cupboard. Anything that makes things easier in the kitchen is useful!

**How Many Ounces Are In A Pint?**

**There is a simple way to figure out how many ounces are in a pint. If you know that there are 8 ounces in a cup and that there are 2 cups in a pint, all you need to do is multiply 8 by 2. This tells you that there are 16 ounces in a pint.**

Cartons of ice cream are often measured in pints. Let’s say you have a container of ice cream that is 4 pints and you want to know how many 1-cup servings you can get out of it. Since there are 2 cups in a pint, you can multiply 4 by 2 to find that there are 8 cups.

Some types of fruit are also commonly measured in pints, for example, blueberries or strawberries. Maybe you are making jam and your recipe requires 16 cups of berries–how do you know how many pints to buy? Simply divide 16 by 2 to see that you will need 8 pints of berries to make your jam.

**How Many Cups Are In A Quart?**

**Calculating how many cups are in a quart is easy. We know that there are 2 cups in a pint and that there are 2 pints in a quart. Thus, we can multiply 2 by 2 to find out there are 4 cups in a quart.**

Yogurt is often sold in containers that measure one quart and a serving size of yogurt is usually half a cup. How many servings would be in a quart of yogurt? Since we know there are 4 cups in a quart, we would just divide 4 by 0.5 to see that there are 8 half-cup servings in a quart of yogurt.

Milk is sometimes sold in a quart-size container as well. Let’s say you are making homemade pudding and your recipe calls for 48 ounces of milk. Well, we know there are 8 ounces in 1 cup, and that there are 4 cups in a quart. If we multiply 4 by 8 we would find out that there are 32 ounces in a quart, which means you would need one and a half quarts for your pudding recipe.

**How Many Ounces Are In A Gallon?**

**To figure out how many ounces are in a gallon, start by converting to a smaller measurement first. There are 8 ounces in a cup and we know that a gallon has 16 cups. By multiplying these numbers together, we find that there are 128 ounces in a gallon. This is also equivalent to 4 quarts or 8 pints.**

Not very many recipes are going to have ingredients measured by the gallon unless you are cooking for a very large group or a restaurant! But gallons are also used to measure things besides food, like gasoline for example. If you wanted to figure out how many ounces were in 5 gallons of gasoline, just multiply 5 by 128 to see that this equals 640 ounces of gasoline.

Paint is usually sold in gallon containers as well. Let’s say you’re setting up some type of painting project for a kindergarten class and you will need 1 cup of paint for every student–how many gallons would you need to buy? Since there are 16 cups per gallon, you would need to buy 2 gallons of paint if you had 32 kids in the class.

**How Many Ounces Are in A Pound?**

**Ounces are commonly used to measure things by volume, as in the examples above, however, you can also use ounces to measure the weight of something. The most common conversion you would need to do would be ounces to pounds or pounds to ounces. If you know that there are 16 ounces in a pound, you can do conversions easily.**

A lot of produce is sold by the pound, for instance, potatoes, carrots, apples, oranges, and bananas. If you buy a 10-pound bag of potatoes, you could multiply 10 by 16 to learn that you have 160 ounces of potatoes. Similarly, a 3-pound bag of apples could be converted to ounces by multiplying 3 by 16 to get 48 ounces.

You can also do this conversion the opposite way if you only know how many ounces you have but need to convert to pounds. Let’s say you have 32 ounces of butter and need to figure out how many pounds that is. Just divide 32 by 16 to see that you have 2 pounds of butter.

**How Many Teaspoons Are In An Ounce?**

**It is also handy to know how to convert tablespoons and teaspoons since these are common units of measurement for cooking and baking. Ingredients that are used in smaller quantities, such as vanilla extract, honey, molasses, or oil are usually measured in teaspoons, tablespoons, or ounces. **

We can easily make these calculations by starting with the fact that one ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. Thus, if your recipe says that you need 3 ounces of oil you can multiply 3 by 2 to see that you need 6 tablespoons of oil. Similarly, if you need one ounce of honey that would be the same as 2 tablespoons of honey.

To convert tablespoons to teaspoons, you multiply by 3. One tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. If we know that one ounce is equal to 2 tablespoons, we can also see that one ounce of vanilla extract would be the same as 6 teaspoons of vanilla.

**Final Thoughts**

Being able to convert various units of measurement will make things easier for you when preparing food in your kitchen. You can use a conversion chart or make the calculations yourself to figure out how many cups, pints, quarts, gallons, or ounces you have when measuring the volume of something. When it comes to weight, pounds and ounces are the two measurements you will use when measuring ingredients for cooking and baking.