How to Calculate Liquid Measurements

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Calculate liquid measurements (volume) by applying basic mathematics operations of multiplication, division to fractions and whole numbers. Customary liquid measurement units include teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces, cups, pints, quarts and gallons. Figuring out how to convert these units helps accommodate cooking and baking needs that call for a greater or smaller number of servings than noted on the original recipe. Understanding how many units of each form of measurement is within larger units assists in determining correct conversions. Using a liquid measurement conversion chart, while preparing ingredients, provides a visual aid for converting recipe amounts.

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  • Calculate that 3 tsp. are in 1 tbsp. Multiply tablespoon measurements by 3 to find out how many teaspoons a recipe calls for. For example, 2 tbsp. times 3 tsp., per tbsp., equals 6 tsp.

  • Multiply fluid ounces by two to find out how many tbsp. per measurement. For instance 4 fl. oz. times 2 tbsp. per fluid ounce equals 8 tbsp.

  • Calculate that 1 cup equals 8 fl. oz. Divide your total amount of ounces by 8 to find out how many cups it is worth. Multiply your cup amount by 8 to discover how many ounces.

  • Understand there are 2 cups for every 1 pt. Divide your total cup amount by two to find how many pints it is equivalent to. Reverse the conversion by multiplying your total pint amount by 2 to find the total amount of cups.

  • Calculate that 2 pints are equivalent to 1 quart. Multiply quart amounts by 2 to find out how many pints. Divide pint amount by 2 to find out how many quarts.

  • Know that there are 4 qt. for every 1 gallon. Divide the total quart amount by 4 to find out how many gallons it is equivalent to. Multiply gallons by four to find the quart equivalent.

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