Ingredient Conversions and Equivalents

January 17, 2018 1 Comment

Food Ingredient Conversions and Equivalents

How to Convert Ingredients for Your Favorite Recipes

Let’s face it, there are many times you’re prepping your ingredients to make a meal and realize you have the ingredients you need but they are not in the format required by the recipe. For example, the recipe may need 1-1/2 pounds cooked spinach but they don’t tell you how much raw spinach you need to start with to get to the cooked amount.

Or how about eggs? They come in all sorts of sizes and in many recipes, it doesn’t matter if you use a medium sized egg versus a jumbo egg except when it comes to baking where you need exact ingredients amounts or face all sorts of issues.

I much prefer when a recipe says to use 1 medium yellow onion instead of 1 cup chopped but that’s not usually the case. Most recipes I see give you the amounts in cups, tablespoons, weight but this chart should help with these decisions.  Did you know it takes about 3 medium sized bananas to produce 1 cup of mashed bananas?  Or 1 pound of cheese to produce 4 cups grated cheese?

Let’s Get Started

I’m not sure the best way to arrange these ingredients. I started out thinking by importance but that is so subjective so I opted for a to z. I’ll be adding to this list as I find new conversions but this is a great start.

Be sure to check out some of my other important kitchen conversions.

  INGREDIENT   CONVERSION
1 pound almonds unshelled 1 1/2 cups whole shelled almonds or 6 ounces
1 pound shelled almonds 3 cups or 3 1/3 cups chopped almonds
1 cup slivered almonds 4 ounces of almonds
1 1/2 cups almond flour 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 medium apple 1 1/3 cup apple slices or 3/4 cup grated
1 large apple 2 cups apple slices or 1 1/4 cups grated
1 pound fresh asparagus 16 to 20 spears
1 pound fresh asparagus 3 cups trimmed or 2 1/2 cups cooked
8 slices cooked bacon 1/2 cup crumbled
1 medium banana 2/3 cups sliced
2 medium bananas 1 cup diced bananas
3 medium bananas 1 cup mashed banana
1 pound dried bananas 4 1/2 cups sliced
1 bunch of basil 2.5 ounces on average
1 bunch of basil 1 cup of packed basil leaves
1 bunch of basil 1 cup of chopped basil leaves
1 cup soft bread crumbs 3 slices bread
1 stick of butter 4 ounces or 1/2 cup
1 stick of butter 1/4 pound or 8 tablespoons
1 tablespoon butter 1/2 ounce of butter
1 lb. raw cabbage 4 cups shredded
1 pound hard cheese 4 cups grated cheese
1 pound cottage cheese 2 cups cottage cheese
1 pound American cheese 20 slices
1 pound cherries 2 1/2 cups pitted cherries
3/4 lb. boneless chicken breasts yields 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
4 ounces raw chicken yields 3 ounces cooked chicken
2 cups chocolate chips 12 ounces chocolate chips
2 medium ears of corn 1 cup kernals
1 cup whipping cream 2 cups whipped
1 pint pitted dates 6 cups chopped
1 lb. dates with pits 1 1/2 cups chopped
1 small egg 1.25 ounces per egg or 2.5 tablespoons
1 medium egg 1.5 ounces per egg or 3 tablespoons
1 large egg 1.625 ounces per egg or 3 1/4 tablespoons
1 extra large egg 2 ounces per egg or 4 tablespoons
1 jumbo egg 2.25 ounces per egg or 4 1/2 tablespoons
1 cup egg whites 8 – 10 large egg whites
1 cup egg yolks 12 – 14 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon fresh herbs 1 teaspoon dried herbs
1 pound lemons 4 to 5 lemons
1 lemon 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon 1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 lemon 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
1 medium onion 3/4 cup chopped onion
1 pound onions 3 cups chopped onion
1 cup pasta uncooked 2 2/3 cups cooked pasta
1 pound peas in a pod 1 cup shelled peas
1 medium bell pepper 1 cup chopped
1 cup white rice uncooked 3 cups cooked
1 pound fresh spinach 1 1/2 cups cooked
1 pound brown sugar 2 2/3 cups
1 pound tomatoes 1 1/2 cups chopped

 

 

Last modified on Wed 17 January 2018 3:50 pm

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  1. Tom says:

    This is why I generally prefer recipes using weights rather than volumes or pieces, especially for baking.

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