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Standard Australian Cooking Measurements

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Standard Australian Cooking Measurements
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When it comes to measuring ingredients, Australian and New Zealand cooks love our cups. With the internet opening up access to recipes from all over the world, you need to be sure you are using the right cup. Here is a basic guide to weights and measures used in Australian and New Zealand cooking to help you measure it all up.
The Right Cup
The standard cup used in Australian and NZ Cooking is 250ml, the standard metric cup. Australian and NZ cooking cup measurements are rounded out in the following way.

Metric Cups and Spoons
Cups Millilitres
1 cup 250ml
3/4 cup 190 ml
2/3 cup 170 ml
1/2 cup 125ml
1/3 cup 80ml
1/4 cup 60ml
1 tablespoon 20ml
1 teaspoon 5ml
1 dessertspoon = 2 teaspoons
When measuring other ingredients, the weight amount will be affected by the density of the ingredients – for example 1 cup of flour will weigh a lot more than 1 cup of Rice Bubbles.

Common Ingredient 1 Cup Conversions
Ingredient Weight
Plain or SR Flour 125gm
White Sugar, Caster Sugar 220g
Brown Sugar, lightly packed 155g
Icing Sugar 155g
Honey 350g
Golden Syrup 350g
Desiccated Coconut 90g
Rolled Oats 90g
Sultanas 160g
Slivered Almonds 125g
Walnuts 125g
Dates (chopped) 155g
Cornflakes 30g
Rice Bubbles 20g
Breadcrumbs (dry) 125g
Breadcrumbs (soft) 60g
Grated Cheese (cheddar, tasty, Parmesan) 125g
Rice 155g
Lentils 185g
Couscous 190g
Cups around the world
The U.S. cup is 240 ml, close enough to do a cup to cup conversion except in critical baking recipes.
The U.K cup is 225ml, enough of a difference to do conversion calculations in any baking recipe.
Online cooking conversion sites can help you with any critical conversions you need to make.
We do just about everything in cups – except butter! Found a recipe that has butter or margarine in cups? Here's the weigh out.

Butter and Margarine Conversions
Cup Weight
1 cup butter or margarine 250g
3/4 cup butter or margarine 185g
1/2 cup butter or margarine 125g
1/3 cup butter or margarine 80g
1/4 cup butter or margarine 60g
3 tablespoons butter or margarine 60g
I tablespoon butter or margarine 20g
1 teaspoon butter or margarine 5g
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  • Thank you for this my scales broke
    Posted: 22 May 2017 Easy

    Comment: Heatherbee

    Thank you so much my scales broke
    Posted: 22 May 2017

    Comment: Tom31

    Try pouring 100ml of fluid from one jug into another five times and see how much you finish up with!
    Posted: 04 May 2017


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