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Scottish Recipes weights and measures conversion
Food Guide

Recipes are often (for obvious reasons) written in the standard weights and measures of their originating country. In order to make this as generic as possible and to allow the use of the recipes on this site, the equivalent US expression for a number of UK/Scottish words are often given, side by side. The following is also a list of commonly used terms. The list is by no means comprehensive but shoud be bale to answer most questions.Measurements are shown first, Ingredients are further down the page, followed by cooking utensils and methods.


Measurements (British, metric and US)

  • 4 ounces flour = 125g = One cup
  • 8 ounces flour = 250g = Two cups
  • 4 ounces oatmeal = 124g = One cup (scant)
  • 4 ounces butter and other fats, including cheese = 125g = One stick
  • 8 ounces butter and other fats, including cheese = 250g = One cup
  • 7 ounces caster/granulated sugar = 200g = One cup
  • 8 ounces caster/granulated sugar = 250g = One and a quarter cups
  • 8 ounces meat (chopped/minced/ground) = 250g = One cup
  • One ounce (1oz) = One rounded tablespoon
  • One tablespoon of liquid = 3 teaspoons
  • One teaspoon liquid = 5ml
  • One tablespoon liquid = 15ml
  • 8 tablespoons = 4 fluid ounces = 100ml = Half cup
  • 8 fluid ounces = 250ml = One cup (Half a US pint)
  • Half pint/10 fluid ounces = 300ml = One and a quarter cups (scant)
  • Three quarters of a pint/15 fluid ounces = 450 ml =Two cups (scant) or one US pint
  • One pint/20 fluid ounces = 600ml = Two and a half cups

Ingredients

  • Bacon rashers = Bacon slices
  • Bicarbonate of soda = Baking soda
  • Biscuits = Crackers/cookies
  • Broad beans = Lima beans
  • Cake mixture = Cake batter
  • Caster sugar = Granulated sugar
  • Celery stick = Celery stalk
  • Chipolata sausages = Cocktail sausages
  • Cornflour = Cornstarch
  • Chips = French fried potatoes
  • Creamed potatoes = Mashed potatoes
  • Crisps = Potato chips
  • Demerara sugar = Light brown sugar
  • Dessicated coconut = Flaked coconut
  • Digestive biscuits = Graham crackers
  • Double cream = Whipping cream
  • Essence = Extract
  • Farls = Quarters
  • Fats = Shortening
  • Flaked almonds = Slivered almonds
  • Frosting sugar = Powdered sugar
  • Glace = Candied
  • Golden syrup = Light corn syrup
  • Hough = Shank of beef
  • Icing = Frosting
  • Jam = Preserves
  • Mince/minced beef = Ground beef
  • Mixed spices = Allspice
  • Nub of butter = Pat of butter
  • Ratafia biscuits = Almond flavoured cookies/dried macaroons
  • Salt beef = Corned beef brisket
  • Self raising flour = All-purpose flour with baking powder
  • Single cream = Light cream
  • Soft brown sugar = Light brown sugar
  • Spring onion = Scallion/green onion
  • Stewing steak = Braising beef
  • Stoned raisins = Seedless raisins
  • Strong plain flour = Unbleached white flour
  • Sultanas = Seedless black raisins
  • Treacle = Molasses
  • Wholemeal = Wholewheat

Utensils and Methods

  • Ashet = Meat dish
  • Baking tray = Cookie sheet
  • Case = pie shell
  • Fry = Pan Fry (with fat)
  • Frying pan = Skillet
  • Girdle = Griddle
  • Grate = Shred
  • Greaseproof paper = Vegetable parchment or waxed paper
  • Grill = Broil
  • Jelly bag = Layers of cheesecloth
  • Knead = Punch down
  • Knock Back = Punch down
  • Large pot = Dutch oven or a deep cooking utensil with a tight fitting lid
  • Liquidizer = Blender
  • Mince = Grind
  • Polythene = Plastic wrap
  • Pudding cloth = Cheesecloth
  • Roasting tin = Roasting pan with rack
  • Sandwich tins = Round-layer pans
  • Sieve = Sift
  • Tartlet tin = Muffin pan
  • Vegetable mill = Food mill
  • Whisk = Beat/whip