Accurately measuring your ingredients, as stated in the recipe book, gives you an edge when cooking. There is no room for guesswork when it comes to baking or cooking. You need to get your measurement right to achieve better results.
You can end up wasting your time and making a mess in the kitchen when you do not measure your ingredients precisely. I have been in such a situation before, which was not a pleasant experience.
Having a single ingredient in surfeit can change your recipe into a different kind of dish. The best way to avoid such errors is by following the cooking recipe to the T.
Measuring your ingredients with accuracy makes a big difference in preparing delicious meals. For instance, when you add a pinch of more salt to your recipe, you may end up with salty food. This is easier to manage when you know the conversion. And it saves you from messing up a recipe.
System of Measurement
Different countries adopt different weight and volume measurements. And converting them in between your food preparation can be challenging.
There are two measuring systems employed in various parts of the world today. They are the imperial system of measurement and the metric system of measurement.
The imperial system of measurement is used in the UK and other British Commonwealth nations. Tablespoon and Ounce fall under the imperial system of measurement.
The Metric system of measurement, on the other hand, was developed in France and is commonly used in measuring. It is also the same as Système International, (S.I unit)
A tablespoon is a volume unit in the British imperial measurement system. It is used in measuring both liquid and dry ingredients. This is represented as either tbsp or tbs. A tablespoon is very handy, and a go-to unit of measurement.
A measuring tablespoon is different from a regular dining spoon. They both differ in capacity. In the United States, a tablespoon is the largest spoon for eating, but it is ideal for serving meals.
A tablespoon is easy to use and is a standard measurement for all ingredients, including pharmaceutical prescriptions. There are three ways to measure with a tablespoon flat or level, round and heaped. The size and shape of the tablespoon will determine how you measure.
Types Of Tablespoons
There are different types of a tablespoon. They vary in size and shape.
We have the UK tablespoon, the US tablespoon, the Australian tablespoon, and the regular dining tablespoon. The UK standard tablespoon is equivalent to 18ml, the US tablespoon is about 15ml, and the Australian is approximately 20ml.
The US tablespoon is the most commonly used measuring spoon. It is used for most modern dishes, and the UK is used for conventional British recipes.
An ounce is also a measure in the British imperial system. The name ounce is gotten from a Latin word, Onza. It is the smallest unit for measuring weight, volume, and mass. The symbol used in representing Ounce is either oz fl or fl oz.
Types of Ounce
There are two ways of measuring units in Ounce. We have a fluid ounce and dry Ounce. When measuring dry and liquid ingredients, the results are never the same. A cup of dry ingredients such as flour, powdered milk, sugar is equivalent to 4.5 ounces, and a cup of liquid ingredients such as water, oil, milk, equals 8 ounces.
The fluid Ounce is for measuring volume, which is the same as milliliters in the metric system of measurement. A dry ounce is for measuring weight, which is equivalent to grams in metric.
How Many Tablespoons In An Ounce?
The quantities of ingredients are specified in most recipes by either volume, number, or weight. Nowadays, most recipes come with the metric measurement, which is in gram. You rarely find a recipe in Ounce, but everyone has their way of measuring ingredients when cooking. You can decide to measure in volume or weight. However, some professional chefs prefer to measure volume than weight.
1 ounce equals 2 tablespoons. When measuring dry Ounce, the tablespoon must have a flat edge and well leveled.
You don’t have to heap the spoon when measuring dry ingredients, always level the ingredients in the spoon. For accuracy and precision, maintain a flat edge.
Liquid ingredients are weighed by volume. It is advisable to make use of cups when measuring liquids. There are various cups with engraved lines specifically designed for measuring.
When weighing liquid ingredients, ensure the tablespoon is full to the brim. One cup of liquid ingredients is equal to 8 fluid ounces or 16 tablespoons.
If you are not good with figures, you can get a conversion chart from any cooking shop or create your own. It is best to work with a conversion chart as a beginning to minimize inaccurate measurements.
Tablespoon to Ounce Conversion Chart
This will guide you in creating your conversion chat.
- 1/4 tablespoons = 1/8 ounce
- 1/2 tablespoons = 1/4 ounce
- 1 tablespoons = 1/2 ounce
- 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce
If you still don’t understand how this works, here is a breakdown of how the conversion works. It’s simple logic.
It would be best if you always remembered that two tablespoons are equal to an ounce. To convert a tablespoon to an ounce, you will need to divide the total number of tablespoons by two to get your Ounce.
- 1/2 tablespoon = 0.5 ounces which is the same as 1/2
To convert two tablespoons to an ounce.
- 2/2 tablespoons = 1 ounce
To convert four tablespoons to Ounce
- 4/2 tablespoons = 2 ounces
Before trying out new recipes, make sure you are conversant with these basic kitchen conversions to prevent substandard cooking meals. A slight mistake in measurement can affect the result greatly.
As a baker or chef, It is important to know these basic conversions, because the measurements used when writing a cookbook can vary depending on the author.
I hope this guides you in measuring precisely. With enough practice, you will be able to tell the number of tablespoons in an ounce without a guide.