Common Recipe Abbreviations & Measurement Conversions

Recipes are the heart of the food coming from all food trucks. Some are personally created, other are family recipes that have been paced on through the generations. These recipes are full of culinary codes like abbreviations and weird measurements (how big is a pinch?). Although some recipes spell out measurements, a lot of cookbooks use common recipe abbreviations and we frequently share food truck recipes in our recipe section as well.

We recently were asked by a reader to provide some definitions to the abbreviations we have used, so we thought we would put this quick chart together along with a chart which help convert these measurements into other measurement standards for those not familiar with them. You can find common abbreviations for measurements here, as well as conversions of various ingredient measurements.

Common Recipe Abbreviations & Measurement Conversions

This table lists common recipe abbreviations and what they stand for.

Common Abbreviations for Measurements

Abbreviation(s)What It Stands For
C, ccup
L, lliter
mL, mlmilliliter
t, tspteaspoon
T, TB, Tbl, Tbsptablespoon


This table lists common conversion measurements.

Converting Measurements

This Measurement . . .. . . Equals This Measurement
Pinch or dashless than 1/8 teaspoon
3 teaspoons1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons1 fluid ounce
1 jigger1 1/2 fluid ounces
4 tablespoons1/4 cup
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon1/3 cup
12 tablespoons3/4 cup
16 tablespoons1 cup
1 cup8 fluid ounces
2 cups1 pint or 16 fluid ounces
2 pints1 quart or 32 fluid ounces
4 quarts1 gallon


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2017-03-31T08:43:35+00:00By |Culinary Lessons|