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.
|Abbreviation(s)||What It Stands For|
|T, TB, Tbl, Tbsp||tablespoon|
This table lists common conversion measurements.
|This Measurement . . .||. . . Equals This Measurement|
|Pinch or dash||less than 1/8 teaspoon|
|3 teaspoons||1 tablespoon|
|2 tablespoons||1 fluid ounce|
|1 jigger||1 1/2 fluid ounces|
|4 tablespoons||1/4 cup|
|5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon||1/3 cup|
|12 tablespoons||3/4 cup|
|16 tablespoons||1 cup|
|1 cup||8 fluid ounces|
|2 cups||1 pint or 16 fluid ounces|
|2 pints||1 quart or 32 fluid ounces|
|4 quarts||1 gallon|