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Dec 2, 2007 12:16 AM

Need definition of "dl" as measurement

Am new to downloading recipes and am finding that several recipes use dl as an amount in their ingredient list. Still learning to research for answers. Any help either with a direct answer or a search reccomendation will be appreciated. Louisiana Lady

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  1. 1 deciliter = 10 ml so if you have dl in the recipe and want to measure in milliliters, just multiply by 10.


    100 deciliters = 1 liter so if you have dl and want to measure in liters, divide by 100 to get to liters.

    hope that helps!

    9 Replies
    1. re: Emme

      1 deciliter is one-tenth (*not* one-hundredth) of a liter:
      10 deciliters = 1 liter
      1 deciliter = 100 milliliters

      1. re: zerlina

        Thanks, zerlina! Saves me from correcting the arithmetic without citing a URL.

        1. re: zerlina

          Thank you. I have accessed the site given and that led me to more sites. Appreciate the help. My next mission is to find and buy UK products lik measuring jugs and measuring spoons, and scales that do not require conversion when using UK originated, un-converted recipes. So far I am hitting a stone wall because of "3rd party" vendors restrictions. Any sources or suggestions on this dilemma?

          1. re: Louisiana Lady

            Do conversions in Google and then write them down in the cookbook when you make a recipe. Seriously. You can put into your Google search something like "15 ml in tbsp" and it will spit out exactly how many tablespoons you would need to make 15 milliliters of liquid.

            Incidentally, 15 milliliters is 1.014 tablespoons. At that point you're safe enough to round and say there's 15 ml to the tbsp, with 240 ml making 1 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon.

            1. re: Louisiana Lady

              "My next mission is to find and buy UK products lik measuring jugs and measuring spoons, and scales that do not require conversion when using UK originated, un-converted recipes."

              These days I think you'd be hard pressed to find measuring spoons/cups that are not "bilingual" US and metric. Finding things that measure in the old Imperial units would be harder, but I don't see many recipes like that these days. (Imperial pints and gallons are slightly bigger than the US versions.) For that matter, I think most newer scales also have metric readings so that shouldn't be much trouble either.
              Measurements like teaspoons and tablespoons are the same anyway, and the only weirdness you might encounter is the "dessert spoon" concept which, IIRC, is considered to be equal to 2 teaspoons.

              1. re: MikeG

                UK and North American teaspoons and tablespoons are NOT the same volumes, something which will make a decided difference in baking recipes re leavening. This URL shows conversions; the other conversion links are useful, too (e.g., comparing US 8 oz liquid cups with their UK and Australian counterparts, which aren't quite the same):

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  I stand corrected, I must've seen something to the effect they're virtually the same, which they seem to be. Tthe difference is even slighter than that reference suggests according to this calculator ( ) - 1 US tsp for example equals .98 British tsp, a lot less of an apparent difference. Makes sense, though, their ounce is based on a 20th of a 20 oz pint, ours, a 1/16th of a US pint, but it is a small, fractional difference. Then there's also this "universal" teaspoon that seems to have sprung up lately, reverse-engineered from a metric 5ml unit, so who know knows these days? I think even for baking it's not likely to matter as long as the ingredients are comparable, as someone else mentions. I just don't see there being much functional difference between 1 tsp/.98 tsp /5 ml ? Certainly not for yeast baking and even chemical leavening isn't that hypersensitive.

              2. re: Louisiana Lady

                For liquid measure Pyrex jugs have metric (liter) markings as well as ounce markings. The British do not use standard measuring spoons and dry measure cups as we do in the US. When a recipe calls for a teaspoon of something it means the spoon you use to stir your tea. A Tablespoon is a spoon a bit bigger than a desert spoon. Spoon measures are described as scant, level, rounded or heaped. Rather than using cup measures British recipes use weights - either ounces or grams. Older recipes are often given in both units (really old recipes only have ounce measures) but newer recipes are often given solely in metric measurements.
                In cooking it is generally pretty easy to convert recipes but baking not so much. The way baking ingredients are produced in Europe (especially flour and yeast) is different from the way they are here and baking recipes often don't work out once you cross the ocean in either direction.

              3. re: zerlina

                yes i apologize... it was late... i meant to explain that it goes liter, deciliter, centiliter, milliliter in terms of progressing by tens getting smaller... note to self: no math past midnight... my apologies, as ironically math is my strong suit :-)

            2. By my calculation 1 teaspoon = approx 5 mL, so 1 deciliter (aka 100 mL) is equal to:
              20 teaspoons which is equal to:

              1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons!