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Feb 27, 2014 06:48 AM

What do these US measures mean in the UK

I have recently downloaded an American recipe which refers to quantities as c (presumably cups), t's and T's. Are the t's meaning teaspoons and the T's meaning tablespoons or is it something else? Thanks

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  1. Yes..small t is teaspoons.big T tablespoons.and c is cup

    1. Depending on the recipe and quantities - a quick google search showed:

      Amount: 1 tablespoon US (tbsp) in volume
      Equals: 0.83 tablespoons U.K. (tbsp Imperial)

      So I guess we do everything a little larger here in the US as well . . . .

      9 Replies
      1. re: thimes

        The Imperial tablespoon is larger.

        1. re: GH1618

          just saw that from another source, was going to come back and repost . . . gotta love the internet for all its "accuracy" :)

          1. re: thimes

            You first post was accurate in the numbers, but incorrect in your interpretation.

        2. re: thimes

          A further issue might be that here in the UK a tablespoon is pretty big, and used for serving. A dessertspoon is the one used for shoving cereal or ice-cream into ones gob, and I may be wrong, but I get the impression that our US amigos call this a tablespoon.

          1. re: Robin Joy

            In a recipe, the terms do not refer to spoons used at the table but to calibrated measuring spoons. There is only a rough correspondence to tableware.

            1. re: GH1618

              I just grab a spoon from the drawer. Mind you, my tablespoons vary quite a lot in capacity, so I tend to select according to whether I feel the need for more or less of an ingredient. Non liquids always seem to end up a bit more heaped than they should be!

          2. re: thimes

            To help define a US tablespoon:
            1 cup = 16 tablespoons

            1. re: PamelaD

              or 1 US tablespoon = 0.5 fl oz = ~15ml
              and as Harters pointed out below, a UK T = 17ml (thanks for the correction)

              1. re: caganer

                UK tablespoon is 17ml (according to Google) - not that I've ever actually measured one . Difference in immaterial to any recipe.

            1. Thanks everyone - I will get cooking ....