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I know this post hasn't been used in over a year, but I'm having some questions regarding converting from metric.  I've googled all kinds of conversion charts and read a couple postings here on CC, but am still confused somewhat.  First, how in the heck do you convert milliliters to teaspoons?  I've looked all over and can find all kinds of conversions from grams to ounces, etc., but nothing that shows very small amounts measured in milliliters (for instance, 1 ml of cardamom....it converts to .202 of an ounce.  The scale I have goes between pounds and kilograms, ounces and grams, but when it measures the ounces, it measures out in fractions, i.e., 2 3/8, not 2.202.  I am soooooo bad with math (never, never one of my favorite subjects and now I find myself using it all the time with cooking and baking!!!)!  I also thought liquid was measured different than grams. but the recipe I want to try has milk measured out in grams.  My measuring cups do liters or mililiters other than cups or ounces.  I'm having a really hard time converting this recipe I want to try.  I'm going to look further, but was wondering if any of you know of a really good place to go for the information, or a book or something that explains these conversions pretty well.  I've been measuring more in weight this past year, but it is hard to figure out exactly what amounts to use on some of these.  The scale I have is an Oxo that was very highly recommended and I love the scale, but am still needing a bit of help in the conversion area.  Any help any of you can provide will be very greatly appreciated.

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1 teaspoon = 5 ml

1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 15 ml

For liquids you can use grams or ml almost interchangeably. 100ml weighs 100 grams. This is correct for water. For other liquids this isn't exactly accurate as it depends on density, but it's close enough for something like milk.

Hope that helps

And a dessert spoon is 10ml (ie 2 x teaspoons)

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What is the recipe?

It's for muffins, not cake.  The muffin mix is:

180 g chai tea (brewed stronger than normal)

20 g milk

125 f butter

60 g walnuts

1 apple

1 ml cardamon

1 ml cinnamon

240 g plain flour

90 g light brown muscovado sugar

90 g regular suger

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

It has an oat crumble topping:

50 g cold butter

40 g plain flour

40 g oats

In the UK, this is a typical recipe...  we don't "do" cups at all! LOL!!

I'd use ml for the tea and milk....

Only thing I would query is 1ml of cardamon and cinnamon...  that's such a tiny amount!!!!  I'd probably do about half a teaspoon (2.5ml)

BTW, baking powder isn't the same as baking soda (not teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, but just in case it's a UK recipe, some things can get 'lost in translation'! LOL)

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I just use what ever method the recipe uses so I have cups, spoons, and digital scales that does oz's and grams. That way there is no need for conversions.
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Thanks everyone for the info.  Relznik I figured I'd do the 1/2 tsp, too, and the ml for the liquids.

Using 240ml/8 oz measuring cups and 15ml tablespoon

180 g chai tea ...3/4 cup
20 g milk ....... 1 1/2 tablespoons [smidgeon over]
125 f butter .....1/2 cup
60 g walnuts .....1/2 cup chopped
1 apple...........medium size [1 1/2 x size of an egg]
1 ml cardamon ...1/4 teaspoon
1 ml cinnamon ...1/4 teaspoon
240 g plain flour ... 2 cups
90 g light brown muscovado sugar ... 1/2 cup
90 g regular suger ... 1/2 cup
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg

It has an oat crumble topping:
50 g cold butter ... just under 1/4 cup
40 g plain flour ... 1/3 cup
40 g oats ... just under 1/2 cup

Thank you auzzie.  That's very kind of you to convert it completely for me.  I am learning how to do some of it, but most of the conversion charts I found on line are more confusing than anything.  I do have a scale that does ounces/grams and I'm learning to weigh using both measurements, but with this recipe there were a few that confused me, like the spice measurements.  I hope to learn this soon, because I like weighing my ingredients now that I'm getting used to it.  The recipes seem to come out so much better that way.  Again, thanks for your assistance.

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