To the untrained eye, the measurements used in a recipe seem pretty straight-forward. It’s only when you start making it that you realize that you need to convert some of the measurements to make things easier on you.
Most measuring cups for liquids include measurements such as ounces, cups, and milliliters – but not quarts. The same goes for dry measurements – you may know how to convert ½ cup into ounces, but you may need to further convert that into quarts for a recipe.
So what do you do if you need to measure out a quart but you can only use ounces? Knowing how to properly convert ounces to quarts will be helpful in these circumstances.
Before You Begin
There are a few key facts about ounces that you should know before you jump into your new recipe. First of all, most people use the simple term “ounce”, but you will also see it called “fluid ounce”. Fluid ounce is the technical term, but both are correct.
Second of all, the measurements you use will depend on what system of measurement you are using. There are two major systems for measuring ingredients: the U.S. system and the UK system, also called the Imperial system. They are both derived from British units of measurement, but vary slightly. Using the wrong system or being off on your measurements, even by a little bit, could result in a dish that doesn’t taste quite right.
Lastly, the measurements will also depend on whether you are using liquid or dry ingredients. Converting eight ounces of milk or water will differ from converting eight ounces of flour, meat, vegetables, or other dry ingredients. For this reason, there are two different types of quarts used in recipes: liquid and dry. Fluid ounces are used for both, though.
Converting Ounces to Quarts for Liquids
If you are using the U.S. system, the conversion is pretty simple. There are 32 ounces in a single U.S. quart of liquid.
The UK system is a little different. One liquid quart equals 33.31 ounces. This is slightly more than the U.S. conversion, so you will want to make sure you are using the correct system of measurement.
Converting Ounces to Quarts for Dry Ingredients
Dry ingredients require more ounces to each quart. In the U.S. system, one quart is equal to 37.24 ounces. There are 38.76 ounces in a UK quart.
Other Conversions to Be Aware of
There may be other measurements that you are working with. For smaller measurements, you will need to convert to ounces, then convert that number to quarts using the formulas above. Other measurements you may encounter include:
- Milliliters: There are 29.6 milliliters in one ounce.
- Pints: There are two pints in one quart.
- Gallons: There are four quarts in one gallon, so divide by four.
- Cups: There are eight ounces in one cup, which means there are four cups in one quart.
- Tablespoons: There are 16 tablespoons in one cup, so there are 64 tablespoons in one quart.
- Teaspoons: There are three teaspoons in one tablespoon, 48 teaspoons in one cup, and 192 teaspoons in one quart.
The above measurements are according to the U.S. system.
Using the wrong measurements can heavily impact a recipe. This is especially true for liquid ingredients – too much or too little will affect the taste, consistency, moisture, and other aspects of the dish.
It’s important to know which system of measurement you are using and whether you should be measuring out a liquid or dry quart. This will keep your measurements precise and your dish flavorful.