Weights and Measurements

And Oven Temperatures

In theory, Scotland and the whole of Britain uses metric for weights and measurements. But in practice many of still use the old British system where there were 16 ounces (oz) in a pound (lb), 14 lbs in a stone when it comes to food. If you go into a grocery store or butchers they MUST sell in metric, but many customers will still ask for 'a lb of steak' or whatever.

We went over to metric with our money in 1971 and obviously as the 'old' coins were taken out of circulation quite quickly, we all adjusted. We buy petrol (gas) by the litre now, but we still measure our travelling in miles and not kilometres. So it can be a but confusing.

However when it comes to cooking, most of my recipes have the British system as well as the metric. Then I remembered during a visit to USA that neither of those methods are used, but the 'cup' method. I had bought myself a set of 'cups' along with an American Cookbook when visiting many years ago, so realised that you might need to adjust the menus to suit.

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Weights and Measurements - Conversions for Solid Weights

Imperial (British) Metric    US
              ½oz               15g    ⅛cup
   1oz      25g     ¼cup
2oz 50g     ½cup
4oz    125g      ⅔cup
  6oz  175g  1cup
  8oz      250g     ½pint
12oz 350g  1¼cups
 1lb 500g 2cups


Weights and Measurements - Conversions for Liquid Weights      

British Metric US
              1fl.oz             30ml   ⅛cup
   2fl.oz     60ml    ¼cup
4fl.oz 125ml   ½cup
5 fl.oz (¼pt)   150ml      ⅔cup
  8fl.oz 250ml  1cup
  10fl.oz   300ml   1¼cups
16fl.oz 500ml 2cups
 1pt 600ml 4cups
2pts   1.25litres 1¼cups


Oven Temperatures

Gas Fahrenheit  Centigrade
            Mark 1          275°F  140°C
   Mark 2   300°F 150°C
Mark 3  325°F   170°C
Mark 4 355°F 180°C
 Mark 5 375°F 190°C
 Mark 6  400°F 200°C
Mark 7 425°F 220°C
Mark 8 455°F 230°C


I hope this weights and measurements page has helped. So why not go and try some of these Scottish Recipes.

Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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