How Many ml Is a Tablespoon? – How to Convert Water, Milk, Oil etc

So much ml is a tablespoon – different foods

It’s easy to measure different amounts with a tablespoon. Usually the following applies:

  • Water: A tablespoon of water is about 10 to 15 ml.
  • Milk: A tablespoon of milk is about 15 ml.
  • Oil: If you have 1 tablespoon of oil, that’s about 10ml.
  • Flour: A tablespoon of flour contains around 9 to 12 g of flour.
  • Honey: With a tablespoon of honey you can assume around 20 g.
  • Baking powder or vanilla sugar: A tablespoon of baking powder or vanilla sugar is about 8 g.
  • Sugar: A tablespoon of sugar weighs about 15 g.
  • Cream cheese: A tablespoon of cream cheese is about 20 g.
  • Yoghurt: A tablespoon of yoghurt is about 15 g.
  • Cocoa or oatmeal: A tablespoon of cocoa or oatmeal accounts for around 8 g.
  • Butter: If you measure out a tablespoon of butter, you have around 10g.
  • Ground nuts and almonds: A tablespoon of ground hazelnuts or almonds should be around 10 g.

You should bear this in mind when weighing with a tablespoon

Compared to measuring with a measuring cup or weighing with a kitchen scale, the method with the tablespoon is somewhat less precise.

  • This is mainly because the spoons are not all the same size. Older tablespoons in particular are larger and hold more liquids etc.
  • So if you want to cook or bake something and have information from older recipes, then it is important to reduce the amount accordingly.
  • It is often the case that at that time a tablespoon held around 10 to 15 ml, but now it is more like 10 ml on average.
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Written by John Myers

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