The Measurements to Convert Common Whole Spices into Ground

The Measurements to Convert Common Whole Spices into Ground


Interested in grinding whole spices yourself? Follow these helpful conversion measurements to make sure you have the exact amounts you need when cooking or baking. - McCormick Test Kitchens

Buying whole spices instead of pre-ground means they have longer shelf life and stronger flavor. But, that also means you have to do the grinding yourself. These measurements make it easy to convert your whole spices into just how much you need when ground. Use these measurements to convert your ground spices to whole spice amounts.

If you’re grating large spices, like nutmeg, measuring them out in advance difficult, but spices you throw in the grinder, like whole black pepper or cardamom and coriander seeds and pods are easier to measure beforehand. Food52 has the conversions you should use:

Allspice: 1 teaspoon allspice berries = 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Black pepper: 1 teaspoon peppercorns = 1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper

Cardamom: Approximately 12 pods, dehusked = 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Cinnamon: One 1 1/2-inch (4-centimeter) stick = 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder

Coriander: 1 teaspoon coriander seeds = 1 1 /4 teaspoons ground coriander

Cumin: 1 teaspoon cumin seeds = 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin

Fennel: 1 teaspoon fennel seeds = 1 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel

Nutmeg: 1/2 nutmeg = 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon mustard seeds = 1 1/2 tsp ground mustard

By measuring beforehand, you’ll be able to toss the freshly ground spices straight into your dish with confidence, and you won’t have a ton left over. Also, the spices you store will still be whole, locking in their flavor until you want to use them.

How to Convert Whole Spices to Ground Measurements | Food52

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This article was written by Heather Yamada-Hosley from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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