Liters to Kilograms Conversion Calculator

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How to Convert Liters to Kilograms

Scales are used to measure weight

To convert a liter measurement to a kilogram measurement, multiply the volume by the density of the ingredient or material.

You can use this simple formula to convert:

kilograms = liters × ingredient density

Thus, the volume in kilograms is equal to the liters multiplied by the density of the ingredient or material.

For example, here's how to convert 5 liters to kilograms for an ingredient with a density of 0.7 g/mL.
5 l = (5 × 0.7) = 3.5 kg

Liters and kilograms are both commonly used to measure cooking ingredients.

For cooking applications, most chefs suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight rather than volume to improve accuracy in the measurements.[1] The density of dry ingredients can vary for a variety of reasons, such as compaction.

The best way to ensure an accurate conversion is to use a scale. When a scale is not available, a calculator like the one above is a good way to estimate the volume to weight conversion.

Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Liters

A liter is a unit of volume equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters.[2] The liter is a special name defined for the cubic decimeter and is exactly equal to the volume of one cubic decimeter.

The liter is an SI accepted unit for volume for use with the metric system. A liter is sometimes also referred to as a litre. Liters can be abbreviated as l, and are also sometimes abbreviated as L or . For example, 1 liter can be written as 1 l, 1 L, or 1 ℓ.

Kilograms

The definition of the kilogram changed in 2019. One kilogram was previously equal to the mass of the platinum-iridium bar, known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram, which was stored in Sèvres, France.

The 2019 SI brochure now defines the kilogram using the Planck constant, and it is defined using the meter and second.[3] It is roughly equal to the mass of 1,000 cubic centimeters of water.

The kilogram, or kilogramme, is the SI base unit for weight and is also a multiple of the gram. In the metric system, "kilo" is the prefix for 103. Kilograms can be abbreviated as kg; for example, 1 kilogram can be written as 1 kg.

Liter to Kilogram Conversion Table

Liter measurements converted to kilograms for commonly used ingredients.
Volume in Liters: Weight in Kilograms of:
Water Milk Cooking Oil All Purpose Flour Granulated Sugar
1 l 1 kg 1.04 kg 0.88 kg 0.529 kg 0.7 kg
2 l 2 kg 2.08 kg 1.76 kg 1.058 kg 1.4 kg
3 l 3 kg 3.12 kg 2.64 kg 1.587 kg 2.1 kg
4 l 4 kg 4.16 kg 3.52 kg 2.116 kg 2.8 kg
5 l 5 kg 5.2 kg 4.4 kg 2.645 kg 3.5 kg
6 l 6 kg 6.24 kg 5.28 kg 3.174 kg 4.2 kg
7 l 7 kg 7.28 kg 6.16 kg 3.703 kg 4.9 kg
8 l 8 kg 8.32 kg 7.04 kg 4.232 kg 5.6 kg
9 l 9 kg 9.36 kg 7.92 kg 4.761 kg 6.3 kg
10 l 10 kg 10.4 kg 8.8 kg 5.29 kg 7 kg
11 l 11 kg 11.44 kg 9.68 kg 5.819 kg 7.7 kg
12 l 12 kg 12.48 kg 10.56 kg 6.348 kg 8.4 kg
13 l 13 kg 13.52 kg 11.44 kg 6.877 kg 9.1 kg
14 l 14 kg 14.56 kg 12.32 kg 7.406 kg 9.8 kg
15 l 15 kg 15.6 kg 13.2 kg 7.935 kg 10.5 kg
16 l 16 kg 16.64 kg 14.08 kg 8.464 kg 11.2 kg
17 l 17 kg 17.68 kg 14.96 kg 8.993 kg 11.9 kg
18 l 18 kg 18.72 kg 15.84 kg 9.522 kg 12.6 kg
19 l 19 kg 19.76 kg 16.72 kg 10.05 kg 13.3 kg
20 l 20 kg 20.8 kg 17.6 kg 10.58 kg 14 kg
21 l 21 kg 21.84 kg 18.48 kg 11.11 kg 14.7 kg
22 l 22 kg 22.88 kg 19.36 kg 11.64 kg 15.4 kg
23 l 23 kg 23.92 kg 20.24 kg 12.17 kg 16.1 kg
24 l 24 kg 24.96 kg 21.12 kg 12.7 kg 16.8 kg
25 l 25 kg 26 kg 22 kg 13.23 kg 17.5 kg
26 l 26 kg 27.04 kg 22.88 kg 13.75 kg 18.2 kg
27 l 27 kg 28.08 kg 23.76 kg 14.28 kg 18.9 kg
28 l 28 kg 29.12 kg 24.64 kg 14.81 kg 19.6 kg
29 l 29 kg 30.16 kg 25.52 kg 15.34 kg 20.3 kg
30 l 30 kg 31.2 kg 26.4 kg 15.87 kg 21 kg
31 l 31 kg 32.24 kg 27.28 kg 16.4 kg 21.7 kg
32 l 32 kg 33.28 kg 28.16 kg 16.93 kg 22.4 kg
33 l 33 kg 34.32 kg 29.04 kg 17.46 kg 23.1 kg
34 l 34 kg 35.36 kg 29.92 kg 17.99 kg 23.8 kg
35 l 35 kg 36.4 kg 30.8 kg 18.52 kg 24.5 kg
36 l 36 kg 37.44 kg 31.68 kg 19.04 kg 25.2 kg
37 l 37 kg 38.48 kg 32.56 kg 19.57 kg 25.9 kg
38 l 38 kg 39.52 kg 33.44 kg 20.1 kg 26.6 kg
39 l 39 kg 40.56 kg 34.32 kg 20.63 kg 27.3 kg
40 l 40 kg 41.6 kg 35.2 kg 21.16 kg 28 kg

References

  1. National Institute of Standards & Technology, Metric Cooking Resources, https://www.nist.gov/pml/weights-and-measures/metric-cooking-resources
  2. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Units outside the SI, https://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/outside.html
  3. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si-brochure/SI-Brochure-9.pdf