Pounds to Liters Conversion Calculator

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How to Convert Pounds to Liters

Scales are used to measure weight

To convert a pound measurement to a liter measurement, divide the weight by 2.204623 times the density of the ingredient or material.

You can use this simple formula to convert:

liters = pounds2.204623 × ingredient density

Thus, the weight in liters is equal to the pounds divided by 2.204623 times the density of the ingredient or material.

For example, here's how to convert 5 pounds to liters for an ingredient with a density of 0.7 g/mL.
5 lb = 52.204623 × 0.7 = 3.239946 l

Pounds and liters 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 weight to volume conversion.

Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Pounds

One pound is defined as a unit of mass/weight equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. One pound is equal to 7,000 grains in the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems.[2]

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of weight. A pound is sometimes also referred to as a common ounce. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb, and are also sometimes abbreviated as lbs, lbm, or #. For example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb, 1 lbs, 1 lbm, or 1 #.

Liters

A liter is a unit of volume equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters.[3] 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.

Pound to Liter Conversion Table

Pound measurements converted to liters for commonly used ingredients.
Weight in Pounds: Volume in Liters of:
Water Milk Cooking Oil All Purpose Flour Granulated Sugar
1 lb 0.453592 l 0.436147 l 0.515446 l 0.857452 l 0.647989 l
2 lb 0.907185 l 0.872293 l 1.0309 l 1.7149 l 1.296 l
3 lb 1.3608 l 1.3084 l 1.5463 l 2.5724 l 1.944 l
4 lb 1.8144 l 1.7446 l 2.0618 l 3.4298 l 2.592 l
5 lb 2.268 l 2.1807 l 2.5772 l 4.2873 l 3.2399 l
6 lb 2.7216 l 2.6169 l 3.0927 l 5.1447 l 3.8879 l
7 lb 3.1751 l 3.053 l 3.6081 l 6.0022 l 4.5359 l
8 lb 3.6287 l 3.4892 l 4.1236 l 6.8596 l 5.1839 l
9 lb 4.0823 l 3.9253 l 4.639 l 7.7171 l 5.8319 l
10 lb 4.5359 l 4.3615 l 5.1545 l 8.5745 l 6.4799 l
11 lb 4.9895 l 4.7976 l 5.6699 l 9.432 l 7.1279 l
12 lb 5.4431 l 5.2338 l 6.1854 l 10.29 l 7.7759 l
13 lb 5.8967 l 5.6699 l 6.7008 l 11.15 l 8.4239 l
14 lb 6.3503 l 6.1061 l 7.2162 l 12 l 9.0718 l
15 lb 6.8039 l 6.5422 l 7.7317 l 12.86 l 9.7198 l
16 lb 7.2575 l 6.9783 l 8.2471 l 13.72 l 10.37 l
17 lb 7.7111 l 7.4145 l 8.7626 l 14.58 l 11.02 l
18 lb 8.1647 l 7.8506 l 9.278 l 15.43 l 11.66 l
19 lb 8.6183 l 8.2868 l 9.7935 l 16.29 l 12.31 l
20 lb 9.0718 l 8.7229 l 10.31 l 17.15 l 12.96 l
21 lb 9.5254 l 9.1591 l 10.82 l 18.01 l 13.61 l
22 lb 9.979 l 9.5952 l 11.34 l 18.86 l 14.26 l
23 lb 10.43 l 10.03 l 11.86 l 19.72 l 14.9 l
24 lb 10.89 l 10.47 l 12.37 l 20.58 l 15.55 l
25 lb 11.34 l 10.9 l 12.89 l 21.44 l 16.2 l
26 lb 11.79 l 11.34 l 13.4 l 22.29 l 16.85 l
27 lb 12.25 l 11.78 l 13.92 l 23.15 l 17.5 l
28 lb 12.7 l 12.21 l 14.43 l 24.01 l 18.14 l
29 lb 13.15 l 12.65 l 14.95 l 24.87 l 18.79 l
30 lb 13.61 l 13.08 l 15.46 l 25.72 l 19.44 l
31 lb 14.06 l 13.52 l 15.98 l 26.58 l 20.09 l
32 lb 14.51 l 13.96 l 16.49 l 27.44 l 20.74 l
33 lb 14.97 l 14.39 l 17.01 l 28.3 l 21.38 l
34 lb 15.42 l 14.83 l 17.53 l 29.15 l 22.03 l
35 lb 15.88 l 15.27 l 18.04 l 30.01 l 22.68 l
36 lb 16.33 l 15.7 l 18.56 l 30.87 l 23.33 l
37 lb 16.78 l 16.14 l 19.07 l 31.73 l 23.98 l
38 lb 17.24 l 16.57 l 19.59 l 32.58 l 24.62 l
39 lb 17.69 l 17.01 l 20.1 l 33.44 l 25.27 l
40 lb 18.14 l 17.45 l 20.62 l 34.3 l 25.92 l

References

  1. National Institute of Standards & Technology, Metric Cooking Resources, https://www.nist.gov/pml/weights-and-measures/metric-cooking-resources
  2. Encyclopædia Britannica, Avoirdupois weight, https://www.britannica.com/science/avoirdupois-weight
  3. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Units outside the SI, https://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/outside.html