Quarts to Pounds & Ounces Conversion Calculator

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1 qt = 2.086351113005 lb
1 qt = 2 lb 1.38161780808 oz
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How to Convert Quarts to Pounds

Scales are used to measure weight

To convert a quart measurement to a pound measurement, multiply the volume by 2.086351 times the density of the ingredient or material.

You can use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = quarts × 2.086351 × ingredient density

Thus, the volume in pounds is equal to the quarts multiplied by 2.086351 times the density of the ingredient or material.

For example, here's how to convert 5 quarts to pounds for an ingredient with a density of 0.7 g/mL.
5 qt = 5 × 2.086351 × 0.7 = 7.302229 lb

Quarts and pounds 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.

How Many Pounds are in a Quart?

The actual weight of a quart will vary depending on the density of the material. The table below shows how many pounds of various wet and dry ingredients are in a quart.

Quart measurements converted to pounds for commonly used ingredients.
Volume in Quarts: Weight in Pounds of:
Water Milk Cooking Oil All Purpose Flour Granulated Sugar
1/8 qt 0.260794 lb 0.271226 lb 0.229499 lb 0.13796 lb 0.182556 lb
1/4 qt 0.521588 lb 0.542451 lb 0.458997 lb 0.27592 lb 0.365111 lb
1/3 qt 0.69545 lb 0.723268 lb 0.611996 lb 0.367893 lb 0.486815 lb
1/2 qt 1.0432 lb 1.0849 lb 0.917994 lb 0.55184 lb 0.730223 lb
2/3 qt 1.3909 lb 1.4465 lb 1.224 lb 0.735786 lb 0.973631 lb
3/4 qt 1.5648 lb 1.6274 lb 1.377 lb 0.82776 lb 1.0953 lb
1 qt 2.0864 lb 2.1698 lb 1.836 lb 1.1037 lb 1.4604 lb

Quarts

The US liquid quart is a unit of fluid volume equal to one fourth of a gallon, two pints, or four cups. The liquid quart should not be confused with the dry quart (US) or the imperial quart, which are different units.

The quart is a US customary unit of volume. Quarts can be abbreviated as qt; for example, 1 quart can be written as 1 qt.

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 #.

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