Convert Tablespoons of Flour to Pounds

Enter the amount of flour in tablespoons below to get the value converted to pounds.

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1 tbsp = 0.017224 lb

How to Convert Tablespoons of Flour to Pounds

To convert a tablespoon measurement to a pound measurement, multiply the flour by the conversion ratio. One tablespoon of flour is equal to 0.017224 pounds, so use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = tablespoons × 0.017224

The flour in pounds is equal to the tablespoons multiplied by 0.017224.

For example, here's how to convert 5 tablespoons to pounds using the formula above.
5 tbsp = (5 × 0.017224) = 0.086118 lb

While most experts suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight for improved precision,[1] not all recipes call for ingredients by weight and when they do we might not all have a scale handy. Because flours vary in density, it might not be immediately clear how to convert between a weight and volume measurement.

The table below can help with the conversion, and shows the approximate volume measurement for various weights of flour, by type.

Flour Weight to Volume Conversion Table

Pound measurements and equivalent tablespoons measurements for various types of flour.
Pounds Tablespoons (A.P. Flour) Tablespoons (Bread Flour) Tablespoons (Cake Flour) Tablespoons (Rye Flour) Tablespoons (Wheat Flour)
0.25 lb 14 1/2 tbsp 14 1/4 tbsp 18 1/8 tbsp 17 3/4 tbsp 15 1/8 tbsp
0.5 lb 29 1/8 tbsp 28 1/2 tbsp 36 1/4 tbsp 35 1/2 tbsp 30 1/4 tbsp
0.75 lb 43 1/2 tbsp 42 3/4 tbsp 54 1/2 tbsp 53 1/3 tbsp 45 1/3 tbsp
1 lb 58 1/8 tbsp 57 1/8 tbsp 72 1/2 tbsp 71 1/8 tbsp 60 1/2 tbsp
1.25 lb 72 1/2 tbsp 71 1/2 tbsp 90 3/4 tbsp 88 3/4 tbsp 75 2/3 tbsp
1.5 lb 87 1/8 tbsp 85 3/4 tbsp 108 3/4 tbsp 106 3/4 tbsp 90 3/4 tbsp
1.75 lb 101 2/3 tbsp 100 1/8 tbsp 127 1/8 tbsp 124 1/2 tbsp 105 3/4 tbsp
2 lb 116 1/8 tbsp 114 1/4 tbsp 145 1/8 tbsp 142 1/3 tbsp 120 3/4 tbsp
2.25 lb 130 2/3 tbsp 128 1/2 tbsp 163 1/3 tbsp 160 1/8 tbsp 136 1/8 tbsp
2.5 lb 145 1/8 tbsp 142 3/4 tbsp 181 1/2 tbsp 177 3/4 tbsp 151 1/4 tbsp
2.75 lb 159 2/3 tbsp 157 1/8 tbsp 199 1/2 tbsp 195 2/3 tbsp 166 1/3 tbsp
3 lb 174 1/8 tbsp 171 1/2 tbsp 217 3/4 tbsp 213 1/2 tbsp 181 1/2 tbsp
3.25 lb 188 2/3 tbsp 185 3/4 tbsp 235 3/4 tbsp 231 1/4 tbsp 196 1/2 tbsp
3.5 lb 203 1/4 tbsp 200 1/8 tbsp 254 1/8 tbsp 249 1/8 tbsp 211 2/3 tbsp
3.75 lb 217 3/4 tbsp 214 1/3 tbsp 272 1/8 tbsp 266 3/4 tbsp 226 3/4 tbsp
4 lb 232 1/4 tbsp 228 1/2 tbsp 290 1/3 tbsp 284 2/3 tbsp 241 3/4 tbsp
4.25 lb 246 3/4 tbsp 242 3/4 tbsp 308 1/2 tbsp 302 1/3 tbsp 257 1/8 tbsp
4.5 lb 261 1/4 tbsp 257 1/8 tbsp 326 2/3 tbsp 320 1/8 tbsp 272 1/8 tbsp
4.75 lb 275 3/4 tbsp 271 1/2 tbsp 344 3/4 tbsp 337 3/4 tbsp 287 1/4 tbsp
5 lb 290 1/3 tbsp 285 3/4 tbsp 362 3/4 tbsp 355 3/4 tbsp 302 1/3 tbsp

Should I Measure Flour by Weight or Volume?

Most experts agree that dry ingredients like flour should be measured by weight rather than volume, especially in baking. The reason for this is that flours vary slightly in density, so a volume measurement will likely yield an incorrect amount of ingredient. Additionally, the amount that the flour is packed or compressed in the cup or tablespoon will alter the amount of ingredient being added.

For these reasons, a food scale is the preferred way to measure flour when cooking, rather than a cup or tablespoon.

Tablespoons and pounds are both units used to measure flour. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Tablespoons

A tablespoon of flour is equal to 3 teaspoons or 1/16 of a cup. A tablespoon is a measure of flour volume.

The tablespoon is a US customary unit of flour. Tablespoons can be abbreviated as tbsp, and are also sometimes abbreviated as T, Tbls, or Tb. For example, 1 tablespoon can be written as 1 tbsp, 1 T, 1 Tbls, or 1 Tb.

Pounds

A pound is a commonly used unit to measure flour weight. A pound of flour is equal to 16 ounces, and there are 0.453592 kilograms in one pound.

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of flour. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb, for example 1 pound can be written as 1 lb.

References

  1. Nila Jones, The Best and Most Accurate Way to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Baking, Serious Eats, https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/how-to-measure-wet-dry-ingredients-for-baking-accurately-best-method.html