Tablespoons to Pounds Conversion

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1 tbsp = 0.027558 lb

How to Convert Tablespoons of Sugar to Pounds

To convert a tablespoon measurement to a pound measurement, multiply the sugar by the conversion ratio. One tablespoon of sugar is equal to 0.027558 pounds, so use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = tablespoons × 0.027558

The sugar in pounds is equal to the tablespoons multiplied by 0.027558.

For example, here's how to convert 5 tablespoons to pounds using the formula above.
5 tbsp = (5 × 0.027558) = 0.137789 lb

While experts usually suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight since it's more accurate,[1] some recipes call for ingredients by volume and many of us don't have a scale when we need one. Because the density of different types of sugar vary, it may not be obvious how to convert between a weight and volume measurements.

This table shows the approximate volume measurement for various weights of sugar, by type to help with the conversion.

Sugar Weight to Volume Conversion Table

Pound measurements and equivalent tablespoons measurements for various types of sugar.
Pounds Tablespoons (Granulated) Tablespoons (Brown) Tablespoons (Powdered) Tablespoons (Raw)
0.25 lb 9 1/8 tbsp 9 1/8 tbsp 14 1/2 tbsp 7 1/4 tbsp
0.5 lb 18 1/8 tbsp 18 1/8 tbsp 29 1/8 tbsp 14 1/2 tbsp
0.75 lb 27 1/4 tbsp 27 1/4 tbsp 43 1/2 tbsp 21 3/4 tbsp
1 lb 36 1/4 tbsp 36 1/4 tbsp 58 1/8 tbsp 29 1/8 tbsp
1.25 lb 45 1/3 tbsp 45 1/3 tbsp 72 1/2 tbsp 36 1/4 tbsp
1.5 lb 54 1/2 tbsp 54 1/2 tbsp 87 1/8 tbsp 43 1/2 tbsp
1.75 lb 63 1/2 tbsp 63 1/2 tbsp 101 2/3 tbsp 50 3/4 tbsp
2 lb 72 1/2 tbsp 72 1/2 tbsp 116 1/8 tbsp 58 1/8 tbsp
2.25 lb 81 2/3 tbsp 81 2/3 tbsp 130 2/3 tbsp 65 1/3 tbsp
2.5 lb 90 3/4 tbsp 90 3/4 tbsp 145 1/8 tbsp 72 1/2 tbsp
2.75 lb 99 3/4 tbsp 99 3/4 tbsp 159 2/3 tbsp 79 3/4 tbsp
3 lb 108 3/4 tbsp 108 3/4 tbsp 174 1/8 tbsp 87 1/8 tbsp
3.25 lb 117 3/4 tbsp 117 3/4 tbsp 188 2/3 tbsp 94 1/3 tbsp
3.5 lb 127 1/8 tbsp 127 1/8 tbsp 203 1/4 tbsp 101 2/3 tbsp
3.75 lb 136 1/8 tbsp 136 1/8 tbsp 217 3/4 tbsp 108 3/4 tbsp
4 lb 145 1/8 tbsp 145 1/8 tbsp 232 1/4 tbsp 116 1/8 tbsp
4.25 lb 154 1/4 tbsp 154 1/4 tbsp 246 3/4 tbsp 123 1/3 tbsp
4.5 lb 163 1/3 tbsp 163 1/3 tbsp 261 1/4 tbsp 130 2/3 tbsp
4.75 lb 172 1/3 tbsp 172 1/3 tbsp 275 3/4 tbsp 137 3/4 tbsp
5 lb 181 1/2 tbsp 181 1/2 tbsp 290 1/3 tbsp 145 1/8 tbsp

Should I Measure Sugar by Weight or Volume?

Many experts are adamant that dry ingredients like sugar should be measured by weight instead of volume, especially when used for baking.

The reason is that the density of different sugars vary slightly, so volume measurements will likely yield an incorrect amount of ingredient. Additionally, when using a cup or tablespoon, the amount that the sugar is compressed and above or under the measurement line will alter the actual amount.

This is why most experts suggest using a food scale to measure sugar when cooking, rather than a cup, tablespoon, or other volume measuring devices.

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

Tablespoons

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

The tablespoon is a US customary unit of sugar. 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 sugar weight. A pound of sugar is equal to 16 ounces, and there are 0.453592 kilograms in one pound.

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of sugar. 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