Converting Temperatures for Use in Cooking

29 May 2014, 15:06

While some dishes provide a certain amount of leeway in terms of the temperature you cook them at, not to mention the amount of time you cook them for, others aren’t so forgiving. For example if you like your beef well done and falling to bits you’d probably opt for a low temperature and a long cooking time. However if you like it quite rare and cooked to perfection, you’d opt for a much higher temperature and a shorter cooking time.

Unfortunately this kind of thing doesn’t apply to things like sponges or meringues. In this case you’d want to make sure you had exactly the right temperature otherwise everything would go wrong.

We received a comment from a reader recently (thank you to Carol Ouellette!) asking how to convert C degrees to F degrees for cooking. She was trying to work out what the Fahrenheit temperature would be for a recipe that required a cooking temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Using our temperature converter makes this task easier than it would be if you tried it in your head. Just enter the number in the amount box – in this case 180 – and choose Celsius from the first box and Fahrenheit from the second box. A quick conversion shows the answer as 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

Carol also provided some other popular cooking temperatures in Fahrenheit and asked for the conversions to Celsius. Here they are:

225 degrees F = 107.22 degrees Celsius
250 degrees F = 121.11 degrees Celsius
350 degrees F = 176.67 degrees Celsius
400 degrees F = 204.44 degrees Celsius
450 degrees F = 232.22 degrees Celsius

These are the exact calculations but you would normally round up or down to the nearest suitable amount for your oven temperature. For example 225 degrees Fahrenheit would be ideal as approximately 110 degrees Celsius as this is easy to find on your oven dial (unless of course you can enter the temperature you want digitally). 400 degrees Fahrenheit would be around 200 degrees Celsius.

As you can see our converter is perfect to have close at hand when you are often in the kitchen cooking. We have provided many of the most popular conversions above though, so you may find you simply need to note these down to use while preparing certain recipes. If there is anything you need that is not provided above, you can look up additional information as and when you require it.

Once you have a basic working knowledge of converting Celsius to Fahrenheit or vice versa in cooking, you’ll probably find you can easily do the conversions roughly in your head. And if not, you always have our site to come back to. Thanks for getting in touch Carol!