The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Tala English and Metric Dry Measure

Caperchick's picture

Tala English and Metric Dry Measure

Found one of these at a Value Village the other day.  Does anyone use this measure? 

It appears to be a UK measuring tool.  With so many trying to convert between American and Metric measure, I wonder how accurate it is.


jemar's picture

I haven't got one, I prefer to use scales, but these are still on sale in kitchen supply stores and I know many people who use them!

Caperchick's picture

I, too, like to weigh things out.  I also use Canadian measuring cups, etc. (metric), though I am getting into weighing ingredients more now, thanks to this forum.  Always learning new exciting things.  I just find this measure so interesting.  Love the ingredients English, I wonder if Elizabeth David had one in her kitchen..............she's my favourite cook book author.

Thanks for the reply....................Sincerely................Lyn

PaddyL's picture

...and never really used it.

Caperchick's picture

I'll use mine if you'll use your's!  I'm looking forward to trying it out. 

Thanks for the reply.................Regards,.............Lyn

plevee's picture

It was my only measuring tool when I baked in the UK. I didn't have many failures so it can't be too far off accurate.

I still have mine but it has been superceded by a scale - lacks some of the homey charm of the Tala tho.  Patsy

Caperchick's picture

Thanks for the info.  I look forward to using it along with my scale.  I think it's a nice find.  Now if I could find an Aga, I'd be all set!!!


Graid's picture

You could test it using scales? You perhaps know this- but note that a US cup is a different measure from a UK cup.

Thanks to the predominance of internet recipes using US cups, I had to actually buy a measure with US cups on it rather than use UK measurements (also presumably only available for sale due to said predominance). The UK imperial measure we had has become rather useless, because recipes all use metric (sensibly) or American volume measures (not so sensibly).

Caperchick's picture

Yes, I plan to use the scale to see how this cup measures up!, if you'll pardon the pun.  I'm Canadian and I know when we used imperial measure, the liquid measures were different from the US. Canada has used the metric system now since the 70's .  Progressive thinking on the then government of the time.  How unusual is that!!!??

Thanks for the reply........................Lyn

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

is metric grams but has an extra button for "water" and "milk."   Do you suppose it's for substituting water for milk (or visa versa) and that the differences are calculated?  Hmmm.

Hey! I like the note about shaking to level (in the circle) shaking also compacts anything being measured.   How is it at holding spoons?  Serviettes?  It matches my powder blue ceramic coffee filter holder.   It matches your table cover.


Caperchick's picture

Hi Mini:

I must tell the truth, I lifted the picture from Ebay as I was too lazy to dig out my camera!  I agree, someone sure knew how to make the best of their selling and I love your decorating sense.

I hope to use the measure.  I am really thrilled at the numerous ingredients listed in it, and I use most of them.  Happy Baking ahead.

Thanks for your reply..................Lyn

overnight baker's picture
overnight baker

I remember as a child learning very quickly that metal conducts heat really well when I used my mums to measure out some boiling water.

Eidetix's picture

That Tala cone is gorgeous. Anything that looks that good should be absolved from utility.