The eyeball test when measuring ingredients works well for some people, but others find comfort in facts. A recipe that calls for a dash, a smidgen or a pinch can send shivers down the spine of those who prefer to know what theyâ€™re getting into when heading into the kitchen. Perfectly understandable; sometimes edible results are more desirable than culinary experiments.
The Cuisipro Odd Size Measuring Spoons makes it easy to measure whatever a recipe throws at you. (Even if you want to bake an odd sized cake!) The set of five spoons include ‘pinch’, and four additional teaspoon measurements: 1/8, 2/3, 1 1/2, and 2-tsp. And for those who prefer to still measure by feel, the good news is that anything that calls for a smidgen will still allow that freedom. That miniscule measurement of 1â„32 of a teaspoon may indeed be odd, but itâ€™s just not included in this set. (Donâ€™t worry, for you sticklers, just fill the 1â„16 pinch teaspoon halfway.)
Below via the Internet Accuracy Project:
SMIDGEN – A smidgen holds 1/2 pinch or 1/32 teaspoon. 2 smidgens = 1 pinch
PINCH – A pinch holds 1/2 dash or 1/16 teaspoon. 2 pinches = 1 dash
A pinch has historically been defined as “an amount that can be taken between the thumb and forefinger” but without any definite equivalent in other units of measurement.
DASH – A dash holds 1/8 teaspoon. 8 dashes = 1 teaspoon
A dash was originally considered a liquid measure, a small but indefinite amount. More recently the term has been used as both a liquid and dry measurement.