I'm sure many of you have come across terms such as smidgen, dash, pinch, etc. as you're flipping through cookbooks and if you're anything like me, you might have been scratching your head at such fanciful terms. I know that when it comes to many ingredients such as spices, it depends on your taste. That's what I love about cooking. It's all about throwing in a little of this and a little of that. However, when it comes to baking, you really need to follow the measurements in order to achieve a successful and delicious result. Hence my little freak out moment when I came across the word "dash."
Nowadays, when it comes to cooking and baking there are so many tools out there to help us obtain the most precise of measurements so that we can easily replicate our favorite dishes. However, long before the days of countless tools, pioneering measuring terms often consisted of tad, dash, pinch, smidgen, drop and hint.
Pioneering Measurement Terms Equivalents:
- Tad = 1/8 teaspoon
- Dash = 1/16 (or less than 1/8 teaspoon)
- Pinch = 1/16 (or 1/24 teaspoon)
- Smidgen (smidge for short) = 1/32 teaspoon (or 1/48 teaspoon)
- Drop = 1/60 teaspoon (or 1/80 teaspoon or 1/120 teaspoon)
- Hint = A trace
Do you remember how I said that there are so many tools out there for measuring ingredients? You are not going to believe this. You can actually purchase measuring spoons that include tad, smidgen, dash, pinch and drop. How amazing is that?!
* Source OChef.com