HOW MUCH IS A PINCH AND WHAT IS A DASH ?

My Grandmother was an amazing cook and it was always fun to watch her in the kitchen.  She never used a recipe, she would just through ingredients in and the results would be delicious.  I, on the other hand, can follow directions to the letter and it would never come out as good.

I would often call her for cooking advice, and I can remember how frustrated I would get trying to figure out what she was saying.  She should tell me to “put in some sugar,” or “add some salt.”  I would always say “how much should I put in” and her response would be “you will know……just a pinch.”  BUT I NEVER KNEW!

I found a conversion chart saw that a pinch and a dash is an actual measurement…..who knew?

UNUSUAL CONVERSIONS

  • a Hint = 1/2 drop
  • a Drop = 1/64 tsp (1/2 smidgen)
  • a Smidgen = 1/32 tsp (1/2 pinch)
  • a Pinch = 1/16 tsp (1/2 dash)
  • a Dash = 1/8 tsp (1/2 tad)
  • a Tad = 1/4 tsp
  • Juice of an orange = 1/2 cup
  • juice of a lemon = 3 Tbls

STANDARD CONVERSIONS

  • 3 tsp. = 1 Tbsp.
  • 4 Tbsp. = 1/4 cup
  • 16 Tbsp. = 1 cup
  • 1 cup = 8 fl oz
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 2 pints = 1 quart
  • 4 quarts = 1 gallon

ABBREVIATIONS

  • tsp = teaspoon
  • Tbsp = tablespoon
  • c = cup
  • pt = pint
  • qt = quart
  • gal = gallon
  • lb = pound
  • oz = ounce
  • fl = fluid
  • lg = large
  • sm = small
  • pkg = package

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch = 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter = 7/8 cup oil + 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar = 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar = 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 clove garlic = 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice = 1/2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 cup oil = 1/2 lb butter

HAPPY COOKING

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2 responses to “HOW MUCH IS A PINCH AND WHAT IS A DASH ?

  1. It’s not an “actual measurement” with precision. Someone put that chart together to answer the constant “how much is a ….” question, and maybe to assist when multiplying recipes (put in 24 pinches of salt, we’re cooking for 100 people today)

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