pinch, dash, smidgen spoons

April 1, 2008 |  Category:   happy purchases

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I actually found a use for these tiny little measuring spoons during my latest round of recipe testing. It’s best to make the smallest batches possible when testing in order to keep too many ingredients from going to waste. Since my shortbread cookies batches were so small, my regular measuring spoons were just too big for such precise measurements, especially when using stronger spices. I wanted to add ground cloves to a brown sugar shortbread, for example, and the 1/8 teaspoon I tried first was just way too much. I miraculously found these tiny spoons, a gift from many years ago, way in the back of my kitchen drawer. The spoon labeled “dash” is exactly 1/16 teaspoon, so I gave that a shot, but the cloves were still too strong. So I went all the way down to “smidgen”, a mere 1/32 teaspoon…and perfect! I am so glad I actually kept these things, which I admit I thought I would never use.

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  • J April 2, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I spy lavender…. *heart flutter* I haven’t had lavender in bakes since Portland, OR’s farmer’s market.
    Those are so sweet spoons, my husband enjoys baking and I bet he’d love them.

  • unha April 22, 2008 at 11:35 am

    hee.. i love how gadgets here is these wonderful cooking “gadgets”.. not some more techi stuff. 🙂

  • Elizabeth April 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I am looking for recipes which contain the measurement of smidgen, dash and pinch. Do you now where I can find any?
    With thanks
    Elizabeth

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