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A Pinch - A Dash - A Smidgen - A Tad - Measuring Spoons

A Dash, a pinch, and a smidgen measuring spoons

When Granny cooked, she hardly ever measured her ingredients… she somehow knew how many handfuls of flour or sugar she needed to make her biscuits or bread or cornbread. Unfortunately, that “somehow knew” gene wasn’t passed on to me. When Grannies recipe called for a dash of salt or a pinch of whatever, I didn’t have a clue.

Granny didn't measure things when she made biscuits
Needless to say, some of my pies and cakes didn’t taste exactly right! And forget trying tofigure out her biscuits.

But, a tad or a pinch or a smidgen are real measures.

  • Tad = 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dash = 1/8 teaspoon
  • Smidgen = 1/32 teaspoon
  • Pinch = 1/16 teaspoon
  • Drop = 1/64 teaspoon

I was in a Williams-Sonoma store in Tulsa several years ago and there they were… measuring spoons for a tad, a dash, a pinch and a smidgen. I bought a set and have used them a zillion times since then. They sure make measuring spices a lot easier.

If you don’t have a set already, you can get a set HERE, and I’m quite sure I paid more at Williams-Sonoma than these cost.

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