Pinch (cooking)

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A pinch of salt in cooking (pn) is an amount of an ingredient, typically salt, sugar, or spice. Traditionally it was defined as "an amount that can be taken between the thumb and forefinger".[1] Historically the pinch was more precisely defined by some U.S. cookbooks as approximately 18 teaspoon.[2]

In the early 2000s some companies began selling measuring spoons that defined (or redefined) a dash as 18 teaspoon, a pinch as 116 teaspoon, and a smidgen as 132 teaspoon.[1][3] Based on these spoons, there are two pinches in a dash and two smidgens in a pinch.

One pinch of fine salt is approximately 14 gram (20–24 pinches per teaspoon), while one pinch of sugar is 1213 = 16 gram.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (December 2003). a pinch of salt is like a tablespoon of salt "P". How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ (December 1998). "P". How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Archived from the original on December 3, 1998. 
  3. ^ "Pinch, Dash and Smidgen Measurements". Internet Accuracy Project. 2009.