Have you ever tried a recipe that asks for a tad, dash, pinch, smidgen or a drop? Did that leave you scratching your head? Even experienced cooks scratch their heads and then just go ahead and guess. But these imprecise measurements can have novice cooks or those trying a recipe for the first time, very frustrated.
I remember my Grandmother telling me that a pinch was the amount you could pinch up between your thumb and a finger. “BUT,” I said, “your fingers are larger than mine, and Grandpa has even bigger hands.” That pretty well stopped my Grandmother in her tracks. “Just toss in a little and then taste,” was her final decree.
Finally someone has solved the mystery by creating a measuring spoon set that solves the problem.
I have given these out as gag gifts to the chefs in the restaurants I consult for. It is a great ice breaker and conversation starter. Get one for yourself and for all the cooks and hostesses in your life. Believe me, it will be the topic of conversation around the dinner table!
A perfect shower gift is a package of “measuring tools.” Include a stainless steel (lasts forever and can measure HOT ingredients) measuring cup set, stainless steel tablespoon/teaspoon set as well as the tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop set.
Norpro 3080 Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons,
Set includes ( tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop )
Fun yet useful, five stainless steel measuring spoons.
Set includes; tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop. Handle is imprinted with the measurement. Ring holds spoons together for easy storage. Dishwasher safe.
Here are the what the spoon measurements mean:
TAD = 1/4 tsp
DASH = 1/12 tsp if you need 1/8 tsp, don’t fill this measure all the way to the top
PINCH = 1/16 tsp
SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp
DROP = 1/64 tsp