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Old 04-17-2015, 03:54 PM   #11
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I have long had an opinion on this and thought the reason could be for the benefit of inattentive cooks/bakers. 1T. could be misinterpreted as 1 t.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:07 PM   #12
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I have long had an opinion on this and thought the reason could be for the benefit of inattentive cooks/bakers. 1T. could be misinterpreted as 1 t.

Beth, in most recipes I've seen online, the words are spelled out as 'teaspoon' and 'Tablespoon'. I used to use 'T' and 't' until SO complained. Now I use 'tsp' and 'Tb'.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:01 PM   #13
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We use recipes from around the world though , so they are bound to be different we don't all use the same measures or abbreviations .
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:07 PM   #14
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You should all worry!
Here in France, recipes talk of 'Soup Spoons'..............and THAT is the equivalent of our 'table spoons'. Our teaspoons are THEIR coffee spoons but they are smaller (so one has to adjust accordingly) Always best to hold the wine until AFTER one has sorted out the cutlery when cooking
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:55 PM   #15
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Just a guess Andy..it must be written by someone who doesn't know that 3 tsp. is 1 Tbs.

On second thought, I think I saw someone across the pond say the tsp/Tbs measure is different.
Not different in the UK but in Australia, according to an Aussie cookery book I have, a tablespoon is 4 teaspoons. At a guess I think it might be in New Zealand too but not sure.
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:57 PM   #16
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I have long had an opinion on this and thought the reason could be for the benefit of inattentive cooks/bakers. 1T. could be misinterpreted as 1 t.
When I first started reading this forum and saw recipes using T and t I was a bit confused. I have to admit.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:36 PM   #17
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Andy, that always bugs me too.

In most Danish recipes they use grams and decilitres or litres. If they write a teaspoon or tablespoon, they usually mean regular cutlery - that the amount doesn't need to be all that exact.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:14 PM   #18
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Beth, in most recipes I've seen online, the words are spelled out as 'teaspoon' and 'Tablespoon'. I used to use 'T' and 't' until SO complained. Now I use 'tsp' and 'Tb'.
I withdraw my use of the word, inattentive. I think recipes are written that way for the sake of clarity.
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...Why do recipe writers list an ingredient amount as "3 teaspoons" rather than "1 Tablespoon"?...
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...It was a layer cake recipe and the ingredient was baking powder added all at once.
I have seen the same thing, and always with baking powder. After years of running across this, I finally decided it has something to do with the ratio of measuring spoon dimention to container lid opening. If you have a round TBSP and a small mouth on a container, it doesn't always fit in. Hence, 3 tsp. The recipe writer is making sure math-challenged people aren't confused. Just about of covering their...butt.
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I have seen the same thing, and always with baking powder. After years of running across this, I finally decided it has something to do with the ratio of measuring spoon dimention to container lid opening. If you have a round TBSP and a small mouth on a container, it doesn't always fit in. Hence, 3 tsp. The recipe writer is making sure math-challenged people aren't confused. Just about of covering their...butt.
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