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Old 04-17-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Just Curious. Recipe Format Question

It doesn't happen often, just once in a while. When it does, I notice it and its bothers me. It' a low level bother to be sure but I don't like it.

Why do recipe writers list an ingredient amount as "3 teaspoons" rather than "1 Tablespoon"? You never see a measure listed as 8 fluid ounces rather than a cup or 16 ounces rather than 1 Lb.

Any thoughts why this is?
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #2
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My first guess would be scaling and having a recipe that started out with a teaspoon and then was tripled.

I have seen, though rarely, 8oz instead of a cup. I had to think about it for a moment when I did.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #3
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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.
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I will do that if the entire amount is not going to be used at once. Let's say I am going to saute 2 different items, one in a teaspoon of light olive oil and another in 2 teaspoons of light olive oil. I will list it as 3 tsp of light olive oil, rather than 1 Tbs light olive oil, divided, and specify the amount for each saute in the instructions.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:34 PM   #5
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My first guess would be scaling and having a recipe that started out with a teaspoon and then was tripled...
Frank, the recipe was for a cake. It made two layers, a standard amount for cake recipes. I don't think scaling was the origin in this recipe.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:36 PM   #6
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I will do that if the entire amount is not going to be used at once. Let's say I am going to saute 2 different items, one in a teaspoon of light olive oil and another in 2 teaspoons of light olive oil. I will list it as 3 tsp of light olive oil, rather than 1 Tbs light olive oil, divided, and specify the amount for each saute in the instructions.

Not in this case. It was a layer cake recipe and the ingredient was baking powder added all at once.

If an ingredient is to be used in different parts of the recipe it usually says, "X amount, divided" When I write a recipe, I list the ingredient twice with the separate amounts to avoid confusion.
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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.
Just like a lot of folks don't know that 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:43 PM   #8
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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.
Kayelle, I believe there is a difference in some other countries but the tablespoon size is different too. In some countries the size of a cup measure is different too..
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Just a guess Andy..it must be written by someone who doesn't know that 3 tsp. is 1 Tbs...
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Just like a lot of folks don't know that 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup.

I'm sure this recipe creator knows these details. As I am sure this was the case in many of the other recipes where I've seen this.
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When I measure I would say that 3 teaspoons is slightly more than one tablespoon simply because I don't faff around with levelling spoon measures.
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