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Old 04-21-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Looking for a term

This has been driving me crazy.

A "pinch" is the amount you pick up between thumb and forefinger, right?

What is the term for the amount you can pick up with TWO fingers and the thumb?

There is a term for it, archaic I think, but there is a term. Anyone know it?

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Old 04-21-2018, 05:47 PM   #2
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yes a pinch is the amount you pick up between your thumb and finger tips.

It is a 1/16th of a teaspoon.

there are other measurements:
smidgen 1/32nd of a teaspoon.
tad 1/4th of a teaspoon.
drop 1/64th of a teaspoon.
dash 1/8th of a teaspoon.
I have these measurement spoons but I've read conflicting data on the terms and amounts in teaspoons.

I often need 1/3 of a teaspoon and the closest I can come to that is to use 1/4th teaspoon plus a shy 1/8th teaspoon.
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:59 AM   #3
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"A "pinch" is the amount you pick up between thumb and forefinger, right?

What is the term for the amount you can pick up with TWO fingers and the thumb?"

A: 2 Pinches?

But they said there would be no math in DC.

AA: There are two pinches in a dash and two smidgens in a pinch.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:58 AM   #4
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:15 AM   #5
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And less of a pinch is a knife tip... well at least here in Sweden
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:13 AM   #6
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But my fingers are bigger than yours, should I try to pinch less than I actually can? Which fingers should I use? Does one of the fingers always have to be a thumb? What if I'm left-handed?

At some point these small differences stop being important any more.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:36 AM   #7
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But my fingers are bigger than yours, should I try to pinch less than I actually can? Which fingers should I use? Does one of the fingers always have to be a thumb? What if I'm left-handed?

At some point these small differences stop being important any more.
Yup. When my sister-in-law married DH's brother, I gave her a set of measuring spoons with pinch, smidgen, etc., on them, along with my mother-in-law's recipe for springerles. I considered it more of a decorative item than a useful piece of equipment.

I've never seen a recipe that called for 1/3 teaspoon. If I did, I'd eyeball it in a half teaspoon.
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...I've never seen a recipe that called for 1/3 teaspoon. If I did, I'd eyeball it in a half teaspoon.
As time goes by you realize more and more that you are going to add more or less than the recipe amount because you prefer it that way.
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As time goes by you realize more and more that you are going to add more or less than the recipe amount because you prefer it that way.
That, too, yes - I reached that point long ago I was thinking it might be a baking or canning recipe that called for an unusual measurement like 1/3 teaspoon.
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