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Old 12-04-2020, 09:06 AM   #1
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Small Unit measures?

How can I measure 1/8 Tbsp? Don't think that size exists anywhere. Or 3/8 tsp for that matter.

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Old 12-04-2020, 10:12 AM   #2
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Some measuring spoon sets include a ⅛ tsp. Otherwise, just dp the ¼ tsp measuring spoon half way into the ingredient and you're all set. ⅜ is ¼+half a ¼.

If you're off a little, it won't matter. because the spoon is so small variances are small too.

Of course, you could always buy a measuring spoon set that includes a ⅛ tsp and a "Pinch" spoon. The pinch spoon is 1/16th of a tsp or half a ⅛ tsp.
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You got the right idea - just use the 1/8 tsp (assuming you have one of those, otherwise use the method Andy suggested above), and use it 3 times. I don't remember seeing 1/8 tb
in recipes, though maybe you are trying to multiply or divide some recipes.
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How can I measure 1/8 Tbsp? Don't think that size exists anywhere. Or 3/8 tsp for that matter.
Do you mean 1/8 TABLESPOON or 1/8 teaspoon?
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Do you mean 1/8 TABLESPOON or 1/8 teaspoon?
Good question.

If it's 1/8 tablespoon, then that is the 3/8 of a teaspoon mentioned and Andy's method would work.
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Do you mean 1/8 TABLESPOON or 1/8 teaspoon?
I have never seen a ⅛ tablespoon measure call for in a recipe. But there are ⅛ tsp spoons out there. So three ⅛ spoons or a ¼ and a ⅛ will do the trick. Also a ½ tsp spoon not quite full will do the trick.
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How can I measure 1/8 Tbsp? Don't think that size exists anywhere. Or 3/8 tsp for that matter.

I wouldn’t trust a recipe that calls for 1/8 of a tablespoon of an ingredient
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I remember one method I saw in a bread recipe for measuring out 1/32 tsp yeast: dissolve 1/8 tsp in a cup of water, then discard 3/4 c of the dissolved solution. 1/4 c has the 1/32 tsp in it.
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I remember one method I saw in a bread recipe for measuring out 1/32 tsp yeast: dissolve 1/8 tsp in a cup of water, then discard 3/4 c of the dissolved solution. 1/4 c has the 1/32 tsp in it.
Frankly, I can't imagine a little yeast more or less will make a difference. I wonder what the recipe was that calls for 1/32 of a tsp of yeast.
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Andy, This was just one of a number of recipes that I made that called for a very small amount of yeast, to make the biga. It sort of combines the idea of making an overnight soaker - like a biga, but without the yeast - with a regular biga. Different flavors develop before the yeast takes over, which doesn't take long, unless a very small amount is used, for much longer. Another recipe - a favorite ciabatta of mine - uses even less, in the initial biga. The recipe calls for dissolving 1/8 tsp instant yeast in a cup of water, then measuring out 1/2 tsp of the solution - so only 1/364 tsp! Yet, the biga triples in 24 hours.
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This is why I prefer metric measurements & a scale for baking.
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I think a scale is an appropriate tool for the task described. I've been using this one for small amounts for 3years now without complaint.
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How can I measure 1/8 Tbsp? Don't think that size exists anywhere. Or 3/8 tsp for that matter.
Just multiply the recipe by 8 and the you can use the whole tablespoon.

I'm sorry, I am joking of course. But there are plenty of good answers above already.
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I think a scale is an appropriate tool for the task described. I've been using this one for small amounts for 3years now without complaint.
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That's great if you know the exact weight of every ingredient vs. its volume measure. How man grams in ⅛ tsp of cayenne pepper?
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That's great if you know the exact weight of every ingredient vs. its volume measure. How man grams in ⅛ tsp of cayenne pepper?
12.5% of the mass of 1 teaspoon
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12.5% of the mass of 1 teaspoon
That's what I eventually figured out, after thinking one would need to know the weight equivalent. But, I think we are looking for 12.5% of one tablespoon.
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12.5% of the mass of 1 teaspoon
My point is that teaspoons and tablespoons and fractions thereof are measures of volume while a scale measures weight. A set volume of different ingredients will have different weights. e.g. a tablespoon of salt will weigh more than a tablespoon of oregano or flour etc.

In order for a scale to be useful, you'd have to have a chart of volumes to weights of all common ingredients.
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That's what I eventually figured out, after thinking one would need to know the weight equivalent. But, I think we are looking for 12.5% of one tablespoon.

⅛th of a tablespoon is the same as ⅜ths of a teaspoon which is ¼ + ⅛. All of which has nothing to do with weight.
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⅛th of a tablespoon is the same as ⅜ths of a teaspoon which is ¼ + ⅛. All of which has nothing to do with weight.
I know. Didn't I write that somewhere in this thread?
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