A Quarter of a Teaspoon

November 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

I was measuring out spices for a curry mix at the weekend and it asked for a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric. I opened up the cutlery drawer and pulled out 4 different teaspoons . . . and they were all different sizes! Did I want a quarter of my biggest teaspoon or my smallest one . . . or one in between?! And how an earth am I supposed to work out a quarter of it?!

It can all make for a pretty dicey cooking experience! Not to mention the advice that we have had in recent years not to use a teaspoon from the cutlery drawer when measuring out medicines for children.

So, what exactly is a teaspoon supposed to be? In fluid measures, it should be 5 millilitres. And in dry measures, it’s about 8-10 grams, but that depends on what you are measuring. And, of course, those sizes are for a LEVEL teaspoon – don’t forget that you can also get rounded teaspoons and heaped ones too!

The only way you are ever going to be exact is by getting a special set of measuring spoons. As it goes, for cooking I just pick a teaspoon, stick in what I think is about right and hope for the best!

Some handy kitchen measures: Hints and Things

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