Just a spoonful of sugar ...

Just a spoonful of sugar ...

December 2nd, 2009 by Anne Braly in Blogsfood

Times Free Press Publisher and Editor Tom Griscom stopped by my desk last week with an interesting list of equivalent measures. I always refer to my Joy of Cooking to find how many tablespoons are in a cup and things like that. This was nothing of the sort. It was a list of measurements the way they did it in our great-grandparents' day. Still, good cooks today use some semblance of the method. Experience is all it takes ... knowing exactly how much of something a dish needs without having to pull out the measuring cup or spoons.

Here's an example of a few of the more common terms still used today.

* Handfull of flour ... 1/2 cup.

* Dash of pepper .... Three good shakes or 1/8 teaspoon.

* Handfull of salt or sugar ... 1/4 cup.

* Pinch of salt ... 1/8 teaspoon.

* Lump of butter ... 1 well-rounded tablespoon.

* 1 teacup ... 3/4 cup.

Now you know.