Pinch, Dash and Smidgen Measurements
As any cook knows, improperly measuring ingredients is one of the quickest ways to ruin a recipe. Below you'll find the cooking equivalents for the terms pinch, dash, and smidgen. Anyone who's spent much time in the kitchen has likely run across these vague terms while baking.
SMIDGEN - A smidgen holds 1/2 pinch or 1/32 teaspoon. 2 smidgens = 1 pinch
PINCH - A pinch holds 1/2 dash or 1/16 teaspoon. 2 pinches = 1 dash
A pinch has historically been defined as "an amount that can be taken between the thumb and forefinger" but without any definite equivalent in other units of measurement.
DASH - A dash holds 1/8 teaspoon. 8 dashes = 1 teaspoon
A dash was originally considered a liquid measure, a small but indefinite amount. More recently the term has been used as both a liquid and dry measurement.
NOTE: There is some contention as to just how much a pinch or dash is. Some contend that they are both equal to 1/16 teaspoon, while others claim a pinch equals 1/16 teaspoon, but a dash equals 1/8 teaspoon.
Be sure and visit our more extensive page of other cooking equivalents and measurements.
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