But how is a pinch of salt administered? Delicately between the thumb and first finger? Or perhaps a ‘peck’ using the thumb and all the fingers?

If there’s an answer please tell me.

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According to Online Conversion...

1 pinch is equivalent to:

0.0625 Teaspoon (US)

0.0867 Teaspoon (UK)

0.001302 Cup (US)

or

0.000 001 292 Hogshead (US), whatever a Hogshead is.


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I"d take that as what you can get in between your thumb and first finger. Then again, that depends on the size of your fingers.


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According to Online Conversion...

1 pinch is equivalent to:

0.0625 Teaspoon (US)

0.0867 Teaspoon (UK)

0.001302 Cup (US)

or

0.000 001 292 Hogshead (US), whatever a Hogshead is.



Great! Thanks.

That makes:

0.0625 UK teaspoons = 0.36 grams

0.0867 US teaspoons = 0.49 grams

0.001302 US cups = 0.71 grams

Oh! And 1/16th of a US teaspoon = 0.36 grams (or 0.375 grams if using the USDA database)

Am I looking at the wrong measure?

I tried a thumb and first finger = 0.2 grams, but now I’m trying to compare recipes for taste and need to find some better yardstick. Are there any other measures I can try?

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I"d take that as what you can get in between your thumb and first finger. Then again, that depends on the size of your fingers.


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But how is a pinch of salt administered? Delicately between the thumb and first finger? Or perhaps a ‘peck’ using the thumb and all the fingers?

If there’s an answer please tell me.

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I think we should adopt this definition:

A pinch of salt is: The amount of salt needed to increase saltiness by the smallest increment discernible by ones taste buds.

Depending on volume of food, a pinch could be any amount.

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Another thing to be taken "with a pinch of salt" is any direct (automated) conversion between volume (spoonfuls) and weight (grams) - this depends *greatly* on the grain size and shape, which varies with different products.

I interpret such a vague instruction as meaning "a bit" of salt - it probably needs some, but the quantity is left slightly indeterminate 1/ so that I can adjust "to taste" and 2/ because volume measurement of salt is inherently a vague specification.

My suspicion is that generally, professional cooks are rather heavier on salt than most home cooks, and can call rather a lot of salt "a pinch".

If *you* are trying to specify the quantity of salt, use a weight measurement to convey your exact intention - and, if you feel the need, provide a volume indication for the guidance of those inadequately equipped. No volume measure of salt can be accurate unless you also list an absolutely specific type of salt...

Edited November 3, 2007 by dougal(log)

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