Can you provide me with the accepted standard measurement conversion for the old fashioned recipe term a "pinch" of salt?

asked 14 Oct '09, 16:37

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A pinch of salt is when you take your pointer finger, your middle finger, and your thumb and pick up some salt between them.


answered 14 Oct '09, 17:24

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Just for fun!

(Because in a recipe, a "pinch" is more than accurate enough - especially if you take into consideration that other ingredient measurements are likely to be further off)

According to an online conversion application:

1 pinch = .0625 tsp. (US) (1/16 tsp)

Julia Child said that a pinch is the amount you can pick up between thumb and two fingers, but I think most people prefer to use just the thumb and one finger.


answered 17 Oct '09, 03:26

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A pinch of salt is literally pinching the salt, taking a pinch of salt with your index finger and thumb, so it means that you'll only get a small amount of salt.

I'm not sure on the exact measurement, but a pinch of salt is probably between a 1/4 tspn to 1/2 tspn of salt.


answered 14 Oct '09, 18:45

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As others have stated a pinch of salt is a tiny amount. Somewhere between an 1/8 tsp to a 1/4 tsp will get you by most recipes calling for it. As always taste what your cooking and season as needed.


answered 14 Oct '09, 20:56

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A pinch of salt is in fact, just a pinch of salt. The amount of salt to be added is a too small to be mesaured. Just one of the things you have to play with. Also depends on how much salt you like in your foods.


answered 15 Oct '09, 18:06

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