Measurements of Pinch, Dash or Smidgen
A lot of cooks would agree that improperly measuring your ingredients is one way to ruin a recipe. You will find below the measurement equivalents of Pinch, Dash, and Smidgen.
Anyone who spent time in the kitchen have run across these vague terms while baking.
A pinch, a dash or a smidgen have all been considered small and indefinite amount. In recent years, a lot of companies involved in cooking utensils introduced tin measuring spoons with atypical cooking designations. Using those as a guide, the precise measurements are as follows.
- SMIDGEN – A smidgen has 1/2 pinch or 1/32 teaspoon. 2 smidgens = 1 pinch
- PINCH – A pinch has 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” without any definite equivalent in other units of measurement.
- DASH – A dash has 1/8 teaspoon. 8 dashes = 1 teaspoon
A dash was initially considered a liquid measure, a small but indefinite amount. Recently the term has been used as both a liquid and dry measurement. For instance, a dash of salt.