8 Common Cooking Measurements For Kitchen

Ingredients measuring kitchen utensilsNo kitchen is complete without utensils and various appliances. But these are just the building blocks that supplement the fine art of cooking. It is often said that - "Taste exist in the hands". But, it is all about the experience that includes correct measurements of the ingredients. This art is passed on from one generation to another keeping the cooking culture preserved over time. Today we are going to discuss the art of correct measurements in the kitchen that is so vital in getting the right texture, aroma, and taste for a given recipe. If you master these measurements, you've already won the half battle. Rest depends on how much you experiment and gain experience over time. So let's get started on a mission to get correct measurements in our kitchen.

Ingredients measuring kitchen utensils

A teaspoon - It is one of the most heavily used cooking measurements on daily basis. Teaspoons may slightly vary in size in different parts of the world, but more or less they are the same across the globe. One teaspoon approximately measures about 4.93 milliliters (ml). Nowadays teaspoons are made of stainless steel and are mostly used for stirring tea, coffee or for eating desserts. Sometimes they are also used for enjoying piping hot soups just before the main course. A teaspoon is just about one-third the size of a typical tablespoon and is the most common utensil found in the kitchen. While writing recipes, it is generally referred as 'tsp' to mention the ingredient's quantity.

A tablespoon - This is yet another common measurement scale that is used across the world. One tablespoon approximately measures about 14.8 milliliters (ml). That's about 3 to 4 times the size of a teaspoon which may vary slightly (volume) in different countries. It is commonly used as a serving spoon in a large number of countries. I use tablespoon the most while taking ingredients for different recipes. It is generally referred as 'tbsp' while writing recipes. In some countries, it is also used for making soups and other liquid consumables. They are generally made of stainless steel with a designer or plain handles.

An ounce - It approximately weighs around 28 gram that is roughly equivalent to two tablespoons or 6 teaspoons. It is generally referred as 'oz' while writing recipes. Nowadays, it is generally used in North America and Canada for measuring quantities. It is also used in some parts of Europe. The Asian continent does not use this system for day-to-day measurements. It is mostly used to measure solid and semi-solid food products.

A cup - Now this is one of the most common and essential utensils found in almost every kitchen. Apart from its regular usage for serving tea, it is heavily used both for measuring solid and liquid food items. There is a slight difference in the size of cups found in different parts of the world but overall they're the same everywhere. It is roughly equivalent to 16 tablespoons or 48 teaspoons. Generally, it is seen that most cultures use it more to measure liquid items in their recipes.

A pinch - This is one of the smallest cooking measurements which are used in majority of recipes. We often use it for ingredients that are used in very small quantities like salt or baking soda. A pinch is approximately equivalent to 1/16 of a teaspoon or sometimes even less than that. There's no measurement utensil or vessel for it, and generally people use their fingers to pick such small quantities of food item. This measurement is generously used in recipes containing lots of spices that are included in small quantities.

A dash - This measurement is bigger than a pinch and roughly equals to 1/8 of a teaspoon. In other words, 2 pinches are equal to one dash. Remember, these small measurements are very vital in various cooking styles especially in baking and in preparing desserts. A slight mismatch or change between the two can completely ruin the entire recipe. I regularly use both pinch and dash for measuring salt, ground pepper, and other dry finely powdered spices.

A quart - This is yet another important kitchen measurement which roughly equals to 4 cups or 32 ounces. If measured for liquid items it is approximately equivalent to 946 milliliters (ml). This measurement is mostly used in western countries and that too mostly in written form. In everyday use, housewives rarely use it for day-to-day cooking measurements and are more comfortable with the cup as the preferred vessel for measuring such quantities.

A gallon - And last but not the least is - 'Gallon' which is quite a popular kitchen measurement throughout the globe. It roughly equals to 16 cups or 128 ounces which is about 3.7 liters in liquid volume. It is mostly used in hotels and cafes where large quantities of food are cooked at one time. It is always used for measuring liquid food items. There's a slight variation in measurement for different (3 major variants) types of a gallon, but this difference is not that much that may affect the recipe.