Seasoning With Your Fingers, Smidgen, Pinch, Dash

Chef Thomas Keller recommends learning to season food with salt by using your fingers. He recommends measuring how much salt you pinch with a thumb and one finger, a thumb and two fingers, and a thumb and three fingers. Four of my pinches using my thumb and one finger filled a measuring spoon that holds a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. According to this chart from Wiki, my pinch was a pinch! 1/4 divided by 4 is 1/16.

Unit Abbrev. Defined
[note 1]
fl oz mL
[note 2]
Binary Submultiples
smidgen smdg., smi. 132 tsp 1256 0.115522 2 smidgens = 1 pinch
pinch pn. 116 tsp 1128 0.231043 2 pinches = 1 dash
dash ds. 18 tsp 164 0.462086 2 dashes = 1 saltspoon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_weights_and_measures

Here are my measurements:

  • 1 finger and thumb pinches
    • 4 = 1/4 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon divided by 4 is 1/16, pinch
  • 2 fingers and thumb pinches
    • 2 = 1/2 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon divided by 2 is 1/4, 1/4 teaspoon
  • 3 fingers and thumb pinches
    • 1 = 1/2 teaspoon

Facts or thoughts based on the chart:

  • Half a pinch is a smidgen
  • 2 pinches is a dash
  • I could not quickly find an organization that standardizes these measurements

Some Links:

Bing Search: “pinch dash measuring spoons”

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