In many recipes, outside of baking, measurements are often more guideline than rule—see the well-known phrase “salt to taste” to understand my meaning. However, there are measurements that, to the first-timer, could be confusing.
Some measurements—old standbys like a pinch or a sprinkle—feel intuitive.
Here’s some help for the others.
A handful is ⅓ to ½ of a cup.
A splash is about ½ teaspoon.
How much is a glug of oil?
About 2 tablespoons. That is, the amount required to coat a pan, or until the bottle audibly glugs.
A drizzle is more than a splash and less than a glug.
A pat of butter is ½ tablespoon.
A schmear is a heaping knifeful.
A dollop is a heaping tablespoon.