In many recipes, outside of baking, measurements are often more guideline than rule. The well-known phrase “salt to taste” is an excellent example. However, there are a handful of measurements that a first-timer could find 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.
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