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How Much is a Glug of Oil?

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: A dollop of jam; a glug of oil; a pinch of this.

A pinch, a sprinkle, and other old standbys feel intuitive. Here’s some help for the others:

How Much is a Glug of Oil and Other Measurement Savvy

A Handful

handful is ⅓ to ½ of a cup.

A Splash

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

drizzle is more than a splash and less than a glug.

A Pat of Butter

pat of butter is ½ tablespoon.

A Schmear

schmear is a heaping knifeful.

A Dollop

dollop is a heaping tablespoon.

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