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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kitchen Tips: It’s like the measuring spoon you never had (but did)

I am very excited about today’s Kitchen Tip because I just discovered that it is actually true. Woo-hoo! But to get to the tip, you need a little background info. Bear with me, here.

One day when I was cooking with my grandmother, I couldn’t find a tablespoon. She told me to grab the serving size spoon from her silverware set and assured me that it was in fact the same size as a tablespoon. I did as I was told, but remained skeptical. After all, that serving spoon just seems way too big. She then told me that the soup spoon is the same as a teaspoon. Again, skeptical. Soup spoon? That’s gotta be too big as well, Grandma.

A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law and I couldn’t find any measuring spoons. I brought out Grandma B’s little-known spoon fact and was met with skepticism, which didn’t surprise me since I myself was still questioning the “fact.” But we went ahead and used the advice for the recipe and it seemed to work.

Today I decided to put the issue to rest. I compared the amounts from each of the spoons side-by-side and, sure enough, Grandma was RIGHT. I mean, are Grandmas ever wrong? I should never have doubted!

So here’s the tip: The serving size spoon from your regular old set of silverware is in fact 1 tablespoon. And the soup spoon size (pictured in the middle) is in fact 1 teaspoon! The smallest size spoon from your silverware set (pictured bottom)…that is probably something too, but I ran out of funding for the experiment.


  1. 1
    alishka babushka

    That is SO cool! Thanks for the tip!

  2. 2

    Awesome. Great tip.

  3. 3
    The Ormsby's

    Super!! I’ve always wondered about that. Thanks for getting all scientific and figuring out if it was myth or FACT!! Thanks again!!

  4. 4

    my mom always gave us medicine in a soup spoon. i didn’t wonder about the dosage until i had my own kids and we have all those handy plastic syringes, etc.

    but of course, she was right! πŸ™‚

  5. 5
    Shane and Becca

    Hey, my mom always did that, and I always made a snide comment about it UNTIL NOW. I stand corrected. Sorry, mom.

  6. 6

    My only question is this – after Moms become Grandmas are they then never wrong?

  7. 7
    Nicole Beckstrand

    You are hilarious – you should apply for a grant;-)

  8. 8

    This put a big smile on my face. My mom, dad, husband and I had this debate last Christmas while we were prepping dinner. My dad swore it was true and the other three of us vehemently disagreed. Upon testing, he obviously got the last word. πŸ™‚

  9. 9

    You’re not the only scientist who has run out of funding. But this is a food blog, so I’ll leave it alone.

  10. 10
    Jen @ Mommay's Mayhem

    Thanks! But you know I’ll be testing it myself sometime soon! ha ha

  11. 11
    Jane Maynard

    love all your comments! you’re all making me laugh. πŸ™‚

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    A Flinders Girl

    So, why am I using my measuring spoons that don’t clean up as easily as table spoons? I’m changing.

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