Pinch, Smidgen and Dash Measuring Spoons

IMG_0097Saturday I was in NY Cake certainly one of the most, if not the most, well stocked cake and baking supply store in New York City.  They have everything you can imagine and a lot of stuff you can’t for making all sorts of very fancy cakes. In addition to bake ware they also sell bulk chocolate in all sorts of colors from dark, milk, and white to Pink, Red and Blue. Visiting is like a vacation in Disneyland for bakers.

I was looking for flan/tart rings and lingering in the aisles over all the amazing things when I came across these measuring spoons pictured above.

First of all can you please tell me the last time you have a recipe that called for a smidgen? Who is qualified to quantify what makes a dash different that a smidgen or a pinch?  Is this really a thing?  And aren’t they all so small as to be kind of moot?  I mean if you add a pinch not a smidgen will the entire recipe be ruined?

The only thing I can think of that this might apply to is hot pepper, my gut tells me there are not a lot of Red Velvet Cayenne Pepper cake recipes out there. Can anyone think of another reason, or any reason you would need this?

Does anyone own these?  Does anyone think they are a good idea?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section!


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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4 Responses to Pinch, Smidgen and Dash Measuring Spoons

  1. Michael says:

    I think these are just a cutesy gag gift for the chef who already has everything (like you!).

  2. reelcharlie says:

    What Michael said. You’ll be getting a dozen sets for your next birthday, UFG!

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