Norpro 3080 Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set includes ( tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop )
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- 5 Piece Set includes; tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop
- Material: Stainless steel
- Handle is imprinted with the measurement
- Ring holds spoons together for easy storage
- Dishwasher -safe
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Package Quantity: 1 | Size: 5 Inch
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We have a product widely sold online who's purpose is to measure small amounts of a substance with, one assumes, some reasonable degree of accuracy. But the manufacturer, rather than mark the spoons with a useful unit of measure chose to stamp cutesy names on them that suggest a rough approximation rather than an actual measure. As if they didn't even know themselves what the true sizes were. And the retailers offering these spoons are uniformly mute as far as describing them any more precisely.
But, nevertheless, customers love them. Many reviewers here stress how handy they for *accurately* measuring out small quantities - in spite of the fact that they DON"T ACTUALLY KNOW what fraction of a teaspoon they're dolling out. Why do I say this? Because every previous attempt i've found to translate the cutesy names into standard units of measure - here and at other O/L retailers - is wrong. All of them. I know this because I did something that *apparently* no one has ever done before. I actually *measured* the volume of these measuring spoons.
I used a syringe graduated in hundredths of a CC and filled each spoon till it was full. I did this 3 times & averaged the results. Then I converted CC's into fractions of a teaspoon. With one exception - the spoons *do* follow some sort of logical size progression as they get smaller and they all appear to be within approximately 5% of their expected nominal size. Here's the conversion:
TAD = 1/4 tsp
DASH = 1/12 tsp <<<< not 1/8 >>>
PINCH = 1/16 tsp
SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp
DROP = 1/64 tsp
I will use them and I scratched the actual measurements into the handle so I would remember.
I hope this helps others who are considering the purchase.
TAD = 1/4 tsp = 530 milligrams
DASH = 1/8 tsp = 264 milligrams
PINCH = 1/16 tsp = 132 milligrams
SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp = 66 milligrams
DROP = 1/64 tsp = 33 milligrams
Dry measuring differs greatly from liquid, liquid in some cases being double the amount of a dry measurement.
Mini Measuring Spoon Set
Those of you are into creative spooning will love snuggling up with these.
Outside of the frivolous labeling, these spoons are wonderfully manufactured, refreshingly priced. (One caveat: If there really is a standard definition of Tad, Dash, Pinch, Smidgeon, Drop, customers deserve accurately-sized spoons, not salesman's empty hype.)
My carefully considered volumetric tests, double-checked:
Drop: 1/80th tsp
Smidgeon: 1/40th tsp
Pinch: 1/20th tsp
Dash: 1/14th tsp, essentially (1/13.6th tsp, if you want to be exact)
Tad: 1/6th tsp, essentially (1/5.7th tsp, if you want to be exact)
[My exact measurement trials of the "Dash " and "Tad" measuring spoons involved precisely measuring 1 tsp of dry clove powder to weigh 3.03 grams on an AWS-100, 100 + .01 gram measuring scale. I then weighed ten consecutive samples, each, of carefully-leveled Dash and Tad spoonfuls. They averaged .223 g (1/13.6 tsp), and .53 g (1/5.7 tsp), respectively. So it's essentially 1/14th and 1/6th tsp. I used dry table salt for the 1/80, 1/40 1/20th spoons, which seemed exact to those predictable quantities.]
Being frustrated with well-meant scattering attempts to get to the bottom of these National security Issues of Norpro 3080 Mini Spoon certification, I did carefully-leveled dry powder tests for my own vitality, longevity, dash 'O curiosity.
This is the only repeatable way to do it, so I humbly offer my experience. Liquid tests are unreliable, due to substantial meniscus, mental Coriolis, effects (Since 9/11 how many still know which hemisphere they are in, what's up, what for?Read more ›
I am not responsible for how you use these measurements. This was a small test that i made to see the measurements of these spoons using the Gemini scale and hard rhino caffeine powder i bought from amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only improvement I would suggest is to put the actual measurements (eg 1/16 tsp) on the actual spoon.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
These little measuring spoons are well made, convenient (being hooked together) and priced right. Using them with Stevia is a good match. Well worth having.Published 3 days ago by Alfonskat
Very happy with product. A must if you use pure sucralose powder.Published 3 days ago by dennis st.pierre
I thought I would need these. I bought them quite a while ago and have never, ever used them. And the worse part is that I accidentally bought two sets. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bookgirl
seems kinda pointless because its not even marked with the measurements! pinch? Tad?drop? dash? ....not very helpfulPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer