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Jun 25, 2009 09:03 AM

odd size measuring spoons why no 1/3 tsp

hello all- any idea why there's never a 1/3 tsp included in sets? I ordered an odd sized set (which obviously i don't NEED but thought the 1/8 tsp and 2 tablespoon measure would be handy) but noticed there's no 1/3

any ideas? and is this normal or just the set i have? i guess i haven't had an issue with a recipe yet though...

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  1. I have never in my life seen a recipe that calls for 1/3 of a tsp (and I'm not a spring chicken). I think for most purposes either a 1/2 or 1/4 suffices. And I have never in my life seen a measuring spoon of size 1/3 tsp.

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    1. re: DGresh

      I know this is an old thread but . . .

      There are DOZENS of recipes in Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking that call for 1/3 tsp of something (usually turmeric). I've often wondered why - I don't remember such measurements in her first cookbook, "Classic Indian Cooking".

      1. re: DGresh

        My 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook, which is the best cookbook ever made!, has a ton of recipes that call for 1/3 of a tsp. This includes entrees and desserts. But I too abhor plastic measuring devices, they just feel and look so cheap compared to metal.

      2. I just bought a set of odd-size spoons from Spoonsisters.com. The 2-Tbsp one is perfect for filling large madeleine molds! The set is a great, odd gift.


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        1. re: mnosyne

          I have a set I got on amazon.com - dry measuring cups and measuring spoons in different sizes. Love 'em.

        2. http://www.enasco.com/product/WA23350H

          Personally, I would err with a rounded 1/4 tsp measure for when I do properly measure ingredients. I have too many measuring spoons.

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          1. re: Caralien

            I had a gift certificate and love kitchen stuff (and I had only one set each of measuring spoons, dry and wet measuring cups). They're just so cute, and they fit into herb bottles so well....

              1. re: bayoucook

                the last set I purchased was the odd-size All Clad set (I really wanted the largest cup as a butter warmer, and considered the rest bonus pieces); the benefit of this set has been their sturdiness--I haven't bent the pieces even when scooping out dough:

                I have another standard steel set of spoons (15 years old?) which haven't failed me.

                Then there are the odd pieces acquired at various times, origin unknown.

                  1. re: bayoucook

                    at $30, a relative bargain considering the cost of the butter warmer ($50)

                    We keep ours on a hanging rack (pressed for space), and last minute grabs when one is covered in flour or other cooking detrius makes it far more convenient than having to grab a towel to open a drawer to fiddle between implements!

                1. re: bayoucook

                  Looking a little further down that page it appears there are three different types that you can buy together at the bargain price of $53. Strange thing is that the individual totals for the three items is $43.

                  1. re: Paulustrious

                    I've noticed that on amazon before; who do they think they're foolin'?

                    1. re: bayoucook

                      anybody who just sees "set" and thinks "oh, way easier than ordering individually!"

              2. This is normal. The only time I can think one would want a 1/3 teaspoon measure would be when a recipe calls for a teaspoon of something and you're making a third of the recipe. Even then, unless I was baking I'd probably just do either a heaping 1/4 teaspoon or a scant 1/2 teaspoon.

                There is a set of measuring spoons that has everything from 1/64 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons, and in the middle of it is a 1/3 teaspoon. Go to www.pourfectbowl.com to check it out. I'm not the biggest fan of the set, but this is likely because I've found I just prefer metal measuring spoons.

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                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  That's the only time I have seen 1/3 tsp in a recipe...when I have adjusted it to make a third. I am often dividing and multiplying cake recipes to adjust from pan size to pan size. And I have never encountered a recipe either at work or home that the measuring had to be so precise that a 1/4 tsp mounded or a tsp eyeballed to be a third of the measure didn't work. People get so caught up in the 'baking has to be precise idea' and IMHO it's not so true.

                2. Well on the other hand, pretty much every basic set of
                  measuring spoons contains a 1/3 Tbsp.

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                  1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                    If that were so, I doubt the original poster would have asked the question.

                    In my experience, the basic sizes in just about every set of measuring spoon are 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 tablespoon. Bigger sets add 1/8 tsp, 3/4 tsp, and/or 2 tablespoons. Only the most comprehensive sets contain a 1/3 tsp measure.

                    1. re: ellabee

                      Chuckles said 1/3 Tbsp(tablespoon) which is 1 teaspoon.

                    2. re: Chuckles the Clone

                      Good one, Chuckles. You got 'em!

                      It took a few years, but you got someone.