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Jan 31, 2013 07:51 AM

What's going on with my measuring spoons?

One tablespoon holds 14.79 grams of water.
I bought a new set of measuring spoons. The top one holds 14 grams of water. I added water to the point where the spoon would spill over if I added any more. It's the new one. The bottom one is the old tablespoon. It would only hold 12 grams from the same water source. I've used the bottom spoon for many years and all this time I have been using a tablespoon which, in fact, has been out by almost three grams. That doesn't sound like much but if you are measuring out say ten tablespoons that amounts to about 30 grams. No wonder sometimes things don't turn out as expected.

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  1. That does seem like too large an error, but if you actually need ten tablespoons, you should measure half a cup plus two tablespoons.

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    1. re: GH1618

      I know it seems like a large error but we have done the comparison twice with the same results.

    2. The bottom one looks like the ones my mom has. I might take my scale over there this weekend and see what numbers I come up with.

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      1. re: Kontxesi

        Those old shallow stamped steel spoons never were accurate. Ekco doesn't even make that style anymore. I prefer spoons with a deep rounded bowl.

      2. Here's an interesting article on measuring spoons:

        1. For baking especially, I always weigh my ingredients and this site makes the conversion simple:

          1. Cups and spoons are known for quick measurement, not accurate measurement. Kitchen scales are needed when accuracy is needed.