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What do these US measures mean in the UK

Sweetpea33 Feb 27, 2014 06:48 AM

I have recently downloaded an American recipe which refers to quantities as c (presumably cups), t's and T's. Are the t's meaning teaspoons and the T's meaning tablespoons or is it something else? Thanks

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    Sweetpea33 Feb 28, 2014 04:30 AM

    Thanks everyone - I will get cooking ....

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        thimes Feb 27, 2014 07:47 AM

        Depending on the recipe and quantities - a quick google search showed:

        Amount: 1 tablespoon US (tbsp) in volume
        Equals: 0.83 tablespoons U.K. (tbsp Imperial)

        So I guess we do everything a little larger here in the US as well . . . .

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        1. re: thimes
          GH1618 Feb 27, 2014 08:10 AM

          The Imperial tablespoon is larger.

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            thimes Feb 27, 2014 08:13 AM

            just saw that from another source, was going to come back and repost . . . gotta love the internet for all its "accuracy" :)

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              GH1618 Feb 27, 2014 08:17 AM

              You first post was accurate in the numbers, but incorrect in your interpretation.

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            Robin Joy Feb 27, 2014 09:02 AM

            A further issue might be that here in the UK a tablespoon is pretty big, and used for serving. A dessertspoon is the one used for shoving cereal or ice-cream into ones gob, and I may be wrong, but I get the impression that our US amigos call this a tablespoon.

            1. re: Robin Joy
              GH1618 Feb 27, 2014 09:08 AM

              In a recipe, the terms do not refer to spoons used at the table but to calibrated measuring spoons. There is only a rough correspondence to tableware.

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                Robin Joy Feb 27, 2014 11:32 PM

                I just grab a spoon from the drawer. Mind you, my tablespoons vary quite a lot in capacity, so I tend to select according to whether I feel the need for more or less of an ingredient. Non liquids always seem to end up a bit more heaped than they should be!

            2. re: thimes
              PamelaD Feb 27, 2014 09:31 AM

              To help define a US tablespoon:
              1 cup = 16 tablespoons

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                caganer Feb 27, 2014 09:43 AM

                or 1 US tablespoon = 0.5 fl oz = ~15ml
                and as Harters pointed out below, a UK T = 17ml (thanks for the correction)

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                  Harters Feb 27, 2014 09:58 AM

                  UK tablespoon is 17ml (according to Google) - not that I've ever actually measured one . Difference in immaterial to any recipe.

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              FriedClamFanatic Feb 27, 2014 06:50 AM

              Yes..small t is teaspoons.big T tablespoons.and c is cup

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