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    5/8 teaspoon?!? Come on!!

    Michael Weston
    Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:16 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Today I was entering a new recipe, and the computer comes back with a conversion of my 0.625 teaspoon specification as 5/8 teaspoon. icon_rolleyes.gif Come on!! icon_rolleyes.gif You must be kidding - who ever saw a 5/8 measuring spoon??
    Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:17 pm
    Forum Host
    No, but my set has a 1/8th, so I would use a 1/2 tsp plus a 1/8 tsp. I've never seen a .625 tsp measure.
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:41 am Groupie
    5/8 makes a lot more sense than thousandths! I'd love to know how the heck you are measuring .625 of a teaspoon! icon_eek.gif

    One half plus one eighth works for me, too, much simpler.
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:38 pm Groupie
    Even measuring 1/8 teaspoon 5 times is easier than .625!
    Michael Weston
    Fri May 17, 2013 4:54 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    duonyte, Zeldaz, and Chocolat - you are missing the point.

    The point is not not the 0.625 teaspoon measurement, the point is the computer is not converting the decimal number into a measurement that could be easily implemented - without thinking about it - using commonly available measuring tools; like 1/4 teaspoon, and 1/2 teaspoon.
    Michael Weston
    Fri May 17, 2013 4:57 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Zeldaz wrote:
    One half plus one eighth works for me, too, much simpler.

    That would work.... if I had a 1/8 teaspoon.
    Fri May 17, 2013 8:01 pm
    Forum Host
    Most experienced cooks can estimate this quantity with little trouble. Or they would just round down to 1/2 tsp. The fractional differences would only occasionally make a difference. There are any number of things that I don't bother to measure at all, just pour it in and go.
    Tue May 21, 2013 10:59 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Some of the good measuring spoon sets go down to 1/16 teaspoon.
    Tue May 21, 2013 5:03 pm Groupie
    I've seen some go even smaller. One of my sets goes down to 1/8, plus 1/8 tsp. is a pretty common measurement in cookbooks (Diabetes Cooking for Everyone, by Carol Gelles calls for 1/8 tsp. black pepper in many recipes). They aren't that hard to find, plus it's very easy to eyeball if you lack one that size. I don't think anyone has missed the point. Why input an amount in the thousandths in a home cooking recipe to begin with? On, sure, but that's about the only place it would make sense.
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