If the recipe indicates how many grams of flour or sugar you need for a dish and there is no scales at hand – you can measure the required amount of ingredients with a tablespoon, a glass (the same as UK, Australian, New Zealand or Canadian cup (metric) = 250 ml) or a teaspoon. For example, the recipe uses 100 grams of some product – sour cream, cacao or honey – how many tablespoons is it? You need to know how much this product in a tablespoon – and voila: this is a simple solution to the problem. If, of course, you have a universal table of measure and weight
But … well, no chane without this ‘but’? – To answer, how many grams there is in a tablespoon / teaspoon or a glass, it will be useful to know a few nuances:
If a recipe contains a number of tablespoons, it’s mostly about tablespoons of 15 ml – that is, 15 gr of water in such a tablespoon (water is one of the few products in which the number of milliliters = grams).
Far not all tablespoons, even if they are sold in a store under this name, have a volume of 15 ml. For example, two spoons in the photo: the left tablespoon contains 15 ml, but that on the right, though, looking slightly different, can only hold 12 ml
If it is necessary to measure loose products, for example, flour, it can be taken differently: if the “normal” tablespoon holds 20 g – 25 g of flour, then the scaly tablespoon at the level with the sides as in the photo – only up to 10 gr of flour.
In fact, picking flour in a tablespoon exactly 20 gr – like many authoritative culinary books and sites say (in Cuisine succès: L’ècole de la cuisine – even up to 18 gr), is not so easy.
Because if you have a little more in the tablespoon (and ‘on the eye’ will not be so noticeable – compare with the previous picture) – this will give you 30 gr of flour in the same tablespoon. Some cookbooks indicated it is this number – for example, the famous Daria Tsvek’s cookbook.
And, of course, if you try hard, a tablespoon can hold up to 50 grams of flour.
Similar with teaspoons: here’s a photo of ‘normal’ teaspoon – we have 10 gr of salt.
Here’s a hot teaspoon – about 15 gr of salt.
And this is a scabby teaspoon, in a level with sides – 7-8 gr of salt.
And in the end, a glass: most culinary sources give a measure of 250 ml (although Wikipedia for some reason 200 ml) – this gives us 160 gr of flour, and it needs to be filled (no sifting or dipping the measuring cup directly into the flour sack, but just spoonning the flour into measuring glass or cup ), then even desirable 1 time it is easyly to hit a glass to the table, so that there was excessive air – then there will be 160 gr.
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