Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

And verily, let it be known as 0.15625ml

We're obliged to Reg reader Stephen Gunnell for providing a possible answer to the pressing question of how much exactly is a "smidge".

To recap, this diminutive measure is a favoured unit in our post-pub nosh neckfiller recipes, as in "a smidge of furikake seasoning" – although we've never defined it scientifically.

This oversight prompted one Alister to demand clarification, and indeed just how the smidge measures up to the "pinch" and the "gnat's".

Well, Stephen got in touch to let us known that, rather improbably, Australian cheesemakers have a handle on this, as this delightful set of mini measuring spoons demonstrates:

Set of five mini measuring spoons, marked with smidgen and pinch, etc

Blessed indeed are the cheesemakers, for while they may not actually inherit the earth, they have at least provided enlightenment in dark and confusing culinary times, as follows:

  • Tad = 1/4 teaspoon = 1.25ml
  • Dash = 1/8 teaspoon = 0.625ml
  • Pinch = 1/16 teaspoon = 0.3125ml
  • Smidgen* = 1/32 teaspoon = 0.15625ml
  • Drop = 1/64 teaspoon = 0.078125ml

Of course, we still have to consider how to translate 0.15625ml to a dry measure of furikake, but praise be that we have a precise starting point from which to proceed. Amen. ®


*We'd render the full-fat title "smidgeon", but "smidgen" or indeed "smidgin" are legit alternatives.

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