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You're Not Sure How Big a Pinch Really Is
So, how do you start salting your food without measuring, if you're unsure what a quarter-teaspoon of salt even looks like? Cayne has a simple trick: A small pinch is what you can hold between your thumb and index finger, and is equal to about 1/4 teaspoon. A larger, three-finger pinch is equal to a scant (meaning almost-but-not-quite) teaspoon.