Many years back there was a small article in Gourmet magazine that completely changed our approach to baking. Sound dramatic? Well, the contents of the article demanded a dramatic reaction! The story explained how they had all their editors bring in their sets of measuring spoons from home. They measured 1 tablespoon of salt with each set, weighed the contents and noted the results, which, astonishingly, varied from 6 to 14 grams! They assumed that all measuring spoons were the same. We certainly had been putting faith in our sets and bet you have, too. How could it be that the results varied by more than 100%?
Industry standards exist, but they are guidelines and not laws. We have researched reputable companies and use Cuisipro stainless steel spoons in our test kitchen. The standard set includes 1/8-teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon. They also offer a set that includes a Pinch, 1/8-teaspoon, 2/3-teaspoon, 1 ½ teaspoons and 2 teaspoons sizes. They are an elegant and useful slender oval shape that fits into most containers.