pinch in cooking is a very small amount of
an ingredient, typically salt, sugar or
spice. Traditionally it was defined as "an
amount that can be taken between the thumb
and forefinger". Historically the pinch was
more precisely defined by some U.S.
cookbooks as approximately 1⁄8 teaspoon.
In the early 2000s some companies began
selling measuring spoons that defined (or
redefined) a dash as 1⁄8 teaspoon, a pinch
as 1⁄16 teaspoon, and a smidgen as 1⁄32
teaspoon. Based on these spoons, there are
two pinches in a dash and two smidgens in a
One pinch of fine salt is approximately 1⁄4
gram (20–24 pinches per teaspoon), while one
pinch of sugar is 1⁄3 – 1⁄2 gram.