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tsp or Tsp are they the same?

Today I was reading http://www.freshattitude.laughinglem...ipe-Ideas.aspx and decided to try to make Bärlauch butter. It must have been the sun what caused the brain fade: I decided that a tsp is a table spoon, with the result that my lovely looking butter was, shall we say, a tad salty.

It got me thinking, does the capital T mean anything other than tea (spoon)?

A tsp is always a teaspoon?

What's a tablespoon? Is there such a measure?

Please, note that I can usually follow a recipe, it must have been the weather .
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Old 26.03.2012, 18:38
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

tsp = teaspoon (just a bit bigger than a demitasse-sized spoon)
tbsp = tablespoon (soup spoon sized)

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

Don't quite know what the capital T means. I would've assumed teaspoon, as well.

Remember, if you are using an American recipe, that when they call for salt, they mean iodized, finely ground Morton's salt that shakes out of a cardboard container.

If you substitute Fleur de Sel, it will be waaaay saltier than American salt.
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

Tsp = teaspoon
Tbsp = tablespoon, in most recipes. whether is has a capital T, or a lower case t, doesn't make a difference ( where I come from.. :-)

Yes, I imagine that your recipe was asking for a teaspoon of salt - I would find even that to be rather salty.

Thanks for the link to the recipes though. I picked a pile of the stuff yesterday, used some just crushed up in some soup last night, and am glad to have ideas for more ways to use it.
ANyone got a recipe for creamy berlauch soup? I have p[revioulsy had it in eastern Austria (Heinburg) and love the gentle garlic flaour.
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

3 teaspoons are in 1 tablespoon. They're just different forms of measurement.
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

when the T is capitalized it's usually a tablespoon. Even though the "b" should be in there as well, I've seen recipes where they use a small t and a capital T as the only distinction.

A table spoon is 15grams. A teaspoon is 5 grams. More or less. You are measuring volume vs weight so sometimes that doesn't really work, especially with very light or very heavy ingredients.
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

Ok, that makes sense.

Thank you all. Happy to see there a consensus

Back to the kitchen to try to salvage the bloody butter

(Note to self: read the recipes more carefully)
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

tsp = teaspoon (5 ml) and is usually lower case
Tbsp = Tablespoon (15 ml) and is usually initial capitalized
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Tsp = teaspoon
Tbsp = tablespoon, in most recipes. whether is has a capital T, or a lower case t, doesn't make a difference ( where I come from.. :-)

Yes, I imagine that your recipe was asking for a teaspoon of salt - I would find even that to be rather salty.

Thanks for the link to the recipes though. I picked a pile of the stuff yesterday, used some just crushed up in some soup last night, and am glad to have ideas for more ways to use it.
ANyone got a recipe for creamy berlauch soup? I have p[revioulsy had it in eastern Austria (Heinburg) and love the gentle garlic flaour.
I'm going to try the mayonnaise next.

And this time I WILL be more careful reading the abbreviations
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

but I have seen
Tsp : tablespoon (without the b)
tsp: teaspoon

capital "t" is always tablespoon and lower case "t" teaspoon. But it is confusing!
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when the T is capitalized it's usually a tablespoon. Even though the "b" should be in there as well, I've seen recipes where they use a small t and a capital T as the only distinction.
Hand-written recipes from my mother and grandmother often are this way. Tsp for Tablespoon, tsp for teaspoon.

If I am copying it over for a friend, I'll try to remember to add the "b" so that it's less confusing, but I'm sure I miss some.
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

@ biff:

This sounds lovely, I might try it next. Is it what you were looking for?

http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/600561
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@ biff:

This sounds lovely, I might try it next. Is it what you were looking for?

http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/600561
That sounds great - it had not occurred to me to add potatoes to the mix - a good way to have a thicker soup, but without using too much cream or any thickening agent. I may omit the nuts though.
Thank you very much.
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but I have seen
Tsp : tablespoon (without the b)
tsp: teaspoon

capital "t" is always tablespoon and lower case "t" teaspoon. But it is confusing!
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Hand-written recipes from my mother and grandmother often are this way. Tsp for Tablespoon, tsp for teaspoon.

If I am copying it over for a friend, I'll try to remember to add the "b" so that it's less confusing, but I'm sure I miss some.
Yes. I've seen them like that too, without the b. I've also seen them listed just as t and T .
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Re: tsp or Tsp are they the same?

I just had this argument recently...

In the US, 3 tsp is 1 Tbsp. But in some other countries (some areas of S. Africa (b/c the person I was arguing with is S. African), Australia and older UK recipes are examples), 4 tsp is 1 Tbsp. They do agree that 1 tsp is ~5 ml though. See here for more.

So it can be confusing and it does matter where the recipe comes from. I always go with the smaller measurement, taste after mixing, and add more if necessary. Hope this helps.
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Remember, if you are using an American recipe, that when they call for salt, they mean iodized, finely ground Morton's salt that shakes out of a cardboard container.

If you substitute Fleur de Sel, it will be waaaay saltier than American salt.
Tell me about it. My US chocolate chip cookies turned out like pieces of the Dead Sea
The next time, I'll use a pinch instead of a teaspoonful.
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