Abbreviations, Undeciphered – The Cookbook Edition Ofcourse!

Abbreviations, Undeciphered - The Cookbook Edition Ofcourse! - Cuisine Canvas

There are millions of dishes out there in the world, and so many of them are typically traditional and many more which are universal. These recipes are reported in multiple languages and in all mediums, but almost anywhere it is reported one thing remains constant and universal, the ‘abbreviations’. We all have been in situations where we are trying to cook and we see some abbreviations in the recipe book that we cannot understand. In this article, we will take a look at the common abbreviations used in recipes and their importance.

Common abbreviations

Most abbreviations that exist are for some sort of measurement. We are all aware of the common abbreviations like kg, g, l, and ml. The lesser-known abbreviations are TBl or TBsp both of which stand for tablespoon. Another such common short form is C, which stands for cup and lb that stands for pound. Oz stands for ounce. There are many more which may make us switch our mobiles on and make google do its work.

Some typical abbreviations that are a little difficult to understand are pinch or dash, jigger, cup. To be precise a pinch stands for less than ⅛ tablespoon and jigger stands for 1 ⅛ fluid ounces.

Abbreviation(s)Full form
C, cCup
G, gGram
Kg, kgKilogram
L, lLitre
Lb, lbPound
mL, mlMililitre
Oz, ozOunce
PnPinch
PtPint
t, tspTeaspoon
T, TB, Tbl, Tbsp, tbspTablespoon
Common Abbreviations for Measurement

The most difficult task is to exactly understand and follow the recipe measurement steps. To perfect a dish a chef must know in what quantity they should add the ingredients.

It also plays a big role in, the least or no wastage when the desired and perfect quantities of items are added.

This Measurement . . .. . . Equals To This Measurement
Pinch or dashless than 1/8 teaspoon
3 teaspoons1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons1 fluid ounce
1 jigger1 1/2 fluid ounces
4 tablespoons1/4 cup
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon1/3 cup
12 tablespoons3/4 cup
16 tablespoons1 cup
1 cup8 fluid ounces
2 cups1 pint or 16 fluid ounces
2 pints1 quart or 32 fluid ounces
4 quarts1 gallon
Converting Measurements

Cookbook is not just about sharing a variety of food products and recipes. When someone shares a recipe that is traditional or reinvented, they share their culture along with that recipe. Differences are known to carry a cultural diversity within them. The love of food has been knows as the most important factor of bringing people together from different origins. Also when people exchange recipes, they not just sharing the food but also their ideas and thinking on the dinner table.

Food might be seen as an effortless thing but many of the aspects that it carries alongside it that are very anthropological in nature. These are some reasons that make it worth having an interest in food and cooking, which also makes it enjoyable and not to mention sustains our health. 

Absolute Benefit Of Number Of Units Sold or you may abbreviate it to ABS BONUS – Knowing the abbreviations benefits you when you search a dish on Youtube as well. Ask us how?

By knowing the abbreviations you may be able to write the recipe as the chef speaks without pausing the video, as you will start documenting the recipe in shorthand.

For example: Sugar-free becomes SuF

                    Liquid becomes liq

                         Baking Powder becomes BP or B.P

Last one!……..Dozen becomes doz.


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