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tablespoons - do they exist?

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starkadder Sat 19-Sep-09 13:33:51

OK, so my DH says that when a recipe calls for a tablespoon, what it really means is a dessert spoon, since NO-ONE has tablespoons. He claims that this is true because we don't have any tablespoons and because he has never seen one in a shop. I think we don't have any because we have never bought any and that he has never seen one in a shop because he has never been into a kitchen equipment shop...

Opinions please!

Cies Sat 19-Sep-09 13:38:39

I have tablespoons - they are bigger than dessert spoons. We also call them serving spoons. If it's causing a problem, why don't you buy one of those sets of measuring spoons?

southeastastra Sat 19-Sep-09 13:39:44

i have some too grin

roomforthree Sat 19-Sep-09 13:41:53

Your DH is wrong.

A tablespoon equates to 15ml. i.e. 3 teaspoons.

Itsjustafleshwound Sat 19-Sep-09 13:43:16

Tablespoon - 15ml

I have them too!

Itsjustafleshwound Sat 19-Sep-09 13:44:32

And a dessert spoon is a different measurement - I think it is 10ml

MrsBlennerhasset Sat 19-Sep-09 13:44:50

Tablespoon = 15mls
Dessert spoon = 10mls
Teaspoon = 5mls

ShowOfHands Sat 19-Sep-09 13:45:38

I have two tablespoons. <<preen>>

mawbroon Sat 19-Sep-09 13:55:18

I use measuring spoons. Just looking at my assorted cutlery drawer, there are all different sizes of "tablespoons" and "teaspoons". Some are fairly flat and some are deep, so there's no way they hold the same!

I was given american measuring cups too and never saw myself using them, until I realised that it opened up a whole host of recipes off the internet that didn't need translated from cups to oz.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 19-Sep-09 13:56:52

Your DH is wrong.

You can buy measuring spoons all over the place and a dessert spoon is smaller than a tablespoon.

MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 13:58:05

I have a table spoon and measuring spoons.

Your DH is clueless and should stick to gardening/woodwork/knitting...

serenity Sat 19-Sep-09 13:59:29

I have tablespoons and measuring spoons *preens more than SoH* :p

Can you get US 'cups' over here? I have a really nice Muffin cookbook that's a pita to use because it's all in American.

MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 14:04:16

My foodprocessor has a cups measurement on it.

madamy Sat 19-Sep-09 14:05:57

I have 2 old fashioned tablespoons, measuring spoons and cups! Got the last 2 in nice sets from Lakeland

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 19-Sep-09 14:08:41

You can buy jugs with cup measurements on and bread makers have cup measurements on their measuring cups too.

Actually, I got some silver measuring cups in Sainsbury's that look like little saucepans.

MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 14:11:01

US measuring cups

Strangely enough, I have not found a proper old fashioned tablespoon. Are they not made anymore?

norksinmywaistband Sat 19-Sep-09 14:15:42

I got mine at a car boot sale

deepdarkwood Sat 19-Sep-09 14:16:34

Your dh is bonkers smile
I have three tablespoons ... although only my granny's old one is a 'proper' tablespoon ito being 15 ml

serenity Sat 19-Sep-09 14:22:31


Having checked my measuring jug, following FBG's post, I find it has cups on it. Observation is plainly not one of my finer skills. Ta for that. (in my defence I've only had it *counts fingers* 12 years... )

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 19-Sep-09 14:23:16


MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 14:23:39

Ok, maybe someone else knows where to get one, I am all googled out.

I will guard my good old tbsp with my life now that I know it is irreplacable. Not so keen on the measuring spoon sets.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 19-Sep-09 14:26:46

What do you want MmeLindt?

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 19-Sep-09 14:28:15

Old English tablespoon.

MmeLindt Sat 19-Sep-09 14:32:10

I don't actually want one, I have one.

I was wasting time amusing myself trying to find on for the OP intead of doing the ironing

Thredworm Sat 19-Sep-09 14:40:24

To answer the question in the thread title, there is no (table)spoon.

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