# How to Measure a Soup Spoon: 8 Steps (with Images)

The simplest way to measure a tablespoon is using a measuring spoon. If you don't have any such utensils at home, you can use equivalent measuring tools to calculate the required amount of the ingredient in question or make a comparison with everyday objects to measure approximately one tablespoon.

## Steps

### Method 1 of 2: Finding Equivalent Measures

#### Step 1. Use three shallow teaspoons to make one tablespoon

Decorating equivalent measurements is a great way to save time in the kitchen. The simplest conversion from a tablespoon is to teaspoons. If you don't have a tablespoon on hand, use three flat teaspoons in the recipe.

#### Step 2. Measure 1/16th of a jar

A tablespoon equals 1/16 of a jar. Remember this so you don't get your hand wrong on the recipe even when you don't have any spoons around. As the quantity is small, it is ideal to measure it in a large measuring jar, with markings on the sides. You can also half fill a 1/8 pitcher, which is often the smallest size available in kitchen measuring kits.

#### Step 3. Add 15ml of any liquid to the recipe

For a quick conversion, remember that 15 ml of any liquid equals one tablespoon. This means that a 250 ml pot, equivalent to a cup, has around 16 to 17 tablespoons. Keep in mind that measurements must be exact.

#### Step 4. Use a bottle cap to measure a tablespoon of any liquid

Some bottles have caps that are exactly equivalent to a tablespoon, which makes it much easier to measure when cooking. This typically applies to oils, flavorings and other such ingredients. Measure cap capacity the first time you buy a new ingredient to get an idea of ​​future conversion value.

### Method 2 of 2: Making Object Comparisons

#### Step 1. Keep in mind that two tablespoons equals one ping-pong ball

Knowing how to visually identify a tablespoon is essential for anyone who wants to monitor portion sizes when eating on the street. Use a ping pong ball as a reference for two tablespoons. While this is a little difficult when calculating liquid portions, the comparison is pretty straightforward when it comes to solid foods.

#### Step 2. Use the tip of your thumb as a guide for a tablespoon

Normally, the tip of the other fingers is equal to a teaspoon, while the tip of the toe is equal to a tablespoon. Place your thumb next to the ingredient you are measuring to get an idea of ​​the portion size and make any necessary adjustments if your fingers are larger or smaller than normal.

#### Step 3. Make a gourd by hand to measure out two tablespoons of liquid

A hand in a normal gourd holds approximately two tablespoons of any liquid. If you don't have a spoon or measuring cup with you, fill your hand halfway to measure one tablespoon. Add or reduce the amount of liquid if your hands are larger or smaller than average.

#### Step 4. Remember that a few servings always equal one tablespoon

Some foods have regular sized servings that can easily be converted to teaspoons. Keep this in mind the next time you're cooking or counting calories to save time. A tablespoon of sugar, for example, is equivalent to three individual packets or three cubes.