What is the Definition of a Heaping Tablespoon?

A heaping tablespoon indicates that the tablespoon should be filled to capacity with the item. A recipe that merely says “1 tablespoon” suggests that the tablespoon should be level; unless otherwise specified, a heaping tablespoon should not be used.

A heaping tablespoon differs slightly from a rounded tablespoon in that it is stacked above the rim of the spoon in a rounded form rather than being levelled off. Only use a heaping tablespoon for dry ingredients that can easily be heaped up to the rim of the tablespoon.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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