According to Wikipedia, a pinch is an “amount that can be taken between the thumb and forefinger”. Because this varies from person to person, I try not to use it TOO much in my recipes but, if I’m cooking a different version or flavor of something that I’ve posted before, I always measure in pinches. 😉
You see, there is something beautiful about a pinch. It is dancing on the line between an orgasm of the tongue and the desire to vomit. In this one quality, the measurement of a pinch holds in it the spice of life (every pun intended).
At the same time, a pinch is anything you want it to be at that moment. Measuring utensils are like boxes; pinches color outside the lines. Not craving sugar so much today? Use a smaller pinch….you can’t do that with a box.
That being said, though, even boxes have their place. Leavenings don’t work well in pinches. For these, we use teaspoons and tablespoons as follows:
1c. = 1 standard US cup
1T. = 1 standard MEASURING tablespoon (not the eating kind)
1t. = 1 standard MEASURING teaspoon
1oz. = 1 fluid ounce (usually equivalent to 2T, but not always)