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What is the difference between Teaspoon and Tablespoon?

Asked by Demi , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Jun 11, 2020

When cooking a recipe, there are a number of measurements that may be asked for. This is why it is best to know the differences between the measurements. Two of those measurements are teaspoons and tablespoons. Between the two, a tablespoon is bigger.

Another way to differentiate between the two is that on the spoons are abbreviations. A teaspoon is abbreviated with the letters tsp. A tablespoon is abbreviated with the letters tbsp.

Over time, both have been able to be used in cooking in recipes. However, traditionally, tablespoons were used for preparing food, while teaspoons were used to stir drinks or add liquids.

 

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B. Strickland, Sales Manager, MBA, Houston

Answered Jun 11, 2020

Teaspoons and tablespoons are two different types of kitchenware that are used for their appropriate purposes. The teaspoon is the smaller spoon, while the tablespoon is the bigger one. In a typical set of cutleries, the teaspoon is generally the smallest in the group, unless a coffee spoon is present. Its primary use is for tea. It is the spoon people use for adding sugar to and stirring hot drinks, such as coffee or tea.

However, they may also be used to eat certain types of desserts in fancy restaurants. A tablespoon is mostly used to serve some foods on the table. It can also be used for measuring out ingredients such as sugar, baking powder, flour, and vanilla, and sometimes, a tablespoon is used to measure cough medicine. Both teaspoons and tablespoons are used to measure volume.

 

C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered Jun 11, 2020

One of the obvious differences between a teaspoon and a tablespoon is their size. Tablespoons are generally bigger than teaspoons. The difference in their size is actually because both are made specifically to serve different purposes. Teaspoons are used mostly to stir or add sugar to tea.

Most times, teaspoons are the idea cutlery set for measuring the volume of certain materials while cooking. There are other types of cutlery sets that look more like teaspoons; they are; coffee spoons, dessert spoons, and Orange spoons. On the other hand, tablespoons are used mostly to prepare food and also for serving food.

The volume of a tablespoon and a teaspoon is not the same for every country. However, in the United States, the volume of a tablespoon is equivalent to that of three teaspoons. Another difference is that teaspoons are usually denoted with 'tsp' while tablespoons are usually denoted with “Tbsp."

 

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