I had my measuring spoon but lost it, now I am totally confused about what is 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 2/3, etc. With normal tea or tablespoon, how can we measure the above-mentioned measurement? I am a visual person to it will help to have a chart that show it visually

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    The way you do this is you go to the store and buy measuring spoons.
    – Rob
    Jan 16, 2022 at 12:01
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    @moscafj: Scales are useless if you’re following a recipe that’s in spoons unless you know the density of everything… and have a scale that is accurate to fractions of a gram
    – Joe
    Jan 16, 2022 at 13:12
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    If rounded off grams are precise enough, so will be the 'half a spoon' measurement I learned back at home before we had sets of measuring spoons and electronic scales. And ever tried to measure a half spoon worth of spices on scales which are up to 5 kilos (about 10 pound)?
    – Willeke
    Jan 16, 2022 at 16:40
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    Ever used 5 kilo scales for 1 gram? It will not measure it. And OP is clearly not familiar with spices measured in the hand (besides, a spoon is mostly much cleaner than a hand.)
    – Willeke
    Jan 16, 2022 at 17:23
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    When you say ‘normal tea or tablespoon’, are you talking about the sort that you’d use to set the table with? Because those aren’t really standardized the same way measuring spoons are
    – Joe
    Jan 17, 2022 at 2:25

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In an emergency you can measure half a spoon relatively precise with just a normal spoon (either a table spoon or a teaspoon) quarters are less precise.

Take your spoon and fill it as normal for the spoon measurement. Now take a knife or an almost sharp plastic object and 'cut' the filling of the spoon in half, cutting from the handle to the tip. Next you put one half of the content of the spoon back in the container. (So doing all this over the container or a clean plate will work.)

For a quarter spoon you do the same but repeat with a second cut at a 90 degree angle, which is harder to guess.

I would likely use the plastic dough scraper which lives in my kitchen drawer but I remember my mother using a small and not too sharp knife, as you do not want to damage your spoon.

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