What is ' Tbs. ' in cooking ?

Banhri

New Member
France and French
Hello people,

I'm trying to translate some English recipes into French but there's a few words I don't really get. Is there someone who could help me please ?

What does ' Tbs. ' mean when one talks about ' 1 Tbs. butter ', for instance ?

When ' cup ' is refered to a ' half a cup of sugar ' for instance, is that a capuccino cup or espresso cup ?

I'm sorry for my stupid words ;o((

But thank you for your answers if you know them ! :eek:)
 
  • bobepine

    Senior Member
    Canada, English & French
    Hi,

    Usually, the abbreviation is tbsp. for tablespoon. Be careful not to confuse with tsp. teaspoon.
    A cup is 8 ounces.

    (I'm sorry, I haven't yet learned to cook in metric!)
     

    wildan1

    Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
    English - USA
    1 tablespoon (1 Tbsp./T.) = une cuillerée à soupe
    1 teaspoon (1 tsp./t.) = une cuillerée à café

    Les recettes en Amérique du nord sont données en volumes et non pas en poids :

    1 cup = 0,23 litre (mesure liquide ou solide indifféremment dans les recettes nord-américaines)
    1/2 cup = 0,12 l.
     
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    Banhri

    New Member
    France and French
    Thank you all for your quick answers !

    Et merci à vous Wildan1 pour les précisions que vous avez apportées en ce qui concerne le " cup " !
     

    wildan1

    Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
    English - USA
    That's odd, Wildan, I learned it somewhat differently.

    To me, a cuiller à soupe is 4 teaspoons, larger than a cuiller à table. And a cuiller à thé is larger than a cuiller à café.

    Hang on, here's a good explanation: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit%C3%A9s_de_mesure_pour_la_cuisine

    I was referring to the spoons the average person in France would find in their kitchen drawer. Since their recipes are measured out in weight, they don't have the precise system of measuring spoons we have in N. America. So you have to approximate with the household silverware if you're translating our kind of recipe!
     
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