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Question:

I frequently see the word "scant" after a listed ingredient (e.g., "1 tsp. salt, scant"). In this context, what does "scant" mean?   - Neil (6/11/02)
 


Answer: 

Scant means lacking a small part of the whole; not quite up to full measure. In other words, 1 scant teaspoon means not quite a whole teaspoon but a little less. Scant is a very bad term to use in a recipe. The recipe should give the exact amount or say "to taste."

 

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