Questions and Answers – Scant Measurement
I frequently see the word “scant” after a listed ingredient (e.g., “1 teaspoon salt, scant”). In this context, what does “scant” mean? – Neil (6/11/02)
Scant means lacking a small part of the whole – not quite up to full measure or just barely. In other words, 1 scant teaspoon means not quite a whole teaspoon but a little less. In cooking, scant refers to an amount that just barely reaching or not packed.
Scant is a very bad term to use in a recipe. The recipe should give the exact amount or say “to taste.”