"Knob" of butter

What's a general, loose measurement for a "knob" of butter? A tablespoon? A door-knob sized hunk? Thanks!

  • Posted by: Pegeen
  • August 26, 2011
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Sagegreen
Sagegreen August 26, 2011

I think of it as the size of a walnut, maybe 1 ounce...but that just my reading!

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Woodside
Woodside August 26, 2011

FWIW, I consider it to be about 2 tablespoons.

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boulangere
boulangere August 26, 2011

I consider it to be a good tablespoon. About what you could cut or carve off generously with a teaspoon - literally one with which you would stir tea. Don't be stingy.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 26, 2011

An English friend told me you scrape the bar of butter lengthwise for a "knob",

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thirschfeld
thirschfeld August 26, 2011

A knob of butter is proportional to the size of the pan. For a 12 inch saute pan a knob is a hefty 1 + tablespoon, for a 14 inch pan it is 2 + tablespoons. Then if you are Australia just remember the pan swirls in the opposite direction.

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amysarah
amysarah August 26, 2011

I had a British house-mate in grad school and we often cooked together. She'd often refer to a 'knob of butter.' I finally asked how big a knob was...she replied: 'size doesn't matter' and proceeded to crack up. (We were well into a bottle of wine at the time.) I had no idea what she was talking about or why it was so damn funny until later, when I learned the other meaning of 'knob' in British slang. True story.

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boulangere
boulangere August 26, 2011

Perfect frame of reference, amysarah, all wine aside.

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boulangere
boulangere August 26, 2011

Which brings us back to sagegreen's wal-uh-nuts.

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Sagegreen
Sagegreen August 26, 2011

Lol!

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boulangere
boulangere August 26, 2011

Perfect, Sagegreen!

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Pegeen
Pegeen August 27, 2011

Thanks, everyone. OK - good to know it's smaller than a door-knob!

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mensaque
mensaque August 28, 2011

I agree to the "wallnut reading"...

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