I have bought a product. In the use instructions, it is said to add

3 EL Wasser und 3 EL Öl

Now, I did a little bit of search, and EL definitely is not short for Exaliter. How much is it then?

  • 7
    I'd LOVE to have to put 3 exaliters of water and oil into a meal...
    – glglgl
    May 18, 2016 at 13:15
  • it's not a proper unit. it's the same nonsense as all imperial units.
    – Dbl
    May 18, 2016 at 16:41
  • @Dbl Imperial units can actually be transformed into metric ones by simple multiplication with constants. That put them above Esslöffel in forms of definition.
    – Jan
    May 26, 2016 at 9:23

1 Answer 1


El stands for Esslöffel, meaning tablespoon. Unlike US volumetric measurements, it's not strictly standardized, but 15 ml per tablespoon is the usual amount.

For the sake of completeness:

  • Tl / TL = Teelöffel, teaspoon, – 5 ml
  • El / EL = Esslöffel, tablespoon – 15 ml
  • Msp. = Messerspitze, tip of a knife – the (very vague) amount you pick up with the tip of a knife
  • Pr. = Prise, pinch – what you pick between two or three fingertips
  • 1
    15 ml sounds far too much to me for a liquid. Perhaps a gehäufter Eßlöffel of some powder is that much, but for water and oil, my tablespoons have room for perhaps 3 to 5 ml. I’m guessing the product from the question is something like Knorr Salatkrönung, and I heavily doubt one package of those is intended for 90 ml of liquid …
    – chirlu
    May 17, 2016 at 21:44
  • 3
    @chirlu, then you have particularly small tablespoons: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Küchenmaße#Besteck
    – Stephie
    May 17, 2016 at 21:47
  • 2
    In favour of the 15 ml interpretation, though: On the Salatkrönung packaging, it says “Inhalt: 10 g; ergibt 90 ml”.
    – chirlu
    May 18, 2016 at 3:37
  • 6
    @chirlu Typisch! Nicht mal die Loeffel sind was sie mal waren! ;)
    – user21173
    May 18, 2016 at 4:24
  • 3
    For the sake of complete completeness, you should add the difference between gehäuften and gestrichenen Ess-/Teelöffeln ;)
    – Jan
    May 26, 2016 at 9:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.