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?

  • 3 EL = 3 tablespoons. You are probably making the cucumber mix. I found that recipe a bit bland. Would definitely add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Enjoy.
    – Joeblow
    Apr 16 at 23:17

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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
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    For the sake of complete completeness, you should add the difference between gehäuften and gestrichenen Ess-/Teelöffeln ;)
    – Jan
    May 26, 2016 at 9:25

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