# Volume Units – how much is EL?

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?

• I'd LOVE to have to put 3 exaliters of water and oil into a meal... May 18 '16 at 13:15
• it's not a proper unit. it's the same nonsense as all imperial units.
– Dbl
May 18 '16 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 '16 at 9:23

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
• 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 … May 17 '16 at 21:44
• @chirlu, then you have particularly small tablespoons: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Küchenmaße#Besteck May 17 '16 at 21:47
• In favour of the 15 ml interpretation, though: On the Salatkrönung packaging, it says “Inhalt: 10 g; ergibt 90 ml”. May 18 '16 at 3:37
• @chirlu Typisch! Nicht mal die Loeffel sind was sie mal waren! ;)
– user21173
May 18 '16 at 4:24
• For the sake of complete completeness, you should add the difference between gehäuften and gestrichenen Ess-/Teelöffeln ;)
– Jan
May 26 '16 at 9:25