“When it coats the back of a spoon”

When making sauces and gravies, one of the standards for measuring the thickness of the liquid is whether it “coats the back of a spoon.” The same standard is used when making the custard base for ice cream.

What exactly does it mean? When does the liquid coat the back of the spoon? Surely, any liquid will coat a spoon if the spoon is dipped in it. »

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