Essentials: Measuring Cups & Spoons
- By: Hallee
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Measuring cups and spoons and be broken down into two very basic categories: dry and liquid.
Liquid measuring cups tend to be clear, allowing you to measure as you pour, and have markings every ounce, quarter of a cup, milliliter, or all of the above. There is also usually a break between the top measuring line and the top of the measuring device, allowing you to carry and move liquids around without them splashing over the sides.
They make liquid measuring cups as small as an ounce and as large as you can imagine. Two cups is a good “essential” to have on hand. The smaller units of measurement go down as far as ¼ cup, and in larger measuring cups you can’t be certain there will be such small increments. I also have a problem with space. There is no place I can store a larger liquid measuring cup to have it on hand very quickly and easily. As such, it wouldn’t be worth it for me to have it at all, because I would tend to reach for the two-cup one instead of going out of the kitchen to find the larger one.
I have glass and plastic. I prefer the glass one to the plastic one. But, the plastic one has a neat trick. Instead of stooping down to eye-level with the measurements, you can look down into it and see them.
Dry measuring cups tend to be individual pieces. For a complete essential set, you want ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, and 1 cup.
You can get some that also go smaller than ¼ cup, and you can get some that have ⅔ cup and ¾ cup, but you don’t need those. I prefer my metal measuring cups to the plastic ones, but I do have both.
Measuring spoons also come in liquid or dry. The liquid spoons tend to have shallower wells in them, making pouring and measuring liquid easier.
The dry spoons are deeper, more rounded.
I have metal and plastic spoons and prefer the metal.
A good essentials set has ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon. Some also have ½ Tablespoon. A Tablespoon is 3 teaspoons, so it’s nice to have that extra spoon for the recipes that call for 1½ teaspoons of something.
This is by no means an essential to the kitchen, but it’s fun. We found these measuring spoons at a kitchen store.
I use the “nip” to put sugar sprinkles on Santa Clause’s cheeks.
I also have, but forgot to take a picture of, a shot-glass sized measuring cup that measures milliliters.
Another extra, and by no means essential but it certainly makes life in the kitchen easier, is this solids measuring cup.
I wrote about it in detail here, but to sum it up, you’ve never known the ease of measuring honey or butter until you’ve used one of these.
As you can see above, what you need to accurately measure in your kitchen is very simple. With the essentials, you can measure the ingredients for almost any recipe. And if you have a grandmother like Sidnie at Green Enough for Me, who writes recipes out with words like, “a dash of this and a smidgen of that,” you can add a couple of extras to your inventory and do just fine.
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I love it!! :)
I do have measuring cups & spoons but sometimes its fun to just make up a recipe and throw stuff in. :)
I gave my plastic ones to the boys’ kitchen drawer, and only use my metal ones now. And I have a plastic liquid measure cup that holds 3 cups… but I dropped it and the handle broke and now I can only put 2 1/2 cups in it without spilling it. I’m waiting for the PX to get a glass 3 cup one, but I think I might have to order it online.
I have to disagree – my 3/4 measuring cup is an essential! :) My chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for 3/4 cup each white and brown sugar, and 2 1/4 cups flour, so the 3/4 measuring cup is the only cup I need dirty for making cookies. :)
Love those measuring spoons – I always need a dash and never know what that means!
I have that plastic XOXO measuring cup and I love it. I hate it when my measuring cups go missing. They are such a necessary part of cooking! (Unless you’re my husband, then you just throw whatever looks like the right amount and hope for the best)
Where do you find the 1/64th tsp. aka “nip”? NIP also means new in package and of course a part of the female anatomy so searching for it online is nearly impossible. I could find a drop 1/60th of a tsp, but then if I double that I won’t have a 1/32 which seems impractical. I don’t care if it’s a local shop or online can you give me some info?
We got ours at an outlet mall store called Kitchen Collection. Here’s a link to the measuring spoons online: http://www.kitchencollection.com/Temp_Products.cfm?sku=01077417&RankThis=Y&Searched=measuring%20spoons&