Measuring Cups

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A good-quality measuring cup is essential to getting the right amount of an ingredient into a recipe. Many cheap measuring cups on the market are not calibrated correctly, and result can be that your recipes won't turn out the way you'd like them to.

Choosing Glass, Pyrex or Plastic Measuring Cups

Measuring cups are available in a range of different materials, most commonly plastic, glass and Pyrex. In essence, there is not much of a difference between these materials, but make sure to buy a measuring cup that is heavy and feels sturdy, whatever material you end up choosing. Avoid thinner types of plastic, which can easily crack or break.

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Pyrex measuring cups are ideal for most homes, because they are made from a special synthetic material that is hard as glass but resists chipping, cracking and shattering. However, if Pyrex isn't available, glass measuring cups are a good choice because glass is completely non-absorbent and dishwasher safe.

Additional Features of Measuring Cups

In addition to the basic material of your measuring cup, there are a few features you can also pick from. Adjustable measuring cups are great for home cooks who don't like a ton of clutter or useless kitchen appliances or gadgets. These handy measurers are designed to be able to accurately determine any amount of wet or dry ingredient. In addition, adjustable measuring cups allow you to eject material with a gentle touch at the bottom of the cup, making it easy to measure sticky things like peanut butter, honey or syrups.

You may also look into angled measuring cups, which are specially designed with a sloped interior. The result is that your wet or dry materials are easy to read either from the side or the top, and there is no need to fiddle with the cup to make sure ingredients are leveling correctly and being measured accurately. With a traditional measuring cup, it's easy to measure the wrong amount of wet or dry ingredients, because "eyeballing" the cup from the top leads to a misleading reading. But with a sloped cup, wherever you read the measurement from, it is guaranteed to be accurate.