Measuring cups are available in styles; nested measuring cup and
plastic or glass measuring cup. In general you will need both types
as each has a different use. Nested measuring cups are best used for
measuring dry ingredients and solid fats. They usually range in size
from 1/8 cup to 2 cups although you can find larger sizes such as a
4 cup measuring cup. A basic set will have the following sizes; 1/4
cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup. Expanded sets often include 1/8
cup, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup and 2 cup.
Glass measuring cups are used for measuring liquids and are most often available in 1 cup , 2 cup, 4 cup and 8 cup sizes. A glass measuring cup, such as the Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup shown below, will have additional markings such as 1/4 cup, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4 and so on. This enables you to measure off the necessary amount of liquid. To obtain accurate measurement place the measuring cup on a flat surface and get the measurement at eye level.
Remember for best accuracy use nested measuring cups for dry ingredients and glass measuring cup for liquids.
Measuring spoons range in size from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. A basic measuring spoon set will have 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon. Some sets will include 1/8 or 3/4 teaspoon. Have you ever seen a recipe that calls for a pinch of salt or other seasoning and are unsure how much is in a pinch? In a smidge or drop? We even found a measuring spoon set, shown below, that measures ingredients in amounts known as hint, pinch, smidge and drop.
We wanted to share a few tips for measuring ingredients. Although it is fairly easy to know how to measure ingredients there are a few hints that will help you easily and accurately measure ingredients. As mentioned above, for greatest accuracy use nested measuring cups for dry ingredients and solid fats and, use a glass measuring cup for liquids. Measuring spoons can be used for either dry or liquid ingredients. When using graduated measuring spoons for thinner liquids simply pour liquid into appropriate spoon until full. Thicker liquids can be poured or scooped until full. For dry ingredients and solid fats fill spoon until full, pack down and level off with spatula.
When using glass measuring cups to measure stick ingredients such as honey or corn syrup lightly spray the measuring cup with cooking spray. When measuring solid fats and brown sugar pack down firmly into the nested measuring cup using spoon or finger, then level off with spatula. If you are measuring shredded cheese or similar semi moist foods pack down lightly. Flour, bread crumbs sugar and similar ingredients should be tapped down lightly. Tapping down can be easily accomplished by filling cup and banging it lightly against table to settle the ingredient. Add a little more if necessary and level off with a spatula.