Updated: June 8, 2015
Measuring Cup Reviews:If you like to cook or bake at all, then owning a set of measuring cups of spoons is a must for your kitchen. I did a little baking growing up - the basics like brownies or cookies - and got started with measuring flour, vegetable oil, and other ingredients in measuring cups. After I got married we purchased a nicer set of measuring cups/spoons and a few of the larger measuring cups (1 quart and 2 cups). OXO sells a 3 piece set of angle measuring cups for less than $20. Even the high end 6 or 7 piece sets (stainless steel of course) from RSVP or MIU France are only $30 and should last a lifetime. We know that experienced chefs tend to 'eyeball' many of their measurements for ingredients - a dash of salt, a heap of oil, etc. For us beginners, it's best to go by the book and measure things out exactly. I tend to be someone who follows recipes exactly as told so that way I won't screw anything up. I have found that measuring cups help me stay organized - I'll usually have all the ingredients layed out in front of me and then just have to add them when directed by the recipe. Which measuring cups are the best? Should I go with stainless steel? Where do you buy measuring cups at? We answer all those questions down below.
Choosing Measuring Cups/Spoons - There is not much in terms of decision making. Most are offered either as plastic or stainless steel. The sets of spoons and measuring cups cover almost all basic sizes - 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 Tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1 cup. There are a few sets with even more measuring cups or spoons, but they are not necessary for most cooking/recipes. Pyrex makes the larger measuring cups (1 cup, 2 cups, or 1 quart). The Pyrex glass is non-porous which means they don't absorb food flavors, stains, or odors. Not all sets are sold with cups and spoons - many that we saw were mesauring cups only. The top brands are Progressive, Pyrex, Norpro, Oxo, RSVP, Cuisipro and MIU. Target stores carry a decent selection, you can also find them in Macy's, Williams Sonoma, and Walmart. We find that Amazon.com is the best source online with dozens of brands, low prices, and lots of consumer opinions and feedback to help you make an informed purchase. In terms of storage and keeping them altogether. We suggest going with the sets that have a main ring that all the cups or spoons attaches to. The 'nesting' variety are ok too if you have a good spot to keep them. The largest holds the next biggest and so on until the last one fits inside. They are all dishwasher safe and easy to clean which is just what any cook wants to hear. You can browse the best selling measuring cup sets here.