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How to Carefully Measure Ingredients

Accurate measuring will make you a better cook. See how.
By Published Nov. 29, 2019

In the test kitchen, we use measurements of weight, volume, size, time, and temperature to help ensure that our recipes are foolproof. We truly do believe that careful measuring will make you a better cook. Check out the top measuring tools below, see what they're best used for, and more importantly, why they're highly recommended by our team.

1. Scales

Digital Kitchen Scale

Digital kitchen scales provide the most accurate means of measuring dry ingredients, especially in baking. We also use them for tasks such as weighing burgers to ensure even sizing.

TEST KITCHEN FAVORITE: OXO Good Grips 11 lb. Food Scale with Pull Out Display ($49.95)

2. Liquid Measuring Cups

Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup

We like clear glass (or Pyrex) liquid measuring cups best because their markings are easy to read and they are safe to heat in the microwave. Durable markings are important, too.

TIP: To measure liquids, fill a liquid measuring cup, place it on the counter, bend down so the cup's markings are at eye level, and then slowly pour in the liquid. Fill until the center of the liquid (which curves slightly downward) is at the desired measurement.

TEST KITCHEN FAVORITE: Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup ($5.99)

3. Adjustable Measuring Cups

Adjustable Measuring Cup

The best tool for measuring semisolid, sticky ingredients such as honey, peanut butter, and sour cream is an adjustable measuring cup. The plunger-style design makes accurate measuring and tidy unloading a breeze.

TEST KITCHEN FAVORITE: KitchenArt Adjust-A-Cup Professional Series, 2-Cup ($12.95)

4. Measuring Spoons

Measuring Spoons

Every time we test them, we're surprised at how many bad measuring spoons are on the market. As with much kitchen gear, simpler measuring spoons are better.

TEST KITCHEN FAVORITE: Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set ($12.33)

5. Dry Measuring Cups

Measuring Cups

Good dry measuring cups are accurate, durable, and stackable and allow you to dip and sweep easily.

TIP: When measuring dry ingredients, we use the dip-and-sweep method to ensure accuracy. Dip the measuring cup into an ingredient and scoop so the cup is overflowing, and then scrape the top level using a flat surface such as the back edge of a knife (as shown above).

TEST KITCHEN FAVORITE: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups ($19.99)