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.
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Liquid Measuring Cups
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. The test kitchen's favorite model is from Pyrex.
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.
Adjustable Measuring Cups
The best tool for measuring semisolid, sticky ingredients such as honey, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, and sour cream is an adjustable measuring cup. The plunger-style design makes accurate measuring and tidy unloading a breeze. Our testing winner, from KitchenArt, costs about $12 and features an easy-to-clean plastic barrel with clear measurement markings and an easy-to-use plunger insert.
Read our full review of adjustable measuring cups.
Dry Measuring Cups
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).