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Why doesn't my dry measuring cups include a 3/4 cup size?

stuck in Hartford County Sep 27, 2009 09:49 AM

I'm fed up that my measuring cups don't include a 3/4 cup size. I have to use either 3 of my 1/4 ones, or just eyeball 1/4 less in my single cup. Does any company make a set that includes a 3/4 dry measuring cup? It won't cure cancer or provide world peace, but it would be nice to have one.

  1. k
    Kelli2006 Sep 27, 2009 10:07 AM

    I know that King Arthur makes a 3/4 size cup, and they also have odd sizes for measuring spoons. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i....

    You could use a 1/2 cup and then a 1/4 cup.

    PS. I just checked and my Rubbermaid set has a 3/4 cup size as well.

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      ThreeGigs Sep 27, 2009 02:15 PM

      All-Clad makes a standard set now that includes a 2/3 cup, and an odd-sized set that includes 2/3, 3/4 and 1.5 cup sizes.

      1. stuck in Hartford County Sep 29, 2009 05:14 AM

        Thanks, I'm heading for the local cookware store today, and I'll look for the brands you suggested.

        1. Davwud Sep 29, 2009 05:25 AM

          I've never seen one that had a 3/4 cup or any other "Odd" size mentioned above. Probably because with 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 they can all be used in combination or more than once to produce any measurement with minimal size and price.
          Probably also because they nest well.

          DT

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            stuck in Hartford County Sep 29, 2009 05:40 AM

            I agree, like I said, this isn't the biggest problem in the world. But I still would like more measuring cup size choices when I have to measure something sticky or messy like 3/4 cup molasses or something. Maybe such a vapid desire is moot in this rotten economy!

            1. re: stuck in Hartford County
              yayadave Sep 29, 2009 07:36 AM

              TupperWare set has six - 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, & 1 cup.
              In this economy it's nice to be able to pamper yourself a little so inexpensively.

              1. re: stuck in Hartford County
                k
                Kelli2006 Sep 29, 2009 09:07 AM

                You can purchase a specialized measuring cup for sticky substances such as molasses, peanut butter and honey.

                http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

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                  Davwud Sep 29, 2009 10:46 AM

                  We had a Pampered Chef version of this and I hated it.

                  DT

                2. re: stuck in Hartford County
                  pinstripeprincess Sep 29, 2009 12:55 PM

                  a really thin misting of oil will make those sticky messy things flow out so amazingly well and you shouldn't have to remist for a second measure.

                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County
                    Caitlin McGrath Sep 29, 2009 07:58 PM

                    For molasses, honey, etc., I use a Pyrex liquid measure, sprayed with a little oil to help it slide out (or if the recipe calls for oil, I measure that first, so what's left in the cup does the job). Since Pyrex measures have graduated markings and that stuff is liquidy, it's easy to measure however much you need, whether a "standard" gradation or not.

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                      MacGuffin Oct 9, 2010 07:32 PM

                      Out of curiosity, why would you use a dry measuring cup for a liquid like molasses?

                  2. nofunlatte Sep 29, 2009 06:24 AM

                    Why don't you just get an old plastic container, measure out 3/4 cup of something, mark that level, and cut off the extraneous plastic? You could do that for all of the odd measurements you need.

                    1. leanneabe Sep 29, 2009 10:29 AM

                      I bought a set of measuring cups from Bed Bath & Beyond: 1/4, 1/3, 2/3, 1/2, 3/4, and 1c. I know it's easy to use a combination of standard sized measuring cups, but I can't tell you how often I use the 2/3 and 3/4 and I'm so happy to have to clean only one cup. Plus, when you're measuring something messy like honey or peanut butter, it's just a pain to have to squish, scrape, and measure more than once.

                      I also have a set of nesting measuring spoons (Crate & Barrel maybe?) that has a 1/2 TB spoon, which is handy when I want to halve a recipe that calls for 1 TB of something, more also when a recipe calls for 1 1/2 tsp. 1 scoop and we're good to go!

                      It's these little conveniences in life that make me happy.

                      1. Wahooty Sep 29, 2009 06:12 PM

                        I sympathize with your plight, stuck. My mother has a set of measuring cups (Rubbermaid, or possibly Tupperware from the one and only Tupperware party she ever purchased anything from) that she's had at least as long as she's had me. They may have been a wedding present. The 1/4 cup has a melted spot from once falling out of the top rack of the dishwasher, and they have been beaten and battered through the years, but while she has a much nicer and tougher set of metal measuring cups, she won't throw them out because the set includes a 3/4 cup measure. I can't tell you how often I find myself wishing I had one, especially when I'm always making fractions of recipes when I scale down baked goods to feed one or two. It's not like I NEED one, but I often think it would get used enough that it should be considered standard.

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                          stuck in Hartford County Sep 29, 2009 06:55 PM

                          OK, time to come clean. I'm a math teacher. I know it's hard to believe that I don't like to mix and match fractions, but it's true- no kidding. The original Tupperware rocks! I'm embarrassed to admit that my mom has her Tupperware purchases from the early to mid 70's- especially the popsicle molds- and one is bent from the dish washer!

                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County
                            Wahooty Sep 29, 2009 07:34 PM

                            LOL

                            So. Is. My mom. I shit you not. High school math teacher, retired just a couple of years ago.

                            In my case, I just hate washing two measuring cups instead of one - no dishwasher in my household aside from the manual sort. ;) That, and I think my fundamental analytical chemist nature can't help but notice I'm introducing more error into my baked goods by filling the 1/4 cup 3 times. The dishwashing is probably a more relatable predicament for a normal person... :)

                            1. re: Wahooty
                              Sooeygun Sep 30, 2009 10:37 AM

                              I find whenever I have to use a cup more than twice to measure (3 times 1/4, 7 cups in a big recipe, etc), something will interrupt my count and minutes later, I am staring in the bowl thinking, now, did I already put in 2 or 3.

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                          doughreme Sep 29, 2009 09:25 PM

                          My old Tupperware cups are some of my most worn out pieces of cooking tools. They last forever and have all of the necessary sizes. Highly recommended. I looked them up recently and I think they are now in red and a little cuter. Just happen to have a picture of them (the old ones) stored on my computer.

                           
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                            Wahooty Sep 30, 2009 03:57 AM

                            YES! Those are the ones! Mom's are orange. :)

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                              Sooeygun Sep 30, 2009 10:35 AM

                              My mom's are green and my sister has the yellow ones. I found it funny going to the Tupperware site and seeing many products that my mom has are still available, just in the trendy colours of the day. That's reason some of the lids don't match the bowls colour-wise in my mom's Tupperware. She took advantage of the lifetime guarantee (do they even do that anymore?) when lids cracked and they replace them but in the updated colour.

                          2. yayadave Sep 29, 2009 09:46 PM

                            This looks like a deal.

                            http://www.amazon.com/MIU-13-Piece-Pl...

                            1. alanbarnes Sep 30, 2009 08:38 AM

                              Eh, keep your 3/4 cup measures. I can live without 'em. But when I'm halving a recipe that calls for 1/3 cup of something? Where's the *&#^&% 1/6 cup?

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                                Davwud Sep 30, 2009 09:25 AM

                                I just use 8 teaspoons.

                                LOL

                                DT

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                                  DCLindsey Apr 21, 2011 06:48 AM

                                  I recently made a full dozen muffins, instead of 6, because I was so annoyed at halving it and having to deal with 1/6 of of this and 1/8 of that...I had converted to tablespoons but kept forgetting where I was at (was that 3 or 4? 5 or 6? argg!)

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                                    MacGuffin Apr 21, 2011 07:03 AM

                                    I've done that, too, but it eventually occurred to me that I could pretty accurately eyeball what I'd already done because I knew what a tbsp.'s-worth of whatever looked like and could estimate based on that. I stopped stressing after that (and weirdly enough, stopped losing track as well).

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                                DGresh Sep 30, 2009 09:28 AM

                                For christmas last year my 12 year old gave me one of those "everything" sets from walmart. It had a mess of measuring cups, a mess of measuring spoons, and some truely awful paring knives, bottle openers and ladels and things. All in a little carosel that sits on the counter. I tossed some of the stuff, separated the spoons from the little clip they were on (does anyone actually leave the spoons on a ring like that?), eventually tossed the carosel . (and hoped my son didn't notice too much) Anyway the set of cups does have the 3/4 and 2/3 and I use them a lot. So try walmart of all places.

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                                  Davwud Sep 30, 2009 09:38 AM

                                  I keep mine on the clip. I lost the clip to my measuring spoons and added a clip. It just keeps them together.

                                  Just tell your son you were washing the carousel and it fell and broke.

                                  DT

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                                  hotheadscot Apr 15, 2011 10:23 AM

                                  Better homes and Gardens. about 10 bucks at Wal-Mart. Heavy Duty stainless and oval shaped. Pretty good.

                                  1. arashall Apr 18, 2011 12:37 PM

                                    Like several other people, the odd sizes are exactly the reason why I bought "vintage" tupperware on *bay, just like the ones that my Mother has had since I was a baby. They are indestructible (except for melting), and somehow just work better than any of the many other varieties I've tried over the years. The colors that are back in style, like lime green cost a little more than the ugly 70s colors, but they all work great.

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                                      comestible Apr 18, 2011 05:33 PM

                                      I have to admit, I would like a 3/4 cup measure. For some reason, the cooking I do calls for that amount quite often. Go figure!

                                      1. Kagemusha Apr 19, 2011 05:52 AM

                                        Are people that math-challenged? 1/2c+1/4c=3/4c...

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                                          MacGuffin Apr 19, 2011 06:41 AM

                                          I'm going to have to agree with you on this--I want fewer utensils, not more, and like the standard 4-piece dry measure set. And in the event 1/8 cup is needed, I head over to the spoons and use two tbsp. If nothing else, I feel arithmetically competent.
                                          My gripe is that I wish more measuring spoon sets included a 1/3 tsp. The geniuses who manufacture sets with odd sizes include--get this--a 2/3 tsp. measure. It's not more difficult to accurately halve the amount of matter in such a spoon than to measure (and level) 1/3 tsp. twice?! "Odd" should also be "practical," no?

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                                            Sooeygun Apr 20, 2011 03:20 AM

                                            "I want fewer utensils, not more"

                                            I want fewer utensils dirty, that I have to wash, not more. (and don't care about having more utensils) I do a lot of baking and have 3 sets of measuring cups. Even with 3, while doing multiple recipes, sometimes all of one size are dirty and don't want to stop to wash. Wouldn't mind having a set with 3/4 and 2/3.

                                            And I would say I am better than average at math.

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                                              MacGuffin Apr 20, 2011 03:11 PM

                                              I'm not sure what the sentence you quoted has to do with your combined measuring cups and math ability.

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                                                Sooeygun Apr 21, 2011 05:42 AM

                                                I guess you missed my first sentence after the quote, where I amended it to match my opinion. Why use a 1/2 and a 1/4 and wash both, when one 3/4 can be used?

                                                1. re: Sooeygun
                                                  Kagemusha Apr 21, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                  Surely the opportunity cost on your time isn't that high. I rest my case.

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                                                    MacGuffin Apr 21, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                    LOL
                                                    I have to say also that washing the various components of three sets of cups strikes me as dirtying, washing, and owning more cups than I want to deal with (and somewhat to that end I spent quite a bit of money on a single set of extremely heavy one-piece stainless steel cups) but I'll allow that that's just me. I take the "dry" part of "dry measure" literally and if I really need to clean them between ingredients, I just give 'em a wipe with a paper towel and reserve possibly "wettish" ingredients like nut butter (a pain to measure in a liquids cup) for the end, after which the cup gets washed. Come to think of it, my set rarely gets washed--usually a wipe and/or a rinse suffices.

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                                                      Kagemusha Apr 21, 2011 06:46 AM

                                                      Amen.

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                                            NYCkaren Apr 19, 2011 01:05 PM

                                            I'm not math challenged and I managed without a 3/4 cup measure for most of my life. But I bought a set with 3/4 cup and 2/3 cup measures when a friend was briefly selling Tupperware several years ago and they do come in handy. It's a nesting set so taking up extra space is not a big issue.

                                          3. Bada Bing Apr 19, 2011 01:13 PM

                                            For about 10 or more years I've had a stainless steel set branded "Williams Sonoma," a gift, which was (I think) a combination of a standard sizes set and a matching odd sizes set. It comprises 8 cups and includes 3/4, 2/3 and 1.5 cups. While math doesn't stump me, I find it useful simply for having extra cups to use when I'm measuring lots of wet and dry ingredients, as in cookie making.

                                            I don't see them on the current W-S website. But maybe their stores have more stuff?

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                                              pine time Apr 19, 2011 02:06 PM

                                              Never really thought about it, but I have (& use!) 3 different measuring cup sets, and I use the set most that has a 3/4 c measure as well as a 1/8 measure. Yeah, I could use 1/2 + 1/4 or 2 Tbl., but the actual cups are handy.

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