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Feb 4, 2010 11:23 PM

Best Measuring Cups

What's the best dry measuring cups?

I tried Cook's Illustrated, but the feedback on Amazon on the CI winners-Amco and Oxo- weren't that great. A lot of people mentioned how the handles would break off or bend.

Who knew making a measuring cup would be that difficult?

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  1. I like the classic Pyrex measuring cups, like mom had (except now with metric measurements). I have a whole set from 1 cup to 2 quarts. Tough, easy to clean, and microwave safe. The big ones are great for mixing omelets and sauces in, too.

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    1. re: tanuki soup

      Pyrex cups are for liquid ingredients and will throw off a recipe if used for dry.

      I like the all metal cups for King Arthur if cost is not an object but I have used inexpensive Rubbermaid measuring cups for 10+ years.

      I found these at Bed-Bath and Beyond.

      BTW, what did you do to a measuring cup to break off a welded handle?

      1. re: Kelli2006


        But the dry vs liquid measuring difference is very small.

        I have those Amco Advanced Performance Cups and Spoons. I bought them online at Amazon. Not too bad. As for breaking the handle, I have read many people had their welded handle snapped on them, which is why I bought these Amco Advanced Performance Cups and Spoons. They are very solid and heavy. I can probably serious hurt someone by throw these at the person.

        1. re: Kelli2006

          Dry cups are used to measure things like flour via the scoop and level method. The Pyrex cups have an extra half inch or so of height so you can measure liquids without spilling. You can measure flour in the glass cup, but you have to spoon it in, and shake gently to level. That difference in measuring method might produce differences on the order of a tablespoon per cup (my guess) for something like flour. The same would apply if you were measuring a half cup of something in a 1 cup dry measure cup. For something like sugar the difference would be even less, since it isn't subject to packing.

          But if errors on the order of tablespoon per cup really matter in your recipe, you might be better off using a scale.

          1. re: paulj


            Agree, if 10% error is unacceptable, then a scale is better. I see measuring cups and spoons as a convinence tools for home cooks. If precision or large scale baking is called for, then a measuring scale is better.

            1. re: paulj

              A difference of 1 TBL per cup is very significant and would definitely throw off the the recipe. I have a digital scale but I don't bother using it unless I am making a recipe that I know is sensitive. I will occasionally get sloppy and measure the wets in a dry cup, but I would never measure dry ingredients in a wet cup.

        2. For measuring cups, I have and love these.. they are even heavy enough I can melt butter in them on the stove if needed:

          I also like my standard glass pyrex, as well as this one.. I like the versatility of the beaker:

          1. I have a set of black plastic Oxo measuring cups that I've had for almost 10 years now - I've been very happy with them, I've tested them and they are accurate. Never had any problems with the handles. The only little-tiny issue I've had with then is that the labels that show what size they are aren't permanent and they came off when I made the mistake of putting the cups in the diswasher. I would imagine that they've corrected that issue since I bought mine 10 years ago. I like that the set includes a 2/3 cup and a 3/4 cup size along with the standard 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 cup measures.

            For baking, you definitely want to use graduated-size measuring cups so that you can level off the ingredients, rather than pyrex measuring cups (which are teriffic for measuring liquids but not dry ingredients) or the like.

            1. Amco makes an excellent, very sturdy, dry measuring cup that in addition to the standard sizes comes in 2/3, 3/4, and 1-1/2 cups that I find very convenient. My only quibble, and it's a minor one, is that sometimes a very tiny bit of flour or whatever gets caught between the the edge of the cup and the handle when I level it. It's not enough to make a difference in the measurement, it's just that I'm aware of it. Still. Would buy them again if anything happened to mine.

              1. All Clad makes a four piece set of dry measuring cups. They are basically mini versions of the All Clad sauce pans. Pricey. $40 for the set from Williams Sonoma. Flat bottoms, heavy duty 18/10 stainless steel, durable. I use mine all the time, and will certainly pass them along to the kids when I check out.

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                1. re: trakman

                  I like the stainless ones at the King Arthur Flour site. Seriously heavy duty, unbendable, as are their measuring spoons.