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Glass measuring cup

The measuring spoon thread got me to thinking. Do they still make glass measuring cups that do not have the painted on measuring increments? After a while, they wear off. Not that glass measuring cups cost all that much, but I hate to do away with an otherwise good measuring cup. A long time ago, measuring cups increments were a part of the glass. Like maybe embossed or etched or something. I have a little one that looks like a shot glass, that all the measurments are wore off and my 2 cup size ones are fading too. I know there are vintage ones to be had, but I would rather have a new one.

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  1. These are etched, and made in the USA, kind of laboratory looking. http://www.containerstore.com/shop/ki...

    This is probably more what you have in mind: http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking-...

    Or even this: http://www.kitchenkapers.com/16oz-tri...

    We have several vintage that are as much as 2 qts, really nice.

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    1. re: mikie

      yea, those anchor hocking ones would probably do just fine. I like the glass because I sometimes put hot liquids in them or use them to heat something up in.

      I like the painted ones because they are easier to see, but once that wears off, all I have is a little pitcher.

      1. re: mikie

        I have the Anchor Hocking 1 C glass measure. I bought it because I think it is darling! And I do use it.

        I have several Pyrex glass measuring vessels: 2 1C, 2 2C, 1 4C and 1 8C vessel. (The latter are like bowls with handles and spouts) Every one of them is a replacement. I replaced them because the glass chipped, not because I couldn't read the markings. I think if you buy Pyrex you will be able to use the vessels for as long as you can stand the inevitable chips and dings, and the etching these are prone to. The markings will stay readable, if faded, throughout the life of the vessels. I put my vessels in the dishwasher.

        I never put these in a conventional oven.

        1. re: sueatmo

          Since I do not have a dishwasher, I hand wash everything. Maybe I soak and run my dishes to long.

          1. re: dixiegal

            You had a bad experience with one of those shot glass thingies, right? So did I. The markings faded right off. But the Pyrex doesn't do that. The markings will eventually fade, but I've never had them come totally off. I use my Pyrex a lot and for a number of years before replacing. I love the larger size pieces because they are so useful for so many things.

            1. re: sueatmo

              Yea, the shot glass measuring cup has all faded off. It was a cheap on I got at a dollar store. One of my measuring cups is beginning to fade off. It is the one I use the most often. I use it for things other than measuring sometimes. Such as heating or melting something while it sits in hot water or to put hot broth in to hold until I am ready to put it in another dish, etc. sometimes I might use them as a vase to hold leafy greens and herbs in water to keep them fresh, or to pour the remainder of my coffee in so my husband can make his coffee. I use my glasses during cups for lots of things. Lol. I find them to be real handy. They also make good little mixing bowls for scrambling eggs and dressings. I have a 1 cup, 2 cup 4 cup and a big one that is more of a batter bowl. I will be replacing my little shot glass one soon. I liked it for measuring ounces or using it for tasting things. It sets on my window sill ready to go.

              1. re: sueatmo

                I was puzzled reading this complaint about painted-on markings wearing off glass measuring cups, because I've owned mine for about 30 years and have never had this problem. Mine are Pyrex, are used regularly, have been washed both by hand and in the dishwasher, are a bit chipped along the top rim, but the numbers remain bright and legible. Come to think of it, my mother's Pyrex items - much older than mine - are nice and bright as well.

                1. re: Pumpkinseed

                  Mine are anchor hocking. The only one that the markings are seriously coming off, is my 1 cup size. It is also the one that I use the most. I was just washing it this morning and scraped my fingernail over the markings and the paint was sliding right off. Perhaps the soaking in soapy water as well as sometimes keeping my coffee warm in it by setting it in very hot water on the stove, is causing the paint to come off. (pouring my coffee in the glass measuring cup and then putting the cup down in a pan of hot to boiling water, keeps it hot without it tasting scorched.)

                  I have not checked the accuracy of the anchor hocking cups. Maybe I should.

                  1. re: dixiegal

                    I purhased an Anchor Hocking 1 cup measuring cup last month. I've used it 4 times and the markings are gone. I've even hand-washed it, never left it soaking and hand dried it. (I never do that but did for this). The markings are almost completely gone.

                    1. re: therid

                      Things must really be going downhill at Anchor Hocking. When Cooks Illustrated tested glass measuring cups, they didn't even include A-H because it failed the first test: the markings weren't accurate.

                      Though even inaccurate markings are more useful than _none_...

          2. re: mikie

            I have the Bennington Flameware ones (the first ones listed above). They are, indeed, thin and light, but they feel fragile. I have dropped my Pyrex measuring cups on my vinyl kitchen floor and they survived. The Bennington ones won't survive the same drop. And when Borosilicate glass does break, it shatters into a million pointy shards. (Yes, I have dropped one.) I have the two smaller sizes. I use them, but only after donning the kid gloves.

          3. Hi, dixiegal:

            This one isn't glass, but I like this style for liquids. http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro... If anyone knows where to get one in glass, I'd appreciate the help.

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

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            1. re: kaleokahu

              Hi Kaleo,

              This is what we have, my wife loves it. No fancy base but tons of measurements. http://www.amazon.com/Dezine-Products...
              and it's USA made if I remember correctly.

              1. re: mikie

                Hi, mikie:

                I owe you one. Great product, inexpensive and made in USA. Order placed.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

            2. I have a Corning glass measuring cup and the painted on lines have never come off. It's 10 years old.

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              1. re: pdxgastro

                Another vote for regular old Corning Pyrex, if you can find the older, simple style. I've been using the 4-cup measure almost daily for 30 years, with and without a dishwasher, and it looks pretty much as it did when I got it.

                Unnervingly, the Cook's Illustrated review of measuring cups found that new Anchor Hockings are just plain inaccurate, and Corning has changed the design with something gadgety.

                1. re: ellabee

                  With my recent resurgence in stock making, I bought two of the new 8-cup Pyrex 'read from the inside' models when I saw them 1/2-off a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if that's what you mean by gadgety or not, but I love, love, love the way they work.

                  1. re: RelishPDX

                    Good to know; I'll take a closer look when I next see one in a store. Might as well start evaluating replacements, as I've probably jinxed the old Pyrex by mentioning its 30 years of service. ;>

                  2. re: ellabee

                    Well I was just at Walmart and picked up an Anchor Hocking 3 oz measuring glass to check it out..
                    Low and behold, the first one I picked up, already had some of the measurements rubbed off. I think whoever makes Anchor Hocking, is doing a bad job of applying the paint or whatever that is.

                2. I generally don't pay attention to the measurement on the measuring cup - at least for water..... I just place the measuring cup on a scale and use it.... 1 litre = 1 kg. I just find it easier.

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                  1. re: cacruden

                    "A pint's a pound the world around."

                    1. re: al b. darned

                      Well ... not quite. At room temp (between 65F and 75F), one cup of water would weigh around 8.33 oz. As it nears the boiling point it would be close to 8 oz. At just above the freezing point, it would weigh about 8.34 oz..

                      I usually use 8.3 oz (by weight) to approximate 1 cup of water.

                  2. I've had pyrex measuring cups for a good 40 plus years, and the markings are as clear as they were the day I got them.
                    I also have a Fire King one cup glass measure & the markings on the fire king started disappearing after the first few washings. I used a black freezer pen to remark the lines on the fire king, then bannished the silly thing to my greenhouse.

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                    1. re: Joyfull

                      depends on dishwasher and detergent. my miele and electrosol has removed every trace of markings from two different Pyrex measuring cups in less than 3 years.

                      1. re: lenraphaelcpa2

                        It may depend on the age of your Pyrex. I have older Pyrex measuring cups (over 30 years old) that have not faded. I've not had the newer ones, with the funny shape, which I hate, long enough to tell how long the markings will last.

                    2. I have both pyrex and oxo glass measuring cups in 1, 2 and 4 cup capacity. I like the oxo because of the 'look from above' feature, but 2 things I dislike are they're plastic and when you mix something with the liquid, it's hard to grab every bit.

                      My pyrex cups are great, but I've noticed the spout leaks 'a little' if you pour too quickly. Oxo pours well.

                      I don't have any issues with numbers rubbing off and they've been in the dishwasher. Also haven't had an issue with hot liquids - but I generally don't microwave anything in glass or pour very hot dishes in glass even if the manufacturer says you can.

                      I happened to watch an episode of Cook's Illustrated today where they reviewed measuring cups. Even with the issues I mentioned, the old pyrex ranked very high. The new pyrex was not recommended because pyrex, in their infinite wisdom, decided to color on side of the cup with red making it hard to read.

                      CI advised to hit up garage sales to stock up on old pyrex. If you have a TJ Maxx or Marshalls by you, check them out. Best price - I think I paid about $4 for mine.

                      1. My Pyrex 2- and 4-cup measuring cups still have the original painted-on markings and look as good as new. But I bought them many years ago and have no idea if Pyrex still makes them the same way, apart from changing the design of the handle.