Measuring Sticky Ingredients

A measuring cup of peanut butter.
It can be difficult to remove sticky ingredients such as peanut butter, lard, or molasses from the measuring cups. There are a few methods to have the ingredients slide right out. Some methods use warm water while other use cooking spray. Below our readers gave us their tips for measuring these sticky things.

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February 14, 2011

When measuring lard, shortening, peanut butter, or other such ingredients, I use the displacement method for easy measuring and clean-up.

For example, if you need a 1/2 cup of lard for your pie crust, fill a one cup measuring cup with 1/2 cup water. Using spoon, add lard, pushing it down under the water with each spoonful, until water level reaches 1 full cup. VOILA! 1/2 cup of lard.

Need one cup? Use a larger measuring cup.

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By HESTER from Chesterfield, MI

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May 11, 2010

When making peanut butter cookies, coat your measuring cup with oil before measuring peanut butter. It will make the cleanup easier.

By Peggy from Glencoe, MN

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March 18, 2020

When measuring peanut butter (or any other kind of sticky ingredient), spray your measuring cup with a non-stick spray like Pam before filling the cup. Fill and take a small spatula to release. Comes out easy and easier to clean!

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December 11, 2017

This is a page about measuring shortening. Measuring shortening can be difficult because it sticks to the measuring cup. Here are some great tips for making it easier to measure shortening.

Bowl of vegetable shortening on a red polka dot napkin.

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February 14, 2011

Before you pour sticky substance into a measuring cup, fill cup with hot water. Dump the water out, but do not dry. Add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc), and watch how easily it comes right out!

By Lisa Otts from Hernando, MS


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That does work! (02/24/2010)

By Jo

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February 23, 2010

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your sticky ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.


If you're baking for the holidays and the recipe calls for molasses, corn syrup, or another thick, sticky ingredient, spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first and it will slide right out.


By Camilla

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