Measuring Ingredients

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Having the correct amount of your wet and dry ingredients, is important for your recipe to be a success. This page contains tips for measuring ingredients.


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I have two suggestions that will speak to the klutz in all of us. When measuring rice to cook, I set my measuring cup in the saucepan I will be using. When I pour the rice in, I place one hand as a guard to keep the rice from spilling onto the counter. I then empty the cup into the pan, add the right amount of water and cook.

The next one is to set my coffee canister in the sink when I fill it. Any spillage can be taken care of by turning on the faucet. As a person who spills and slops a lot this has been helpful to me. I certainly hope I'm not the only one who needs it.

By Marty Dick from Houston, TX

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Whenever a recipe calls for honey, first measure out the oil for the recipe (or if it doesn't call for oil, just spread a little oil all over the measuring cup), then measure out the honey, and it should come out of the cup like a charm!

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May 13, 2005

When I was a little girl, I invented a little "short-cut" in cleaning up after myself when I was done baking.

As we all know, cleaning measuring cups with leftover shortening on them can be quite a pain, so I would use plastic wrap, cover the entire length of the cup, its depth, and width, and pack the required amount of shortening, making sure to fill any bubbles or holes. When I was done with the measuring cup full of shortening, I would simply throw the plastic wrap away. This tip is valuable in saving a lot of cleanup time. I hope you try it and see how easy it is!


By Lauren-Ashley

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December 14, 2009

I buy plastic measuring cups at the dollar store and then leave them in bulk bins of sugar, rice, flour, brown sugar, oatmeal etc. This saves me times in washing the cup each time I need to measure one of these dry ingredients.

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If you need to measure sticky things like molasses, syrup, honey, or peanut butter, lightly grease your measuring instruments first. This will allow the contents to slide right out without any fuss.

Grease Measuring Cup for Sticky Ingredients

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September 23, 2014

Have two different 2 cup sized measuring cups for making recipes. Use one cup exclusively for dry ingredients and one for wet.

Measuring Wet and Dry Ingredients

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Spray an ice cream scooper with Pam, the use it to scoop out peanut butter or shortening, your finger will be kept clean! I scoop equals 1/4 cup.

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When baking, I use my ice cream scoop to measure shortening or peanut butter. It is the type with a lever you push and it goes around the inside edge of the scoop to empty.

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Maybe I'm the only one that has done this, but when measuring a cup of flour from this small bag, I have been doing it in the bag and it was hard. I finally figured out a better way to do it.

Measuring from a Small Container

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Some of our butter and shortening wrappers have markings on them for measuring like 1 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup. Copy this "ruler" onto the front page of your recipe book.

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January 6, 2006

Tips on organizing measuring cups and spoons.

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November 28, 2005

When preparing a dish with anything sticky like syrups, honey, molasses, or peanut butter, spray your spoon and measuring cup with a non-stick cooking spray.

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Two sets of measuring cups and spoons are a must for any kitchen. Use one to measure the wet ingredients, one for the dry. This saves the wash and dry time exercise when cooking or baking.

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December 7, 2006

Measuring Honey. I haven't been baking for very long, maybe you already know this trick.

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December 30, 2019

This recipe calls for 2 3/4 cups of elbow macaroni. So is that 1 box or 2 boxes? Then it says 3/4lb grated cheese. How many cups is that? Numbers and I are not friends. Can someone one help me so I don't mess up.


Thanks in advance.


December 30, 20191 found this helpful
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There are usually 4 cups of pasta in a one pound box so you only need one box. 1/4 pound of cheese is one cup so you need 3 cups.

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December 31, 20191 found this helpful
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According to this source
1/4 pound of cheddar cheese equals 1/2 cup so if you're using cheddar cheese in the recipe, you'll need 1 1/2 cups of cheese. The pound to cup ratio varies depending on what type of cheese you're using.

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December 21, 2005

Has anyone ever used or heard of narrow measuring spoons? They are supposed to eliminate spilling and wasting spices when measuring from narrow mouth jars. Also, does anyone have any tips other than special spoons to prevent the spilling?


P.J. from Delaware


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December 25, 20050 found this helpful

I live in Los Angeles, California and have a set of stainless steel narrow measuring spoons that I bought in a local store called Sur La Table. Their website is and you will find they sell both oval and round measuring spoons for regular measuring and also spice measuring spoons, which are shaped like little narrow shovels with raised sides.

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October 25, 20100 found this helpful

I have a tip for measuring extracts which come in those flat bottles which can tip over easily. Most of them have a paper or foil covering after you take the lid off. I poke a tiny little hole in the paper with the point of a sharp knife. I can still pour into a spoon but if the bottle turns over it will not spill.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

I was always spilling liquid measures when using those spoons. I have discovered mini glasses that have tsp and Tbsp measures. They sell them in Bed, Bath & Beyond or a store called Raindew, by me.


The best ones are glass, if you can find one as most are plastic. The plastic ones seem to never get really cleaned especially when measuring oils.

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May 20, 2020

It can be difficult to remove sticky ingredients such as peanut butter, lard, or molasses from the measuring cups. Here are a few methods to have the ingredients slide right out.

A measuring cup of peanut butter.

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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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