Organizing Measuring Cups

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A clutter of measuring cups in your cupboard or drawer can make it hard to find the one you really need. This page is about organizing measuring cups.


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I have a set of black, heavy plastic measuring cups. I'd like another set, but there's no name on them and I can't remember where I got them. I guess the next best thing is a set of red, heavy plastic measuring cups. My sister gave me a set. They're Betty Crocker and sold at Dollar tree for a dollar. Most anyone can have all the measuring cups they'd ever need.

All the cups I use to measure dry ingredients are not organized neatly on a cabinet shelf, where they take up room until they're used, washed and returned to the shelf.

When mixing Kool Aid, I use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup sucralose. When I open the sugar container, there's a 1/2 measuring cup inside. When I open the bag of sucralose, there's a 1/2 measuring cup inside.

When making biscuits for one, I use 1 cup flour. So, there's always a 1 cup measuring cup inside my flour container. Cornmeal hoecakes for one, 1/3 cup in the cornmeal container, same with rice and oatmeal.

Just think of the time and energy saved by having the measuring cup where you're going to use it. What with the same ingredient always in the same cup, I don't wash these cups after each use, rather, just when I wash and refill the container.

Treat yourself with two or three more sets of measuring cups. Stop storing, retrieving, using, washing, organizing and storing again. Just use, Y'all!

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Do you have too many sets of measuring cups? I think I might. To sort it out, I found some medium size containers (I had lots of large yogurt cups) and labeled them by the different capacities of each cup, and then I broke up the sets into these containers. Some sets don't include cups like 2/3 or 1/8, so I might not need the whole set, but I do want to keep those with less usual measurements.


Right now I may still have too many, but it is easier to find the measurement I'm looking for than when they were stored by sets. And I did pare down my collection by donating a set to my children's play kitchen and another to their sandbox toys. All of the measuring spoons are stored in a utensil basket saved from a discarded dishwasher. It makes them easy to access and put away.

By Kirsten from Logan, UT

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May 7, 2005

I take an indelible pen and mark the size of each of my measuring cups on the inside (1/4, 1/2, etc.) so when I grab one they are easier to choose from.

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I have many sets of measuring cups. I keep a 1/2 cup size in my flour container, a 1 cup size in my oatmeal container, and smaller ones in my different dry ingredients such as sugar, cinnamon, salt, etc.

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