How to Choose Kitchen Measuring Tools

To get the best from any recipe you will need to be able to measure out the correct quantities of ingredients needed. So you will need measuring scales, jugs, cups and spoons in order to get the best results. It also means that you can use bulk ingredients, rather than buying more expensive packets that have the ingredients ready weighed for convenience.

How to Choose Kitchen Measuring Tools How to Choose Kitchen Measuring Tools

Scales

Digital scales will give you the most accurate results. Because you might be using recipes from the internet, or a book that has been written in a different country, it would also be handy to have a set of scales that can be switched between metric and imperial. If you can find a set that can also be reset once you have put a bowl or container on them, then this would be ideal and will avoid your having to recalculate each time.

Measuring Jugs

You could weigh liquids and convert them from weight to volume on a set of digital scales. But all you really need is a measuring jug with clearly marked metric and imperial quantities. Try to buy yourself a heavy-duty glass one. These are capable of withstanding very hot liquids and will not discolor. You will also be able to use it in the microwave if you have one. Go for the 2-1/3 pt version if you are planning to cook in bulk.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

If you live in the US, you will probably measure your ingredients in cups. It is handy to have a full set of measuring cups and millilitre-size mini pans for measuring out those tricky fractions, quarter and half-cup amounts. And everyone should have a set of measuring spoons. You will have noticed that in many of the recipes in this book, there are teaspoon (tsp) or tablespoon (tbsp) measurements. Remember that a ‘tablespoon’ is bigger than a ‘dessert spoon’. Ideally, you will not rely on your table cutlery because these may not be accurate – everyone’s teaspoons can differ in size – you can buy a plastic, double-ended measuring spoon, which will be far more accurate.


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