Last week I touched on my favorite Kitchen Basics. One of those favorites were multiples sets of measuring cups & spoons.
Whether you’re measuring grains and rice, or water and broth, measuring cups are indispensable in the kitchen. It is recommended to purchase a set in varying sizes. Pyrex has a 7-piece black plastic set with measurement conversions for liquid and dry, from 1/4 to 1 cup, including an egg separator and leveler for about $5. If you prefer stainless steel, Amco has a high-mirrored finish 4-piece set (1/4, 3/4, 1/2 and 1 cup) for about $10. Both are available at www.bedbathandbeyond.com or in store.
Measuring spoons are very important, especially when first getting started. Use them to measure salt, spices and baking ingredients. You may choose plastic or stainless steel. OXO offers sets in both materials. They have a 6-piece plastic set with measurements from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon that are brightly marked. The non-slip handles have a thumb spot to ensure a good grip. They are available in white or black for $5-$7 and are dishwasher safe. The OXO stainless steel 4-piece set has non-slip, soft handles with brightly marked measurements ranging from 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, which are dishwasher safe and cost about $10. They are available at www.oxo.com or at Bed Bath & Beyond.
When making a recipe for the first time, it is helpful to measure all of your ingredients. Once you are more comfortable with cooking, it will be less necessary to formally measure ingredients. The only exception is baking, where you will always measure exact amounts in order to produce the desired result.