Measuring Cups

Measuring Cups

When eyeballing ingredients just won’t do

By Michele Foley

Freedom in the kitchen is fun—a dash here, a pinch there, a handful of some of that into the bowl. But for some recipes, estimating measurements simply doesn’t work: Cakes don’t rise, cookies spread into thin wafers, and bread becomes as hard as a brick. At times like these you need measuring cups. Here are some of our favorites.

NESTLING MEASURING CUPS

$14.95

These four earthenware measuring cups come in pastel colors and look a little like gravy boats—their spouts make it easy to pour liquids.

MELAMINE MEASURING CUPS

$18

There’s something pleasantly kitschy about melamine kitchenware. We also like the handy pouring spouts on this brightly hued set. (Price includes a set of measuring spoons.)

STAINLESS STEEL MEASURING CUPS

$19.96

Iconic. Utilitarian. Nothing wrong with those descriptions. Stainless steel means these cups should last a lifetime.

WELL-MEASURED BOWLS

$20

Each bowl in this handmade set nests snugly into the next. The measurements are embossed on the sides, and we like how solid the stoneware feels in our hands.

COLLAPSIBLE MEASURING CUPS

$22

Measuring cups can be bulky and hard to store, but not these: You can hang them together on a hook or flatten them to fit easily into a drawer. (Price includes a set of measuring spoons.)

iSi BASICS FLEX-IT MEASURING CUPS

$25

Good for liquid or dry ingredients, from 1/4 cup to 4 cups, these stacking, no-slip silicone cylinders (heat resistant up 490 degrees Fahrenheit) are flexible, so you can form a spout wherever you need one.

A MEASURING GAGGLE

$28

We rarely use the word cute at CHOW HQ, but no other word will do here. Made from bone china, each goose includes measurements for milliliters, cups, and ounces. Their necks double as handles.

FLOWER FARM MEASURING CUPS

$28

These mini teacups do double duty as measuring cups. Each ceramic vessel is hand-painted with daisies; measurements are on the inside.

PIYO 3 PIECE MEASURING CUP SET

$36

Stacked together, this set looks like a sweet bird figurine. Open it up to reveal three functional ceramic cups that measure in cc’s.

Michele Foley is an associate editor at CHOW.