Buying Guide to Measuring Spoons
4 Things to Know Before You Buy
While some recipes are forgiving and allow you to add a dash here and a dollop there, exact measurements are often required if you want to create tasty food. Measuring spoons take the guesswork out of adding small amounts of vital ingredients like spices, baking powder and yeast to dishes and baked goods.
When choosing a measuring spoon set for your kitchen, keep in mind the following features of these small-scale, yet vital kitchen tools.
Fact #1: Materials
Many measuring spoons come in either stainless steel or plastic. Stainless steel spoons are durable, lasting indefinitely. Some stainless steel measuring spoons can be thrown in the dishwasher, while others must be hand washed.
Plastic measuring spoons can feature a wide range of colors and styles. Most are dishwasher safe. Over time, plastic measuring spoons do stain and they can take on food odors.
Fact #2: Measurements
While traditional measuring spoon sets include ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon, today you can also find several other measurements that make the cooking experience more convenient and efficient. Additional measurements found in spoons include 1/16 teaspoon, 1/8 teaspoon, 1 ½ teaspoons and ½ tablespoon. There are even sets that include spoons with minute measurement amounts like dash and pinch.
Fact #3: Ease of Use
Top-quality measuring spoons make your kitchen tasks easier by being easy to read. Make sure that the spoons are clearly marked so you can quickly see the measurements. Some measuring spoons come color-coded, which makes it easy to locate the size you want once you're familiar with the color system. For the most versatility when cooking, look for measuring spoons with imperial and metric units.
Also consider the shape of the measuring spoons. A rectangular or oval shape fits into the neck of narrow containers, such as spice bottles. And soft rubber grips on handles helps you keep a firm hold on spoons when you're measuring out ingredients.
Fact #4: Storage and Organization Options
Many measuring spoon sets come with a ring or magnet that allows you to keep the set together, which prevents misplacement of a spoon. This is also handy if you choose to hang the spoons in the kitchen for easy reach.
If space is at a premium in your kitchen or you don't want to have to worry about keeping a set together, consider getting an adjustable measuring spoon that features several measurements all in the same spoon.
Hopefully this dash of knowledge about measuring spoons helps you find just the right set for your kitchen.