This might seem like an odd thing to shout about, but measuring cups have quite possibly changed my life.
I’ve already blogged about how much easier my cooking has become since bothering to buy measuring spoons and not just guestimating all the time, but owning measuring cups has brought me exceptional levels of joy. There’s a real sense of ‘look at me, organising my life’ smuggery whenever I use them…which is seemingly every single day. Because they’re amazing.
You can sort of guess a tablespoon, but guessing ‘a cup’ is harder. It’s not a term we’re used to in the UK and I was always put off using American recipes for fear of getting everything wrong.
I of course drink liquids and therefore own real cups, but all my cups are different sizes. Is a cup and a mug interchangeable in this instance? Should I have been using a plastic cup? A short and squat Emma Bridgewater mug? Or the massive mug I once stole from Starbucks?
I didn’t want to start Googling “but what actually IS a cup?” like some sort of mentalist.
It just always struck me as a very strange way to cook. I want to be precise and use digital scales and bathe in the safety of lovely standardised millilitres and grams…not shove a cup in a bag of flour and hope for the best.
BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT MEASURING CUPS REALLY ARE THE BEST.
The Americans were onto something.
I’d gotten through most of my life not needing measuring cups but the internet changed all that. I still cook from cookery books and BBC Good Food (aka the holy grail) but I cook so much more from blogs and random recipes I find via Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter/vague Googling now. And most of these recipes come from badass food bloggers in the US who obviously write their measurements in cups.
It’s not just the online crowd either, I’ve been really surprised to see cups used more frequently in even English recipe books now. Maybe it’s British writers trying to appeal to American audiences/save on re-printing fees….or maybe it’s just that we’re slowly realising that cups are GREAT.
I bought my melamine set for less than five dollars at the Williams-Sonoma outlet at San Marcos Premium Outlets, but you can buy measuring cups in the UK easily enough.
Anthropologie have some *stunning* ones if you want to make them a feature/display piece, but Lakeland have more basic coloured plastic ones and there are tonnes and tonnes on Amazon.
I cannot tell you how much easier you’ll find cooking if you have measuring cups.
No more conversions and calculations.
No more guessing.
And a big fat YES to trying all the gorgeous American recipes you find online with minimum faffing.
Here are some nice ones should you be suitably convinced that YOU DEFINITELY NEED THEM…
These ones are just dreamy. £36 by the dreamboat that is Nathalie Lete. Here.
TOO adorable. I am now convinced we need this one too. £24 from Anthropologie. Here.
These are the same as mine, but in a lovely grey. $14 from Williams-Sonoma here.
More gorgeousness from Anthro, these are £32. Here.
£34 from Anthropologie. Here.
Perfect for pastel obsessives. £14.99 by Mason Cash. Here.
I love Joseph Joseph. We have their knife block and a few other bits and the quality is always fab. These cups are great if you don’t have measuring spoons….as this included everything you need! £9.99. Here.