Kitchen Stuff: The Liquid Measuring Cup

Kitchen Stuff Liquid Measure

In a small kitchen, you don’t need a lot of equipment to cook great food. Still, you do need some pots, pans, utensils, and dishes–obviously. In the BGSK book, you’ll find a bare bones list of necessary equipment, but I’ve long wanted to bring you a similar resource on the web.

So we’re going one by one, stocking up our virtual pantries and maybe our real ones too.

Want to make pizza, perfect rice, and baked goods that turn out right every time? In order to do so, you’re going to want to bulk up your measuring kit with a liquid measure in addition to dry measures (those metal cups with handles you use to spoon out flour and sugar). Why?

Dry measures are simply designed for dry ingredients. It’s hard to pour out maple syrup or water and get it right to the top, but not over. Even harder is picking up that measure without spilling a drop–therefore screwing with your proportions. A liquid measure allows you to match your liquid to a horizontal line denoting that you’ve got the right amount, and to pour your water or wine out neatly, through a spout. I have a few measuring cups, but the one to start with is this Pyrex 2-cup glass measure, which is microwave safe, stackable, and easy to clean.

Here’s what deliciousness you’ll get when you measure water, stock, and vodka in your liquid measuring cup:

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