Measuring Cups & Spoons
I've had more trouble lately with baking than I care to admit. I thought for sure it was the flour I was using... so I bought a different kind.
Then my bread machine died the other day, so I thought maybe it wasnt working correctly to begin with.
Then I got to doing some cleaning and wanted to change where I keep my measuring cups & spoons. When I got them all laid out and matched back up to sets I noticed they didnt look the same size at all. So I did a test.
I took the purple 1c cup and filled it with salt, leveling it off. I then poured that into the 1c white one. It wouldnt all fit. Then I tried the green one, it was a no go too. The white one and the green one were the same but the purple one held quite a bit more! I tried the 1/2c the same way. The same thing. The white one and green one were basically the same, the purple was way bigger. I tested my spoons and found the purple were also incorrect. I have no spoons to match the white cups, but the old metal ones and green ones were the same.
I was wondering what was going on, how could a set of cups be so different? So I decided to go hunting on google and I found that I wasnt the only one who had this problem. I found Matilda of Cookbook People had done the same experiment as I had. She did a little more research than I did and she found that measuring cups & spoons are not regulated for accuracy in manufacturing.
I've not tested any of my liquid cups, but she did hers and found not all were correct either!
Now I know you are probably thinking, "Oh it wont matter!" but using cups/spoons so far off along with a bread machine that was acting up, along with flour bought two months ago that had expired 8 months ago, NO WONDER my son told me "Mom, I love you, but your bread is like bricks!" lol
I wont be forking out the money for a "calibrated" set any time soon. I'm too afraid to even find out how much they cost. I love the white set of cups because they are so easy to level off, but the green set has every size from 1 cup down to 1/4 tsp. The green spoons are ok to level but the cups with their pour lip thingy makes it hard. I've had the white set for over 20 years. I only recently bought the green set. So I guess the only ones I will throw away is the purple ones for now. Maybe one of these days I will buy one calibrated full set and throw the rest away.
At least now I have one good excuse for turning out those bricks! lol
How does your set measure out?