Must-Have Measuring Tools
To accurately follow recipes, our seven kitchen-tested favorites are an essential investment.
recipeApricot Almond Muffins
1. AMCO Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
Price: $11.50 These durable stainless steel cups boast rims flush with the long handles, making leveling off dry ingredients easy.
2. Cuisipro 4-Cup Deluxe Liquid Measuring Cup
Price: $14.95 A pour spout and handle are musts in liquid measuring cups. Read from above, the plastic Cuisipro measures more accurately—and is more durable—than a glass Pyrex cup.
3. Cuisipro 5-Piece Stainless Steel Oval Measuring Spoons
Price: $13.95 We like that these sturdy, elongated spoons are slim enough to dip into narrow spice jars.
4. CDN Moti Multi-Mount Oven Thermometer
Price: $7.99 The best insurance against varying oven temperatures. For maximum stability, this model sports a magnet, a hook, and a base stand.
5. Oxo Food Scale
Price: $49.99 For close to 100 percent accuracy when baking, weigh your ingredients on a scale; digital models with large readout displays like this one are the easiest to read.
6. Polder Dual Timer Stopwatch #893
Price: $15.12 This compact test kitchen favorite is a two-timer, keeping track of two dishes at once.
7. ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen Instant-Read Thermometer
Forgo guesswork and pinpoint exactly when food is done. We call the Thermapen the Ferrari of thermometers for its fast, accurate readings and long probes.
Best Buy Alternative: Maverick Redi-Chek Professional Chef's Digital Thermometer DT-01 ($12.99)