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Dry Measuring Cups

Everyday Food, Volume 18 December 2004

These tools are indispensable for measuring dry ingredients, especially when baking cookies and cakes.

What to look for
Dry measuring cups are usually made of metal, but you can also find plastic and ceramic cups. They typically come in sets of four, with 1-cup, 1/2-cup, 1/3-cup, and 1/4-cup sizes. Other volumes (ranging from 1/8 cup to 1 1/2 cups) are available as well. Be sure the cups sit flat; and pouring will be easier if they have spouts.

What to measure
For baking recipes, always measure dry ingredients, including flour, sugar, cornmeal, and nuts, with these cups. They are also good for measuring rice, cheese, vegetables, and herbs. Do not use them to measure liquids.

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