October 13, 2010

The One with the Quick Clean-up Tip

One of my most helping kitchen tools is a little adujustable plastic measuring "cup" perfect for peanut butter, pureed pumpkin or shortening. 

The first time I used one of these simple gadgets was in my mother's-in-law kitchen. 
As soon as I ran across one in a cheap bin at a rummage sale, I snatched it up,
and boy have I been glad I did! 
Because it measures nearly any incremental amount all the way to 2 cups, it's versatile. 
It's perfect for those not-quite-liquid-not-quite-solid ingredients. 
It launches those tricky ingredients (like peanut butter) into your mixing bowl with ease. 
(I've always despised trying to scoop all of the peanut butter out of a measuring cup. 

As cool as this gadget is, I HATE cleaning it--mostly because I use it for those greasy, sticky ingredients that make cleaning a real chore. 
SO, I use handy dandy PLASTIC WRAP to make my job a cinch! 

First, I prepare my cup at the necessary measurement (i.e. get it ready for 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup or whatever.)
Then, I tear off a piece of plastic wrap that will be big enough to be pressed down and cover the bottom of the cup. 
Be sure to get it evenly spread across the bottom for accurate measurements!
I fill the cup with my ingredient of choice, push up the bottom of the cup to release the ingredients into the bowl then THROW AWAY  the mess! 


  1. Hey Mel. I have one of those! Although I had thought about returning it I suppose I shall keep it around. I need to get other measuring cups though. It's a pain to use for such things as flour, sugar etc..but as you said.. great for peanut butter and things of that nature.
    I will keep the plastic in mind. That would make cleanup easier.

  2. Great Idea! Maybe this will motivate me to make cookies at Christmas. Thanks!

  3. Hello! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back!

    Cheers from Being Frugal & Making It Work!

  4. I have one of these and LOVE it.

    new follower from thursday blog hop.

  5. Hi! I'm following you from the Thursday's Cafe bloghop! Stop by if you have a chance...
    hope you're having a great week!
    xoxo, Erin

  6. What a great tip!
    I'm following from the Thursday blog hops! Check out my blog at daffodilmama.blogspot.com

  7. That does sound like a good tip, but I don't know that I've ever seen one of those. I'll have to keep a look out for it!

  8. Thanks for the follow! I am returning the favor and wow do I need one of those measuring cups

  9. Hi there.. Thanks for the visit at 2 Boys + 1 Girl =One Crazy Mom today.. following you back.. This cup is the BEST thing ever I have one, too and wouldn't want to be without one... Hope to see youa round


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