What Kind of Measuring Cup Should I Use?

Author: Chef Sydney

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What are Measuring Cups?

Measuring cups are cups used to measure liquid or solid ingredients in a precise manner.  Measuring cups come in two types, liquid and dry measure.  Liquid measuring cups are usually glass but can be made of metal.  Dry measuring cups are usually made of plastic or metal.

What are Measuring Cups Used For?

Measuring cups are used for measuring out ingredients so that the exact amount is used.  Liquid measuring cups accurately measure different amounts of liquid.  Dry measuring cups also accurately measure the amount of solid ingredients needed.

Learn About Measuring Cups
Measuring cup with different types of rice on white wooden table

What are the Different Types of Measuring Cups?

  • Liquid
  • Dry

Liquid: Liquid measuring cups are used to specifically measure liquid ingredients.  This kind of measuring cup usually has a handle and a spout to easily pour the liquid.  They are designed this way so you can measure how much you need without spilling the liquid.  Liquid measuring cups are typically made of glass so you can see how much liquid is in the container.  Clearly marked lines indicate the different measurements on the outside of a liquid measuring cup.  The average liquid measuring cup can hold up to 2 cups of liquid. Most liquid measuring cups also display lines for fluid ounces, liters, and milliliters.  Use a liquid measuring cup to measure ingredients like honey, milk, or oil.

Dry: Dry measuring cups are used to specifically measure dry ingredients only.  Dry measuring cups have longer handles to easily reach into larger containers of dry ingredients.  This type of measuring cup is usually made from plastic or metal.  Fill dry measuring cups to the top unless otherwise instructed.  Dry measuring cups come in sets and usually come in ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, and 1 cup measures.  Look for the measurement on the handle or bottom of the measuring cup.  

Recipes Using Measuring Cups


Cornbread adds a hearty element to any meal. Precisely measure flour and cornmeal with measuring cups and stir in baking powder and salt. Mix in wet ingredients, pour into a cast iron skillet, and bake.

Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Enjoy a fresh smoothie on a hot day. Measure out 1/2 cup guava nectar, 1/2 cup washed raspberries, and 1/2 cup of washed strawberries and place into a blender. Slice a banana into quarters and place into the blender. Blend until smoothie and serve in a glass.

Sugar Cookies

Combine your dry ingredients after carefully measuring them out. Mix in measured wet ingredients. Cover the mixture and place in the refrigerator to firm up. Remove the cookie dough from the bowl, roll it out with a rolling pin, and cut cookies into the same size. Place on a baking sheet and bake until cooked.

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