I once read about a celebrity chef who claimed that his kitchen contained minimal gadgetry, but I figured he was lying through his teeth. After all, every foodie in America picks up kitchen gadgets like they were going out of style these days, why wouldn’t he? More to the point, why would my house be different? To be truthful, our kitchen cabinets and drawers are jammed with gadgets, one of which is my OXO Good Grips Angled 1/4-cup Measuring Cup – I don’t care at all what that celebrity thinks.
A complex recipe with up to a dozen ingredients can overwhelm the measuring cups in most kitchens. When your recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of this liquid, two ounces of that one, a tablespoon of a third and an ounce of yet another; all at different times and mixed in with dry ingredients, keeping the measuring cup clean soon becomes a royal pain. That's one of the reasons we have this measuring cup: although it’s just a two-ounce cup, OXO also marked it in tablespoons. You can read those measurements by looking down from above; on the side you can read the capacity in cups and milliliters.
The cup’s design is rather inventive. OXO started with a clear plastic, flat-bottomed, oval, slant-sided plastic measuring cup that‘s two inches high, two and a half inches wide and three inches long. There’s nothing unusual about it - yet. Now, mold a little "shelf" around the slant at the front, paint the shelf white, and print volume markings in red against that white background. Label one side in ounces and the other in tablespoons. Now, when you pour olive oil, whiskey, fish oil, Sriracha sauce or other ingredients into your cup; you look down from above to check the measurement instead of looking at the side. It’s clever, easy to use, and probably more accurate than a lot of liquid measures.
OXO makes this style in one-, two- and four-cup sizes. The main difference is that the big ones have a handle, which my little one lacks. All sizes, including this one have a pouring spout, are both dishwasher-safe, and are certified BPA-free.
After years of use, my only problem with the mini angled measuring cup has been that the white paint backing the scale has started scraping off. So far that hasn’t been a problem, but eventually it might be as hard to read as a conventional cup. In the meantime, though, as OXO says, "Why keep bending over?" For maybe five dollars you can measure those liquid ingredients looking down. That, I like.