Scoop it Up!

Measuring flour is easier when you scoop it up with measuring scoops! If you’re like me, your pantry is home to bags of flour, corn meal, and possibly sugar. I always have a variety of gluten-free flours on hand. Storing them in the original bags makes them easy to identify and requires fewer storage containers. Many of those bags are smaller than a traditional flour bag making it hard to fit a measuring cup inside. That can make baking a messy process.
Who am I kidding? Baking is a messy process in my kitchen all the time. I usually have flour on the flour, the counter top, and my shirt. While this is not by design, I don’t do much to prevent it. I pay more attention to the recipe I’m baking than the mess I’m making. Constantly worrying about preventing a spill takes the fun out of the process, and I think cooking should be fun! I’ll clean up the mess when the bread goes in the oven.

This is probably one of the reasons I’m not fond of the popular open concept home. I like a little insulation between the kitchen and living area. That’s code for: I like to be able to hide the mess I made cooking for my guests in the kitchen until after they leave.

Wow, that was some digression! I’m going to blame it on the time change. I haven’t adjusted yet. I am feeling out-of-sync and don’t have the energy to rein myself in. Anyway, measuring scoops are shaped for scooping action. Their shape makes it easier to get flour neatly out of a bag in the desired quantity without causing a spill.

Measuring scoops are available in many sizes and shapes from a variety of manufacturers and retailers. I prefer egg shaped scoops made of stainless steel to those with square ends and edges or ovals. Vollrath offers a 3 piece set containing 1/8 cup (2 tbsp), 1/4 cup, and 1/2 cup. They also make 1/3 cup and 1 cup scoops which are sold separately. Lindy’s similar 4 piece set includes 1/8 cup, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/2 cup.

Measuring spoons also come in scoop shapes. Should you decide to shop for measuring spoons, you may want to consider an odd-size set that includes 1/8 tsp, 2/3 tsp, 1 1/2 tsp, and 2 tsp. I use my 1/8 tsp measuring spoon often.

Using the best tool for the job makes every cooking endeavor easier. Choosing the best tool for the job requires a consideration of your skill level, preferences, and lifestyle. If you live tiny with limited storage space, collapsible silicone measuring cups may be the best choice. If bright orange measuring scoops make you happy, plastic is a better choice for you than stainless steel. If I shared a kitchen, I might choose color coded plastic scoops from The Kosher Cook.

Whatever it is that accomplishes the task, makes the job easier, and makes you feel happy to be in the kitchen is a good choice. I prefer to scoop it up!

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