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Am I backwards?

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009, at 8:02 PM

I have been cooking for many, many years. I just don't cook often. Perhaps that's why I didn't recognize this latest peeve of mine until today.

I own 3 glass measuring cups - a 1-cup, a 2-cup, and a 4-cup size. It isn't a big deal to pour into one of the cups, and then stoop down to see when you get the liquid to the correct line on the cup. Today I was going to pour cup of milk into the smaller of the measuring cups while holding it at eye level. My intention was to hold the cup in my left hand while pouring the milk with my right hand. Whoa! I couldn't see the -cup line. I had to set the cup down on the counter, turn it around and pour into it. The metric system measurements were on the side I wanted toward me, and my good ol' cup measurements were on the other side.

I think I've always poured while holding the milk jug or whatever in my right hand. Why have I never noticed this before? When I hold them the way I want, I can't see the cup lines. Evidently I've been turning that cup around when placing it on the counter and not realizing it.

I checked all three of my measuring cups, and they are all the same. My first thought was that they were all made in Europe. Wrong! Two are Anchor Hocking and the third is Corning, and all three were made in the USA.

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You might like the measuring cups from Pampered Chef! The measurements are on the inside of the cup which is slanted so you can actually look down into the cup instead of bending down to view the side. I have the set of 3 ( 1, 2, 4 cups) and also the 1/4 c and I would be so lost without them!

-- Posted by DannysGal on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 6:37 PM

Pat, thanks for your comments from Australia. That is a very interesting article, & I intend to read it more thoroughly.

I measure dry ingredients in separate measuring cups where the cup is filled & the top leveled off. Liquids are put into the glass cups with the lines on the side.

When I am using a recipe, it always calls for measurements in cups or portions thereof. That's what I have. If I had a recipe calling for metric measurements, then the metric side of the cup would work fine. You use the metric side of the cup because your recipes probably call for those measurements.

Maybe I'll find some recipes with metric measurements.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 1:11 PM

whoa you have someone across the world answering you...

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 9:05 AM

Dear Betty H Brown,

I really like a jug that has the metric information toward me when I use it for measuring. It always seems to me that the jug maker has assumed that I want to measure accurately -- as in baking -- rather than casually -- as in preparing soups or stews.

You might like to check the article, Metric cooking with confidence at http://www.metricationmatters.com/docs/M...


Pat Naughtin

Geelong, Australia

-- Posted by Pat Naughtin on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 8:30 AM

It would be nice if they were the same on each side for level purposes. I've never used a recipe with metric measurements. Have you?

-- Posted by mmp84 on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 7:19 AM

I noticed that just the other day, too. Its quite annoying I think. Maybe we should make our own line of measuring cups!

-- Posted by 3boxers on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 2:16 AM

It must have been designed by a man who doesn't cook.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:40 PM

The companies probably just put the measurements on the wrong side to mess with your mind. :)

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:13 PM

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