Traditional "spoon"-shaped measuring spoons have a host of problems--they are shallow and it's difficult to measure dry ingredients accurately. Measuring small amounts of liquid is near-impossible. We usually spill as we're measuring and then lose most of it before we get it into the bowl.
We stumbled upon this obvious solution a few weeks ago in our local hardware store: measuring scoops!
We've been using them for a few weeks now, and they're like a dream come true. When we're measuring spices and other dry ingredients, it's easy to sweep off the excess like we do with measuring cups, leaving an even and accurate measurement. We're no longer afraid to measure out liquids, and even semi-solids like honey and yogurt are a snap.
We don't know how these missed our radar for so long. Now that we know about them, we're seeing them everywhere! We prefer spoons made of stainless steel because we like their durability and solid weight. They come in both a circular scoop and a slender oval scoop, which is handy for getting into narrow jars of spices.
Here are a few we spotted on Amazon, and also check out your local kitchen and hardware stores:
And if you're feeling especially decadent, check out these All-Clad Measuring spoons!
(All photos by Emma Christensen for The Kitchn)