If you've been baking or cooking for awhile, this will sound like a no-brainer, but it's a life-changing tip for those who have never thought of it. Ready? Get rid of that ring that holds your dry measuring cups together. Forever. Do this and baking will instantly be an easier, cleaner and altogether happier experience.
I recently watched several cooking demonstrations presented by classmates — most of them new cooks — and was surprised to see how many still had their measuring cups clipped together on rings. As they measured and poured dried fruit or grated cheese or mayonnaise, the cups became increasingly messy and unwieldy. I thought back to the first time it had occurred to me to separate my own measuring cups, and how freeing it was. (I'm pretty sure I heard the "Hallelujah" chorus in my head.)
So if you haven't yet had that moment, get to the kitchen as soon as you can and get rid of that ring. Then measure something and marvel at how good it feels not to have the other cups hanging down like dead weight, and how easy it is to clean just the one cup. And while you're at it, separate your measuring spoons too!
Do you keep your measuring cups separate? Do you have any other small but life-changing tips for new bakers and cooks?
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