(Image credit: Christine Gallary)

You know the situation: you're measuring honey, peanut butter, or molasses and it takes a whole lot of patience to get the thick stuff out of the jar into the measuring cup, and then again into the bowl.

Each time, a messy situation unfolds and you're never quite sure whether you got everything you needed out of the cup. So what if there was a better way?

(Image credit: Christine Gallary)

Here's a great tip for measuring out sticky ingredients without making a complete mess:

Spray your measuring cups with a cooking spray before measuring so that the wet, sticky ingredients will literally just slide on out!

Since everything slides out of the cup, the accurate amount ends up in your recipe. No mess, no waste of ingredients, and you don't have to waste time scraping everything out of the cup. Brilliant!

Updated from a post originally published in April 2012.