This $12 Amazon Find Made It So Much Easier To Measure Spices

published Jun 7, 2023
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One step in making southern hushpuppies: flour, baking powder being measured out over wood surface
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My biggest beef with spice jars is that the openings are nonsensically narrow. Surely corporate America must know that standard tablespoons absolutely do not fit inside spice jars. Do they secretly delight in frustrating home cooks? 

Case in point: A recipe calls for a tablespoon of cumin. I have cumin. I have a tablespoon. The problem is that my tablespoon doesn’t fit inside my spice jar, so I’m left to either pour dried spices onto my spoon and inevitably onto the counter, or I do that delicate dance of dipping a half teaspoon into the tiny jar six times. (Oh wait, was that the fifth time?) You know exactly what I’m talking about. 

Now, wide-mouth spice jars would solve this problem, but let’s be real: I’m never going to decant my spices. I love decanting in general, but I have limits. 

That’s why I was so excited to find a $12 solution to this universal problem. When the last of my beautiful but frustratingly fragile measuring spoons broke, I knew I needed something a little more durable. To my delight, I discovered that Spring Chef has taken the problem with spice jars into their own hands with its narrow measuring spoons that were made to fit narrow openings. I clicked “Buy Now” without a second’s hesitation — I’d finally found what I was looking for.

Credit: Meg Asby

When the stainless steel spoons arrived at my door, I proceeded to demonstrate to every single person in my household that our new measuring spoons finally fit inside our spice jars. A whole tablespoon! Can you believe it? Doesn’t it make you want to cook something? 

Credit: Meg Asby

A basic set of seven comes with six spoons, from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, plus a leveler, for around $12. You can spend two dollars more for an extra spoon, or a little less for just six spoons — which is already plenty for my casual cooking and baking needs. The U.S. and metric measurements are engraved, so they won’t get lost under caked-on flour or rub off in the dishwasher, and the spoons nest neatly, taking up very little drawer space. 

I love them, as do more than 19,000 Amazon reviewers, too. Get yours here and never spill spices on your counter again. 

Buy: Spring Chef Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, $11.97