Gadget name: KitchenArt Adjust-a-Cup
Price: $9.95 for 2-cup model; $2.99 for mini
It looks like: A clear acrylic tube and a plunger-type insert—kind of like a syringe without the needle. The clear tube is marked with measurement increments in teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, fluid ounces, and even milliliters.
How it’s supposed to work: This gadget is perfect for measuring sticky ingredients such as honey or peanut butter, as well as normal liquid or dry ingredients. Just pull the insert top down to the desired measurement, fill the container, then turn the cup upside down over a bowl and plunge out the ingredients.
How we tested it: We placed various sticky substances—honey, shortening, peanut butter—in the Adjust-A-Cup and then pushed them out. We also tested to see if the printed measurements wouldn’t fade after numerous washings through the dishwasher.
How it actually works: Every bit of the ingredient is removed from the cup with ease. It left very little residue in the cup and gave us correct measurements.
Drawbacks: None! We’re totally into this handy tool.
Good to know: Available in 1- and 2-cup capacities and in an array of materials, from plastic to stainless steel, these cups are ruggedly constructed with a very tight seal between plunger and tube. There’s a mini version available that’s just as hardy as the original, and it’s ideal for measuring just a few teaspoons, tablespoons, milliliters, or ounces—and at just under three inches tall, it stores handily in a drawer. It’s also marked with an epoxy-type ink that is safe for the dishwasher and withstands moderate scrubbing.
My favorite part: No more scraping sticky ingredients out of the bottom of measuring cups, measuring spoons, your hands, the counter, etc.
Best for: Measuring sticky or thick ingredients that don’t slide out of measuring spoons easily.
Overall: Easy to use, rugged, and inexpensive, this versatile tool belongs in every kitchen.