Last Christmas, I bought my wife something she’d been asking for: a Pyrex 1-Qt. measuring cup. The graduated lines on her old plastic measuring cups had worn off, thus making them useless for measuring liquids.
Pyrex is a well-known and trusted name, so I had no concerns about buying their 1-quart measuring cup. In the roughly four months since then, we’ve both gotten a reasonable amount of usage out of it. Overall it works, but I have run into a few annoyances.
My typical use case
I’ll begin by saying that the kitchen is my wife’s domain. She cooks meals, bakes, prepares desserts, and all sorts of other wonderful activities. My skills are limited to pouring cereal, making sandwiches, and following directions on a box.
So keeping in mind that my usage of the product should be considered basic at best, let me walk through one of my most common use cases.
Our grocery store carries packs of muffin mix for 79¢ apiece. These are convenient: take one cup milk, add two packs of muffin mix, stir, pour, and bake. A child could do it, so it matches my kitchen skill level perfectly.
The Pyrex 1-qt measuring cup includes both standard and metric graduated lines. I grew up in the US: we measure in sensible units such as teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces, gills, pints, cups, quarts, gallons, barrels, and hogsheads. And that’s just for liquids.
My first annoyance may be due to an idiosyncracy of mine: for some reason, I prefer to hold the measuring cup in my left hand, and pour the liquid into it with my right hand. See which side the handle is on in the picture? I can’t hold this measuring cup in my left hand: if I do, all I’ll see are the (useless) metric units.
Since I’ve started using this measuring cup, I’ve taken to setting it down to pour liquids. This undoubtedly results in better measurements, but I’ve found it very difficult to break the “measuring cup goes in the left hand” habit, which means I always end up picking up the measuring cup in the wrong hand, setting it down, and then rotating it 180° before using it.
Mmmm… fake blueberries. There’s nothing like artificial blueberry-flavored sugar crunchlets in a muffin. One nice thing about this measuring cup is the size: it’ll hold well over a quart, so I can measure out the milk, dump in the mix, and then mix it in place, without getting a bowl dirty.
I don’t know if this is an intended use, but I do know that plenty of other folks do it, particularly in the mornings when whipping up a batch of Bisquick pancakes. The size of this measuring cup makes it perfect for this.
Once I mix the muffin mix, I have to pour it into the muffin pans. This is where my two biggest annoyances with this measuring cup hit simultaneously.
First, see the handle? From my childhood, I remember Pyrex measuring cups having a closed, D-shaped handle. This measuring cup has an open handle, which doesn’t provide the same confident grip. I don’t like the feeling of not having a good grip on a glass measuring cup. See my clumsy grip below.
Second, the spout is very small. If I were pouring a liquid, it would probably be fine, but the thick muffin mix backs up behind the spout. Eventually, the batter spills over the rim and makes a mess. A wider and more pronounced spout might help.
Overall, it seems to be a good measuring cup. I like the capacity. I do have some minor annoyances with the design, but I’m seeing the open handles and small spouts in other brands of measuring cups, as well.
My wife and I both hand-wash the measuring cup in the sink. We’ve heard warnings that the markings will wear off quickly in the dishwasher, even though the product labeling calls it dishwasher-safe. Seems strange, considering how well pyrex containers held up to all sorts of nasty stuff in the chemistry lab back in school.
So far we’re both satisfied with it. Only time will tell whether it’ll hold up as well as the Pyrex kitchen accessories in our parents’ kitchens.