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Collating measuring spoons

We're thinking of getting another set of measuring spoons*, which is why I was looking at them online last night. There isn't that big a range of features they tend to come with. Melamine or metal. Flat- or round-bottomed. Round or oblong. Number of spoons and how small the set goes.

One feature they all advertise, however, is a way of keeping the set together. Handy loop or chain. Magnetism.

C. looked at the images I showed him with astonishment. We can't get those, he said. They're chained together. Use one, and they'll all get dirty!

We keep our spoons loose in a container in a drawer, unchained, although they arrived years ago with loop to secure them.

How do you keep your measuring spoons?

Looped, chained, or magnetized together.
Unlooped, unchained, and unmagnetized.
I don't have measuring spoons.
Other, to be explained in a comment.

* Spice-intensive meals involve going through a lot of them very quickly, and spices require re-used spoons to be both washed *and* dried, which is fiddly when measuring lots of things quickly.



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Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
It's not so hard... When you use one, hold the rest of the looped spoons in your hand so they stay clean. In the dishwasher it's just as easy to wash the bunch as a single one, and because they all get washed together you know that whatever spoon you use has been recently cleaned.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
That's my thought.

And, with spices, if it's a dry spice, I just wipe it with a paper towel to remove the traces of the other spice. I don't see the need to wash AND dry between quick-succession uses unless it's a wet product (vanilla, etc.).
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Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I keep mine on their original loop because otherwise it would take approximately five minutes to lose them, but it is somewhat inconvenient, so I like the idea of magnetised ones.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
I have two sets. One is fastened together into a bunch, so I use them as haggisthesecond describes and then drop the bunch into the dishwasher after use. The other set is loose, but to be honest I use those more as scoops (eg for getting porridge oats out of the container) than as actual measuring spoons.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, I need ticky boxen because I have both. I prefer the loose ones though.
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Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
I have both grouped and ungrouped - and the same is true of cups. I'm not that precise usually, unless it's baking or a new recipe. If I need to re-use a spoon and it hasn't got damp, I just wipe it with a paper towel.

I'd be more concerned if I had different sets of spoons, but I only have American ones. The English teaspoon is far more flexible.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Mine are linked together, but it doesn't matter much because I've never used them. Anything in really small quantities I gauge by eye, and larger quantities are measured on my scales, which are electronic and retare very quickly, so I can add stuff till it reaches the right quantity.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
I initially considered having a poll option along the lines of "I don't have measuring spoons - I cook by weight, not volume!" But then it got fiddly, because, of course, it's possible to cook primary by weight and still own measuring spoons, as in your case.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
I thhink I've got some somewhere but I use them so rarely that they go off and hide. My usual procedure with spices is to shake what looks like an appropriate amount into the lid of the jar; I don't really do precise measurement when cooking.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
You CAN take the spoon off the loop, but my loop is so inconvenient that the path of least resistance is to just throw the lot into the wash.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
The only time I actually measure things precisely is when baking and then only for things that would mess up the recipe if they weren't exact. I wouldn't bother cleaning any of the measures during the process if only dry ingredients are involved. Trace amounts of one spice contaminating another don't really matter especially if they're ending up in the same baked object anyway.
I'm just as likely to use English teaspoons as the things on a ring but the ring never bothered me since I just hold all but one spoon out of the way with my hand.
I've never used kitchen scales for anything but rescue kittens ;)

As far as I know, J never uses measuring devices at all (but he doesn't bake either)
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
My larger round measuring spoons came on a chain, but it was lost long since. The plastic narrow ones fit on the cutlery rack so I can find them easily. The ones for measuring pinch/dash and smideon are on a sealed ring so can't be separated.

But mostly I just grab a 'real' teaspoon or tablespoon.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
I want some more measuring spoons, just a couple of 5ml teaspoons and 15ml tablespoons, to use at work etc, but it's hard to find any which aren't sold in a bunch with a whole load of other spoons. When I'm trying to count calories I really don't do well with approximate shakes, my teaspoon of sugar in my coffee or tablespoon of salad dressing grows and grows without a spoon.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
the magnetic ones we got from lakeland are awesome.
so much fun to play with as well.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Unchained, unmagnetised, and missing, mainly...
Mar. 2nd, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have two sets, one of which is held together with a chain and one of which is cleverly designed to snap together. I don't mind either, and really washing four measuring spoons is not much more difficult than washing one.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have actual spoons for tea, soup spoons and generic table spoons. I estimate based on those.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I have one set that snaps together, so it's easy enough to just use one and then snap them all together in the drawer when they're clean. My other set came with a loop, which I used to use (though I would detach them when I actually used them), but somewhere along the way it broke or got lost. I still nestle them together in the drawer when they're clean and not in use, though.
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