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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 06:42 pm (UTC)
I have two sets. One, complete, looped. One in separate bits (those are the ones that fit into the spice jars). But *actually* I cook mostly by eye and weight, grabbing the nearest teaspoon for the odd thing where the difference between 1/2 tsp and 3/4 tsp is significant. (baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, dried yeast, and ground dried chillies and smoked paprika). When I do use them, I still tend to use one of them for everything, multiplying and dividing by eye.

Really I would prefer it if my regular, serving cutlery consisted of 5ml teaspoons and 15ml tablespoons.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
I always take mine off the loop when I buy them. They do get separated and mixed up in the silverware; when this actually becomes a problem, I usually solve it by buying another set and chucking it in there too. Enough measuring spoons in the drawer, and the odds of coming across the one you want rise. (I think I have pieces from three sets in there, right now, and that's enough to find the size I'm looking for almost immediately.)
Mar. 2nd, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Two sets, both unlooped. I kept them on the loop for a few years, then unlooped them and never looked back. I have quite enough order and space in my kitchen drawers that I'm not in danger of losing them (where would they go?)
Mar. 2nd, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
I had a set on a plastic loop, which easily gave up the ghost. Now I only have the half-teaspoon and teaspoon size, which is all I really need for the baking I do (1/4 teaspoon is about 'that' much in the palm of your hand). I have been wanting a full set, and thought I'd go metal, but spring them from their chain almost immediately. I have a basket of baking paraphernalia in the bottom of a cupboard - measuring cups, measuring spoons, and cookie cutters - which means they are reasonably easy to separate from the general 'other cutlery' draw.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have a metal set, which is on a loop... which I'm now thinking of discarding (because lo, I did not know that was allowed!) Previous sets on plastic loops, or that have snapped together, have not fared so well in terms of their survival.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
My other personal favorite bit of measuring spoon advice, if you are not already doing so: buy oblong/semi-rectangular measuring spoons so that they fit into spice jars.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I have that for my coffee and chicory. An oblong spoon that's the perfect size for half a pot that I use only to measure that.

I was thinking of diminishing my kitchen equipment the other day...
Mar. 4th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I appreciate that-- I've considered them in the past year or so, but never got around to making a purchase. It's good to hear that most practical angle; I literally did not think about that!
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Our tablespoon measure, which we use most often by far because we don't actually have any tablespoons, stays off the loop on which its fellows reside. The rest usually are washed together when one is used, partially confirming C's fear. :)
Mar. 4th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I find that the loop gets in the way when you need to measure out different quantities for a recipe--you cannot put a dry spoon in a container for fear of dripping from a wet one, for example. I also wash by hand, so it is more effort than the dishwasher folks.
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