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•• What it is ••
The Pampered Chef Adjustable Measuring Scoop is a measuring cup with a wall that allows you to adjust it's size from 1 cup to 1/4 cup.
•• Features and Commentary ••
The Pampered Chef Adjustable Measuring Scoop is made of white plastic and is nice and thick. I have no complaints about the durability of the product as I'm always impressed with the quality of Pampered Chef products. The overall shape is rather squarish, yet pours with no problem.
The handle the Pampered Chef Adjustable Measuring Scoop slides across the cup, closing it down to the desired size. Each size is clearly marked on the side, and little notches make it clear when you've reached a designated size. The lid is a little tight at first, but loosens up with use. For those of you not in the U.S. the measurements on the side are duplicated in metric. Canadians, rejoice!
The cover of the measuring cups has the ability to slide off, for easy cleaning. I tend to simply open it to the full distance, and put it upside down in the dishwasher. After washing the thing well over a hundred times, there is no sign of warping or decay. The numbers on the side are perfectly readable. It still looks brand new.
Just for grins, I tested the sizing of the cups to known measuring cups. As expected, the measurements for each increment were exact. This of course, assumes, the measuring cups I used as a baseline are correct, but I think I'm getting a little ridiculous here....
Included in the package is a use and care card, which we promptly threw away. On the back was a recipe that we didn't try.
The overwhelming flaw in this product is the inability to use it with liquids. This is a huge problem for me and as a result, it sits in the drawer most of the time and is used only when the other measuring cups are dirty or in use. This product is fine for dry measuring, but that's a very small portion of my cooking time. If I'm baking anything, it comes prepackaged and measured by a lady named Betty Crocker.
Another problem is that there's no 1/3 cup mark. Hello? This makes no sense. I use the 1/3 cup measuring cup as often as any other. Why would it not be there? if this product is supposed to replace my measuring cups, it will fail on that alone.
The final gripe I have is the whole concept of one measuring cup. What do I mean? When I'm cooking, I usually need several different sizes. With good ol' measuring cups, it's easy to grab all the cups I need and set them on the counter. Then I can measure each different type of ingredient into each different cup. Then combine the ingredients in the cooking container. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. With the Pampered Chef Adjustable Measuring Scoop, if I want to measure different liquids, I have to rinse and dry the cup after each ingredient. So what is meant to be a convenience tool, actually slows down my cooking groove. And don't mess with my cooking mojo.
•• Conclusion ••
I've read that the latest incarnation of this product now supports measuring liquids. But at over $10, how much does that sucks for those of us who have the lesser-featured product?
Amount Paid (US$): 11
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