My best kitchen gadget is the Adjust-A-Cup Measuring Cup. This thing is so amazing you’ll wonder why they didn’t come up with the idea sooner.
This is the perfect gadget for accurately measuring messy ingredients like shortening, butter or peanut butter. With ingredients like these, you are always guessing whether you have an accurate measure because there is always that chance there’s a bubble in the middle of all the goo which you cannot see or do anything about. Everyone who’s made peanut butter cookies knows what I’m talking about. So here comes this measuring cup…no more mess, no more guessing. It has a clear plastic sleeve, and the adjustment is done with a flick of the wrist. After you’ve measured your ingredients, you push the interior canister which acts like a plunger to push your ingredients out. Cool, huh?
When measuring my butter or shortening, I like “building” up as I measure to avoid those bubbles. Say, I need a cup of butter, I start by adjusting the clear plastic to about 1/4 c. and then spoon that much butter in. Then I’ll raise the outer sleeve and my measurement to 1/2 c. and push down the butter before adding more…and so on and so forth.
Since I got this gadget (half-price from an online store whose name I cannot recall now), my pie crusts have become predictably perfect…if there is such a thing!