Measuring Cup Makeover

When I cook it looks like a hurricane blew through our kitchen. Pots here, pans there, and plenty of drips everywhere. I clumsily drop key utensils, and often wind up doing things in a makeshift way. I rarely come out of the experience unscathed (I’ve got a scar or splatter stain from almost every culinary undertaking). I need some better techniques -- and these measuring cups and mixing bowls from iSi are just what the baker ordered. They’re different from most measuring cups and bowls for one main reason: They’re made of flexible silicone. Here’s why that’s so nifty: - You can pinch the rim to form a big or small spout to pour with total precision (less mess, particularly when you’re pouring directly into a narrow space, such as the chute of a food processor); - You can fill them with boiling hot liquids, then grab them right away with your hands (no burns); - The rubbery outside surface is easy to grip (no butterfingers); and - Unlike typical hard plastic kitchen tools, food-safe silicone won’t break down in heat and doesn’t react with foods. Would you ditch your old measuring cups and mixing bowls to try something different? These tools will change the way you work in the kitchen.

iSi Flex It

Measuring Cup Set

Measuring Cup Makeover

When I cook it looks like a hurricane blew through our kitchen. Pots here, pans there, and plenty of drips everywhere. I clumsily drop key utensils, and often wind up doing things in a makeshift way. I rarely come out of the experience unscathed (I’ve got a scar or splatter stain from almost every culinary undertaking). I need some better techniques -- and these measuring cups and mixing bowls from iSi are just what the baker ordered. They’re different from most measuring cups and bowls for one main reason: They’re made of flexible silicone. Here’s why that’s so nifty: - You can pinch the rim to form a big or small spout to pour with total precision (less mess, particularly when you’re pouring directly into a narrow space, such as the chute of a food processor); - You can fill them with boiling hot liquids, then grab them right away with your hands (no burns); - The rubbery outside surface is easy to grip (no butterfingers); and - Unlike typical hard plastic kitchen tools, food-safe silicone won’t break down in heat and doesn’t react with foods. Would you ditch your old measuring cups and mixing bowls to try something different? These tools will change the way you work in the kitchen.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Emily
    Emily

    Would you try these? They'd also make a great gift for foodie friends who like to keep their utensils and gadgets on the cutting edge.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    11/10/2008 12:10 PM

    This is a baker's dream to have this silicone measuring set. Perfect timing for the chef in your life as a holiday or birthday gift. It never ceases to amaze me the uses of silicone. It would also be helpful for kids who like to be in the kitchen...easy to grip, light in weight and clear measurements.

  • Drew
    Drew
    11/10/2008 12:21 PM

    Emily - These look great--quick question: Can you put 'em in the microwave and/or dishwasher? I just wanted to check although I'm going to buy a set either way.

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/10/2008 1:13 PM

    Intrigued by the "silicone is safe" bit...been trying to figure out what to replace all of our "bad plastic" water bottles and microwave safe dishes with (safe for the microwave, but not the person...?)

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/10/2008 1:37 PM

    Hi Claire - First, when you buy a BPA-free baby bottle or pacifier these days, the nipples are made of silicone. Strangely, there's not all that much information available about the safety of silicone cookware, but here's something from Health Canada (Canada's government health agency):



    Silicone Cookware

    Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicon (a natural element which is very abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen.

    Cookware made from food grade silicone has become popular in recent years because it is colorful, nonstick, stain-resistant, hard-wearing, cools quickly, and tolerates extremes of temperature. There are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware.

    Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/10/2008 1:39 PM

    Drew - yes, they're microwave and dishwasher safe...

  • Jen
    Jen
    11/10/2008 4:16 PM

    These clever cups are great for melting things like butter in the microwave. They are tall enough so they don't splatter all over and as Emily mentions you can grab them without burning yourself. You can then squeeze the top and pour away.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne
    11/10/2008 4:43 PM

    Joanne and Jules mentioned this in their video and I agree: seems much more kid friendly than the pyrex measuring cups I've always used. All 3 of my kids love to "help" in the kitchen and really want to do the measuring by themselves. These are definitely much lighter and easier for them to handle - and I don't need to worry that they'll drop them (and their contents!) all over my kitchen floor.

  • joanne
    joanne
    11/10/2008 6:31 PM

    I agree with Jeanne... these measuring cups are just in time for holiday cooking, family style. The sticky grip addresses butter fingers, they pour like a dream and are easy to read. Happy Baking!

  • Jules
    Jules
    11/11/2008 7:13 AM

    Alene---You're right that squeezing them while also trying to fill them would be a bad idea...the volume would indeed change and mess up your recipe. The squeezing is just for when you pour something. BTW, I really like the four cup--easier to use than my wide Pyrex measuring cup of the same volume. A four cup measure is much more practical if it is tall..you can see what you are measuring better. I like it for baking, when you need big volumes.

  • Anne
    Anne
    12/2/2008 11:48 PM

    I passed by these when they were first featured (I already own enough measuring cups) but then received them as a Thanksgiving hostess gift just a few days ago. Now I am already relegating the Pyrex to the back of the shelf, because I love, love, love these. I have used them every day. I love that they are heat/microwave resistant, that they pour, and that they STACK. I had no idea what I'd been missing!

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 7:54 PM

    That's great Anne! Ever since we introduced these, my mom keeps saying she wishes she had bought them. Totally missed the hint for Christmas but have decided they're the perfect birthday gift for her.

    I don't think we talked about the stacking; definitely a plus!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

iSi Flex It

Measuring Cup Set

Measuring Cup Makeover

When I cook it looks like a hurricane blew through our kitchen. Pots here, pans there, and plenty of drips everywhere. I clumsily drop key utensils, and often wind up doing things in a makeshift way. I rarely come out of the experience unscathed (I’ve got a scar or splatter stain from almost every culinary undertaking).

I need some better techniques -- and these measuring cups and mixing bowls from iSi are just what the baker ordered. They’re different from most measuring cups and bowls for one main reason: They’re
made of flexible silicone. Here’s why that’s so nifty:

- You can pinch the rim to form a big or small spout to pour with total precision (less mess, particularly when you’re pouring directly into a narrow space, such as the chute of a food processor);

- You can fill them with boiling hot liquids, then grab them right away with your hands (no burns);

- The rubbery outside surface is easy to grip (no butterfingers); and

- Unlike typical hard plastic kitchen tools, food-safe silicone won’t break down in heat and doesn’t react with foods.

Would you ditch your old measuring cups and mixing bowls to try something different? These tools will change the way you work in the kitchen.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Emily
    Emily

    Would you try these? They'd also make a great gift for foodie friends who like to keep their utensils and gadgets on the cutting edge.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    11/10/2008 12:10 PM

    This is a baker's dream to have this silicone measuring set. Perfect timing for the chef in your life as a holiday or birthday gift. It never ceases to amaze me the uses of silicone. It would also be helpful for kids who like to be in the kitchen...easy to grip, light in weight and clear measurements.

  • Drew
    Drew
    11/10/2008 12:21 PM

    Emily - These look great--quick question: Can you put 'em in the microwave and/or dishwasher? I just wanted to check although I'm going to buy a set either way.

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/10/2008 1:13 PM

    Intrigued by the "silicone is safe" bit...been trying to figure out what to replace all of our "bad plastic" water bottles and microwave safe dishes with (safe for the microwave, but not the person...?)

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/10/2008 1:37 PM

    Hi Claire - First, when you buy a BPA-free baby bottle or pacifier these days, the nipples are made of silicone. Strangely, there's not all that much information available about the safety of silicone cookware, but here's something from Health Canada (Canada's government health agency):



    Silicone Cookware

    Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicon (a natural element which is very abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen.

    Cookware made from food grade silicone has become popular in recent years because it is colorful, nonstick, stain-resistant, hard-wearing, cools quickly, and tolerates extremes of temperature. There are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware.

    Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.

  • Emily
    Emily
    11/10/2008 1:39 PM

    Drew - yes, they're microwave and dishwasher safe...

  • Jen
    Jen
    11/10/2008 4:16 PM

    These clever cups are great for melting things like butter in the microwave. They are tall enough so they don't splatter all over and as Emily mentions you can grab them without burning yourself. You can then squeeze the top and pour away.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne
    11/10/2008 4:43 PM

    Joanne and Jules mentioned this in their video and I agree: seems much more kid friendly than the pyrex measuring cups I've always used. All 3 of my kids love to "help" in the kitchen and really want to do the measuring by themselves. These are definitely much lighter and easier for them to handle - and I don't need to worry that they'll drop them (and their contents!) all over my kitchen floor.

  • joanne
    joanne
    11/10/2008 6:31 PM

    I agree with Jeanne... these measuring cups are just in time for holiday cooking, family style. The sticky grip addresses butter fingers, they pour like a dream and are easy to read. Happy Baking!

  • Jules
    Jules
    11/11/2008 7:13 AM

    Alene---You're right that squeezing them while also trying to fill them would be a bad idea...the volume would indeed change and mess up your recipe. The squeezing is just for when you pour something. BTW, I really like the four cup--easier to use than my wide Pyrex measuring cup of the same volume. A four cup measure is much more practical if it is tall..you can see what you are measuring better. I like it for baking, when you need big volumes.

  • Anne
    Anne
    12/2/2008 11:48 PM

    I passed by these when they were first featured (I already own enough measuring cups) but then received them as a Thanksgiving hostess gift just a few days ago. Now I am already relegating the Pyrex to the back of the shelf, because I love, love, love these. I have used them every day. I love that they are heat/microwave resistant, that they pour, and that they STACK. I had no idea what I'd been missing!

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    1/20/2009 7:54 PM

    That's great Anne! Ever since we introduced these, my mom keeps saying she wishes she had bought them. Totally missed the hint for Christmas but have decided they're the perfect birthday gift for her.

    I don't think we talked about the stacking; definitely a plus!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.