Review: Progressive International measuring cups and spoons

A few weeks ago I was browsing the kitchen stuff on Amazon and saw this Progressive International 19-Piece Measuring Set and snatched it right up. As regular readers know, I enjoy cooking and have recently begun baking bread at home, too. I’ve been using this set several times a week since they arrived and I am so glad I got them!

What’s unique about this set is, it’s not just the standard dry measures you see in typical sets of measuring cups. Oh, no, kids —  This one has handy oddball measures, too! Check them out:

Measures included

Spoons Cups  
1/32 tsp - Smidgen (.15 ml) 1/8 cup (30 ml)  
1/16 tsp - Pinch (.3 ml) 1/4 cup (60 ml)  
1/8 tsp - Dash (.6 ml) 1/3 cup (80 ml)  
1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) 1/2 cup (120 ml)  
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) 2/3 cup (160 ml)  
1 tsp (5 ml) 3/4 cup (180 ml)  
1/2 Tbsp (7.5 ml) 1 cup (240 ml)  
2 tsp (10 ml) 1 1/2 cups (360 ml)  
1 Tbsp (15 ml) 1 3/4 cups (420 ml)  
  2 cups (480 ml)  

The entire set is made out of a tough, hard plastic.  Yay, no rust and no weird oxidation and powder on aluminum. They wash up great in the dishwasher. And did I mention they’re in The Ohio State University colors – scarlet and gray –  plus white? This matters more to Howie than it does me, but I’m just sayin’.

Wide range of sizes

Those odd-sized measuring cups are proving very handy to me as I measure stuff out for baking. With my little kitchen, space is at a premium and I try to keep my work area as neat as possible as I measure out my various ingredients. A lot of my bread recipes seem to take 3 1/2  cups of flour. I love how I can measure that out in two steps using one 2-cup measure and one 1 1/2 cup measure. It makes the job go faster.

The form factor

Not only that, but the cups are broad and shallow, making all but the 1/8 cup measure stays upright when put on the counter. I find myself using the cups as ramekins for my yeast, spices, and other ingredients. Anything that does double-duty like that is a winner in my book. The cups also nest very well, nice for storage.

Unlike the cups, the spoons lean toward being deep. If you’ve used old-style, nearly-flat metal measuring spoons, you know deep spoons work a lot better for both liquid and dry measuring. I keep the spoons hanging by their loop inside my cupboard door. Speaking of the loops, these snap together with a simple reclosable clasp. It makes the spoons a snap to separate from one another.
Stamped, not printed

Another thing I like about this set is, the labels are molded into the handles rather than just printed on them. Additionally, as you can see in my table, the measurements are expressed in both fractions of cups and milliliters. They’re accurate enough for everything I’ve made using them; every recipe I’ve made has come out great.

The only thing they’re not good for. Heh.

I did figure out that these are not good for melting butter. It was actually my fault since I let the microwave go for too long and that butter got really hot. The cup is fine, but you can see where the hot butter was in it. I know to use glass receptacles for melting butter in the future!

The lowdown

Anyway, if you want a really versatile measuring set for your kitchen, these are a great bet. They’re a super value for the price. When you buy your own, grab a set or two for giving as gifts. They’ll make great Christmas gifts, but would really rock as part of a wedding present or for anyone just setting out on his or her own for the first time. They’ll last a lifetime. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat!

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