On the Level
If you’ve ever done any reading about portion control or even taken a home economics class in high school, it’s likely that you’ve come across information about the importance of “leveling off” items that you measure. If not, or if you’ve slept since then, here’s a brief summary:
When measuring ingredients, you need to remove the excess from the cup or spoon. This will ensure that your recipe turns out right if you are following one. If you’re measuring something you’re going to eat without putting it in a recipe, you want to use a level measure so you can better control your portions. If you measure a heaping cup or a heaping spoon of something, you can nearly double the calories you are consuming.
I used to have a wonderful set of measuring cups with lids that slid across the tops and automatically leveled themselves. Unfortunately, they are no longer being made. Also, there was no equivalent for measuring spoons. For years, I leveled my cups and spoons by running a butter knife across the top of the surface. Sometimes, this worked beautifully. Other times, I found I had difficulty holding the cup or spoon straight while leveling it.
There’s quite a lot to like about these devices, including that all are nice and deep for the amounts they hold. Both the cups and spoons come in sets of four. They can either be stored separately, or the whole set snaps together. Squeezing the handle allows a small, straight device to cross over the cup or spoon and level it off neatly. I could use the spoons easily with just one hand, but needed to use the other hand a bit when leveling the measuring cups.
If you are a fan of unique kitchen gadgets, and easy portion control is a priority, you will find both items listed on our Favorite Product Picks Page.
Also, if you have any other helpful portion control or leveling tips, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line – we’re always happy to hear your ideas!