For my blog’s third anniversary I treated myself to the Wonder Plunger Measuring Cup via ThinkGeek’s web site. I had always envied Alton Brown using his plunger style measuring cup and I wanted to have one too! This one was only $5.99 so I went for it.
This product works great with those wet and sticky ingredients that are a pain in the butt to put into measuring cups like shortening, peanut butter, softened butter…
This cup can measure up to 1 cup and you set the measurement by twisting the base to the desired measurement. Then you fill ‘er up and plunge the ingredient out into your bowl.
I LOVE that! Now, do I use it all the time for all my measuring like Alton Brown? No, just for the sticky ingredients. I want this baby to last.
Measuring 1 cup of an ingredient is a little precarious. It just holds it and is a little tricky to work worth, pushing the tool to the edge. My advice? Also pick up the Two Cup Adjustable Measuring Cup for the big jobs.
I have used this product for just about every sticky mess I can think of. From yogurt, mayonnaise, shortening, butter, peanut butter to…
… Nutella, my favourite. I think the best unexpected surprise working with this product is discovering how many pockets of air were in it after I thought I had measured it properly. As a result I added more and pushed out the air to make 100% certain I have the correct amount of the ingredient. Impressive!
Although ThinkGeek’s site says that this product is dishwasher safe, the packaging says to wash it by hand because a dishwasher could impact the technology that makes this product work. I am more than happy to do the minimal washing by hand to keep this product in tiptop condition since it has now become an indispensable tool in my kitchen.
I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons.