How to Measure Honey and Sticky Ingredients

Sticky ingredients, like honey, peanut butter, tahini and molasses, can be tricky to measure-and often leave a mess behind in the measuring cup. Here's a simple trick for mess-free measuring.


Here are a couple options:

  1. Simply spray the inside of your plastic or metal measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before you measure something sticky. Cleanup is easy, the ingredients slide right out, and you’re ready to measure again right away. Tips-How-to-Measure-Honey-and-Sticky-Ingredients

  2. Oil the utensil before measuring—the honey will slide out cleanly.

  3. Line the measuring cup with a piece of plastic wrap and measure the food into the cup. Remove the sticky food by pulling up on the plastic wrap. Scrape the food off the wrap and into the mixing bowl. There’s no mess to clean up—throw the plastic wrap away! Tips-How-to-Measure-Honey-and-Sticky-Ingredients-Step2

  4. Use heat. Simply dip the measuring spoon in hot water. Honey will not stick to a heated spoon.

Here's a simple trick to keep those sticky bottles clean, too: Bottles with “sticky” contents (corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, etc.) can be a hassle to keep reopening. So before using the bottle for the first time, wipe the threads with a light coating of oil. The lid will never stick and won’t be difficult to open!


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