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(Note - I requested that this product be added and supplied a link with a picture of this jug set. The picture which Dooyoo have added is NOT correct - I have no idea what those jugs are! Please ignore the picture.)
~Measure for Measure~
I've had a long and rather dysfunctional relationship with measuring jugs. Until recently I had one tiny jug that I could never find and which was pretty much useless and an enormous industrial sized jug that was pretty inaccurate when measuring much less than half a gallon. Neither was much use when it came to day to day measuring needs. Earlier this year I went to visit my parents in Salisbury and went browsing in the local Cargo store where a set of three Colourworks jugs caught my eye. I use the Cargo store as a source of inspiration but I never actually buy anything there because the prices are silly. On that occasion I left with the thought in my mind of how lovely it would be to have not one measuring jug but three, each with pretty matching pink handles. Sad, I know, but a girl really can't put too much pink in her kitchen. It took a couple of months for me to find a set at a price I was willing to pay. Sure enough in the midst of a pink Colourworks buying frenzy at the Denby shop in Cheshire Oaks, I found my set of jugs and snapped them up for £6 or £7. You should be able to find them on-line for £8 to £12 a set.
I had probably survived a long time with just my ridiculously inappropriate jugs because I very rarely bother to measure anything. However, a few times a year I get a cooking 'bug' and fill the freezer with food. I realised quite early on that it did actually matter that I got the quantities right. If I just guessed and something worked out well, I could rarely recreate the dish. So I became a convert to following recipes and actually measuring stuff. I started making bread a couple of months ago and that also encouraged me to measure things properly. With bread making, if you get the volumes of water wrong, you generally also get the temperature wrong and your bread pays the price of your laziness.
~"A book of verses underneath the bough, A jug of wine, a loaf of bread-and thou"~
I can almost hear some of the readers saying to themselves "OK, I get why she needs a jug but why on earth does she need THREE?" and that's a fair question. Like most tools, the important thing is to have the right size for the job. Use too small a jug and you'll have to measure out repeat quantities to get the right volume and you might forget to count and get it completely wrong. Use too big a jug and the accuracy goes to pot and you can easily over dose your ingredient. I could probably get by with two jugs at a pinch, but having a third is handy if you are measuring different liquids and don't want to have to keep washing or drying between.
The big jug measures one and a half pints or up to 33 fluid ounces down one side and 900 ml on the other. The mid-sized jug does ¾ of a pint or 16 fluid ounces on one side or 400 ml on the other scale. And the baby has 8 fluid ounces on one scale and 200 ml on the other. Between them they cover most of the volumes I need to measure in day to day cooking.
When making my favourite bread recipe, I need 100 ml of boiling water and 200 ml of cold tap water. The easiest way to get this right is to measure 100 ml of boiling water in the small jug (where the measurement is most accurate) then transfer that to the mid sized jug. Then I measure 200 ml of cold water into the small jug and transfer that across to the mid sized jug too. Yes, I could measure 100 straight into the mid sized and the poor cold straight from the tap on top but I would get it wrong nine times out of ten and add too much and then the water would not only be the wrong amount, but also the wrong temperature.
The big jug is handy for measuring hot water for couscous (always tempting to add too much) or for making Bisto vegetarian gravy. Yes I know domestic goddesses should make their own gravy but it's not so easy when you don't use meat products. If I can't find a suitable bowl, I have been known to use the large jug as a surrogate mixing bowl and beat the odd eggs in it too. I've resisted the temptation to attack it with my hand blender though - that would just be a bit cruel.
The jugs are made of polycarbonate and I'm sure that fans of Pyrex will be 'tutting' and wondering why I would buy plastic rather than Pyrex. The complex answer would be something about the lightness of the items and the nice way they stack together - the simple answer is you can't get Pyrex in pink. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because they're plastic they'll be rubbish. The jugs come with a 5 year guarantee. OK, I admit that my Grandma has the same Pyrex jug for over 40 years but yet again, I have to point out that it wasn't PINK. The jugs can be washed in the dishwasher which is handy and they stack together nicely so that they don't take up much space in the cupboard. And because they stack, it's easy to keep them all together rather than spreading them around between different cupboards. Best of all, of course, they go with all my other pink kitchen gear.
Apparently not everyone wants their kitchen to be filled with pink stuff. For those strange souls, there are other options. You can get a sensible blue, a limey green, a sharp juicy orange, or even a purple set. If you check on Amazon, prices vary with colour which I find a bit cheeky. However, pink is the cheapest which must mean that either it's the most popular or the least popular - you could argue the case in either way. I'll admit that I bought these because they were pretty and expected to have to pretend to find them useful. Instead what happened is they magically turned out to actually be really handy and are in and out of the cupboard and the dishwasher every weekend
Set of three measuring jugs in bright colours