I've been doing a fair amount of cooking with The Boy over the past few months, and my trusty digital scales have never failed me. My measuring jug on the other hand is a joke because all the markings have rubbed off it. I have a metal one, but it only has millilitres marked in 100s and pints on it, so for more precise measurements or fluid ounces it's a pain!
Killing two birds with one attractive and trendy green stone is this Digital Scales Measuring Jug by Maxim.
On one side of the jug is a scale in cups, the other side has millilitres and fluid ounces. However, in addition to this, the base has a digital scale built into it which can measure in grams and ounces.
But here's the nifty bit, you can select your ingredient from one of five presets to calculate its weight or volume. For example, the scale on the side in millilitres shows markers in 50ml. However if you needed 320ml of water you could be left guessing. By using this scale, if you press the button to get to the water marker it can measure it accurately. Likewise for milk and oil (based on their differing densitities: oil = 0.9kg/l, milk = 1.03kg/l, water = 1kg/l). It can also calculate the weight of flour and sugar using the same technique but showing the weight (in either grams or ounces) not the volume.
Another great thing about this is that the 'tare' setting (reset) button can be used with additional ingredients. Weighing out your mixed dry ingredients can be super-easy: measure the flour, press the reset button and measure the sugar, press reset and measure the spices, etc.
I used this earlier with The Boy when making our Gruffalo cookies and it was incredibly easy. I will confess to double-checking the first two ingredients' measuements against my normal scales and they showed exactly the same reading.
This digital measuring jug is going to make life a lot easier over Christmas!
I was sent this for the purpose of this review. My opinion is unbiased and honest.