Measuring Jugs

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Measuring Jugs

Every kitchen, whether domestic or professional, needs to have access to measuring jugs. Highly experienced cooks and chefs may know instinctively how to measure out ingredients, but the vast majority of those who are cooking, especially in a domestic setting, need to know that their measurements are accurate or the recipe they are following could turn out to be a culinary disaster. Measuring jugs are available from eBay to measure liquids and solids, and having both types in the kitchen is essential for cooks who regularly prepare fresh dishes. Jugs include those in the familiar shape, where liquid can be poured from a spout, as well as those in conical form, tapering at the bottom, which can additionally be used for measuring flour, rice, sugar, and other essential solid ingredients.

About Measuring Jugs

There are very few historical details about where and when measuring jugs, or cups, became an integral part of cooking, but there is evidence that even in Biblical times traders were very accurate in how they measured their wares so they could sell them at an appropriate cost. Any supermarket or other food store sells by weight or liquid volume (for example in pounds or grams, and pints or litres), so making accurate measurements is essential to the business. The same applies in the domestic kitchen. Measuring ingredients inaccurately can lead to the creation of spoilt or inedible food, which is a waste of time, resources, and money. Professional and amateur cooks usually agree that getting the correct measures when cooking is the most important thing to do. After that it is down to the individual as to how it turns out, but the right measures to start with means that following the next stages of a recipe should be easier.

Measuring Jugs Materials

The most familiar material for measuring jugs is plastic. These have handles for ease of use and spouts to ensure that pouring liquids or dry ingredients into the appropriate containers when food is being prepared is easy and avoids waste. Also, measuring jugs are manufactured in glass and also available as metal containers, and the cook using the jugs or cups will need to decide what is most appropriate to fit with other kitchen utensils. It is important to remember that translucent measuring jugs for liquids can display the required amount of liquid by looking at the outside, preferably at eye level, whereas with metallic measuring jugs or cups, the markings are on the inside, and should be viewed from above.


Plastic is an ideal material for measuring jugs, and these types of jugs are usually used when dealing with liquid measures, as plastic is not corrodible. Various organic polymers go to make up plastic, which is a synthetic material, and these include polyethylene, nylon and PVC. Plastic is easy to form into a variety of shapes, so moulding it into measuring jugs allows many different shapes and sizes to be made. Another benefit of using plastic measuring jugs is that if hot liquids are being used for a recipe, the jug can be handled without the possibility of a hand being burnt when picking it up.


Glass measuring jugs are always an attractive addition to kitchen utensils. Although glass is normally associated with containers for drinks, or in the manufacture of windows or mirrors, there are many other uses for the material. Soda-lime glass is used for windows and drinking vessels, but there are a range of other ways to make glass for use in items such as bottles or eyewear. A useful advantage for glass measuring jugs is that, as they are transparent, it is easy to determine the level of liquid needed in a recipe. One of the most common materials used for glass measuring jugs is Pyrex. This is a hardened and heat resistant material, made from borosilicate glass, a combination of silica and boric acid, the elements of which are forged together when the melting point is low. Pyrex is ideal for pouring and measuring hot liquids.


Measuring jugs made of metal sometimes have spouts but often do not. The conical measuring jugs are generally used for dry goods, such as pulses, rice, sugar, or flour. Care must be taken if using them for hot liquids as the metal conducts heat very rapidly and it would be easy to get burned by accident when picking it up. As metal is very pliable in its initial stages, it can be fashioned into very attractive shapes. Before the advent of plastic, many measuring jugs and cups were made from metal.

Choosing and Buying Measuring Jugs

All domestic kitchen utensils have a specific purpose, and with measuring jugs it pays to decide exactly what they are required for. Many cooks will have at least two types or sizes of measuring jugs, which will depend on the amount and the nature of the cooking. Cooks who make a lot of soups usually choose measuring jugs in as large a size as possible so they can easily transfer liquid from saucepan to jug, measure the amount, and then either pour it into a food processor to make a smooth soup or straight into containers that can be kept in the fridge or freezer.

For measuring dry foods, for example, for making cakes or measuring the correct amount of pasta or rice for a recipe, or for individual portions, the conical measuring jugs are a popular choice. However, most jugs with spouts can also be used to measure dry foods, though it is important to make sure that the jug is completely dry inside before measuring foodstuffs like flour. At this stage it is useful to remember that measuring jugs are not only made for food items. There are specific jugs that can be used for putting oil into a car engine or for an outboard motor, and getting exactly the right amount of this fuel is important to ensure that the vehicle engine runs at its optimum efficiency.

Plastic Measuring Jugs

These are one of the commonest types of measuring jugs. It is easy to judge the correct levels of liquids or dry goods if they are placed on a level surface and viewed at eye level, as they have clear markings around the outside. Recipes frequently differ in terms of the types of weights and volume they specify, so the majority of modern measuring jugs will have markings that allow for this. For liquids, there will be the option for measuring in pints or cups so the cook can be comfortable that the right amount given by the recipe is measured every time. Liquids can also be measured in millilitres (or litres) and fluid ounces. For dry goods, plastic measuring jugs can be used, but there tend to be fewer options to choose for measuring. The most popular are for flour and sugar, and because of the difference in their weight, the markings for each should be closely followed. They will usually be marked in grams and ounces, and 40 ounces of flour is close to twice the volume of 40 ounces of sugar.

Metal Measuring Jugs

Before the advent of plastic, metal was the main material for making measuring jugs, and there are many vintage examples available for collectors or cooks who like a particular style of utensil in their kitchens. Metal jugs with spouts generally have a specific size given as their opaqueness makes it difficult to judge exactly how accurate some specific measurements can be. For conical metal measuring jugs, the interior has markings and will also detail the types of food. For example there may be a mark for flour and custard (each weighing the same, for fresh breadcrumbs, for sugar and rice, and for rolled oats). They will also have markings for liquids, usually pints and millilitres depending on the size of the jug. Finding measuring jugs on eBay is easy thanks to the very wide choice of shapes and sizes available.

Find Measuring Jugs on eBay

The simplest way to find measuring jugs is to use the search box located at the top of the homepage. From here, shoppers can type in specific search terms such as "measuring jug" or enter terms designed to limit the listings to a certain product type, such as "Pyrex measuring jug." The search can be refined even further by selecting Cookware, Dining & Bar from the Categories pane on the left hand side of the page, then using the check boxes to filter the results as appropriate.


Cooks should decide from the start what they want from their measuring jugs before deciding what to buy. There are times when a set is the perfect choice so that all catering options are taken into account, but sometimes just one or two different types will do. It certainly pays to have at least one jug for liquids and one for dry goods, but there are also antique or antique-style measuring jugs that will look good as household decorations. Pub owners also like to have these types of ornaments, and eBay provides many attractive options for buying.

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