A measuring cup and a kitchen scale are essentials for any kitchen where you like to dabble in more culinary challenges than just pressing the “start” button on the microwave. If you want to try using the stove in your kitchen and don’t have either of those basic tools, then the Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales might appeal to you. It allows you to measure both volume and weight in one handy instrument.
To measure volume, you use it just like a regular measuring cup. You pour in the liquid and see where the surface is on the side markings. The cup can hold up to one litre, or four cups. To measure weight, you pour your sugar in the cup and the built-in scale will display the weight on an LCD screen on the handle. It can take up to 3 kilograms and just like the volume markings on the cup, it displays both metric and imperial measurements. It can also convert five commonly-used substances from weight to volume, should you need to convert milliliters to grams or the other way around.
It sounds pretty useful, but the Maxim 2-in-1 isn’t completely waterproof, so you’ll have to carefully wash it by hand. Since the cup is plastic, it also can’t withstand liquids hotter than 70 C. No microwave, either! The 2 in 1 Jug and Scales is available from Firebox for about US$34, which includes the battery. Though for almost $40 you might be better off with a machine-washable measuring cup and separate scales.