DRY MEASURING CUPS
These measuring cups can be used to scoop dry or non-liquid ingredients,
such as : flour, sugar, butter etc.
They are meant to be filled and the flattened top allows them to be leveled off
for accuracy in measures.
Usually comes in a set of :
3/4 quarters cup
However, you could also use a measuring scale,
Used for both wet / liquid or dry ingredients,
It also allows dry ingredients to be leveled off for accurate measures while baking.
Usually comes in basic measures :
WET / LIQUID MEASURING CUPS
These measuring cups are translucent and come in the shape of a pitcher or a mug
which also makes pouring out liquids easier.
They have their measurements marked on the walls of the cup,
with sufficient space left near the rim to avoid spilling or overflow.
This cup facilitates accurate measuring of liquid ingredients,
such as : water, milk, oils etc.
Usually comes in plastic or Pyrex glass cups :
Pyrex glass measuring cups facilitates use in microwave
for heating of ingredients where necessary.
For instance, you can melt butter or chocolate,
and at the same time never go wrong with the measures.
NOTE : Invest in a good set of measuring cups and spoons. Baking is a play of precise measures and accurate proportions for successful and consistent results.. Guesstimating or eyeballing works well with many methods of cooking, but definitely not with baking!
Other than for baking, precise measurements are sometimes inevitable for certain recipes that involve cooking rice, making ice-creams, desserts etc.