As I made peanut butter cookies (YUM!) the other day, I was reminded of something my mom taught me when I was young. We didn’t have a dishwasher at the lake cabin, or perhaps I should say that I was the dishwasher. And I complained mightily about having to wash sticky gunk such as peanut butter out of measuring cups and making a mess of the dish rag without really getting anything clean.She said that if I’d measure stuff in the right order, I wouldn’t have the problem. Huh??
And so I learned to use the same measuring cup and measure any dry ingredients (sugar, brown sugar) first. No residue in the cup, okay. Then the oil, which left a slight film on the measuring cup. Then the peanut butter, which now wouldn’t stick to the cup with the oil on it. I’ve gotten so that if I am using peanut butter or molasses in a recipe without oil, I either wipe the measuring cup with a few drops of oil or give it a squirt of Pam before measuring the “gunky” ingredient.Similarly, if you measure dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, oatmeal, etc.) before wet ingredients, there won’t be a mess in the cup.
Can you tell that I really don’t like washing dishes? And if I have to, I don’t like getting a lot of crud in the dish rag? Especially on a boat where I don’t want to use water unnecessarily to rinse it out?