You Can Measure Vanilla Extract Using The Bottle Cap

Though it's my job to search and discover all sorts of kitchen tips and tricks, I sometimes find that the best tips come from you in the comments section. This was the case when commenter Auntie Mumpsimus pointed out that most extract bottle caps can double as measuring spoons.

Photo by Bill Holsinger-Robinson.

I’m surprised not to see vanilla there. Finding out that most extract/essence bottle caps contain one teaspoon was a surprisingly handy revelation. (I’ll never go back. Never!)

Eager to test this tip, I ran to my cabinet and grabbed the vanilla. I poured out enough to fill the cap, then poured that aliquot into a teaspoon, and was thrilled to find that it measured up. It should be noted that this doesn't work with every single bottle of extract -- my fancy peppermint extract had too small of a cap -- but for common brands like McCormick, this trick works out.


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