Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
My friends, followers, and readers have been asking me for this one for a while, so here’s a dedicated post with a few choices for measuring cups that are similar to those in my home or are similar to ones I recommend based on testing I have done for others.
Important note: Many measuring cups with painted markings (even the newer ones) have Lead, cadmium, or other ickies in the paint. As a result, I avoid anything in my kitchen that has any sort of painted markings.
Basically, the rules are:
- Clear unpainted modern glass or
- Stainless steel
- Avoid painted decorations of any kind including painted measurement markings and logos
- Avoid enamel coatings
- Avoid plastics
- Avoid rubberized handles
If you follow those rules you should end up with measuring cups that have either no Lead at all (or very trace Lead that is a low-level contaminant vs. an additive as it is in paints and enamels).
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Some good choices:
- Clear Glass 8 Cup Measuring Cup Batter Bowl with Spout (this is on my “I want” list!)
- Clear Glass 8 oz Measuring Cup
- Stainless Measuring Cup and Spoon Set (these are the exact ones I have in my home — pictured below)
Thanks for reading!
And, as always, please let me know if you have any questions.