Are you one of those people who can’t be bothered to measure spices for a recipe? Hey, it’s understandable. After all, pulling down the bottles and fastidiously pouring them out into a tiny measuring spoon can feel like a waste of time. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t as good at eyeballing amounts as we like to think we are, and that can result in recipes that are a little off.
Here comes one of those convenient upgrades that are practically begging to be a sold via infomercial. “CassCaps” is a set of alternative caps for all your standard-sized spice jars featuring built-in measuring capabilities for 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon, which is sufficient for most cooking needs. To use it, all you have to do is select your chosen measurement, flip the bottle, and twist the lid to dispense the spice.
The creators are father-daughter duo Mark, who invented the pineapple slicer 30 years ago, and Erika, who helped bring her dad’s new idea to life through W.E. Cornell and REV Ithaca Prototype to Production Accelerator. Mike first got the idea 25 years ago, but it really kicked into gear as 3D printers became more common and he was able to print his first working prototype.
They explain that their “caps are proudly made in the USA with FDA-compliant and BPA-free materials. Our packaging is 100-percent recyclable, biodegradable, and made from recycled materials. Our glass jars are recyclable, made with FDA-compliant materials, and dishwasher-safe. Whether you want to measure out 1/4 teaspoon or a full tablespoon, CassCaps has got you covered. With each twist taking less than a second to complete, measuring your desired amount is fast and easy.”
“We’ve spent over two years crafting, refining, and perfecting CassCaps to provide home cooks (YOU!) the best experience while cooking. After over 100 iterations, 150 different 3D-printed models, and extensive testing, we are confident you will love CassCaps as much as we do.”
CassCaps just completed a round of Kickstarter crowdfunding to help get their product into the homes of both amateur and pro cooks everywhere. Packages start at $24 for two black CassCaps, two glass jars, and a set of labels, but you can save more by grabbing the Dozen Set for $89. Since they can be used with just about any spice jar you already have in your kitchen, they’re pretty versatile, too, and the ability to measure straight from the jar is definitely an upgrade. The fact that they’re made in the USA with 100-percent recyclable and biodegradable materials is just the icing on the cake.
A lot of products with a similar “As Seen on TV” vibe are viewed with skepticism about whether they’re actually necessary or just another silly gadget that’s going to collect dust in the back of the junk drawer. Whether that’s true for you might depend on how much you cook, and how judicious you are about following recipes to a tee. But if you’ve accidentally poured too much salt straight into your other ingredients one too many times, you might find the prospect of a little more accuracy to be worth the risk.