If you’ve ever baked with any sticky ingredient like peanut butter, tried to measure out tahini for hummus, or scooped almond butter into your smoothie, you’ve probably hit the same messy snag: After you wrestle the ingredient out of the jar and into the measuring cup or spoon, half of it sticks and stays there, leaving you with a bit of a mess and a less-than-perfectly-accurate amount. Turns out, there’s a better way.

“I was today years old,” reads the overlay on a recent TikTok video showing nut butter or tahini being measured out to make cookies. The video demonstrates what to do: Simply spray the measuring cup with a little oil or cooking spray before using it. Then add the gooey ingredient; when you dump it out, voila! It slides right out. It works for things like honey and corn syrup, too.

As someone who did not grow up in a cooking spray household (it was mostly margarine; it was the ‘80s, and it came in a tub), I’m constantly fascinated about all the things you can do with cooking spray besides the obvious (spraying a baking pan). Spritzing your cheese grater before using it will make it easier to clean, and spraying Tupperware before you use it will prevent those awful colored stains. It also helps to remove price tag stickers from new dishes. And it turns out to be magic in rooms besides the kitchen, too!

Naomi Tomky

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Seattle-based writer Naomi Tomky uses her unrelenting enthusiasm for eating everything to propel herself around the world as an award-winning food and travel writer.