How to Measure Ingredients

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when it comes to baking cooking is a

science and in science accuracy counts

precisely measuring ingredients makes a

difference in how your recipes turn out

so measure up with good quality

measuring spoons and cups you don't need

too fancy or expensive ones just simple

basic and easy to use here's what every

home cook should have measuring spoons

liquid measuring cups and dry measuring


let's talk spoons first they come in

graduated sizes that include 1/8

teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon 1

teaspoon and 1 tablespoon measuring

spoons work for wet or dry ingredients

to measure a dry ingredient dip in the

spoon and level it off with the back of

a knife to measure a wet ingredient hold

the spoon level and pour in the liquid

until the spoon is completely full next

our measuring cups it's a good idea to

have 2 different types of measuring cups

one for liquids like milk water or oils

and another set for dry ingredients like

flour or sugar the basic measuring cup

for liquid is usually clear and has

measurement printed on the side this

type of measuring cup also has a handle

a pouring spout and plenty of headroom

in case ingredients expand the most

useful measuring cups are heat proof

microwave safe glass or hot ingredients

as well as cool to read a liquid measure

accurately put the cup on a flat surface

and bend down so you can see the

measurement at eye level

sticky thick liquids like molasses honey

or corn syrup are measured best by

wiping down the inside of the cup or

measuring spoon with a little oil or

butter before you pour the thin coat of

grease helps it pour out again easily

and completely for shortening scoop it

out of the container and press it into

the cup or spoon to force out any air

bubbles or pockets

then level it off and four stick butter

just measure using the increments marked

right on the paper wrapper slice off

what you need don't be tempted to pour

ingredients into your measuring cup or

spoon while holding it over the top of

your mixing bowl it's too easy to

accidentally spill in more than you need

now let's measure dry ingredients dry

measuring cups are different from liquid

cups and common sizes for 1/4 cup third

cup 1/2 cup and one cup to fill the cup

use the dip and sweep method for dry

ingredients such as rice or granulated

sugar just dip and fill the cup then

sweep level with a knife flour and

powdered sugar take a little extra

finesse white and whole wheat flour is

easily compacted so it should be stirred

first then spooned into the measuring

cup and leveled off powdered sugar needs

to be sifted in order to remove lumps

before measuring brown sugar has more

moisture so pack it firmly into the

measuring cup or spoon before leveling

with the knife also pay close attention

to how our recipe is worded if it says

one cup sifted flour make sure to sift

the flour first and then measure one cup

1 cup flour , sifted measure it first

and then sift it it's always a good idea

to follow the recipe the way it is

written the first time you try it then

improvise later when you're familiar

with how the ingredients all come

together with inexpensive and basic

measuring spoons and cups you can

measure ingredients with accuracy and

cook with confidence