Cooking/Baking Tip of The Week: Measuring Ingredients Correctly in Cooking & Baking

I haven't done one of these tip posts in ages which is just terrible since I feel they are so important and helpful. Whatever your skill level in in the kitchen I know any tips and tricks can be good to read and remember. I never stop learning that's for sure. Here are some easy tips for measuring correctly when preparing ingredients to cook and bake.

Measuring Liquids:

Place a liquid (water, oil, juice) in a measuring cup on a leveled surface. For a traditional liquid measuring cup, do not lift the cup to check the level but rather view the amount at eye level to be sure of an accurate measure. Some newer liquid measuring cups are designed so that they can be read accurately from above even. 



For sticky liquids like mollasses, corn syrup or honey you will want to spray the measuring cup with cooking spray before adding this ingredient to make it easier to pour out and clean the cup out later. 

With thicker liquids ( sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt) Spoon that ingredient into a dry measuring cup then level the top by sweeping a metal spatula or the flat side of a knife across the top of the cup. 

Measuring Dry Ingredients:

For dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, yeast and cornmeal spoon ingredients into a dry measuring cup over a piece of wax paper. Fill the cup to overflowing then level by sweeping a meal spatula or flat side of a knife across the top. If you will be working with less then a cup then fill it to desired level and shake it gently to allow it to settle perfectly. 


Working with brown sugar is different then other dry ingredients. Unlike flour,  It should always be firmly packed when measuring since the moisture in it tends to trap air between the crystals. Use the back of a spoon and push the sugar down into the cup to firmly pack it.



Measuring Bulk Ingredients:

To measure bulk ingredients such as cranberries, nuts, chocolate chips or mini marshmallows spoon them into a measuring cup carefully, you should then have the right amount but you can use  a spatula or flat side of a knife to level it off if not.




With butter and margarine, try to purchase the ones that conveniently come in individual wrappers already marked with tablespoon amounts. It'll be easiest to just cut off the desired amount.

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I hope these tips for measuring ingedients will be helpful to you in some way when you are cooking or baking!

Do you have a tip that you think will be helpful to me in my cooking and baking? Please leave it in the comments form below- I can always learn more and I love to hear from you!


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