How to Measure Dry Ingredients: A Step-by-Step Guide

Baking is a science, but science can be simple. Follow these step-by-step tips to measure dry ingredients perfectly every time, then watch our how-to video to learn more.

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Baking requires precision and how you measure your ingredients can make a big difference in how things turn out.

Step 1: Get Your Tools Ready
Get some dry measuring cups and measuring spoons. To measure dry ingredients, remember to fill and level. Tip: Dry measures come in sets so you can always fill to the top.

Step 2: Measuring by Volume
For flour, spoon into your measuring cup and fill to the top, then level off. Tip: Don't pack the flour in. It changes the measurement. For sugar, scoop and level works just fine.

Step 3: Measuring Spoons
Same goes with measuring spoons: scoop and level.

Step 4: Measuring Brown Sugar
There is one dry ingredient that is always measured packed: brown sugar. Use hand pressure to pack the brown sugar into the measuring cup.

Step 5: Measure by Weight
Some recipes call for weight measurements for dry ingredients. For these you'll need a scale. Digital scales can be purchased at a home goods store. Tip: Weight measurements are more accurate than volume measurements.

Step 6: Zero Out the Scale
First, put your bowl on the scale and zero out the scale.

Step 7: Select Grams or Ounces
Choose grams or ounces and start measuring.

Step 8: You've Mastered Measuring
Use these tips for tasty results next time you bake. Watch our how-to video for more.