How to Measure Dry Ingredients
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.
How-To: Measure Dry Ingredients
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. 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 next time you bake for tasty results.