How to Measure Ingredients
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The three basic tools used to measure ingredients are:
- Measuring spoons
- Dry measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cups
The key to successful cooking and baking is to measure your ingredients carefully. Here are some helpful measuring tips:
- Dry Ingredients: Lightly spoon ingredients into a dry measuring cup until it is heaped over the top. Level off with a flat edge. Examples of dry ingredients include flour and sugar.
- Liquids: Place the liquid measuring cup on a flat surface. Fill to correct measurement. Bend down so you check the amount at eye level. Examples of liquid or wet ingredients include water, oil, milk, cream, and yogurt.
- Sticky Ingredients: Use dry measuring sups and pack down to remove air pockets for ingredients like peanut butter and solid shortening.
- Spices: Usually needed in small amounts. Dip measuring spoon in the spice or ingredient container. Shake to level or use a flat edge if possible. Examples of spice include garlic powder and ground black pepper.