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.