MEASURING INGREDIENTS

OK THIS COULD BE A BORING SUBJECT.   But it is necessary to those who have never stepped foot into the kitchen.   Believe me I have seen almost every kind of mistake that can be made by measuring incorrectly.  So I am giving you the basics here.

Measuring can make or break a recipe especially when baking.  Even a small ingredient such as salt  makes a big difference.  On the other hand if your are making spaghetti sauce  or something similar you can vary amounts of ingredients or leave some out all together and the sauce will still be tasty.

Measuring Liquids  – Liquid measuring cups come in various sizes. They should be glass or plastic with a pouring spout.   For those who have never measured ingredients pay attention to this small detail, when measuring 1/2 cup of a liquid do not measure it in a 4 cup measure.  The smallest amount you can measure is 1 cup.  Measure liquids at eye level.  Don’t measure liquids in a dry measuring cup!!

 

Measuring Flour

  • Use dry measuring cups
  • Sift if necessary or stir to add air if packed
  • Spoon lightly into a measuring cup
  • Level with a straight edge
  • Do not scoop flour out with the measuring cup or measuring spoon. You will almost  DOUBLE the flour you need. 

Wax paper is a great to use  on the counter when measuring because you can pour the leftovers back into the canister. 

Powdered sugar should be measured same as flour.

Brown sugar should be packed into a dry measure.

Use measuring spoons for small amounts of ingredients and level.

Shortening can be measured in two ways:

  • Pack into a dry measuring cup
  • Water Displacement method:  if you need 1/2 cup shortening measure 1/2 cup cold water and add shortening until the water level is 1 cup.  Keep shortening under water by pushing in to stick to bottom or side. Drain water.

Remember that measuring correctly is the key to great baking!!

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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149 responses to “MEASURING INGREDIENTS

  1. Le'Keitha 2nd block

    You measure liquid in a liquid measuring cup.

    Flour is meausred in a dry measuring cup

    brown sugar is measured in a dry measuring cup

    two ways to measure shortening by putting cold water in a liquid measuring cup and then putting the shortening in or pack the shortening into a dry measuring cup.

  2. swanette barnett

    THEM MUFFINS LOOK SO GOOD THEY HAD MY MOUTHWATERING..

  3. Summer B.

    i learned that when measuring dry ingredients you should spoon the ingredient into the measuring cup and not scoop it out of the container.

  4. the muffins look great cant wait to try them

  5. j taylor 1st

    the next time I go to measure flour I now know not to scoop it out of the bucket. I didnt know that it made a difference.

  6. Natasha 1st period

    I learned that, you have to have a different messuring utencil for different ingrediants , otherwise your recipe will not come out good.
    Nuts,peanut butter all go in a dry messuring cup.
    Water,oil all goes in a liquid messuring cup.

  7. Viviana Dishmey

    Liquid = liquid measuring cup
    Dry= measuring cup

    learned the right way how to mesarue ingredients properly.

  8. amber w.

    i learned how to brown sugar is so much different then regular sugar.

  9. KatieS.

    Today, I learned that when making cakes and stuff like that , that you can’t use butter from a tub like thing ; you have to use stick butter .

  10. breana h 2cd period

    i learned tht you really need to use a dry measureing cup wit dry products and a liquid measureing cup with liquid products

  11. edwin 1st

    the one thing i learned that seemed nifty was that you can use water displacement when you cook.

  12. jessica v.

    today was a pretty good learning experiance in your class mrs.lupo. I learned that if you press in flower into the measuring cup, you actually have tons of it left over. and i even learned the if you rince out a measuring cup befor putting syrup in it…it doesnt stick (:

  13. Gifty

    I learned that you couldn’t “free scoop” flour and other dry ingredients with the dry measuring cups an measuring Crisco with water, I forgot what the technique was called but it was quite insightful! actually learned a lot in the first day i was there even with the book work we did!

  14. Gifty

    OK i remember it was water displacement method! :D

  15. Jordan G. 2nd block

    I found out that you can measure Shortening in water.

  16. ashton k. 2nd period

    i learned that not to put liquids in dry measuring cups

  17. gabby 1per. 2nd sem. 2011

    i actually can say i learn something from what you showed the class on friday about the different techniques of measuring different things in the kitchen.

  18. Brooke H

    I never knew to spoon your flour into your measuring cup until this class. I have always scooped it in.

  19. Marissa 1st period

    I thought it was interesting how you can’t just dip the cup into the flour you have to sift it then put it in the the cup. I never knew that by doing that you would get the wrong measurement. It was also pretty cool to learn the water displacement for measuring crisco.

  20. jasmin m.

    i never knew you had to pack brown sugar.. learned something=]

  21. charity g

    I learned you need to pack ingrediants like cinnamon in measuring cups unlike flour. I also learned there are two types of flour.

  22. Sarah M.

    I learned that you should not measure liquids in a dry measuring cup.

  23. Harold Colquitt

    I did not know brown sugar had to be packed .

  24. kassie

    i never knew there was so much measuring involved in cooking the perfect dish

  25. Rebecca McConnell

    I learned that you shouldn’t pack flour when its upposed to be sifted, cause you might end up with way to much!

  26. Jade Sanders: 1st period

    I didnt know there were so many ways to measure different ingredients

  27. carmen g

    i learned that it does matter what type of measuring utensil you use to measure something. cause if you dont use the right utensils your gonna mess up your food and it wont turn out good.

  28. Lindsey 2nd

    I learned that you can’t pack down the powdered, and loose ingredients while measuring for a recipe.

  29. Chelsea G

    I learned to spoon flour in when measuring insteading of scooping.
    -Chelsea G 2nd prd

  30. haley J

    I learned that you don’t pack down powder, but you can pack down brown sugar.

  31. Kaley G.

    Kaley G. – I learned that you shouldn’t pack flour into a measuring cup because you will end up with too much.

  32. Noelle Welch

    Measuring ingrediants is exreamly important when baking.
    -Noelle Welch 1st

  33. Kyle 1st

    It is important to fill the measuring cup past the top and level it off with a straight edge to insure the proper measurement.

  34. Janasia Spruill

    Your supposed to measure dry ingredients with a straight edge.

  35. Keiara Dority

    I learned how to scrap the flour off so that it would be even, and you can have the accurate measurements when using a dry measuring cup.

  36. wayne rhodes

    i learned that measuring incorrectly can mess up what is being made.
    i also learned when to use dry measuring cups and when to use liquid measruing cups.

  37. Ivry

    I learned that you over fill the dry measuring cup and then you level it out with a straight edge spatula.

  38. darien1st

    I learned how important it is to measure correctly

  39. Olivia Walker

    I learned to use a straight edge spatula to have the correct measurement when measuring dry measurements and i also learned how to pack it with a spoon in order to fill it up.

  40. Kayla W 2nd period

    I learned that dry and wet ingredients have to be measured into different types of measuring cups.

  41. Hector Melara

    i learned that we are supposed to pack down the brown sugar when measuring it.

  42. sarah m 2nd

    i learned when messuring flour you spoon it in the messuring cup do not pack it in. i alson learned when messuring brown sugaar use a dry messuring cup and pack it in.

  43. andrea brown

    even a small ingrediant such as salt makes a difference

  44. brittany edenfield

    i learned that when measuring flour you have to sift it, and then measure it.

  45. Katherine Lackey

    I learned that when measuring shortening you can use the water displace method and get an accurate measurement. Also, when measuring flour you should spoon it into your measuring cup, because you dont want it to get all packed together.

  46. daija armstead

    i didnt know that you dont pack down flour or powder in a measuring cup you spoom it in.

  47. Adrea Belcher

    I learned there are two ways to measure shortening, one in a dry measuring cup and one in a liquid measuring cup.

  48. I learned that when you are measuring brown sugar, you have to make sure that it is packed as opposed to measuring flour where you want to measure it lightly. If you aren’t careful while you are measuring, your recipe may not turn out like you expected.

  49. Amber Pirkle

    I learned that in measuring, if you pack the powder in the measuring cup then you have more than your supposed to.

  50. archiee kay oh lip

    i learned that liquid measuring cups come in various sizes

  51. Courtney Thompson

    i learned you do not scoop flour out with the measuring cup or measuring spoon. You will almost DOUBLE the flour you need.

  52. victoria g

    you dont pack flour because you will use to much………

  53. britnee williams 2nd pd.

    i learned how to level off the ingredients in the dry measurting cup i never knew how important that step was , i never knew how one little extra bit of a ingredient could be so crucial to what your making.

  54. Lauren B

    I learned you had to pack brown sugar

  55. Angel W 2nd pd

    I learned that when measuring brown sugar you are suppose to pack it in tight.

  56. ali 2nd pd

    i learned that when you measure brown sugar you need to pack it down tightly

  57. Bria Roberts

    I learned that when measuring flour your supposed to spoon it in instead of scopping it.

  58. kaleigh k.

    I learned that brown sugar is the only ingredient you have to pack down to fill the measuring cup.

  59. chelle 2nd pd.

    i didnt know about sifting flour until you told me , and now that i think about it really is a effective process .

  60. Jessica S - 2nd

    I learned that when measuring shortening, you can use the water displacement method, as well as packing into a dry measuring cup.

  61. Olivia 2nd

    I learned that you should measure liquids at eye level.

  62. Paige Horton

    I learned that all have to measure things correctly and theres different ways to measure things. For example, Dry utensils for dry ingerdients and liquid utensils for liquid ingredients.

  63. Jada Hunt

    I learned how to be a lot safer in the kitchen area. How to store my cooking utensuils in the proper areas.

  64. grayling

    I learned from this and our demo in class that it is bad to pack the flower in the measuring cup or utensil being used, and that dry utensils are for dry products and wet utensils are for wet products.

  65. Rodriguez, Maryann 3rd

    I learned that you cant measure liquid and dry ingredients in the same measuring items because you will get the wrong readings. Also you cant pack sugar into the cup because that will also give you a wrong reading.

  66. Austin Cunningham

    I learned that you sift the floor before putting it in the dry measuring cup or you will end up with too much and what you are cooking won’t turn out the way it is supposed to

  67. Jude Thornton

    From this activity, I learned two things. One is that when measuring liquids, you should get eye level with the liquid to ensure an accurate measurement. Secondly, I learned that you should lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup, not pack it in.

  68. Logan simmons 3rd

    I learned that there is a different way to mesure dry and liquids.
    and to sift flour cause u double it cause it packs itself.

  69. Sarah Jeffcoat

    I learned that you are suppose to use a seperate measuring cups for both liquid and dry ingredients and you should not pack in the flour when you are measuring it because you will get to much of it and the recipie won’t taste or come out like its suppose to

  70. mallory loftin 3rd

    i learned that when measuring flour you sift it then measure it.

  71. Tiffany Swanson

    When watching you demonstrate how tomeasure ingredients I learned it very important to not pack the flour in the dry measuring cup.

  72. Tyler shaw 3rd

    I learned that you pack brow sugar and you dont do it to all the other sugers

  73. Tyra Alston 3rd

    i learned that you can use a straight edge to level out the amout of dry ingredients.

  74. Kori Howard

    I Learned How To Correctly Measure . !

  75. cristian valencia 3rd

    I learned that you need dry measuring utensils for dry ingredients and liquid measuring utensils for liquid ingredients.

  76. Beth B 3rd per.

    I learned that you use a dry measuring cup when measuring dry ingredients and use liquid measuring cups when measuring liquids.

  77. Courtney Vasquez

    I learned in this blog that with dry ingrediants like flour you spoon the flour or other ingrediants into a dry measuring cup,put more than needed and then scrape the excess flour off the top. DO NOT PACK INTO THE DRY MEASURING CUP.
    Courtney Vasquez 3rd period

  78. frederick welch

    i learned that if you measure ingredients right it can ruin a dish.

  79. Brianna Oliver

    What i’ve learned is when you are measuring a liquid you want to look at it at eye level and to use a straight edge when you are using a dry measuring cup so you can scrape off any extra ingredients!

  80. Sydnee Council 3rd period

    I learned that a small amount of salt can go a long way.!

  81. Morganj.

    I learned that you use a straight edge to level

  82. Whitney Hobbs

    After reading this article on how to measure ingredients, I learned that when measuring flour, Measuring Flour you should use dry measuring cups,Sifting if necessary or stir to add air if packed and spoon it lightly into a measuring cup.

  83. Rebecca Bass- 4th

    I learned that you can measure shortening by using the water displacement method.

  84. nicholas paul 4th

    i learned the proper way to measure and sift flower and also sugar

  85. Anna Acker

    I learned that you have to sift flour, and I never knew you have to do that.

  86. Rebecca Davenport

    I learned that you shouldn’t scoop flour out with a measuring cup or spoon because you will almost double the amount you actually need.

  87. audrey carroll

    I learned that you do not measure liquds in a dry measuring cup.

  88. katie schindehette

    i learned that you have diffrent mesuring cups for dry and not dry ingridents.

  89. Cole Small

    When I measure flour I now know to not scoop it out of the bucket. I didnt know that it made any difference!

  90. Maeghan D. 4th

    I learned that if you pack your ingredients it may be too much , that could mess up your whole meal . So instead you need to lightly shake the cup with the ingriedents in it and scrape the top off with a straight edge.

  91. alina

    i learned you have to pack brown sugar to measure it.

  92. Raenah B. 4th

    I learned that you use dry measuring cups for solids and measuring cups for liquids.

  93. jamileholmes

    I learned that you have to measure dry ingredients in a measuring cup,level it to the to, and do not pack it and that you have to measure liquid ingredients in a glass or plactice measuring cup so you can have the proper measurments.

  94. jameshia broome 4th pd.

    I have learned that you need to make sure to use all the right ingredients and make sure you use the proper amount because even you mess up alot with an ingredient it could still make your food taste different.

  95. Chelsea T. 4th

    During the measuring demo i learned that you are supposed to over fill a measuring cup and then to level the ingredients off. I also learned that you can measure crisco by using the water displacement method.

  96. leslie v

    I learned that when measuring brown sugar you must pack it into the measuring cup.

  97. Jared 4th

    I learned that packing when measuring will make the measurement less accurate.

  98. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    From this demonstration I learned that when measuring dry items, such as flour I need to use a dry measuring cup. When I measure liquids I need to use a liquid measuring cup. I especially learned that you need to be extremely careful measuring your ingredients because just the smallest mistake can ruin your whole meal!

  99. Payton Horton

    I learned how to measure shortening inside a measuring cup without putting to little ot too much of it inside.

  100. tyler

    I learned that you use different measuring utensils for different kinds of materials!!

  101. Astrid 1st

    measureing is very important in cooking. one little mistake can mess up your whole recipe (:

  102. arkell 4th per.

    I learned that measuring is very important because if you mess the measurements up it wont come out correctly.

  103. Tiffany Brown

    I learned if you dont measure correctly the outcome wont end up right. Never scoop out ingrediants and try to pack it. Always take the time to measure.

  104. chelly

    i learned how to level of the ingredients in the dry measuring cup an dont even try too smush alot in the cup because it will get stuck! & even if yu try an put a lil more in the ingredient it probably will mess up what yu are cooking.

  105. Lindsey

    I learned that when you need to sift flour, you should because if you don’t it could mess up the whole thing.

  106. Rachael

    I learned that foodservice has many guidleines and it woudl be very hard to run a resturant.

  107. Victoria

    I learned that foodservice establishments had to abide by an extensive amount of guidlines in order to pass inspection.

  108. Shaughnessy Peacock

    I learned that your measure shortening using the water displacement method and that you measure liquids at eye level.

  109. Desiree Zepp

    shortening can be measured using water displacement as well as the packing method

  110. Jessie Miller

    Even a small ingredient can make a huge difference. They’re alot of mistakes you could make while measuring always make sure.

  111. Taylor Jones

    Different ingredients have different measuring cups. Spoon flour into the measuring cup. Measuring ingredients is extremely important in baking.
    Taylor Jones. 1st period.

  112. Brooke Nail

    you can make many mistakes when measuring that could throw off your whole recipe!

  113. Measuring is an important role while cooking. The smallest mistake in measuring can make a big difference.

  114. Trish Jenkins

    I learned a lot about different contaminations, how to keep you food clean, your kitchen clean, what properly cooked food looks like, and a lot of different information about food and kitchen safety

  115. Tkeya Dix (1st Period)

    I learned that you must use differnt types of mearusing techniques and cups to measure certain things. Also that brown sugar must be packed.__Tkeya Dix 1st Period

  116. Anna Scasny

    I learned to use a dry measuring cup and use a staright edge to level ingredients. I alos learned to spoon in dry ingredients to get the correct measure.

  117. Tanner Culberson 3rd Period

    You can use a straight-edge to flatten out the ingredients.

  118. i learned about measure discplacement

  119. Abbey 3rd

    I learned to measure liquid ingredients at eye level.

  120. Heather 3rd

    i didnt know there was a difference between a liquid measuring cup and a dry measuring cup.

  121. Jabrea Scott, 3 period

    I learned that you should mesaure liquids at eye level

  122. Tanisha 3rd period

    I learned that Measuring can make or break a recipe especially when baking.

  123. Kelci 3rd period

    I learned that you can use water to measure shortening.

  124. Katie 3rd

    i learned you can use water displacement when you cook.

  125. cheyanne 3rd period

    i learned that when u measure dry ingredients you have to use a dry measuring cup but when you are measuring liquids you have to use a liquid measuring cup

  126. Jada 3rd

    I’ve learned the difference between the measuring cups and when to use them.

  127. macey 3rd p

    make sure you Measure liquids at eye level.

  128. Liquid measuring cups come in various sizes. They should be glass or plastic with a pouring spout.

  129. Rachel 4th pd.

    I learned that it is very important to measure properly as it can ruin your whole recipe if you dont.

  130. candace 3rd

    Liquid = liquid measuring cup
    Dry= measuring cup

  131. Janie 4th pd

    Use a straight edge for measuring dry ingredients.

  132. i learned you have to pack down brown sugar, or it wont turn out like you expected.

  133. peyton 4th

    DO NOT scoop flour out with a measuring cup

  134. Evan 4th

    I didn’t know you had to pack the brown sugar.

  135. Peter 4th

    measure liquids at eye level

  136. michael 4th period

    i learned that brown suger has to be packed in to be measured

  137. taylor 4th

    There are certain measuring cups to measure liquids (with a glass measuring cups) and a dry ingredients (with a dry measure cup) they measure differently.

  138. Dejai 4th period

    i learned that to measure brown sugar correctly you have to pack it in and level it off

  139. Amber

    I learned that you need to measure liquids at eyelevel.

  140. I learned you have to pack brown sugar

  141. sederia 4th

    I learned that it is important to measure liquids in liquid measuring cups.

  142. Baylee 4th period

    I didn’t know that you had to measure liquids at eye level.

  143. Madison

    I learned you can measure shortening with the water displacement method if you don’t have a dry measuring cup.

  144. Sheyla 3rd period

    I learned to use a straight edge to level ingredients.

  145. Nohemi 2nd

    I learned that by the doing the smallest error while measuring can ruin your whole meal.

  146. Bryana 4th

    I learned that you have to make sure that you pack the brown sugar.

  147. Sara 4th period

    you have to go eye level to the container when measuring liquids

  148. Joseph Vera

    Learning this was a real expirience. I never had any idea that the sieve actually made a diffrence in baking. I have low expirience with it, as i’ve only baked 4-5 cakes. (I’m more of a dinner guy) so maybe this should improve the shape of the cakes a little bit better. I’ll invest in one ASAP before the next church picnic.

  149. brianna

    I learned that you can’t use a knife to level the dry ingredients you must use a straight edge. I also learned that you can’t scoop dry ingredients.

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