“How-To” Baking/Cooking – Measuring Dry and Wet Ingredients

It is extremely important in both baking and cooking to measure your ingredients accurately and the only way to do that is to use the correct vessel. Using the wrong vessel for measuring can drastically alter the accuracy of the measurement. While cooking can be a little more forgiving, it is essential in baking to be as accurate as possible.

For dry ingredientsALWAYS measure dry ingredients using DRY measuring cups or spoons. The most accurate method is to lightly spoon the ingredients into the measuring cup and then sweep off the excess with a flat utensil. This will ensure that not too much of the ingredient gets packed down into the cup. The ONLY exception to this method is brown sugar which, unless otherwise noted, is measured by packing it down into the measuring cup.

measuring cups

For wet ingredientsALWAYS measure liquids using either a glass or plastic WET measuring cup. The most accurate method is to place the vessel on a flat surface then pour in the liquid in until it reaches the desired marking. Check for accuracy by bending down so you’re at eye level.

measure cup plastic

Please note, the most accurate way to measure ANY ingredient is by using a digital food scale. They are very inexpensive but absolutely invaluable in the kitchen, especially for baking.

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included)

2 thoughts on ““How-To” Baking/Cooking – Measuring Dry and Wet Ingredients

  1. Good post – people underestimate the importance of measuring when baking… it’s a science 😀. I only recently I also found out that the measurements for dry ingredients (tablespoon, cup etc) vary slightly between countries. Since working this out I have been happier with my baking from USA recipes. 👩‍🍳

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    • Thank you!! Measurement is key, especially in baking.

      It’s interesting for me as well to try and make a recipe from cookbook outside of America, there is a learning curve for sure. Even the terminology and ingredient names are different. Takes some getting use to.

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