Using just the right amount of an ingredient―salt, baking soda, flour―can make or break a dish. This is especially true of baking, which requires precision. This video shows how to have the right amount of your dry ingredients every time.
Dry ingredients (flour, salt), spoon, measuring cup, knife, measuring spoon
Spoon flour or other light, powdery dry ingredient into your measuring cup until it domes up over the top. (Don’t scoop with
the cup and shake off the excess, because this will cause the ingredient to become slightly packed, and you’ll end up with
more than the recipe calls for.)
Tip: To measure heavier ingredients, such as granulated sugar, go ahead and scoop.
Run the flat edge of a knife over the top of the measuring cup to level it off. This will ensure that you’ve measured the exact amount the recipe calls for.
To measure light and fluffy ingredients, put the ingredient into the measuring spoon with another spoon or scoop, until it
domes up over the top of the measuring spoon.
Tip: For salt, granulated sugar, or other heavy ingredients, it’s okay to dip your measuring spoon, scooping out enough so that the spoon is overflowing.
Run the flat edge of a knife over the top of the measuring spoon to level it off.