sections

How To Measure Dry Ingredients

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.

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.

What You Need:

  • dry ingredients (such as flour or salt)
  • spoon
  • measuring cup
  • knife
  • measuring spoon
  1. 1Fill measuring cup until it overflows

    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.

  2. 2Level it off with the back of a knife

    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.

  3. 3Fill measuring spoon

    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.

  4. 4Level it off with the back of a knife

    Run the flat edge of a knife over the top of the measuring spoon to level it off.