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Kitchen Measuring Skills for Dry & Liquid Ingredients

Some home cooks approach cooking as an art form, a splash of this, a dash of that, and each culinary creation is deliciously unique.

Bakers are more likely to appreciate the scientific side of cooking, relying on the careful measuring of ingredients to ensure consistent results every time they prepare a recipe.


1. For liquids, always measure in a glass cup designed for liquids, with a pouring lip.

2. Read the measurement at eye level by placing the cup on a flat surface and viewing the measurement head on.

3. Use a dry measure for powders, such as flour, sugar, and baking powder.

4. Spoon or scoop the powder lightly into the cup.

5. Run a knife or spatula across the top to level the surface and scrape any excess back into the canister.

6. Measure brown sugar by packing it moderately firmly into a dry measure with the back of a spoon.

7. For sticky ingredients, coat the inside of a dry measure with nonstick cooking spray before filling for a quicker cleanup.

8. Use measuring spoons for dry ingredients like baking powder by filling and then leveling with the straight edge of a spatula or knife.

9. When you're cooking, interpret the recipe. If you like a little more seasoning in your stew, taste it first, then adjust. But when you are baking, bake to a formula. If a brownie recipe says to add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, add exactly that much. Altering tested baking recipes will alter the flavor and texture.

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