We have dedicated this space to discussing the importance and techniques of using measuring tools while baking. In the culinary world, precision is of utmost importance, particularly when it comes to baking and confectionery. The success of these recipes is intricately tied to accurate measurements, and any deviation can result in undesirable outcomes
How Do I Using Measuring Tools Correctly?
To using measuring tools while baking correctly, you need to use the appropriate measuring tools such as standard cups and spoons, liquid measuring cups, and a kitchen scale.
Measuring with Cups:
- For dry ingredients like flour, fill the cup with the ingredient until it overflows, then level it off with the back of a knife or a straight edge to get an accurate measurement.
- If you don’t have a measuring cup, you can use a regular spoon to scoop the ingredients and fill any available cup, then level off the excess with the edge of a knife or spoon.
- For liquid ingredients, place the liquid measuring cup on a flat surface at eye level, then pour the liquid into the cup until it reaches the desired amount.
Measuring with Spoons:
For small ingredients, fill the spoon with the ingredient until it’s level with the edge, then level it off with a knife or a straight edge.
Measuring with a Scale:
To measure using a scale, follow these steps:
- Place an empty bowl on the scale.
- Zero the scale to subtract the weight of the bowl.
- Gradually add the ingredients until you reach the required weight.
If you need to measure more than one ingredient:
- Place the bowl on the scale and zero it, then add the ingredients until you reach the desired weight.
- Zero the scale again without removing the bowl.
- Gradually add the next ingredient until you reach its required weight.
- Repeat the process until you have measured all the ingredients for your recipe.
General Tips for Measuring Ingredients:
- When using liquid measuring cups, place them on a flat surface and bend down to eye level to read the measurement.
- Sift dry ingredients like flour to remove lumps and aerate the ingredients for accurate measurement.
- Don’t measure ingredients like salt or baking powder directly over the mixing bowl to avoid accidentally adding extra.
- When measuring brown sugar, make sure to press it down to get an accurate measurement.
- When measuring sticky substances like honey, grease the cup with oil for easy release.
- If a recipe requires a specific number of tablespoons of butter, don’t scoop it directly as it doesn’t ensure the correct measurement. Instead, remember that 200 grams of butter equals one cup, and each cup contains 16 tablespoons of butter. Divide the butter in half, then divide each half into 8 equal cubes. Each cube equals one tablespoon of butter.
Always remember to follow all the specified instructions in the recipe regarding measurements and quantities, such as grams and cups, to ensure accuracy.