How To Measure Various Baking Ingredients
Baking is all about accurate measurements and following the formula precisely for best results. Measure the various baking ingredients exactly as in the given recipe to get the perfect baked product. Bakers are sticklers for rules and if one wants to become a good baker then one might as well follow the recipes to the T, for consistent results.
Every ingredient that goes into a recipe needs the right kind of measuring equipment. Measuring baking ingredients and putting it all together is an art in itself. Here are a few suggestions for measuring the various baking ingredients.
You need measuring spoons, measuring cups, plastic dry measures, graded cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, spatula glass cups.
Measuring Spoons - They come as sets of four-1/4 Teaspoon, 1 tablespoon both graded. Tablespoon is abbreviated as T or Tbsp while Teaspoon as t or tsp.
Measuring Cups - Graded cups found as ¼ cup to 1 cup used for measuring dry ingredients, fats or shortening. The glass cups may be bought as 1 cup, 2 cups or more in volume.
Flour, leaveners, fats, shortenings, liquids like milk, fruit juice, salt, baking powder, soda, honey, chocolate chips, fruits, icing, fondant, sugar, nuts, lemon or orange rind, coconut, breadcrumbs and spices. All of this need to measured and used appropriately to maintain consistency of taste unless you are experimenting with the recipe.
Tips to Measure Butter: Since this might present a sticky problem at the time of baking it might be a good idea to measure it in blocks ahead of time and store it that way for easy use. Take 1 pound which is 1 block and slice it into 2 equal halve. Now you have ½ a pound each. Further cut them into ¼ for smaller portions and into 8 equal blocks to give 8 tablespoons of butter. Blocks cut and stored this way make it easier when you are baking to get the accurate measure.
Tips to Measure Dry Powder: Measuring bakingingredients like dry flour, sugar, salt, brown sugar, baking powder, soda or sugar are measured using measuring spoons. Do not put them in the measuring glass cup or graded cups since it is not possible to level it off in the cups.
Brown sugar - Pack the spoon tight with spoon then level it off with spatula for use.
Other powders and flours - Scoop the flour or powder with the measuring spoons and scrap it off using a leveler such as spatula. Avoid tapping on the sides or shaking it off to level it. This might not give you the accurate quantity.
I cup solid =1 cup liquid but do not interchange the measuring equipments for each.
Tips to Measure Liquids: Always use the measuring cups either steel or glass which is graded. Pour the liquid in and keep the measuring cup at eye level. It is not easy to look down into the cup and measure the right volume. Keep the cup to eye level and see where the lower meniscus of the liquid is and pour accordingly. Do not go by the edge level of the liquid unless it is dense liquid. Make sure you keep the cup on a towel to avoid mess with spills. When measuring honey, spray the measuring spoon or cup with non-stick spray, to avoid sticky equipments. It is easy to wash them off too later.
Accurate measurement of ingredients gives you the perfect baking product,with consistency, like the professional bakers do. Eye balling ingredients during baking is not very professional and leaves you dissatisfied with the end-result. Measure the various baking ingredients for your recipe always.
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