How to Measure Dry Ingredients

Baking is a science, but science can be simple: Follow these step-by-step tips to measure dry ingredients perfectly every time; then watch our how-to video to learn more.
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How To: Measure Dry Ingredients

Baking requires precision and how you measure your ingredients can make a big difference in how things turn out.

Step 1: Get Your Tools Ready

Get some dry measuring cups and measuring spoons. To measure dry ingredients, remember fill and level. Tip: Dry measures come in sets so you can always fill to the top.

Step 2: Measuring by Volume

For flour, spoon into your measuring cup and fill to the top. Level off. Tip: Don't pack the flour in. it changes the measurement. For sugar, scoop and level works just fine.

Step 3: Measuring Spoons

Same goes with measuring spoons, scoop and level.

Step 4: Measuring Brown Sugar

There is one dry ingredient that is always measured packed — brown sugar. Use hand pressure to pack the brown sugar into the measuring cup.

Step 5: Measure by Weight

Some recipes call for weight measurements for dry ingredients. For these you'll need a scale. Digital scales can be purchased at a home goods store. Tip: Weight measurements are more accurate than volume measurements.

Step 6: Zero Out the Scale

First, put your bowl on the scale and zero out the scale.

Step 7: Select Grams or Ounces

Choose grams or ounces and start measuring.

Step 8: You've Mastered Measuring

Use these tips next time you bake for tasty results.