How to measure ingredients when baking- weight vs volume
Measuring baking ingredients in a crucial part of the baking process. In some recipes more critical than the others. I find weight measure more accurate; here’s why
Baking is a science and measuring ingredients is a crucial part of getting it right. Most recipes come with different measurements some give you grams, some give you oz or cups.
While I don’t claim any one to be right or wrong. I do believe that some are more precise than the others.
Here are a few examples to help you understand why I prefer weight over volume.
- If you pick an older recipe book often you will find they ask for large eggs. Have you seen the size the eggs today as compared to say when you were a kid?
I remember eggs use to be much bigger and when you say large egg it really was a large egg. Now its almost impossible to call a large egg large.
So now if we used the same recipe from the old book. Let’s say the recipe said 3 eggs which would be about 140 to 150 grams of eggs in those days. Today if we used 3 eggs that would be about 90 to 100 grams of eggs. What do you think happens to the recipe which such a difference in price?
- You will notice on some website the conversion charts show 1 cup flour = 100 grams on another 1 cup flour is 120 grams. The extra 20 grams = more than 1 tablespoon
For example. – If a recipe calls for 4 cups flour
I would use 400 grams of flour while some one else could be using 480 grams of flour. So the same recipe could give two different people two different outcomes.
- When measuring flour in a cup – some could add 7 tbsp. while another would add only 5 tbsp. Because it’s depends on how the individual fills the cup again resulting in different outcomes.
So would be the case with Sugar, cocoa etc…
- However, 100 grams is 100 grams!! There is no confusion there. If a recipe says 100 grams flour – I will use 100 grams flour. The possibility of me being more accurate to the recipe is higher.
Measuring baking ingredients – Tip Thursday
So this week’s ‘Tip Thursday’ on my Facebook page was about Measuring Baking ingredients. Personally I prefer to follow a recipe which uses weight measures instead of volume. That way the recipe has the same weight as the person who made the recipe.
Click here to pin the original Tip Thursday on Pinterest
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