How to measure ingredients when baking- weight vs volume
How to measure ingredients when baking? Measuring baking ingredients in a crucial part of the baking process. In some recipes more critical than the others. Which is more accurate, weight or volume? Why? read more in this article.
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.
Personally I prefer to follow a recipe which uses weight measures instead of volume. That way my recipe has the same weight as the person whose recipe I’m following.
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