Measuring and Weighing Ingredients

Weighing Scales

For consistent results it is recommended to use weighing scales if possible as they provide greater accuracy than measuring cups. Place a container onto the scale, tare (or zero) the scales, then spoon or pour ingredients in until the desired weight is achieved.

Dry Measuring Cups and Spoons

For dry ingredients, use nested plastic or metal dry measuring cups and spoons. Do not use tableware cups or spoons.

It is important to spoon or scoop the dry ingredients loosely into the cup. Do not tap the cup or pack the ingredients into the cup unless otherwise directed e.g. packed brown sugar. This extra amount can affect the critical balance of the recipe. Level the top of the cup by sweeping the excess with the back of a knife or spoon handle.

When using measuring spoons for either liquid or dry ingredients such as yeast, sugar, salt, dry milk or honey, measurements should be level, not heaped.

Liquid Measuring Cups

For liquid ingredients, use transparent plastic or glass liquid measuring cups with the measurements marked clearly on the side. Do not use non-transparent plastic or metal measuring cups unless they have measurement markings on the side.

Place the cup on a horizontal flat surface and view markings at eye level. The level of the liquid must be aligned to the appropriate measurement mark. An inaccurate measurement can affect the critical balance of the recipe.