Measuring cups and spoons are essential in the kitchen for cooking and baking. The right measurement is crucial to your meal, most especially baking. A little measuring error can destroy that your beautiful cake. Just assume your flour was not correctly measured, and you added too much flour then you will a very tough cake. If the flour is not enough, the cake might collapse in the oven. This shows that correct measurement is essential when cooking or baking and you can only achieve this with the help of measuring cups and spoons.
A measuring cup is a kitchen gadget used to measure the volume of liquids or solid cooking ingredient. I use my measuring cups to measure flour, sugar, oil, and many other liquids. In the US we measure by volume and the measuring cup is accurate for that but if you want to measure by weight, I will suggest you read our post on Best ways to use a digital kitchen scale.
The cup has scale markings at different height used for measuring the liquid. Measuring cups come in different capacities. I have cups ranging from 50ml to 1000ml. it’s quite much but that is because I do a lot of baking, you might not need something this much. The cups are made of several materials like plastic, glass, and metals. I will be explaining how to use the dry and wet measuring cups in this post with tips on how to clean them.
How to use measuring cups and spoons
Liquid measuring cups
Liquid now made easy to measure. The good thing about this cup is that it comes with a pour spout and a good handle that helps when pouring out your ingredients.
The first to do when using this measuring cup is to place the cup on a flat surface to give you an accurate reading.
Secondly, when measuring the liquid, look on the outside of the cup, not inside the cup. You might want to squat to do this or raise the measuring cup to your eye level.
While measuring, you will notice the top surface of your liquid is not flat with the markings outside the cup. This is due to surface tension, all you have to do is slowly add the liquid until you get a perfect level between your liquid and the markings. Although the liquid at the edges might be a bit higher than the markings, the upper meniscus doesn’t really matter.
Liquid measuring cups are quite easy to use, just read the measurement from the outside while the cup is on a steady surface.
Dry measuring cups
These measuring cups are used majorly for dry ingredients as their name implies. They do not have a pour spout like a liquid measuring cup which is the main difference between the liquid cup. When measuring a dry ingredient, there are different methods for filling. The methods are spooning, sifting, scooping and the popular dip and sweep. I will use dip and sweep method to explain how to measure in this post.
The first thing to do is place your dry ingredient in a wide mouthed jar. One that is wide enough for your measuring cup to enter.
Secondly, dip the measuring cup in the jar and lift it up. Ensuring the cup is filled with the dry ingredient and even overflowing.
Lastly, use a knife with a flat edge to level the ingredient in the cup. Make sure the ingredient and the cup are on the same level.
Dry Measuring Cups come in sets of 1/4/, 1/3/, 1/2 and 1 cup; odd-size Dry Measuring Cups are 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1 1/2 cups.
Measuring spoons can be used the same way we used the measuring cups above. You can measure liquids in a measuring spoon by filling the spoon until it is full. For dry ingredients, you fill up the spoon with your ingredients until it overflows. Then you level it up with a knife or any flat edge utensil.
A set of measuring spoon comes with 5 spoons which are; 1/8 teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon
After using your measuring cups and spoons, make sure you wash and clean it immediately.
Have a spoon jar for your measuring spoons. It helps reduce the chances of misplacing them.
Separate your measuring cups and spoons. The cups or spoon comes together in a ring. It’s best to remove these ring and use the cups individually to avoid creating a mess in your kitchen.
If you need to measure anything sticky like honey, syrups, or even peanut butter, spray the measuring cup with vegetable spray. The spray will help the sticky ingredients slip right out of the measure when you’re done.
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