Most baking recipes require that you know how to measure flour properly for them to succeed. In this tutorial I show you two easy methods for measuring flour.
There are many reasons a recipe fails but the most common I suspect is not knowing how to measure flour. Properly measured flour is one of the keys to successful baking. Novice bakers, may not understand that scooping straight from a container with the measuring cup will compact and add more flour to the recipe.
- Measuring cup
- Scale, optional but highly recommend
There are two ways to get the perfect flour measurement. The first is to use a kitchen scale. And the second most accessible way is to loosen and pour the flour into the measuring cup.
A kitchen scale in invaluable. It saves so much time to pour flour directly into the mixing bowl. I use recipe conversions charts from trusted websites like cuisinivity.com to convert my ingredients to grams. Measuring everything in grams helps in avoiding conversion errors bouncing between weights. It keeps things consistent.
Measure by Weight
- Turn the kitchen scale on and make sure that it is set to “0” (zero).
- Place the bowl you will scoop into on to the scale. It will register the weight of that container. Your scale should have a “TARE” button. Press that to cancel the weight of the bowl. The scale will read “0” again.
- Set your unit of measure and begin scooping your flour into the the bowl until the desired weight is achieved. If you are over the weight amount, remove small amounts until the correct weight is reached.
Knowing that a cup of flour is 120 grams I can quickly scoop three cups of flour in less time than it takes to level one cup. I truly recommend investing in a kitchen scale. However, that might not be doable now. So I’ve got you covered with the traditional way as well.
Scoop and Level
- Line your work area with parchment or wax paper. This helps with clean up later.
- Place your flour container over and tools on the paper.
- Take a scoop or regular kitchen spoon and loosen the flour in the container by briskly working it back and forth.
- Scoop up the loosened flour and allow it to free fall into the measuring cup. Don’t press it down or shake it. Continue until the measuring cup is full but not piled too high.
- Take the back of a butterknife and evenly level the flour in the measuring cup onto the paper. You have properly measured flour.
- To clean up simply use the wax paper to funnel the excess flour back into the container if desired.