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This post on how to measure Ingredients was a long time coming! When it comes to baking, accuracy is everything and could mean the difference between success or failure in a recipe.

Watch the video below and learn how to accurately measure all kinds of dry and liquid ingredients so you can bake and cook like a pro.

Natasha Kravchuk standing in a kitchen with measuring cups in front of her

We’re sharing all of our tips and tricks with you. Some of these ideas will surprise you!.

Watch the Video Tutorial on How to Measure Ingredients:

Our Favorite Measuring Tools:

Here are our Amazon affiliate links to all of our favorite measuring tools (as seen in this video):

Dry Ingredient Measuring Cups
Wet Ingredient Glass Measuring Cups (with pour spout)
Measuring Spoons (2-sided, magnetic)
Digital OXO Kitchen Scale
OXO Storage Containers
Progressive Flour Bin
Progressive Brown Sugar Bin (clay disk keeps sugar moist)
Avocado Oil Cooking Spray 

Converting US Measurements to Grams:

Most baking ingredients in the US are measured in cups, oz, lbs, Tbsp, etc. so if you are looking for a good chart to convert ingredients, this conversion chart from King Arthur Flour is my usual go-to source for quick conversions to and from grams.

If you have a kitchen scale and a recipe provides the measurements in grams, by all means weigh those ingredients for best results. Just be sure to zero the bowl before adding the ingredient.

How to measure ingredients for recipes. Video on how to measure all kinds of dry and liquid ingredients. Measuring incorrectly could mean disaster in baking

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How to Measure Ingredients (Wet and Dry)

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How to measure ingredients for recipes. Video on how to measure all kinds of dry and liquid ingredients. Measuring incorrectly could mean disaster in baking | natashaskitchen.com
learn how to accurately measure all kinds of dry and liquid ingredients so you can bake and cook like a pro.

Ingredients 

Tools For Measuring:

  • Dry Ingredient Measuring Cups
  • Wet Ingredient Measuring Cups, with pour spout
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Digital Kitchen Scale

Instructions

Measuring with Dry Ingredients Cups:

  • Used for anything that does not level itself.
  • Spoon the ingredient into the measuring cup and level off the top with a straight edge.
  • To measure packed brown sugar, push the sugar into the cup with your hand. It is packed correctly when you turn it out onto a plate and it keeps the shape of the measuring cup.

Measuring with Wet Ingredients Cups (with pour spout):

  • Used for ingredients that level themselves
  • Set the cup on a flat surface and get down to the level of the measuring cup to visualize the fill line.
  • When measuring sticky ingredients (honey, molasses, corn syrup), lightly spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray so they don't stick to the cup and pour easily with little waste.

How to Use Measuring spoons:

  • Pour liquid ingredients to the top of the measuring spoon.
  • Dip spoon into spice containers then level off the top with a straight edge for an accurate measure.

How to Use a Digital Kitchen Scale

  • Used when exact measures are required (i.e. almond flour for macarons, chocolate, fruit)
  • Turn the scale on, place an empty bowl in the center of the scale and click "zero" or "tare" to zero out the scale so you aren't including the weight of your bowl. Add your ingredients to the bowl until desired weight displays on the screen.
Course: How to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Measure
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$

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How to measure ingredients for recipes. Video on how to measure all kinds of dry and liquid ingredients. Measuring incorrectly could mean disaster in baking

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  • Gary L.
    March 28, 2024

    Hi Natasha…I am having a hard time finding the quantity measurements for the sourdough bread. My first time using my dutch oven. If you can guide me to that part of your video that would be awesome.
    Thanks so much, have a great day. Gary

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2024

      Hi Gary! You can use the search bar at the top of the page to look up Sourdough bread recipe . Then click on the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the blog page which will take you to the recipe card at the very bottom of the blog with the ingredients/quantities/instructions.

      Reply

  • Randy
    March 23, 2024

    Regarding the measuring video,
    My mom was a home-ec teacher and probably 65 years ago she taught me how to measure ingredients, just like how you showed. Nice to know I’ve been taught correctly. Thanks for confirming.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2024

      Aww, thank you so much for sharing that with me, Randy!

      Reply

  • June McConachy
    March 18, 2024

    Hi the carrot cake recipe looks amazing. What should i use to measure apple sauce? dry ingredient or wet ingredient measuring cup? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 18, 2024

      Hi June, you can use a dry measuring cup to accurately measure apple sauce. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Nick
    March 2, 2024

    Did not know about spraying the measuring cup prior to filling with sticky liquids. Thanks!

    Reply

  • Sam
    March 2, 2024

    I’m late to the game here, but I do like the KA chart. I weigh everything! Once I personally know how much an ingredient weighs, (in grams) I write it down on the chart I have posted on the fridge.
    What annoys me is most baking recipes are still in cups & even if they have a conversion to weight links, they aren’t all the same! Also, baking is a formula & every bag of flour states a cup is 120 grams, but most recipes I’ve checked, it weighs 130-160 grams, which is crazy. We’d all bake better products if 120g was used as a cup of flour!

    Reply

  • Jacqueline Lopez
    November 14, 2023

    I’ve used several of your recipes successfully in the past. After seeing this video, I’m a bigger fan. You are delightful and engaging!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 14, 2023

      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  • Lynda
    October 15, 2023

    P.S. How much liquidy banana should I use for your banana chocolate banana bread?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 16, 2023

      3 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (about 1 3/4 cups)

      Reply

  • Lynda
    October 15, 2023

    When using thawed frozen bananas, which are quite liquidy (such a word?? :), how do you properly measure when making banana bread?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2023

      Hi Lynda, on my recipes like the banana bread, I try to add a note that says something along the lines of 3 bananas is equal to 3/4 cups of banana mashed.

      Reply

  • Sandi
    June 7, 2023

    Great instructional video! I would LOVE for the volume of the music to be MUCH lower – it was actually distracting to the point where I just couldn’t watch the video anymore because the music was so annoying! I’d actually much rather no music in the background. :-/ But if you must have music, please make the volume lower so it’s not detracting from the video, from your beautiful voice. 😉

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 7, 2023

      Thank you for your feedback and suggestion, Sandi. This is one of our older videos, I recommend watching the newer ones as we’ve had a lot of improvements. I hope you’ll enjoy all the recipes from us!

      Reply

  • Michael S Smits
    November 30, 2022

    Great video. I have been measuring flour wrong for years. Thanks.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 30, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it was helpful.

      Reply

  • Randall
    November 15, 2022

    Hello Naty,
    Great video, but what about eggs? Is one egg equal to:
    small
    medium
    large
    extra large
    jumbo
    ???
    And how to substitute? Like:
    3 eggs equal two jumbo eggs?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 15, 2022

      Hi Randall! You may try looking at an egg conversion chart such as this one HERE to help with that. 🙂

      Reply

  • Fathima
    November 10, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I’m confused with your measurements because in my measuring cup it shows 1cup is 250ml can I know about yours one cup is how many ml or in grams please
    I’m confused with your flour measurement you 1cup flour is 120g or 250g?

    Reply

  • Athina
    July 31, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    I just watched your how to measure ingredients correctly video and it was great! I would like to ask you – What is the best way to measure butter? Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2022

      Hi Athina, I measure based on what the package states. Most packages of butter are 113 grams or 1/2 cup or 8 Tbsp of butter.

      Reply

      • Patricia
        September 3, 2022

        Our margarine comes like that but not our butter. Our butter comes in 1 lb (454 g) blocks. The package is marked (1/4 c, 1/2 c, 1 c) so you can slice off the correct amount, but that’s not always exact. My mother taught me to measure butter in cold water. If a recipe calls for 1/2 c of butter, say, I fill a 2 c measuring cup up to the 1 c line and add butter until the water line rises to 1 1/2 c. Voila! You’ve got half a cup of butter. The butter displaces the same amount of water as your measurement.

        Reply

        • Dan
          November 8, 2022

          My grand mother taught me to do that with Crisco and other solid fats. Makes cleaning measuring cups easier, too!

          Reply

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