How to Measure Ingredients (Wet and Dry) VIDEO

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

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.

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 SprayΒ 

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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy

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:

  1. Used for anything that does not level itself.
  2. Spoon the ingredient into the measuring cup and level off the top with a straight edge.
  3. 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):

  1. Used for ingredients that level themselves
  2. Set the cup on a flat surface and get down to the level of the measuring cup to visualize the fill line.
  3. When measuring stick 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:

  1. Pour liquid ingredients to the top of the measuring spoon.
  2. 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

  1. Used when exact measures are required (i.e. almond flour for macarons, chocolate, fruit)
  2. 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.

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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

Q: Did any of these measuring tips surprise you? Let me know if you learned something new πŸ˜€

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  • carol poole
    August 12, 2018

    I get confused with the American cups to measure. I have learned that a stick of butter is 40z, But how much is a cup of butter in ounces? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 12, 2018

      Hi Carol, 1 stick of butter is 113 grams. 1 cup of butter is 2 sticks or 226 grams or 8 oz. Reply

      • carol poole
        August 13, 2018

        Thank you for your reply, it will help greatly when following one of your recipes Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 13, 2018

          You’re welcome Carol! Reply

  • Rambie
    May 25, 2018

    Thank-you Sweetie! I never knew about using cooking spray for thicker liquids. Can you do that for your peanut butter ect…..? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 25, 2018

      Hi Rambie, yes anytime! I think that could work well for peanut butter if you don’t let it sit for too long after you add the peanut butter to the cup :). Reply

  • Rob
    May 23, 2018

    Forget all the stress and hassle of compacting or not compacting etc. By FAR the easiest way of measuring ingredients (wet as well as dry) is to WEIGH them!!! All serious cooks/chefs/bakers use scales rather than cups etc. Makes life So much simpler and so much more accurate. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2018

      Right! I’m glad you enjoy the video Rob, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Gretchen
    May 15, 2018

    Wow… I’ve been guilty of compacting the flour! Learned something new! Thanks! Also curious – do you really have to use liquid measuring cups vs. the dry measuring cups? I’ve totally been guilty of just pouring milk in my regular one cup dry measuring cup. Does it actually make a big difference in volume? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 15, 2018

      Hi Gretchen, it can make a difference with recipes that require precise measurements and when you are trying to attain a specific texture. Liquid measures can be off as much as 10% which can mess up a recipe if the liquid to dry proportions are off. It’s much easier to gauge how much you have filled a dry measure cup because you can see through and tell where the bottom of the curved surface line is, where pouring into a dry ingredients cup is much easier to overfill since the surface tension of water allows the water to sit slightly higher in a dry ingredients cup. If you look straight onto a dry ingredients cup that is filled to the brim, you will see a slight doming on top. Hope that makes sense! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natasha.N.
    March 30, 2018

    Thank you for your very helpful video!
    Oxo has angled measuring cups, so you don’t need to bend yourself or lift the cup to eye level. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2018

      My pleasure Natasha, I’m glad you found the video helpful! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Natalie
    March 22, 2018

    Hey Natasha,
    So I have a tip that might be a great one.. not sure if anyone has said it before, but…
    I found it a lot easier to measure ingreadients such as molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, anything super sticky. Line the measuring cup with plastic wrap, pour the ingredient in to the measuring cup lines with plastic gather the ends, poke a hole in the bottom of the baggie that was formed when grabbing the wrap and squeeze the contents in to your bowl.. and clean up is a breeze ! πŸ‘πŸ» Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2018

      Thanks for sharing your helpful tip Natalie! Reply

  • Harika
    February 27, 2018

    Very easy to understand how to measure wet and dry ingredients…liked this video. And it will b helpful to beginners…. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2018

      I’m glad you find the video so helpful! Thanks for sharing Harika! Reply

  • Mimo
    February 17, 2018

    Hi Natasha.Thank you so mutch for all the delicious recipes.You can show us any thing for sauce salade?
    Tank you. Reply

  • Doris Sikora
    February 6, 2018

    I need a conversion app for recipes, can you recommend a good one, has to be FREE, thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Hi Doris, I’m not familiar with any apps for conversion. I typically use online resources like the one I linked above if I need a quick answer. Reply

  • Natalie Kalashnik
    January 31, 2018

    You are HILARIOUS πŸ˜† Loved the chocolate chip tooth at the end hahaha So glad I watched this video, I’ve been doing a couple things wrong with the measuring! All is well now. 😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful and funny, lol! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anyango
    January 23, 2018

    Hello Natasha, I really love your recipes!
    I do bake cakes but often i dont have a nice flat top of the cake – they always form a dome and at times even cracks! Could you please provide me with a recipe on a white forest cake? with exact measurements(kgs) that could give me a 1kg cake. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2018

      Hi Anyango, I don’t have a recipe for white forest cake but if I come up with something great, I will be sure to share it! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Donna Bush
    January 23, 2018

    I always
    weigh the flour, brown sugar and butter and have good results.
    Thanks for your recipes, they are
    very good. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 23, 2018

      My pleasure Donna! I’m glad to hear that, thanks for following! Reply

  • Angie
    January 21, 2018

    Yes, I did learn something! I’ve been guilty of measuring flour incorrectly. Thanks for the tips! I shared your FB post too. Looking for the link for the magnetic measuring spoons…I must have! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2018

      My pleasure, I’m glad to hear you found the post so helpful! Thanks for following Angie! Reply

  • Margaret Dennis
    January 20, 2018

    Thank You for the video on measuring, you solved my problem measuring honey, or molasses. Please tell me how to soften and store properly brown sugar. Thank You Margaret Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Margaret, the easiest way to store brown sugar is to use a terra cotta disk if you have one. We have a brown sugar container (Amazon affiliate link) and it has a built in terra cotta disk that snaps into the bottom of the lid to keep the sugar moist and you just soak it periodically as needed (every few months). Also, I have read ideas about putting in a slice of bread or very lightly damp paper towel. Also, keepint it in an airtight container after opening to keep the air out and moisture in. Reply

  • Anna
    January 18, 2018

    Didn’t know that I need to spoon in flour into my measuring cups πŸ˜‰ so that’s good to know! The measuring spoons are pretty awesome! My ring is annoying! Lol and also the trick with the honey is sweet too! I’ll definitely be using all of those! Thank you!! 😚 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2018

      You’re welcome Anna! I’m glad you find the post so helpful! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • eileen m holland-green
    January 18, 2018

    Thank you the tips ( correctly measuring flour!! ) Definitely getting those measuring spoons! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2018

      I’m glad you find the tutorial helpful! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Victoria K
    January 18, 2018

    Loved this, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2018

      You’re welcome Victoria! I’m happy to hear that! Reply

  • January 18, 2018

    Love your measuring video! The brown sugar and honey measuring were new for me. Thank you for sharing Natasha! πŸ˜€ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 18, 2018

      You’re so welcome! I love learning new kitchen tips and tricks also πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the video! Reply

  • Jenny
    January 17, 2018

    I saw this video and though “I already know how to measure” but watched anyway because I like your videos. But surely enough I was compacting my flour! And I love the tip about non stick spray for the honey! I bet your recipes will be even more awesome now when I make them because I’ll be measuring correctly :). Thank you, this was a really great idea for a video. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 17, 2018

      Oh Yay!! I’m so glad it was useful to you :). Thank you for watching and for the feedback! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Katya B.
    January 17, 2018

    Hey Natasha! This is a really helping video! I am 15 and I am homeschooled I took an elective and it’s called Home Economics l i learned how to measure the right way..it does come in handy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 17, 2018

      That’s so great that they offer a class like that. I would have really appreciated that kind of class! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video and found it helpful πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
    January 16, 2018

    No “annoying ring”? My mind is blown!! I hate that ring and the spoons always get lost from each other. Now I am getting these for sure! Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 17, 2018

      My pleasure Marina! I’m glad you found the post so helpful! πŸ™‚ Reply

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