In many cases, properly measuring out ingredients can make or break the recipe you are trying to make! We decided to make it easier on you, so this post is full of tips on how to properly measure various types of ingredient out while cooking and baking. The instructions are below and you can check out the video at the end as well. Also, see the bottom of the post for how you can better your kitchen with various helpful Rada Cutlery gadgets and gizmos to help you make the kitchen fun!
How to Measure out Ingredients in the Kitchen
Types of Measuring Devices
- The first option is Measuring Spoons. They can be plastic or metal, however, the metal ones tend to last longer! They usually have a tablespoon, half tablespoon, teaspoon, half teaspoon, fourth teaspoon, and some even have an eighth of a teaspoon. Measuring Spoons can be used for small amounts of liquid OR dry ingredients.
- The next option is Measuring Cups. Much like the spoons, these can be plastic or metal. These usually come in a fourth of a cup, a third of a cup, a half of a cup, and one cup. Measuring cups,like the white ones pictured above, are best used for dry ingredients.
- The clear containers pictured above are also Measuring Cups, but they are for liquid ingredients. These work better than the other cups for liquids because there is plenty of space to avoid overflowing and/or heating things in the microwave. These usually have ample measuring options; with milliliters, ounces, cups, and more. These work best for large amounts of liquid ingredients.
- The final measuring option is a little more rare in kitchens, but it is a Large Liquid Measuring Cup. These containers often go up to 8 cups, 2 quarts, and some are even 1 quart. You even have the option to bake in these! Kristy Kay has done that herself, as she talks about it in the video.
Measuring Out Ingredients
Flour can be a very finicky ingredient to work with. It is usually a good idea to keep it pretty exact! Grab the dry measuring cup and get a heaping amount of it. Now take a knife and swipe the excess flour back into the flour container, NOT the bowl you’re adding it to. If you need small amount, the measuring spoons work the same way, it is just a smaller amount.
There are three different types of sugar; granulated/white, brown, and powdered, and measuring them all works slightly different ways.
- Granulated/White: Work with sugar much in the same way you work with flour. Grab a heaping cupful and scrape off the excess back into the original container. This is applicable to both the measuring cups and spoons.
- Powdered: Powdered Sugar works the same as regular sugar. Look above to see what to do.
- Brown: Brown sugar is unique in that it usually needs to be packed into the measuring cup. So get a heaping cupful and pack it into the cup as much as you can with your hand.
This advice works for peanut butter and all other sticky, messy ingredients. The most helpful part here is to put a littke bit of oil in the measuring cup before you scoop the peanut butter in! This will make it much easier to remove the peanut butter. When the cup is full, you can once again use a knife to scrape of excess and then use a spoon to scoop the peanut butter or other sticky stuff into the bowl.
Liquids (like vanilla)
Measuring liquids is probably the easiest task, but it can also be the most messy! When you need large ingredients, use the clear measuring cup and get as close to exact as possible with your measurement, so watch the tines on the side carefully! With some amounts of liquid, like vanilla, use the measuring spoons. This will mean you need to measure out exactly the amount that is in the spoon, so pour it out over a separate bowl than your main mixing bowl so you don’t add too much liquid to your recipe!
Not just knives!
Rada Cutlery is most known for our kitchen knives, but that isn’t all we sell. There are plenty of utensils that can help improve the quality of your kitchen and your cooking lifestyle.
This is a super flexible cutting board that makes pouring and storing quite easy.
The little plastic clips are so convenient at keeping your products fresher, longer.
This plastic pan scraper will help you get gunk off of your pots and pans, and not ruin them, either.
How do you measure up?
Check out the video with Kristy Kay below. If you still have any questions or concerns, leave us a message in the comment box!