Use measuring spoons available in
standard sets (from 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon). Do not use
kitchen flatware to measure ingredients for baking recipes. Measure
small amounts of liquid-like extracts by pouring them into the spoon
until the spoon is full.
Measure small amounts of dry
ingredients, such as baking powder, baking soda and salt, by pouring
or scooping them into the spoon until the spoon is full. Level the
top with a straight-edged spatula or knife.
Nested Measuring Cups
Use nested measuring cups (cups
that store one into another) to measure dry ingredients and solid
fats, such as shortening. Cups range in size from 1/4 cup to 1 cup
in most sets. Do not use coffee cups, mugs or other containers to
measure ingredients for baking recipes.
Measure dry ingredients such as
flour, sugar and cocoa by spooning the ingredients lightly into a
cup. Level with a straight-edged spatula or knife. Do not pack,
shake down or press ingredients into these measures.
Measure solid shortening, peanut
butter or brown sugar by spooning them into a cup and packing them
down firmly with a spatula or spoon.
Measure flaked coconut by spooning
it into a cup and packing it down lightly.
Measure butter or margarine by
using the tablespoon and cup indicators on the wrappers. The
following guidelines can be used if the wrapper doesn't have the
indicators: 1/4 cup equals 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick, 1/3 cup
equals 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon, 1/2 cup equals 8 tablespoons
or 1 stick.
Glass or Transparent Measuring
Use glass or plastic transparent
measuring cups with a spout to measure all liquid amounts greater
than 1/4 cup. When measuring ingredients in these types of cups,
read the liquid measurement at eye level while the cup is on a flat