To make a recipe properly, it is necessary to measure ingredients accurately. Your cooking tools should include measuring spoons and a set of measuring cups for both liquid and dry ingredients.
Glass measuring cups are used to measure liquids like milk and water. These cups are marked with different measurements (¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, ⅔cup, ¾ cup, and 1 cup) so you can see how high to fill them.
Stacked measuring cups for dry ingredients come in specific sizes. The sets are usually made from either plastic or metal, and there are separate cups for each measurement. You usually use these cups for dry ingredients, like flour and sugar.
Measuring spoons measure small amounts of either liquid or dry ingredients.
Make sure to fill the cup or spoon evenly to the top. Level off dry ingredients using a blunt knife or spatula. Soft ingredients, like brown sugar, peanut butter, or shortening, get packed in, as shown in Figure 1-2.
FIGURE 1.2: Measuring Methods
Some ingredients are measured differently from others. These diagrams will help you.
Measuring Brown Sugar
Measuring Soft Ingredients
Measuring Dry Ingredients
Using Measuring Spoon