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How To Measure Flour Correctly

Learn how to measure flour — both the right way, and the wrong way — with this quick 1-minute video.  It can make a mega difference in the accuracy of your baking recipes!

Hey hey!  Thought I’d pop in today with another How-To Tuesday video tutorial that may come in especially handy during holiday baking season this year.  It may seem like the simplest thing in the world.  But when done correctly, it can make a world of difference in ensuring the accuracy of your recipes, especially when baking.

We’re talking today about how to measure flour!

Chances are that if you taught yourself how to cook — oh hey, like me 🙋 — you may have missed this learning this flour fundamental back in the day.  Which wouldn’t be a prob if you lived in most other countries around the world, where flour is measured by weight.  But in the States, where most people measure flour in measuring cups by volume, we have a tendency to accidentally scoop way too much flour in those cups, which can make a mega difference in your recipes.  (For example, when measuring flour the wrong way, I’ve accidentally added 30% more flour to a measuring cup, even though it “looked” just right.)  It’s an easy mistake to make.  But thankfully, also a really easy one to fix.

So in hopes of rescuing all of our baked goods coming up this season, let’s all resolve to measure our flour the correct way, deal?  Here’s how to do it.

 

How To Measure Flour Correctly | 1-Minute Video

Don’t…

  • scoop straight from the flour container. 
  • tap the measuring cup on the side of the flour container to level it out. 
  • pack the flour down in the measuring cup.

All of these steps will more densely pack the flour into the measuring cup, resulting in too much flour.

Do…

  • fluff the flour in the container before scooping it out.  (Don’t skip this step!)
  • spoon the flour gently into your measuring cup.
  • level the flour out with a knife.

All of these steps will ensure that the flour nice and light and fluffy — both in the flour container, and once the flour has been portioned into the measuring cup — which will result in the proper amount of flour.

And just to double-check…

Weigh your flour:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour = 4.25 ounces
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour = 4 ounces
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour = 4 ounces
  • 1 cup bread flour = 4.25 ounces
  • 1 cup self-rising flour = 4 ounces

Honestly, the best way to ensure that you have an accurate amount of flour is to weigh it.  I’ve kept this handy little $20 kitchen scale (affiliate link) nearby in my pantry for years now, and always whip it out to measure flour, especially for baking recipes.  It literally just takes 15 seconds to measure a cup of flour, and goes a long way in ensuring the accuracy of your recipes.

Alright, happy measuring everyone!


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