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Old 12-10-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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Amount per package?

I'm baking several hundred cookies this weekend and I need to buy lots of ingredients. I've combined all the recipes I'm using and come up with a total for cups of flour, sugar, etc. My question is this: how many cups are in a typical (5-lb) bag of each? Is there an easy way to estimate how many cups it takes to equal a pound? I don't want to buy too little and have a crisis at the last minute!

I need to figure this out to come up with 33 cups of flour and 13 cups of granulated sugar. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance. SO much!


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Old 12-10-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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Cherry, 1 cup of unsifted all-purpose flour weighs 5 ounces. The same cup of sifted all-purpose flour weighs 4 ounces, cake flour (unsifted) is 4 ounces, (sifted) is 3 1/2 ounces. As for sugar, 1 cup of granulated sugar weighs 7 ounces, 1 cup of dark/light brown sugar weighs 8 ounces, 1 cup of powdered sugar weighs 4 ounces.

I cook using a scale and these are the measurements I use. I've never had a recipe failure using these measurements. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-10-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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Look on the bag(s) ... it/they will give you an approximate volume per weight equivalent per bag. Look on the "nutrition information" panel ... it will tell you how many volume units at x weight are in each bag.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:59 AM   #4
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I happened across this page last night right after making this thread:

WikiAnswers - How many cups of flour is in a 5 lb bag

Does that sound accurate?

Also, thanks so much to the two of you who replied! It'll definitely help to know that.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:15 AM   #5
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That's close. My bag of King Arthur AP flour says 5 pounds = approx. 19 cups. It's all in how you fill the cups.
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