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Old 02-17-2009, 12:44 PM   #11
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I am in complete agreement on measuring. Baking ingredients must be precise. I have noticed quite a difference in results being just one or two tablespoons off when measuring flour. It's definitely worth the trouble to be very accurate when baking.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:00 PM   #12
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It depends upon whether I am cooking or baking. If I'm cooking, I usually eyeball it and taste as I go along and reseason when necessary. Baking , however is more of a science so I always measure.
I do the same as Mama. Baking is more science than cooking
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #13
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Cooking: eyeball

Baking: measure, which is why I don't like baking.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:58 PM   #14
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Cooking: first time I try a recipe, I'll measure pretty carefully so if it's off, I get a better idea of what to change.

Baking: I use a scale. Soooo much easier than measuring cups, etc.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:23 PM   #15
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Is it true that your measuring cups are not meant to measure wet, just dry?
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #16
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Is it true that your measuring cups are not meant to measure wet, just dry?


There are two types of measuring cups, one for dry ingredients and another for wet.

The measuring cups for dry ingredients have a smooth, unbroken rim. The ones used for measuring wet ingredients have a pouring spout on them and room above the last measuring level to allow for accurate measurement without spilling.
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For the last 14 years or so I have been (almost exclusively) using an electronic scale to measure as I cook. It's accurate, especially in baking. But what I really like is that it allows me to cook without dirtying up a lot of measuring tools.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:32 PM   #18
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that makes sense. when your doing something like sour cream or peanut butter is that wet or dry measure?
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:33 PM   #19
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Wet Measuring Cup:



Dry Measuring Cups:



Note that both actually measure volume. You can use the dry measuring cups for measuring liquids, but it's not a good idea to use the wet measuring cups to measure dry ingredients such as flour since that would make it difficult to be precise, which is important in baking.
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that makes sense. when your doing something like sour cream or peanut butter is that wet or dry measure?
I would generally use the dry measuring cups, but not bother to level it too carefully. But either would do since the amount of sour cream or peanut butter isn't critical in most recipes -- except for baking (e.g., peanut butter cookies), where you want to be reasonably close.
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