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Old 03-09-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Cups Vs Scales

Hi Guys,
I am originally from Ireland and now based in the US. I notice that in the US bakers tend to use cups as a measure - like cups of flour etc.. instead of measuring things with a scale which is what I did in Europe.

I honestly havent seen any major disadvantage from using cups - I mean the cakes over here are pretty good.

So the question is are we being too precious with our measurements - does precision really matter?

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Old 03-09-2016, 11:21 AM   #2
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I know that all the chefs/cooks I look up to recommend scales for baking because its more consistent and precise yada yada. I don't know about all that - I use a scale because its about 100 times easier.

Every bake good I have has how much a cup weighs in grams so when I'm baking I just do some quick math in my head and pour it in the bowl. Faster, easier, less clean up and potentially a better result.

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Old 03-09-2016, 12:18 PM   #3
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:23 PM   #4
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About 20 years ago, at the recommendation of a friend, I began using a digital kitchen scale for ALL my cooking. The first, and most noticeable, benefit is that I use far fewer bowls, cups, spoons, etc. when I'm preparing a recipe. Love that part. I have also found that using a scale is quicker than all the traditional measuring.

My kitchen scale is one of my best friends in the kitchen, plus I use it to equally portion out bulk foods for the freezer and also use it to weigh non-kitchen types of things, such as packages for shipping. I have an Internet account with the postal service and they come right to my door to pick up my prepared packages. I haven't been inside a post office in ages.

Love my little scale.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:34 PM   #5
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...plus I use it to equally portion out bulk foods for the freezer
Definitely this! I buy beef and chicken in bulk and freeze them in 1lb baggies. It wouldn't be nearly as easy as it is without my scale.

Fun fact: I'm on my second in less than a year. My girlfriend left the first too close to a burner and melted the battery compartment...so uh yea. Don't do that
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:18 PM   #6
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Depending on how you fill a measuring cup, there can be a major weight difference in the weight of a cup of flour. if you sift the flour into the cup vs. spooning flour into the cup and packing it down you get more flour in. Fluffing the flour in the bag, scooping it into the cup and just leveling it off you get a different measure.

Are the differences significant? There is enough of a difference to yield a light fluffy cake vs. a heavy dry cake.
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #7
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The weight vs. volume equivalents are given on the nutrition label on the flour bag.
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Me and baking we don't see eye to eye. Or rather I simply have hard time with baking and it is easier for me just to measure everything. My mom on the other hand doesn't even use a cup, she just puts flower in a bowl and starts mixing, always right. Always perfect result. She just feels the dough, the flour, it comes naturally to her.
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:53 PM   #9
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I have a kitchen scale that I use for baking when the recipe calls for it. When I bake using recipes that call for cups, I use a second cup measure to scoop and pour the ingredient into the primary cup measure, then I level it off with a butter knife, so it doesn't get packed. It's always worked for me.

I also use the scale for portioning foods into freezer bags.
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Yes, for many home bakers here, cups and spoons are the norm.

I much prefer the scale for most baking. I really enjoy the consistent results that I could never achieve with cups. I still have cups for quick measuring when accuracy isn't all that important.
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