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Julio 11-15-2010 08:45 PM

Did I measure correctly?
 
Hello,

My sister was making cookies and the recipe called for 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar. I looked at a measuring cup ( Liquid ) = 6 ounces. I took my scale and I weight the sugar to 6 ounces. I'm wondering if this was correct?

merstar 11-15-2010 09:11 PM

Volume measurements do not equal weight measurements, so 6 oz of volume that you measured in your measuring cup would not equal 6 oz of weight.
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar (light or dark) equals 7 ounces, so 3/4 cup would equal about 5.25 oz.
Here's a chart for future reference:
Questions and Answers - British Cooking Equivalent vs. American Cookine Equivalents

Also, glass measuring cups should be used for liquid measurements only, and the rounded stainless steel or plastic ones for dry ingredients:
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-Stain.../dp/B00009V4BQ

Julio 11-17-2010 02:12 PM

Thanks Merstar,

My sister was packing the brown sugar into the 1 cup inside it has the 3/4 marking she wasn't packing it right so I told her to use a glass measuring cup. I should have used a small can to push the sugar down to the 3/4 cup measurement.

taxlady 11-17-2010 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Julio (Post 938781)
Thanks Merstar,

My sister was packing the brown sugar into the 1 cup inside it has the 3/4 marking she wasn't packing it right so I told her to use a glass measuring cup. I should have used a small can to push the sugar down to the 3/4 cup measurement.

When you are baking, you really should use the measures that Merstar describes for dry ingredients. You want to be able to fill the measure to the top and level it with something straight, like the back of a knife.

For 3/4 cup you would use a 1/4 cup dry measure cup and a 1/2 cup dry measure cup.

Brown sugar should be pushed firmly into the measure.

CharlieD 11-18-2010 02:49 PM

In all the truth the only right way to measure ingredients for baking is to weight them. Volueme is never going to be the same, never.

justplainbill 11-18-2010 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by CharlieD (Post 939192)
In all the truth the only right way to measure ingredients for baking is to weight them. Volueme is never going to be the same, never.

I agree Charlie. Only problem is many recipes use volume measurements.

CharlieD 11-18-2010 03:02 PM

Of, course it is because the resipe doesn't have to be that presise, it is not medication after all. But if you want the recipe repeate time after time after time you have to do everything exactly the same and you cannot get that by volume. You have to measure. That is why comercial stuff is all by weight.

merstar 11-18-2010 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Julio (Post 938781)
Thanks Merstar,

My sister was packing the brown sugar into the 1 cup inside it has the 3/4 marking she wasn't packing it right so I told her to use a glass measuring cup. I should have used a small can to push the sugar down to the 3/4 cup measurement.

You're very welcome, Julio.

taxlady 11-18-2010 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CharlieD (Post 939192)
In all the truth the only right way to measure ingredients for baking is to weight them. Volueme is never going to be the same, never.

I agree, but it only works if you have the weight measurements for the recipe.


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