Weight Or Measure?

Decorating By vickymacd Updated 17 Aug 2008 , 9:24pm by playingwithsugar

vickymacd Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:01pm
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Which is it? I weighed a pound of powdered sugar for BC frosting vs the 4 cups. When I weighed it, it was much less and was creamier, but didn't crust as well.
Which does everyone use? and which is correct? Now I'm confused.
Thank you

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vickymacd Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:27pm
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Limpy Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:46pm
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Weight (measuring cups) are only for dry ingredients (flour,sugar etc).Measure (measuring jugs) are only for liquid ingredients (water,milk,oil etc). Unlike other cooking, baking is more scientific and using the wrong measuring tool can affect the outcome. That is why there are two measuring tools. So, to finish, use measuring jugs to measure liquids & measuring cups to measure dry goods. If you were to put a cup of milk in a measuring cup & then put the same cup of milk in a measuring jug, the quantities would not be the same. If the recipe calls for 4 cups, I will use a dry measure. If it calls for 1 pound, I will use a scale to weigh.

vickymacd Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:57pm
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Thank you, but I think the problem is sometimes, that people don't know the difference either.

it's assumed 4 cups is one pound when referring to powdered sugar. That's where it gets confusing. Thanks for the explanation though.

PinkZiab Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 5:39pm
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I weigh all my ingredients (including liquid) on a scale for absolute accuracy.

Mike1394 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 5:58pm
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Weight, measuring cups, and spoons are inconsistant.


valerie01 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 6:24pm
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Weigh only, for the reasons given by Tara and Mike. The results are always consistent.

chutzpah Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 8:09pm
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I weigh everything (except myself....).

Results are always consistent, and it is way less time-consuming.

vickymacd Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 8:57pm
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chutzpuh~ you crack me up! That's the funniest response yet!!!

Thanks everyone....from now on, I weigh everything....most definately not me!!!

playingwithsugar Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 9:24pm
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The correct assumption is that 4 cups of water or milk equals 32 ounces. To assume that 4 cups of any dry ingredient, or any dense liquid, weighs 32 ounces is incorrect.

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