## Weighing Ingredients For Scratch Baking?

By projectqueen Updated 26 Nov 2008 , 8:26pm by Mike1394

projectqueen Posted 26 Nov 2008 , 7:19pm
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Okay, I'm confused.

When you are working with a recipe that has measurements in cups, teaspoons, etc., how do you weigh them correctly?

I was assuming a cup would be 8 oz. but when you measure a cup of flour and then weigh it on some wax paper on a digital scale, it comes out to less than 8 oz.

Is it different for liquid and solid?

I'm so confused...

4 replies
leah_s Posted 26 Nov 2008 , 7:52pm
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"ounces" is BOTH a volume and a weight measurement.

8 ounces of lead is a different volume than 8 ounces of feathers, yet they weigh the same.

recipes are generally written in volume measurements.

To convert, measure by volume, weigh and then make notes on the recipe for next time.

doitallmom Posted 26 Nov 2008 , 8:07pm
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there are also some sites that give you the actual weight of dry ingredients als. Type measurement conversions into your search bar and you should get some sites. I copied and pasted the one that I use. Sorry didn't have time for a link or anything. HTH

1 MEASURED CUP=

Carrots 4oz.
Ap flour 4.4 oz.

1 pint = 2 cups

Dry Goods
All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup = 4.5 oz
Bread Flour: 1 cup = 4.8 oz
Cake Flour: 1 cup = 3.9 oz
Pastry Flour: 1 cup = 4.25 oz
Whole Wheat Flour: 1 cup = 4.25
Cornmeal, coarse: 1 cup = 4.85 oz
Cornmeal, fine: 1 cup = 6.3 oz
Oats, rolled: 1 cup = 3 oz
Walnuts, chopped: 1 cup = 4.3 oz
Walnut/pecan halves: 1 cup = 3.5 oz
Coconut, dry shredded: 1 cup = 2.5 oz
Chocolate Chips: 1 cup = 5.35 oz

Cup to Gram Conversions

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Eggs and Dairy
Egg: one large egg = 1.7 oz
Egg Yolk: one egg yolk = .7 oz
Butter: 1 cup = 8 oz
Milk: 1 cup = 8 oz.
Heavy Cream: 1 cup = 8.4 oz
Cream Cheese: 1 cup = 8.2 oz
Sour Cream/Yogurt: 1 cup = 8.6 oz

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Sugars, Syrups and Oils
Granulated Sugar: 1 cup = 7.1 oz
Brown Sugar, packed: 1 cup = 7.75 oz
Powdered Sugar, sifted: 1 cup = 3.6 oz
Powdered Sugar, unsifted: 1 cup = 4.4
Corn Syrup: 1 cup = 11.5 oz
Honey: 1 cup = 12 oz
Molasses: 1 cup = 11.6 oz
Vegetable Oil: 1 cup = 7.7 oz
Solid Shortening: 1 cup =7.25 oz

MikeRowesHunny Posted 26 Nov 2008 , 8:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leahs

"ounces" is BOTH a volume and a weight measurement.

8 ounces of lead is a different volume than 8 ounces of feathers, yet they weigh the same.

recipes are generally written in volume measurements.

To convert, measure by volume, weigh and then make notes on the recipe for next time.

American recipes maybe written in volume, but European recipes are written by weight and when we use ounces we mean weight, liquid measurements are written as 'fl oz' (fluid ounces), hence volume. Just thought I would clarify that for anyone contemplating a non-US (cup based) recipe!

Mike1394 Posted 26 Nov 2008 , 8:26pm
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Ironbaker posted a nice conversion site in another thread in the Tips section I believe.

I would take an average of what you measure your flour at. Take a C, and wiegh it. Do that ten times. If the recipe your using is in Cs I wouldn't worry about it though.

Mike