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How to Measure Flour (The Right Way)

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    Learn how to measure flour accurately with a measuring cup, especially for baking recipes. With this method, you’ll get great results every time!

    Measuring the flour accurately with a measuring cup.

    Did you know that there is a right way to measure flour?

    I didn’t. When the recipe said 1 cup of flour, I simply just scooped the flour into a measuring cup.

    It took me a while to finally learn that this is not an accurate method (Don’t worry, that was my pre-blogging days).

    The Wrong Way to Measure Flour

    When you measure by volume using a measuring cup, the actual amount of flour you use varies based on different factors:

    • How you scoop the flour
    • How tightly you pack it

    If a recipe calls for a cup of flour, you could end up with a different amount each time. And this can affect your final results, especially when it comes to baking recipes.

    Many of us learn how to measure flour just like how I illustrated below. Turns out it is an imprecise (incorrect) way. 🙅🏻‍♀️

    How to Measure Flour Incorrect Way 1
    Scooping flour with a measuring cup.
    How to Measure Flour Incorrect Way 2
    Scrape off excess flour.

    How to Measure Flour Incorrect Way 3

    The 1 cup of flour was 145 grams (5.1 oz). I tried it again, and this time it was 141 grams (5 oz). Give it a try and see how much flour you get with this method.

    Now, The Right Way to Measure Flour

    First of all,  you must remember this:

    1 cup of flour = 120 g (4.2 oz)

    The wrong method above gave me 145 grams of flour. That’s 25 grams (roughly 3 tablespoons) more than what I needed!

    So here, I’ll show you the right way to measure flour. I also included a video tutorial below, so take a look after the recipe.

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    Measuring the flour accurately with a measuring cup.
    How to Measure Flour (The Right Way)
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Total Time
    3 mins
     

    Learn how to measure flour accurately with a measuring cup, especially for baking recipes. With this method, you'll get great results every time!

    Course: How to
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: flour
    Servings: 1 cup flour
    Author: Namiko Chen
    Ingredients
    Any of the flours below
    • all-purpose flour (plain flour)
    • cake flour
    • bread flour
    Instructions
    1. Fluff up the flour in the bag or container. Flour is tightly packed inside the bag or container. To avoid packed flour, you need to fluff it up with a spoon before you measure it.

      How to Measure Flour 1
    2. Using a spoon, sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Gently pile it in until it forms a heap above the rim of the measuring cup. Never pack the flour down.

      How to Measure Flour 2
    3. Scrape a knife across the top of the measuring cup to level the flour. This way, you’ll get rid of excess flour on top of the cup without packing down the flour inside.

      How to Measure Flour 3
    4. 1 cup of leveled all-purpose flour should weigh 120 grams (4.2 oz).

      How to Measure Flour 4

    Watch How to Measure Flour

    Learn how to measure flour accurately with a measuring cup, especially for baking recipes! With this method, you’ll get great results every time!

    To watch the tutorial on YouTube, please click here.

    My Advice: Get a Kitchen Scale

    To test my recipes precisely, I use a kitchen scale for the majority of my baking because weighing flour with a kitchen scale will give you the most accurate measurement every single time.

    Kitchen scales don’t have to be expensive and fancy. I have this, this, and this in my kitchen and they all work great (and I have no preference). It’s flat and easy to store in a drawer under my kitchen island. I can easily access it for my recipe testing. It’s a great investment!

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