They make two separate cups for a reason.
Measuring ingredients improperly is a common kitchen mistake. The one on the left is a liquid measuring cup (water, milk, buttermilk, broth, etc.) The one on the right is a dry measuring cup (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, etc.) Many of you may already know that it’s important to use the proper measuring cup for your specific ingredients. But do you know WHY?
Huh? Huh? Do ya? Do ya?
Well if you do, fine – go ahead and stop reading. If not, let me quickly explain to you the importance of this tip, and how it will benefit your cooking and baking. Most of the time (not all of the time), but mostly this tip will apply to your baking. You know, cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins… The good stuff. Baking requires more exact measurements than cooking on the stove or throwing together a salad. Baking is a science. Which I suck at, therefore I am grateful for cookbooks and these measuring cups that tell me exactly what to do, and how much to put in.
How many of you are baking this holiday season? I thought so. Don’t ruin your baked goods because of a silly measuring mistake. Let me show you why this is so wrong.
Let’s say the recipe calls for 1 cup of flour. So you pour the flour into this liquid measuring cup and you think to yourself, “In order to get exactly 1 cup I’ll just shake the cup or knock it on the counter until the flour becomes level.” No biggie, right?
The flour will become compacted and you will end up with more flour than the recipe called for, resulting in dry and dense baked goods. No thanks.
Also, when measuring dry ingredients such as flour, try to refrain from sticking the cup into the bin or bag directly. This will also compact the flour resulting in similar results as above. Instead, spoon the flour into the cup, and with a flat edge such a knife, scrape off any excess.
Liquid measuring cups are built perfectly with the spout for a clean pour. If you put a wet ingredient in a dry measuring cup you take the risk of spilling because you need to fill it up all the way to the edge.