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An Introduction to Measuring 06:28

Bryon Freeze

Master the art of measuring, one of the most important elements of cooking.

An Introduction to Measuring 06:28

Bryon Freeze

Master the art of measuring, one of the most important elements of cooking.

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The Steps

  1. 1. Measuring dry ingredients: Dry ingredients are most accurately measured by weight. The most common measuring tools include teaspoons, tablespoons, and measuring cups. Dry ingredients can also be measured using a kitchen scale. 00:28

  2. 2. Measuring liquid ingredients: Liquid ingredients are measured by volume. Liquid ingredients can be measured using a graduated measuring cup or using a kitchen scale. When measuring liquid ingredients, it is helpful to remember that four cups are equal to one quart, and four quarts are equal to one gallon. When using a graduated measuring cup with a liquid ingredient, try to keep your eyes level with the line that you’re measuring to. Looking at the measuring cup from above will give you inaccurate readings. 00:53

  3. 3. When measuring with a kitchen scale, both wet and dry ingredients are measured by weight in either grams or ounces. When using an electronic kitchen scale, it is common to use another container on top of the scale to keep the ingredients you are measuring contained. To get an accurate reading, the weight of this container has to be zeroed out by the scale. Place the empty container on top of the scale. Press the tare button to return the scale to zero. Add the ingredients to be measured to the container. The scale will register the weight of the ingredients and not the weight of the container. 03:13

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Kitchen scale
- Dry ingredient measuring spoons and cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Small container

Ingredients

- Liquid ingredients to measure
- Dry ingredients to measure

Chef Notes

When measuring in a liquid measuring cup, look for an "ellipse" to determine your measurement. An ellipse is a slight concave curve in an liquid's surface that is visible at eye level. The bottom of the ellipse should touch the desired measurement line.

Chef Bryon mentions that measuring ingredients with a scale returns more accurate and precise results than measuring with cups, spoons, or graduated measuring cups. Scales can be purchased at kitchen and restaurant supply stores.

To see how how to use a kitchen scale to measure both wet and dry ingredients in one recipe, visit Julian Cox's "How to Make Simple Syrup" tutorial, located at the bottom of the page.

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Chef Bryon Freeze

Los Angeles

Bryon Freeze burst into the culinary spotlight when he won "Chef Wanted," a chef competition show on the Food Network. Aft... read more