Here’s the Proper Way to Measure Flour

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Have you ever followed a recipe to a T and still ended up with baked goods that were crumbly, dry, or doughy? It probably has to do with the way you measured the flour. If you’re just dipping your measuring cup into a bag of flour, you’re probably not getting the right amount of the ingredient. While the most accurate way to measure ingredients is with a kitchen scale, the next best way is the spoon and sweep method. Here’s how to do it.


Scoop the flour with a spoon into the measuring cup, piling it slightly over the top. This prevents the flour from being too packed into the cup, leading to having more flour than the recipe intends and it also ensures that the cup is full and the sides don’t have gaps.


When the cup is full of flour, with a knife or spatula, run it over the rim of the measuring cup to get rid of any extra flour and level it out. Sweep it into the bag of flour to prevent waste. You’ll get great baked goods every time with this method!