Do measuring cups really measure up?
Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Have you followed a recipe to the letter and feel and know that it just didn't come out right or how you might have expected it to?
For as long as I can remember, and in almost every single recipe they tell you to grab your measuring cups and get to work. The problem with this is that 99.9% of the time they are inaccurate.
Now in cooking some recipes you can totally get away with is and just fudge it here and there, but not in baking. Over the years we have purchased a countless number of measuring cups with the hopes and dreams that they will be what they are labeled to be, but sadly time after time we were disappointed.
Baking is about precision. How can you be accurate with inaccurate instruments to get the job done? These inaccuracies could be a difference of as much as 5g-20g when measuring flour. These differences could determine how moist, dry, or how dense your product may come out.
Grab a scale! It doesn't have to be a ridiculously expensive to get the job done, it just needs to be reliable. Now you may have to do a little more math to do some conversions as some recipes go by grams rather than by cups, but it'll be worth it.
So dump the cups and taste the difference.