How to Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients
If you are planning to make muffins, pancakes, waffles, or quick breads, pay close attention. The order and manner in which the ingredients are mixed in a recipe can make a huge difference in the quality of your results. The best way to ensure your food turns out tender and fine grained is to not overmix the batter. Follow these guidelines on how to correctly measure and combine wet and dry ingredients.
How to Measure Liquids & Dry Ingredients
Proper measuring doesn't just apply to home improvement projects. In the kitchen when you are cooking and baking, it's just as important to correctly measure your ingredients to ensure terrific results. Always start with the right tools. Use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients and liquid measuring cups for liquids.
Measure liquids into a glass measuring cup set on a level surface. Make sure you are at eye level with the cup, and fill just to the measuring line. If you are measuring sticky ingredients, such as honey or molasses, use a spatula to scrape everything from the cup. If you are measuring 1 tablespoon of liquid or less, fill the appropriate-size measuring spoon to the rim without spilling over.
- Dry Ingredients
When measuring dry ingredients, such as flour, first stir it in its original container. Use a large spoon to gently fill a dry measuring cup or measuring spoon without shaking or packing. Use a spatula or knife to level it off into a bowl you're not using or back into the original container.
How to Properly Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients
Make a well in the dry ingredients, then gently pour wet ingredients into the center.
1. Stir the dry ingredients (flour, leavening, salt, spices) together. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently push the dry ingredients against the sides of the bowl to make a well.