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How to Measure Dry Ingredients

Check out our tips for measuring dry ingredients, such as flour and sugar.

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To measure dry ingredients, such as flour and granulated sugar, use nested metal or plastic dry measuring cups. The top edge of the cups are flat, to allow excess dry ingredients to be leveled off. To measure flour, stir flour in the canister to lighten it, then spoon into the cup. You may want to avoid packing down the flour into the cup or tapping it with a spatula, or on the counter to level. Use the straight edge of the metal spatula or knife to level the top. Granulated and powdered sugar are measured the same way as flour.