Baking and Scaling
Someone has asked me ” Why doesn’t my recipe comes out the same every time?” There are a lot of things to consider when aiming for consistent baking results. When we cook, there’s a lot of forgiveness if we under or over salt something. However, there is no forgiving when something fails to be baked properly. That’s why I stress the use of checking to make sure you use the right ingredients and scaling your ingredients. We know that there is an important difference between baking soda and baking powder. We also know that when we scale our ingredients we are going to get a better product than if we use the measuring cups. If you use the measuring cups you have to only use that method for the recipe, if you are scaling you have to only use the scale for the measuring. However, when it comes to 1 teaspoon of baking soda I still use the measuring spoons because it’s pretty small. However, you can go ahead and scale that into a bowl and see how much it weights for future references.
One of flour in a measuring cup only adds up to about 5-5.8 ounces on a scale. In the liquid measurement, one cup is eight ounces. Which is why I always use a scale to weigh everything when it comes to baking anything. It teaches you how to convert cups to ounces and into grams which I find to be a very nice skill to obtain.
Rule of measurements from cups to ounces is called the 8 2 2 4 methods of conversion of cups to ounces. My tutor friend helped me to learn how to convert my measurement using this method and in the process overcame all the conversion anxiety.
8 ounces in a cup X 2 is 16 ounces in a pint (pound), X 2 is 32 ounces in a quart X 4 is 128 ounces in a gallon.
The bigger the number you will multiple to convert your measurements and from small to big you divide.
128 ounces in a gallon / 4 is 32 ounces in a quart, /2 is 16 ounces in a pint ( pound) /2 is 8 ounces in a cup.
Measuring cups and spoons are useful in many recipes. I use it for cooking or following a boxed recipe of sorts. When I am baking a grand scale cake, cookies or brownies, I am weighing my ingredients for a more accurate measurement. My favorite scale is the one below it weight up to about 7 lbs, it has grams and ounces and other functions I haven’t explored. However, I was able to learn grams through this scale and it’s made life a lot better. Baking products are more consistent. If something does go wrong now I can blame it on my lack of not reading the recipe right or the recipes might be terrible.