Is there a big difference between volume and weight measurements?

Most of the recipes I follow describe ingredients in terms of cups and teaspoons instead of grams and ounces. Is there a big difference between the two when it comes to the end result?

Nadia B.
posted about 5 years ago

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Using weight-based measurements tends to be more consistent and precise. A cup of flour can have a meaningful variance whereas 125 grams of flour is very precise. When developing and customizing recipes, I always use weight-based measurements. Sometimes for smaller ingredients, e.g. yeast, I'll still measure in volume (e.g. 1/8tsp).

It's not hard to do and you'll find that it's easier to get consistent results. You'll need a scale. You can get a decent digital scale on Amazon for for $10-20. It's definitely worth it.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted about 5 years ago

To have consistent results in baking pizza or bread for that matter, invest in a digital scale that measures weight. You will not get consistent results measuring flour using cups. I measure flour and water using a scale. I have a small scale that measures salt and yeast, but sometimes I will just my teaspoon/tablespoon for convenience.

Sharlene M.
posted about 5 years ago

For precise results, it's always best to weigh especially in baking. Weight is not as crucial when measuring ingredients like fruits and vegetables where a little variation in weight is acceptable. I use a larger gram/ounce scale (try to get one that measures to the tenth of a gram) for most things and also own a small palm scale to measure smaller small quantities of yeast, salt and spices. Mine measures to the hundredth of gram.

Susie H.
posted about 5 years ago

Another great advantage to using weights vs. measures is that you can set a bowl on your scale, zero it out, add an ingredient, re-zero the scale, add the next ingredient, and continue in that way till all of your ingredients are weighed. You'll end up dirtying one bowl instead of a whole bunch of measuring implements. Just be sure you add ingredients slowly and gradually if you're weighing them in this sequential way, because if you go over the weight you need, that's not an easy mistake to correct.

Steve S.
posted about 5 years ago

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