Friday, May 13, 2011
I swear I'm not messing with you when I say a scale is important!
After I posted the recipe for my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (which, by the way, may be too good as I've almost eaten them all) I had quite a few people ask me the same question:
"Exactly how much flour is 315 grams?"
The answer? 315 grams! Now, I know that what people want is a cup measurement, as in 2 cups, 2 1/2 cups, 3 cups. You know. The problem is that I don't know the answer to that question in cups. I don't measure flour that way. When I say that a scale is one of my kitchen essentials, it's because I really truly rely on it. While I was working on this recipe, I measured out 400 grams of flour, and then when I was done I measured what was left so I could see how much I had used.
My measuring cups don't touch flour ever... well, until now.
I made a little vlog to illustrate why the scale is so important. As a disclaimer, I have to admit that when I see a vlog on someone's blog I generally read the text then skip it, so if you decide to do that, I'll post the gist of it after.
I talk funny. I don't know what that accent is! Also, this is like the crappiest video ever. I had to shoot it in sections and splice them all together. The important thing is this:
* a cup of flour is equivalent to 125g
* measuring flour with a scale means you get just what you want - 125g of flour
* measuring flour with a liquid measuring cup yields an actual amount of 150g flour
* measuring flour with a dry measuring cup, by scooping it from a bin yields an actual amount of 160g flour
* measuring flour with a dry measuring cup, using the "proper" scoop and level method yields an actual amount of 135g flour
So, if I tell you that you need 315g of flour and you figure that is 2.46 cups (thanks Wendy for figuring that out for me!) so you round up to 2 1/2 cups. Now, lets say you're a scoop from the bin kind of person. You just used 400g of flour which is almost 2/3 of a cup more flour than you need! Not only are you wasting flour by using too much, you're raising the probability that you're gonna get a batch of those dreaded Tough Cookies.
Even if you use the proper method of lightly scooping and leveling, you still will use about 22-25 grams too much. That's 30%!
So, when I say a scale is important, it really is. I usually figure out the conversion on recipes in my cookbooks starting with that 125g base, and then write the amount on the recipe so I don't have to figure it out again.
And that is the convoluted long answer to how much flour is 315 grams of flour. Please don't hate me if I told you to go get a scale when you asked. :)
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