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Baking Ingredients by Weight

Baking ingredients by weight

North Americans are the only people on earth that measure baking ingredients by volume: cups, Tablespoons and teaspoons. The rest of the world measures by weight which is significantly more accurate, having more benefit as your recipe scales up into larger quantities.

The advantage of measuring by volume is that it's accurate enough in the small quantities found in home baking recipes. It also makes for quick measuring work because ingredients can be measured and scooped at the same time. That's a great example of American convenience at it's best.

But what do you do when you want pinpoint accuracy and/or you want to scale your recipe up by a factor of 10 for the next Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale? Do that with your recipe that's measured by volume and you're taking a huge gamble. I ended up losing this gamble when I owned my own baking company and scaled in this manner. It took me a while to realize why the consistency of my cookies weren't the same when I went from 20 to 400 cookie batches. 2 cups of sugar suddenly didn't measure out to be 20 cups of sugar like I thought it would once the recipe was scaled. This is where measuring by weight comes to the rescue.

While slightly more cumbersome because you have to measure everything, the beauty of measuring by weight is that your ingredients will always be accurate. Using flour from a different manufacturer or time of year? The 1.5 kilograms that you're measuring out will always equal the same amount of flour. If you own a baking company you're probably always baking different quantities of what you want on hand depending on demand. This is why it's important in these cases to convert your recipes to weight volumes early on so it's easy to scale when you need to. Below is a list of popular ingredients by weight to make this transition as easy as possible. The list below will be updated periodically as more data becomes available.

Chocolates By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 chocolate chips 1 cup 170 grams
 cocoa powder 1 cup 85 grams

Fats By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 oil, Vegan Butter, margarine, Vegan Shortening or store bought shortening, water and most liquids 1 cup 215 grams

Flours By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 all-purpose flour 1 cup 128 grams
 whole wheat flour 1 cup 128 grams
 potato flour 1 cup 181 grams
 bread flour 1 cup 128 grams
 cornmeal (coarse) 1 cup 170 grams
 rye flour (medium) 1 cup 102 grams
 rye (pumpernickel) 1 cup 106 grams
 quinoa flour 1 cup 110 grams
 semolina flour 1 cup 163 grams
 sorghum flour 1 cup 138 grams

Fruits By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 raisins 1 cup 170 grams
 raspberries 1 cup 120 grams

Grains By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 rolled oats 1 cup 113 grams
 quinoa, whole 1 cup 177 grams
 quinoa, cooked 1 cup 184 grams

Leaveners By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 active dry yeast 2 ½ teaspoons 7 grams
 instant yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons 7 grams
 baking powder 2 Tablespoons 28 grams
 baking soda 2 Tablespoons 28 grams
 sourdough or wild yeast sponge or barm 1 cup 198 grams

Nuts By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 walnuts, chopped 1 cup 113 grams
 walnuts, whole 1 cup 128 grams

Sweeteners By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup, barley malt, brown rice syrup, corn syrup 1 ½ Tablespoons 28 grams
 granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons 28 grams

Salt By Weight

 Ingredient Measurement Weight
 salt (kosher) 7 teaspoons 28 grams
 salt (sea) 6 teaspoons 28 grams

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