Quick Tip: Measure Messy Ingredients Inside the Bag

Quick Tip: Measure Messy Ingredients Inside the Bag

Emma Christensen
Nov 8, 2010
This one is probably no surprise to most of you, but for me, it was a real revelation. I’ve always hated measuring ingredients like brown sugar and powder sugar because it seems so messy. And then I realized: why not measure right inside the bag?

I open up a big hole in the bag and fit my whole measuring cup inside. I scoop up some of the the sugar, and with the cup still inside the bag, I use my fingers to compress it down and level it off right through the plastic.

There’s no awkward ferrying of sugar to cup one careful spoonful at a time. I don’t raise any clouds of sugar dust trying to pour it out. Everything stays neat and tidy. I do this for brown sugar and powder sugar most of all, but I do it also when measuring rice, lentils, popcorn, and anything that has potential to scatter and go everywhere.

Like I said, maybe this is no revelation to you, but it’s changed my whole perspective on baking!

What other tips do you have for measuring potentially messy ingredients like these?

Related: Tip for KitchenAid Users: Dump All Your Flour at Once!

(Image: Emma Christensen)

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