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?
(Image: Emma Christensen)