Garske took to TikTok, where she goes by the handle @whiskkid, to share a tip that she says will make you a better baker overnight. And it's pretty straightforward: Learn how to measure your flour the right way. "The fastest, easiest way to bake is by using a scale, but I understand not everyone has one at home and that's fine, you don't necessarily need one" she says. "Learning to measure flour can make a huge difference in how your pastries turn out."
Okay, so what's a person to do if they don't have a scale? Garske says that instead of dipping your measuring cup into the flour and scooping it out, then leveling it, you should use a spoon to stir the flour and scoop it into the measuring cup. Then level your scoop off. This trick helps to eliminate a significant portion of that aforementioned margin of error, because it keeps you from packing the flour into the measuring cup.
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To really drive the point home, Garske got out her food scale and weighed flour that was measured each way—spooning it into the measuring cup weighed significantly less. That's because the scooped flour was more compacted, while the spooned flour was airier. "This is important, because when you bake you're following a formula," she says. "And you don't always have to be extremely precise for every recipe, but this little bit of flour can actually make a big difference." There is one exception to this, however. She notes that if a relative taught you a recipe, you should measure it the way they did.
It's worth noting, though, that Garske still highly recommends using a food scale. "You'll never go back to the old way," she says.
This simple scale has over 73K reviews on Amazon, and a rating of 4.7 stars. Reviewers mention that it is an “easy to use” and “lightweight,” scale, and they also note that it’s very precise.
This scale is slightly larger than the other two, but can also be purchased in a smaller size for $10. While most reviewers used it for baking and other food-related tasks, the cutest review goes to the person who uses it to weigh her puppies (and yes, they did include a photo).
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