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Can I use a dry measuring cup to measure liquid ingredients for my bread maker?

asked by mrs. fregerio over 4 years ago
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added over 4 years ago

Yes.

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added over 4 years ago

You CAN always use dry cups when measuring wet ingredients, its just less accurate.

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

No. Never. For example, 1 dry cup of sugar equals 7 ounces. One fluid cup of milk (or sour cream, or cream cheese, or eggs) equals 8 ounces. Small differences make a big difference.

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

At the same time, one cup of bread flour "weighs" between 4-4.5 dry ounces. That can't possibly equate to 1 fluid cup of milk or water which equals 8 fluid ounces. Dry, fluid, never the twain shall meet.

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added over 4 years ago

You mean there are "wet measuring cups? LOL The difference is that dry ingredients are traditionally measured by weight, and wet by volume. So have at it and make the necessary adjustments as you see fit

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added over 4 years ago

Dry ingredients are "traditionally measured by weight"?

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

Yes, NeuB. Fluid (wet) measuring cups tend to be graduated in (fluid) ounces, and have a pouring spout. Day measuring cups are level from across the top. WAY different one from the other. Great question, and so glad you asked. I hope the explanation improves your baking prowess!

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

Sorry, "dry" measuring cups, not "day". As in day or night, dry is dry.

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added over 4 years ago

If you want, for instance, 1/4 cup of water, the 'dry' 1/4 cup measure will hold 2 fluid ounces which equals 1/4 cup, if you fill it to the top. You can't level off the liquid, so 'to the top' is not perfect. It's not likely that your set of dry cups are calibrated other than the full measure, with the exception of the 1 cup, so in-between amounts involve some guesswork, so they aren't exact. There are advantages to using a cup meant to measure liquids -- you get the full range of indications from bottom to top, so you can be more accurate. Also, most of them also have milliliter/liter indications if your recipe has metric measures.
The English language has the confusion mentioned by boulangere -- an ounce of liquid and an ounce by weight are using different systems, so you can't equate one to the other. Good cooks are moving to weight measurements, because they are more accurate.

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added over 4 years ago

Boulangere is absolutely right... But, if u don't have liquid measuring cup, I think so u can use coffe machine kettle if u have one and if it has measuring indicators...later on u can buy one..

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added over 2 years ago

It shouldn't make any difference whatsoever! Both dry and liquid measuring cups measure by VOLUME, not WEIGHT. Fill a half-cup dry measuring cup with any liquid, then pour it into a liquid measuring cup. You will see that it will still measure one-half cup.

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boulangere

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added over 2 years ago

With liquid measure, Peggy, weight and volume are equal. 8 ounces of milk in a fluid measure is equal to eight ounces by weight. Such is not the case, clearly, with dry measures.

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added over 2 years ago

They are not the same and it does make a difference. That being said, with bread making there are other factors involved which might compensate for or underscore the small difference, like, for instance, the type of flour you use. My parents own a bread machine and the measuring cup that it came with has the dry measure on one side and the liquid measure on the other, depending on how you look at it.