A lot of what comes down to creating the perfect recipe is knowing the difference between weighing, measuring, and the right conversions. Simply said; however, these are often overlooked, because a lot of us were raised on the notion that 8 ounces is 1 cup, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always true, especially when it comes to dry ingredients.
For most liquids, 8 ounces does indeed equal 1 cup; except for heavy liquids, like molasses and honey, where 1 cup is more around 11-12 ounces. That small adjustment in ounces can make or break a once amazing recipe, especially when it comes to dry ingredients. When there’s so many other factors that could ruin a recipe (the pan you use, the altitude, the humidity, etc.), it’s important that you know the difference in weights of your ingredients.
Before diving into the conversion table, we’d also like to note that there’s a difference between weight ounces and volume ounces. Weight ounces are used for measuring dry ingredients (whereas 16 ounces is equivalent to 1 pound); however, volume ounces are used for measuring liquid ingredients (whereas 8 ounces equals a pound). In this case, if you were to look at the difference between 8 weight ounces of honey and 8 volume ounces of honey, the difference would be ¼ of a pound, which is a lot when looking to be precise with your recipes. Another example, if you take a dry ingredient (which typically has much more air around it) and try to measure it in a measuring cup, rather than weighing it, odds are you’ll get very different numbers: 4 ounces of grated cheese in a measuring cup can equal 8 ounces of grated cheese on a scale (which one do you think is the right measurement of ounces we’re looking for here?).
|Dry Ingredients||Cup(s)||Weight Ounce(s)||Gram(s)|
|All-Purpose Flour||1||4 1/2||128|
|Bread Flour||1||4 1/2||128|
|Whole Wheat Flour||1||4 1/2||128|
|Brown Sugar||1||7 1/2||213|
|White Granulated Sugar||1||7||198|
|Cocoa Powder||1||3 1/4||91|
|Liquid Ingredients (for most: 1 cup = 8 oz)||Cup(s)||Volume Ounce(s)||Gram(s)|