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How to Measure Gluten Free Flour and Why It’s So Important to Do it Right!

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Baking is a science, and gluten free baking, more than most. You’re going to need to know how to measure gluten free flour and why it’s so important to do it right before you ever pick up a whisk, or there’s just no need to bother with the frustration.

Here’s why measuring your gluten free ingredients is so important, and why getting this one simple step right can make all the difference in your gluten free baking.

Measuring Gluten Free Flour Correctly:

Did you know that you could throw off an otherwise wonderful recipe just by measuring your gluten free flour the wrong way? Especially if you’re not baking with an all purpose flour that’s already mixed for you, this can be a tricky business. 

First off, you must use the right tools. Using cute measuring cups and spoons might seem fun, but when they ruin your recipe, it’s not so fun. Use real, accurate measuring spoons and measuring cups, not novelty ones.

novelty measuring spoons

Novelty measuring spoons do not measure accurately and can ruin your recipe.

 

While we’re on the subject of cups, be sure you’re using cups for dry ingredients and clear, glass or plastic versions (sometimes called “Pyrex”) with handles for measuring for liquids. Below you can see one I use for proving my yeast.

proofed yeast gfJules

Liquid measuring cup on the right; food scale measuring flour on the left.

 

It’s almost impossible to measure dry ingredients in a liquid measuring cup accurately, and almost impossible to measure liquid in a dry measuring cup accurately. Do yourself a favor and invest in the proper measuring tools and you’ll have much better results!

Back to measuring dry ingredients, DO NOT scoop WITH the measuring cup itself. Doing so can compact the flour and can add up to 25% more flour than you intended. Talk about a dry recipe!

Spoon the gluten free flour into the measuring cup and level off with a knife, or better yet, WEIGH your flour. Seems silly for the home baker, but makes a huge difference. Kitchen scales do not have to be pricey, but they will become your new best friend (along with your all purpose gluten free flour)! 

1 cup of my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour weighs 135 grams.

Not all gluten free flours have the same weight, to consult your brand if you’re not using my gfJules Flour.

kitchen scale

Heres’ a great kitchen scale with pull-out display to make it easier to read.

You don’t need to use this exact scale, but make sure the kitchen scale you choose allows you to easily see the digital numbers on the readout if you put a bowl on top, and it allows you to zero out the weight to tare any bowl or plate you put on top (to tare the weight: when you tare a weight, you subtract the container weight from the gross weight, yielding the net weight of the thing you’re actually trying to weigh — here, the ingredients).

 

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2 thoughts on “How to Measure Gluten Free Flour and Why It’s So Important to Do it Right!

  1. Glad to have found your page. Feel a bit of a kindred spirit! Diagnosed with Celiac 3 years ago and from Michigan so part of my heart is still there.

    • Glad you found my site, as well, Kathy! There’s lots more info here for the taking, and of course loads of recipes and the best gluten free products! Don’t be a stranger, as midwesterners say!!!
      ~jules