Use this baking conversion guide to avoid using measuring tools, and switch over to weighing out your ingredients for accurate and perfect results each time. Download the PDF for free (on this page) now!
I love to bake. Always have, always will. What I don’t like to do is clean, and baking usually involves a fair amount of cleaning up afterwards. Born out of laziness, I’ve come to memorize the weight of some of my most commonly used ingredients in an effort to avoid using measuring cups and spoons. Because one less thing to clean is always a plus in my book.
Based on the assumption that I’m not the only baker who really dislikes cleaning, I’ve put together this baking measurements guide that shows you the exact weights (in grams) of many commonly used paleo and keto ingredients.
Baking Measurement Converter
An added benefit to utilizing this weight-based guide rather than relying solely on volume-based measurements is that your baked goods will be perfect each and every time. The likelihood of your 1 cup of cassava flour weighing out differently each time you scoop a cup into the flour is pretty high, resulting in irregularities in your baked goods each time. But when you measure out exactly 120g via a kitchen scale, you’ll always have consistent results.
Working specifically with cassava flour, I learned a long time ago to never weigh by volume. I would get a different result each and every time, even if I sifted or whisked before scooping and leveling. The only way I get the same results all the time is to weigh out exactly 120g (if a recipe calls for 1 cup) directly into the bowl.
Look at the photos below. In the first photo, I spooned exactly 120g of cassava flour into the bowl. Next to it is a seemingly perfectly leveled measuring cup. But when I weighed out the actual measuring cup of flour, it was a full 24g more! That’s an extra 20% (!!!) more flour and will result in a drier baked good with a much less desirable texture. The kitchen scale is your friend.
Liquids are another big one for me. I have a variety of measuring cups for liquids: glass measuring cups, angled (both small and large quantity volumes), push-up for stickier substances. No matter how perfect I think I’ve measured, there is always a lack of consistency. A cup of water is rarely 240mL when I pour that cup into my recipe. That results in a dough or batter that is either too dry or too wet. Neither is ideal.
And measuring honey or maple syrup? I despise that sticky mess, so again, it gets weighed directly into the bowl.
Kitchen Scale Recommendations
Now on to kitchen scales – how do you know which is the best one to get? I’ve been using a small scale at home for the past 8+ years, and a variety of larger scales in our commercial kitchen at cardnl for the past 3 years. I’ve come to dislike certain features, and found other features that are really great. Compiling all those likes/dislikes, here are a few scales I’d recommend (and why I like them):
OXO Good Grips® Stainless Steel Scale with Pull-Out Digital Display
– The pull-out display is the one thing that I wish I had on every scale I own. When placing a larger bowl or plate on the scale, it can be difficult to see the reading on static displays, so this is a big plus for me.
– I have not personally used this scale, but I’ve been eyeing it for a long time. It’s got great reviews as well.
AvaWeigh PCOS10 10 lb. Digital Portion Control Scale
– This is one of the scales with use at cardnl. It has a 10# capacity, nearly the same as that of the OXO at a similar price point.
– It’s accurate and consistent and has a very long battery life.
– Grams are measured in half units, meaning rather than bouncing back and forth between 2 or 3 grams, it will display 2.5g. I love that kind of detail.
AvaWeigh PC32 2 lb. Digital Portion Control Scale
– Basically the same as the 10# scale mentioned above, but at a lower cost and with a lower capacity, only 2 pounds. If you don’t need to weigh larger quantities, this scale is wonderful, accurate, and lightweight.
– This one is probably the most sufficient for any home cook/baker.
– CON: For smaller measurements (between 1-3g), it doesn’t always register right away, so it’s easy to over-measure smaller items (like 1/2 tsp of baking soda, for instance).
Brand Weight Conversions
The weights of certain ingredients can vary from brand-to-brand, so to get the weights accurate in this list, I reviewed the weights of the various brands and tested them myself to confirm. Also, since we use strictly weight-based measurements in our commercial kitchen, I was already very familiar with the weights of most of these ingredients. It makes a huge difference when consistency is key. And when you finally perfect that cookie recipe, you want to be able to recreate it over and over and over again!
Baking Measurement Conversion
Now that you have the motivation (cleanliness and accuracy) and have decided on a scale, you need the numbers. This conversion guide includes all of the most commonly used ingredients in the gluten-free, paleo, and keto cooking world. You won’t have to sift (pun intended!) through conventional ingredients like wheat flour and sugar.
Measurement & Temperature Conversion Table for Baking
As an added bonus, page 4 of the conversion guide includes measurement and temperature conversions. Found the perfect recipe but the temps are in celsius, but you don’t know how hot that is? Got you covered. Trying to double, triple, or halve a recipe and need to know how many Tbsp in 1/3 cup? Yup, it’s in there.
Paleo & Keto Ingredient Conversions
And since we create recipes for a variety of diets, each ingredient indicates if it’s “Paleo” or “Keto” (or both in many instances). You may not use all of these ingredients, but chances are you use a majority of them. So no matter what variation of gluten-free/grain-free you adhere to, you are guaranteed to benefit from this guide.
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