Measure liquids in a liquid measuring cup - dry ingredients in a dry measure cup. All my cooking life, I've paid attention to this detail painstakingly, figuring that cooking and baking was so scientific that even the slightest mis-measurement would end in disaster.
Ah, the things you learn in culinary school.
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My school-issued knife kit included a dry measuring set, and I noticed that almost everyone was using it for some liquid measurements as well. I was pretty much appalled - my 8th grade Home Ec teacher must be turning over in her grave.
Turns out that water, milk and eggs have nearly equal volume and mass: A cup of water weighs 8 ounces, a pint of milk weighs one pound and a gallon of eggs weighs 8 pounds.
You can save yourself some time with the little rhyme "A pint, a pound, the whole world round," but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the "world" refers to the United States. Every place else uses the metric system. Go figure.
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