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Author: Lisa Lin & Diann Leo-Omine

How to Measure Flour

Here is a tutorial on how to measure flour using the spoon-and-sweep and dip-and-sweep methods.
Note: The dip-and-sweep method is not my preferred method of measuring flour by volume. Sometimes, I'm more heavy handed in the way I dip the measuring cup into a flour container. However, some recipe writers use this method, so I wanted to describe it here as well.
Prep Time5 mins


  • 1 measuring cup
  • flour
  • 1 piece paper towel
  • fork
  • spoon
  • butter knife or bench scraper


Spoon-and-Sweep Method

  • Fluff up the flour with a fork.
  • Lay a paper towel on your counter. Place the measuring cup over the paper towel. The paper towel catches the excess flour that spills over during the measuring process.
  • Take a spoon and gradually spoon flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the measuring cup on the counter to try to fit in more flour. Make sure to spoon enough flour so that the flour is heaping at the top.
  • Level off the flour with the flat edge of a knife or a bench scraper.
  • Once you’re done measuring the flour, just take the paper towel and transfer all loose flour back into the flour bag or container.

Dip-and-Sweep Method

  • Fluff up the flour with a fork.
  • Take your measuring cup and scoop the flour directly from the bag or container of flour.
  • Level off excess flour with a flat edge.


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