A Good Cook Measures Exactly
Sift more than you need onto a square of waxed paper or into a bowl. Spoon lightly into cup, heaping it up. Level off. Don't shake or tap cup.
White granulated and confectioners'- Spoon lightly into cup. Level off. Don't knock or tap cup.
Brown-Fill cup and press down with your fingers. Pack it in until sugar holds its shape when you turn it out.
Pour salt into small glass or bowl and dip into it to measure. You may not get the right amount if you pour it into your spoon.
Stir, then fill measuring spoon. Level off.
Pour into measuring spoon from bottle, not over your mixing bowl. You might pour in too much.
Take small amounts with rubber scraper and pack into cup. Level off.
For approximate measure: There are 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup in each 1/4 pound stick and 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup in half a stick.
Set glass measuring cup on table. Pour in liquid to proper mark.