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    How to measure molasses?

    When measuring molasses, should you use a wet or dry measure?

    In making the BA Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies, I used a wet measuring cup, and the results made me think that maybe it should have been the other way.....

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    Well, it is a liquid, so I always use wet, and like honey, spray lightly with oil before pouring it in.

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    With liquids, I don't think its supposed to make a difference. I seem to remember reading that somewhere. I think its because liquid has a constant volume, whereas flour, etc doesn't.

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    this might help

    Try spray the cup or the measuring spoons in non stick cooking spray, i know the tip works well with honey but i dont see why it would not work with molasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggerham
    With liquids, I don't think its supposed to make a difference. I seem to remember reading that somewhere. I think its because liquid has a constant volume, whereas flour, etc doesn't.
    And you're right! I just did a comparison (using water), and they are just about the same. The cookies seemed *very* molasses-y so I thought maybe I had used too much.

    Well, now I have learned something today. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggerham
    With liquids, I don't think its supposed to make a difference. I seem to remember reading that somewhere. I think its because liquid has a constant volume, whereas flour, etc doesn't.

    I always thought you used a liquid measure for liquids because of the meniscus line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veschke
    And you're right! I just did a comparison (using water), and they are just about the same. The cookies seemed *very* molasses-y so I thought maybe I had used too much.

    Well, now I have learned something today. :-)
    LOL, well, they are a Molasses cookie, are they not? Did you by some chance use blackstrap rather than "light"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmark226
    Well, it is a liquid, so I always use wet, and like honey, spray lightly with oil before pouring it in.Bob
    Rinsing the measuring cup with really hot water before adding the honey, syrup, molasses, etc, makes pouring much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmark226
    Did you by some chance use blackstrap rather than "light"?
    "Grandma's" brand unsulphured. Maybe I'll just try using a little bit less next time -- they are *very* good cookies....

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    I use one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Baker-s-Ca.../dp/B0000DJUGA

    Last December Loren (Gracie) came to town and she, Colleen, & I went to a chef's supply store and she sung the praises of these. I ended up buying one another day and really like it for honey, shortening, syrup and other sticky items. Added bonus, it has metric measurements too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezles
    I always thought you used a liquid measure for liquids because of the meniscus line.
    yeah, whether you use a solid or liquid measuring cup for the molasses won't make enough of a difference in the cookies to notice. the liquid measuring cups are just better designed for measuring the liquids, as far as I know.

    anyway, I always use a scale to measure my molasses (or honey or syrup, etc.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by valchemist
    anyway, I always use a scale to measure my molasses (or honey or syrup, etc.).
    Is the weight and the volume the same for these things? So, if the recipe calls for 1/4 cup, I could add 2 oz by weight? Even then, I'd need a conversion table for 1/3 cup. What if the recipe is in metric? Do milliliters weigh the same as grams? I'd much rather weigh sticky liquids if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clover
    Is the weight and the volume the same for these things? So, if the recipe calls for 1/4 cup, I could add 2 oz by weight? Even then, I'd need a conversion table for 1/3 cup. What if the recipe is in metric? Do milliliters weigh the same as grams? I'd much rather weigh sticky liquids if I can.

    I can understand your confusion, Clover...

    but a cup of molasses weighs 11.25 oz.

    Half a cup is 5.625 (5-3/4 is close enough ....though I'd rather err on the scant side [5-1/2] and add a drop or two if I need the extra moisture)

    A cup of bread flour weighs 5 oz.
    A cup of water weighs 8 oz. I weigh everything..even leavenings in grams.

    There is an extremely useful chart in Rose Levy Beranbaum's "The Cake Bible" that I've memorized. Perhaps you can copy those pages from your local library if you would like to start weighing your ingredients. Much more reliable to weigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dneilson

    There is an extremely useful chart in Rose Levy Beranbaum's "The Cake Bible" that I've memorized. Perhaps you can copy those pages from your local library if you would like to start weighing your ingredients.
    Dolores
    Thank you, I'll take a look at it at the library.

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    as dolores said, they aren't the same weight as water (ie 1/4 cup doesn't equal 2 oz). you need a conversion chart. I have one that came with my digital scale but you can find them online. I use grams instead of ounces since it is more precise. ml are not the same as grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy w
    I use one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Baker-s-Ca.../dp/B0000DJUGA

    Last December Loren (Gracie) came to town and she, Colleen, & I went to a chef's supply store and she sung the praises of these. I ended up buying one another day and really like it for honey, shortening, syrup and other sticky items. Added bonus, it has metric measurements too.
    I use one of those too. No spraying with oil and no gooey residue.

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