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Kitchen fun: weight <-> volume
by Ashley Flanagan on 11/27/05 at 19:02:44

Well, it's that time of year, time to bake.
To get started, I need to convert volume quantities to weight measure, so I went swimming through the archives, and I see _why_ this is always such a problem - it depends on the density of substance. Flour and sugar won't have the same density, so a cup of each will weigh differently. I get it.
My recipe is based on an old southern favorite, measured in cups, and it makes 2 cakes. However, I'm planning to make 40 cakes, and it will save me a LOT of time, money, and effort if I can buy ingredients in bulk.
SO - does anyone know where/how to find out (in the absence of a kitchen scale):
How many cups in a 10 lb bag of (Dixie Crystals "extra fine" granulated cane sugar?
How many cups in a 10 lb bag of US (Gold Medal) All-purpose Flour? and how is that affected by sifting?
I would expect the answers to be approximate, but I also expected  this info to be easier to find, so we'll see...


Re: Kitchen fun: weight <-> volume
by Robert Fogt on 11/27/05 at 19:49:49

According to the rec.cooking.faq:

granulated sugar - 2.4 cups/pound
U.S. all-purpose flour - 4.5 cups per pound

That would be 24 cups of sugar per 10 pound bag and 45 cups of flour per 10 pound bag.

Nothing is said about sifted densities though.


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