For consistent results, make sure that your ingredient measurements are accurate by using a scale, instead of measuring cups, whenever possible. And don't forget to keep an accurate thermometer in your oven.There is no substitute for accuracy.

Weight vs. Volume

Various factors can yield different quantities when measuring by volume, such as a cup of nuts loosely poured compared to a cup that is tightly packed with small or broken pieces. That's why weighing ingredients can make a real difference in the successful outcome of your recipe.

Consider the following factors in choosing a scale: For greater accuracy in small quantities, and for the greatest versatility, choose an electronic scale. For regular kitchen use, a 6-9 Lb capacity scale will suffice on most tasks. If you're measuring ingredients for dietary needs, choose the electronic or the diet scale.