I was making some sugar cookies yesterday and got out my coconut oil to measure and thought… hmmmmmm. I wonder if anyone else knows this little secret?
When that whispery voice pops in my head and asks me that, I know I just have to share it with you. Even if my other mind says, Um, yeah. duh.
So, here’s my tip for you today. It’s THE best way to measure Coconut Oil or shortening (if anyone still uses that these days).
Grab your coconut oil and make sure it’s solid. Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 °F, so in the summer mine can get a bit liquidy.
Then fill a glass measuring cup with 1 cup of cool water. Again, if you are measuring coconut oil and your water is warm, you’re going to have a bit of a mess.
Then just start plopping spoonfuls of oil in the water. You’ll know you have enough when the water measures what you need plus 1 Cup.
For example, I needed 1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil, so I stopped when my water level reached 1 1/3 cup. Shazam.
That’s called displacement. Remember that from Science class? And you thought you’d never use it.
Now you can go call your high school science teacher and apologize for ever doubting the importance of science education. (Unless you were like me and loved science. Then you can sit and smile at how you knew this would come in handy someday.)
Just lift the coconut oil (or shortening) out of the water with a slotted spoon and get on with your baking.
Now some of you may be asking, Why? Why do I need to use water to measure out my oil?
First, you get an accurate measurement.
Second, you don’t have to try and scrape out that measuring cup and leave half of it behind stuck to the sides and bottom.
Third? It’s just so stinkin’ fun. Way too much fun.
Have you ever used this method before? Let me know down in the comments below!