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Post Posted: Sun, Jan 02 2011, 1:26 am       Post subject: How many cups of flour
in half a 5 lb bag?

I am trying to halve a recipe that calls for a 5 lb bag. I've been just adding flour til it looks right, but I second-guess myself too much and always end up with something different. Google is giving me mixed results.

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nylon









  
Post Posted: Sun, Jan 02 2011, 1:42 am       Post subject: re: How many cups of flour
Generally speaking, in bread recipes, 1 cup = 5 oz. So 2.5 lbs is about 8 cups.
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Post Posted: Sun, Jan 02 2011, 10:02 am       Post subject: re: How many cups of flour
According to Joy of Cooking, it's 20 cups to 5 lbs. but I have measured it and usually come out t0 17ish cups. I think it would be 20 if it was freshly sifted.
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Post Posted: Sun, Jan 02 2011, 10:53 am       Post subject: Re: re: How many cups of flour
imabima wrote:
According to Joy of Cooking, it's 20 cups to 5 lbs. but I have measured it and usually come out t0 17ish cups. I think it would be 20 if it was freshly sifted.


I noticed the conventional wisdom changed some years ago. It's actually 17 and a fraction; check any regular flour bag for the serving size. I don't know how much of a difference sifting makes if you presift a full bag.
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Post Posted: Sun, Jan 02 2011, 11:04 am       Post subject:
One pound of flour is about 3 and a half cups. Figure it out!
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iluvy









  
Post Posted: Mon, Jan 03 2011, 12:55 am       Post subject: re: How many cups of flour
Thank you all!
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ra_mom









  
Post Posted: Mon, Jan 03 2011, 1:00 am       Post subject: re: How many cups of flour
Give a 5 lb. bag of flour to 4 different people, have them measure how many cups are in there, and you will get 4 different answers Wink

Everyone measures their flour differently. Some scoop it out of the bag before sifting, some after sifting (flour is less dense this way and you'll end up with less per cup), some spoon it into the measuring cup (which will also yield less flour per cup), some pack it really tightly and then level it off....

The only way to know how many of your cups of flour are in a 5 lb. bag, is to open a new bag, and start measuring. If you get 16 cups, you'll know that you need to use 8 cups for your recipe. If you get 14 cups, you'll halve that... etc.

Good luck.
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nylon









  
Post Posted: Mon, Jan 03 2011, 1:48 am       Post subject: re: How many cups of flour
FWIW, the measurements I have are that a cup of all purpose flour (bread flour is about the same, cake is lighter) is:
5.2 oz dip and sweep
4.5 oz spooned into cup
4 oz sifted

I suspect that if you're using an older edition of Joy, they may be assuming that you sift, which many people don't do any more.

As I said, I use a 5oz cup when converting recipes to weight. It's about right though sometimes I have to add a bit more (but better to err that way, and sometimes I have extra-large eggs).
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