MID WEEK PHILOSOPHY: SCALE
Food scale that is!
I cannot live without mine. I was thinking, they always ask chefs this question in food magazines, “What kitchen tools can you not live without ? or What are your favorite kitchen tools?” Well, one of mine is the food scale. The one I eventually purchased and like very much is small, like a thin book. I can stick it upright in my cupboard and it hardly takes any room.
This was not my first food scale though. I originally had a non-digital 2 piece. I wanted it specifically to weigh meat (?), and for the life of me I cannot remember why that was so important. Anyway, when spring came around one year and I needed to weigh out fertilizer for our dosatron’s continuous feed, 15 gallon tank ! ( hmm, you say, what the frig is that? believe me, it’s not food related, haha!) I brought out my 2 piece scale and vowed to myself that this would be just a one time thing and back in the kitchen it would go! Well spring is super crazy around here and guess what? The scale never made it back, I used it a bunch more times, it got rusty and stained and thus unusable for food! I bought another one and for a long time, I did not use it much until I made chocolate chip cookies one day. My recipe called for a 12 oz. package of chocolate chips and I realized they had downsized the variety that I liked to 11 ounces! So of course, 1 ounce made a difference to me and I whipped out my scale. After that, I started using it more and more!
So I went on Amazon to find my scale so I could share with you what I had but unfortunately mine does not seem available anymore. So I poked around Amazon’s website to see what was, and this is what I found:
They rate this particular food scale very highly: EatSmart Precision Pro – Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale. It’s not as versatile storage wise but it does take regular batteries, which some people find essential. It has a nice range of colors, so if you needed to keep it out, you could match it to your kitchen’s color scheme. My Salter food scale takes 2 lithium batteries, which are expensive and sometimes annoying to find but I think that’s why it can be so skinny. But maybe the battery issue is not important to you. I believe the lithium batteries last a little longer…..
I also found another scale from Amazon that is very thin, thinner than mine, and has a slightly bigger platform: Ozeri Professional Digital Kitchen Scale. It takes lithium batteries, though.
Many recipes now have weight measurements included, along with volume measurements, which I find invaluable. Weighing is much more accurate. But I also use my food scale for weighing other food stuff besides ingredients in a recipe. Meatballs for uniform cooking, cookie dough for even baking, bread dough for rolls (like the Refrigerator Rolls Deluxe) , freshly ground chuck beef for hamburgers, and even weighing out pasta, so I don’t cook too much!
So, think about it, maybe a food scale is in your future! At least put it on your wish list!
Happy weighing and measuring from my kitchen to yours!