Kitchen Scale

I used to think using a scale in the kitchen seemed like a bother and not worthwhile, but now I’m a total convert.  Measuring ingredients by weight rather than volume is a far more accurate method.  The reason it is so useful is that ratios of liquid to dry ingredients are much more consistent and correct when measuring by weight.  If one person gently scoops flour or spoons it into a measuring cup while another scoops with a heavy hand from the packed down bottom of a container, the resulting amounts of flour is bound to be pretty different.  Using a scale takes the guesswork out of measuring, and I now use it in any recipe that lists weight measurements.

I have also found it to be incredibly useful when splitting up large batches of dough for things like bagels, rolls, etc.  Using the scale helps ensure that they are uniform in size so you don’t end up with monsters and runts in the same batch.

7 Responses

  1. This is the exact same scale I use! I LOVE it! I’m a pastry chef that has gone through Le Cordon Bleu baking and pastry program! This is the best product for at home scaling!

  2. I just got my first kitchen scale this weekend, I don’t know how I cooked without it!

  3. Hi Annie – My husband just bought me my first kitchen scale for my birthday, but I am getting a little confused with the conversions. I found a website that says 1 cup of all-purpose flour is 4.5 ounces, but then other websites that uses the standard 8 ounces in a cup. What do you use as a standard for baking? Is there a website you use as a reference? I am sorry if this seams like a silly questions, but I keep hearing how important it is to weigh ingredients for baking. If you can help I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Carrie,
      I don’t have a great answer for you, as I have heard varying answers about what equals 1 cup. I actually only use a scale in baking in recipes that already include the weights, otherwise I still measure by volume.

  4. Thanks Annie! That is what I think I am going to do also.

  5. Where did you purchase your scale? I’m convinced I need one, but I want to buy based on user experience rather than just blindly picking. Sounds like this one is a winner!

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