|My Kitchen Scale|
"Why do you need that, Donna", you ask? Well, do you know that the weight of a cup of flour can vary by as much as 25% depending on how you scoop it? Humidity can also affect the weight of flour. This can be particularly important with breads and pizza dough. A scale can be helpful in controlling consistency in your dough. I also use the scale to ensure my dough is equally divided by weight when separating into two loaves or two pizza crusts.
|Weigh Pizza Dough|
The scale comes out a few mornings a week as part of breakfast smoothie preparations. It is handy dandy to have a scale to help measure out the desired fruit proportions from the three and four pound bags of frozen fruit we get from our local wholesale club.
|Weigh Fruit for a Smoothie|
It is also invaluable when making desserts with chocolate. The chocolate brownies I made this week called for 5-1/2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and 2-1/2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. My scale was ready to take the guess work out of the process. It makes preparing molten lava cakes for two a snap. Measuring out two ounces of bittersweet chips is easy as one, two, three.
|Weigh Chocolate for Lava Cakes|
|Molten Lava Cakes|
Let's get back to the kitchen scale. Some things to keep in mind when choosing one for your home include:
- measurement accuracy of at least 1 gram or 1/8th ounce
- weight capacity substantial enough for your needs. Capacity of at least seven to eight pounds should be enough
- a tare (zero) function so you can measure the weight minus the container you are using
- measurements in both metric (g) and imperial (lb) units because you will use both
- a large, easy-to-read display
- a flat design for storage
Here are a couple of links to kitchen scales like the one I own, but I encourage you to read the reviews and decide which model will best fit your family.
This is one kitchen gadget you should think about adding to your home, you'll be surprised by just how handy it is to have.