Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kitchen Gadget-a Kitchen Scale

Do you have a kitchen gadget that you wouldn't want to do without, but never knew you needed?  A kitchen scale is one of those gadgets at my house.

My Kitchen Scale
There are many different models of digital kitchen scales to choose from at a wide price range.  Mine is a two year old Escali Primo digital multifunction scale that is very reasonably priced.

"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 for two...hmmm...Valentines Day is coming.  The molten lava cakes would be a quick and easy, but decadently delicious treat for you and your best valentine.

Molten Lava Cakes
Here's the link for the printable molten lava cake recipe:

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
 Finally, you'll want to choose an easily accessible cabinet or drawer for storage of your kitchen scale.  If it is quickly available while you are cooking you will find yourself reaching for it again and again.

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.


1 comment:

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