Purchase the right type of kitchen scale.
Most kitchen scales for home use are digital as they are more accurate and easier to use than analog scales.
- Look for a scale that can switch between measuring units. To give you the most flexibility when preparing food, a good scale should be able to weigh in grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds.
- Also look for a scale with a “tare” function that zeroes out the weight of measuring containers.
- Most scales for home use have a capacity between 10 and 12 pounds. Unless you bake in large batches, you probably don’t need a scale that measures beyond that.
Mainstays Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale:
- Weighs products up to 11 lbs
- Easy-to-read LCD display
- Add-and-weigh feature
- Requires 2 AAA batteries, included
- Food weight scale sits nicely on a countertop or any flat surface
- Ideal for weighing and portioning foods for recipes or weight loss
- Stainless steel surface is easy to clean
- Can measure the volume of milk and water
- Low power indication
Make the most of your scale.
Scales are great for a variety of reasons. Make sure you use your scale correctly and read the directions before use.
- Liquid ingredients can be measured accurately using a volumetric method (like a measuring cup), but dry ingredients should always be weighed if you want the best control over your results.
- Control portion sizes with a scale. You can weigh just about any type of food. Make sure to weigh “deceptive” food items (foods that don’t fit well into measuring cups) like dry pasta and breakfast cereal. In addition, stick to the following portion sizes for the food groups: 3-4 oz of protein , 1 oz of grains, 4 oz of fruit or 8 oz of vegetables.
- Use a scale to divide portions equally. For example, if you’re baking a layer cake, a scale can help you divide the batter evenly between three pans: just zero out the weight of the pan before adding the batter.