I know by now I don’t have to tell you about my love of cooking and baking. I’ve said it so many times that I’m probably starting to “sound” like a broken record. And as you also know, I’m always on the lookout for new products that help me create great tasting food.
One item that every foodie should have in their kitchen is a kitchen-grade scale. They’re not only great for dieters (for portion control) but if you love to bake as much as I do, the best way to accurate baking is through pre-weighing ingredients.
SCIENCE IN THE KITCHEN? REALLY?
Oh yes! As the saying goes… “baking is a science.” And boy is that true. Why? Because there’s a difference between cooking and baking.
In cooking, recipes are mere suggestions– flexible in their ingredients and proportions.
Baking, on the other hand, is precise in measurements and techniques. Not to mention consistent in the end results. Isn’t that what we all want anyway?
The secret to successful baking? It’s all in the chemistry, and if your measurements are off, you wind up with many flops. That’s why it’s SO much better to weigh each ingredient before adding it to your dish. I guarantee, with this method as well as a good recipe, you will love the results!
An affordable, good quality kitchen scale to start with is the Precision Pro Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale with Oversized Weighing Platform by Ozeri. It features 4 measurement units; grams, ounces, pounds, and kilograms. Plus, has a maximum weight capacity of 11 pounds as well as a tare function that eliminates the weight of your bowl or plate.
I really like the compact size of the Precision Pro because it doesn’t take up a lot of my counter space, which as you know I’m a little limited on. The only negative side of this scale is the quick shut-off time. One minute is just too short of time. It doesn’t leave you much time to grab a spoon or ingredient, etc. if you aren’t already prepared. And once it shuts off, the info is lost. This isn’t a huge deal but one that may be an issue for some bakers.
The tare feature really makes weighing easy because you don’t have to calculate the weight of your plate or bowl yourself. To use this feature, hit the tare button and the Precision Pro weighs it, then deducts it from the total weight after adding your ingredient. Simple!
Something else I like is the smooth stainless steel finish of the platform. It’s quite attractive and easy to clean — with a simple wipe of a wet dishrag. The base of the unit is white plastic, lending the lightweight design, making it much easier to move than an all stainless steel scale.
Converting between measurements is as easy as the push of the “Unit” button. And the large LCD screen makes reading a whole lot easier too.
The bottom of the scale includes 4 rubber feet that grip your counter, preventing the scale from sliding around while in use. Who wants to chase their ingredients around while they’re in the process of creating food? Definitely NOT me! hahaa.
PERFECT GIFT FOR:
This item would make a great gift for the avid baker on your holiday shopping list. It’s simple, sleek, easy to use, and compact enough for any kitchen counter. Plus, it can even be used to calculate your postage!
The Ozeri Precision Pro Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale can be purchased at amazon.com. It retails for approximately $39.99 but is currently on sale for just $18.95.
Unit come with a 1 year warranty.
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