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I'm thinking of purchasing a kitchen scale since I've never owned one. Any recommendations? I looked at Amazon.com...there are so many choices...can't decide.
 
Posts: 80 | Registered: Sep 01, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I bought one about 2 years ago becasue I like to cook from British cookbooks but I must admit that I don't use it as much as I thought I would. I can't remember what I have but it is taking up valuable real estate in my kitchen cabinet.

Martha
 
Posts: 5398 | Location: On the prairie of Kansas | Registered: Dec 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I used my scale this very afternoon to divide a brownie mix in two. DH and I don't need an entire mix at one time, and this helps to get the parts even. I have some baking recipes that list the ingredients by weight; makes it handy to do that. I divide family packages of meat into meal-size ones with the aid of the scale, too. I use it a lot.

I just let my Cook's Illustrated membership lapse just two days ago, or I'd look up their recommendation for you. I'm using a cheapie spring type (non-electronic) one I've had for decades. It's accurate enough for my needs. Its two biggest pluses is that it has a bowl that doubles as a cover and it's small enough to fit into a drawer. I haven't seen anything that resembles it around these days. If I'd have to replace it tomorrow, I think I'd go with the Oxo 5-lb. model because of the ton of good reviews it has at Amazon. Although, I like the one I attached a picture of below. It is designed like the one I'm using... The bowl flips over and acts as the cover, and it's mechanical too. I'm not big into electronics that fizzle out too soon.

You ideally will want a scale with a "tare" feature, meaning you can add an ingredient to weigh it, tare to 0, add the next ingredient by weight and so on.

 
Posts: 4341 | Location: zone 6b, Missouri | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I just purchased a new one late last summer and I really like it. Found it in a Wms Sonoma store. Flat, glass topped Salter brand. What I like about it is I can weigh my own plate or bowl first, just push a button to zero the scale and then add what I want to measure into the bowl, plate, etc. It also weighs to 1/8 of an ounce which I knew would be handy.
It is battery operated, slim and stores in a small space.
It was about $50. but I knew that going into my shopping.
I've replaced the old spring loaded scales readily available - Pampered Chef, WW, Etc.
 
Posts: 2639 | Location: Midwest | Registered: Nov 29, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thanks everybody for your suggestions and information...so helpful!
 
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To save real estate and because I mainly needed it for my office I bought a digital postal scale. It has the tare feature so I can put a bowl on it and zero it out to use for foods and still have it for determining postage. It has the added advantage of being much smaller than a kitchen scale.

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Posts: 3395 | Location: Coastal SC | Registered: Jan 10, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have one kept on the counter in my small kitchen. A friend gave it to me. I use it a lot as I always weigh our pasta portions. I also use it to weigh meat that has come packaged in larger amounts than I want to use at one time.

This may be an antique, I don't know but it weighs up to 3 lbs. I do use it three or four times a week.

Although I begrudge the space I love the utility.

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I have and like a Soehnle Magnum digital scale. Max capacity 9 lbs - be read in either English or metric units (at least could before the switch was broken) - has a tare feature.



Martha

 
Posts: 6989 | Location: Montana | Registered: Mar 25, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by lady of shallot:
I have one kept on the counter in my small kitchen. A friend gave it to me. I use it a lot as I always weigh our pasta portions. I also use it to weigh meat that has come packaged in larger amounts than I want to use at one time.

This may be an antique, I don't know but it weighs up to 3 lbs. I do use it three or four times a week.

Although I begrudge the space I love the utility.


That is beautiful - I'd have it out even if I never used it.
 
Posts: 3395 | Location: Coastal SC | Registered: Jan 10, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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LOVE the antique!

Mine is a Taylor with tare feature. It weighs up to 5 pounds.

 
Posts: 16466 | Location: Daingerfield, TX | Registered: Feb 07, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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