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Digital Scale Kitchen - How to Select and Use a Digital Scale: Kitchen Essentials

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For the aspiring chef, one piece of equipment that is often forgotten, but is truly necessary is the Digital Scale. Kitchen equipment such as measuring cups and spoons are fine for casual cooking, but in really professional level baking you will find ingredients listed by weight, not volume. Using a scale isn’t all that hard, but it takes a bit of getting used to.

Which Scale to get?
You can spend up to $100 on a digital scale, but you just don’t need that kind of accuracy in the kitchen. For about $20-30 you can get a perfectly good scale that will weigh your ingredients accurately, and provide good results when you cook. Most of your measuring will be for baking, in fact, and relatively small variations can lead to very different results in this field. That is why weighing is better than measuring when you bake.

What to Look for
Just being digital isn’t enough. You want a scale that can tare out. That means you can place a bowl on your scale, reset the weight to zero, and then add your ingredients. This will give you an accurate measure, and it is easier than trying to do subtraction while measuring.

Another feature you want to consider is the total weight the scale can measure. Since you will inevitably be placing bowls on the scale and then adding weight you want a scale that will take at least 10 pounds, 15 is better.

Pick a scale that has a large bottom, is well balanced and has a large, clear display. You don’t want to have to move the bowl around to try to see the display or have the scale tip if you have an unbalanced load.

Some digital scales come with a matching bowl. That can be a useful feature, as long as the bowl is large enough to take all of your ingredients.

Using your Scale
Once you have settled upon which scale you want, you can use it to measure in two fashions. As mentioned before you can place a bowl on the scale plate, tare out the scale and add your ingredients. Another option is to use parchment paper on the plate, add your ingredients and pour them into a bowl. For dry ingredients, or small quantities I like using paper, for larger amounts, or wet ingredients I use a bowl.

Now, here is the real benefit to using a scale and a bowl. Once you have weighed out your first ingredient you can zero out the scale again and simply add the second ingredient to the same bowl. When everything is measured properly, you only have one bowl to clean.

That’s it. It is no more complicated than that. Hopefully this information has given you the confident to get your own digital scale. Kitchen life will never be the same.

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