Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kitchen Essentials - Food Scale

So I have to admit, I only recently thought about getting a kitchen scale.  I began making my own bread, and lots of places I looked recommended getting a scale since weighted measurements are much more accurate (an important factor for bread-making).  I have had this OXO Food Scale for a few months now, and I love it!  I use it for more than bread.  I find myself weighing out an ounce of almonds for an afternoon snack to help control my portion size.  But the thing I love best has to do with the fact that I don't like to use canned goods.

Given that I cook my own beans, roast my own pumpkins, etc, recipes that call for "a 15 oz can" of an ingredients have always been a guessing game for me.  Now I can roast and puree a pumpkin and weigh out exactly 15 oz!  Need 10 oz of roasted tomatoes?  No problem!  What about 4 oz of tomato sauce?  Easy!  I love it!

This particular scale is great because it has a "zero" function which allows you to put a bowl, plate, or paper towel on top (which all weigh something!) and zero out the scale so you are only weighing what you are adding in. That feature is also great of you are adding several weighed measurements into a single container.  You can add 16 oz of white flour, zero the scale, and add 5 oz of whole wheat flour.  Sure you could do the math yourself, but who really wants to?  :)

Needless to say, this gadget has become a kitchen essential for me.  I don't even know how I lasted so long without one!  What are your thoughts - do you measure or weigh your ingredients?


  1. I'm British and our recipes always use weights rather than cups - so a set of scales is DEFINITELY essential in any British household! :)

  2. I love my kitchen scale, but my body building son stole it....Now I'm going to have to get another one. Great post!

  3. such a great idea! i am slowly building up my wish list of kitchen items for when i move in with my boyfriend.