I don’t know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. It is so important. Look at salt for example. 1 cup of table salt has almost twice as much salinity as a cup of Morton’s kosher salt because Morton’s kosher salt has more air space between the grains. But a pound of all salts contain exactly the same amount of sodium chloride. Without a scale, making a brine requires a calculator.
Flour and sugar have the same problem. Packed flour or loose flour. Big diff. And if the amount of flour is off in your recipes, it can make them fail.
My favorite scale is from OXO. It can weight accurately up to 11 pounds as well as fractions of an ounce. Push a button and it converts to metric. Put the bowl on the scale and push a button and it zeros out so the bowl’s weight is not included. If the bowl extends over the scale, the display on this one pulls out so you can still see the weight reading. Genius. And the top comes off for easy cleaning. Trust me. It will change your life.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
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