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Weighing the Food Not the Fat!
Try asking an old Hungarian woman for a recipe. A little of this and a little of that. How much much? "You need to feel it!". Well what might have worked 35 years ago doesn't work anymore today. Today we need precise measurements.

So precise that with today's sophisticated recipes the old fashioned even measuring cups just aren't good enough anymore. They are routinely off by 10% even for the most careful cooks with the steadiest hands. This can vastly alter the taste of that recipe you were given that was supposed to be "Oh so good!"

Enter the world of digital food scales. They will change your cooking forever. 35 grams are now 35 grams and your food will taste just like the professionals. You no longer will wonder why their's is so good and yours, well...

But with the wealth of choices out there what kind of scale should you buy? The good news is that although accuracy is the most important thing, after all it is a scale, all modern day scales are incredibly accurate. So what differentiates them besides price? Here are some tips.

  1. Size and space of scale - Users prefer compact models. Your kitchen may not be big enough for another machine taking up more space then it has to. While a cool design is nice make sure its sleek also because you want to be able to put it away when you aren't using it and you don't want to look at it alday.
  2. Tare function - Tare features reset the scale to zero, allowing users to easily weigh ingredients without having to account for the weight of the container. It also allows you to add more ingredients to a batter without weighing it separately.
  3. Seamless buttons - If the buttons have spaces around them you can be sure it will collect flour and other ingredients and stop working after a while. Get one with with seamless buttons that can't collect dirt and grime.
  4. Removable platform - If the platform removes from the base it will be much eaiser to clean it ater you finsh using it without ruing the whole machine.
  5. Capacity - Most scales have 5 pounds capacity with some going ver 10 pounds. SInce you are measuring ingredients not sacks of potatoes the 5 pound should be sufficient
  6. Easy to read display - Larger bowls and platters can obscure tiny display panels, making it hard to read measurements. Look for a scale with a very large display. Also some come with a backlight to make it easier to rad even when blocked by shadows and poor lighting.
  7. Nutritional scale - Some scales come with nutritional info. You type in what food you are measuring and it gives you a full nutritional readout. This may be helpful for someone with health issues or on a strict diet that requires this type of scrutiny.

There are lots of scales to choose from and you should look around. We are going to make our suggestions from our research and it is the OXO Good Grips 5-Pound Black Food Scale with Pull-Out Display. Aside from being highly acclaimed with great reviews and user satisfaction, tt meets the criteria most of the we set which includes,

  • Nice and sturdy design
  • great price
  • Display pulls away from base to prevent shadowing from large plates or bowls
  • Convenient indicator displays how much capacity is left on the Scale
  • Zero function allows for zeroing Scale before adding additional ingredients
  • Easy-to-read , large numbers
  • Thin profile allows for easy storage

You can buy this scale at Amazon for $29.99. Click here to see

 
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