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Old 11-07-2004, 11:00 PM   #11
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I use a Salter digital scale.

In addition to weighing ingredients for recipes that give weight measure, I use it for portion control (weight management is a constant problem) and to portion a large batch of food into meal sizes.
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Old 11-08-2004, 02:53 AM   #12
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Yep. I have a little dinky plastic mechanical scale - just about the only kind available here. Most of the recipes I've encountered out here are by the weight, not volume, so it's essential. I also find it's much more accurate than measuring by volume.
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Old 11-08-2004, 04:29 AM   #13
 
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It looks like I am definitely in the minority on this one.

I guess I will content myself with the fact that people have been baking excellent goods for many years without weighing.

I guess it does save time, but I am retired, and time saving is not such a big deal to me that I must needs learn a new method at my age; and lord knows I will never learn the metric system!
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:15 PM   #14
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I use a scale mostly when I make jam/preserves/marmalades.

The scale I got is mechanical, made by Soehnle, weighs up to 15-lbs and is 5-6 years old. When you're just trying to weigh out pounds of fruit and sugar for spreads, it's close enough.

For serious baking (where you need to get down to ounces or grams) I would pony up the extra $$$ and go with a good digital scale.
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:23 PM   #15
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Another Luddite here. Never had one, never used one. I get by OK.
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:26 PM   #16
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I don't have one so I don't use one. I would like to have one though, just in case I ever need it. I have never needed one before but I am one of those people who save things because I never know when I might need them. It's amazing how many times I have thrown something away & then in just a few days realize that I needed it for something. I guess it's the pack rat in me. :oops:
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:54 PM   #17
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Pack-Rat Law #1 - you never need the thing you haven't needed for 20 years until 2 days after you finally threw it away.
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:56 PM   #18
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Amen to that Michael!
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Old 11-08-2004, 07:08 PM   #19
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I should mention that I also have an old Taylor spring scale that was my mother's. I use ti portion out foods to pack for the freezer. For instance, I'll buy 20 lbs of hamburger on sale. I portion it out into 1 and 2 lb bags. Hard to do that by eye, hence the scale.

If you have a really accurate scale, you can use it to count coins to put into rolls. Just weigh the proper amount of coins once. Then weigh the rest.

You can also use it as a postage scale. Again, assuming it's accurate enough.
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:02 PM   #20
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Oh golly .... crewsk and I are bonding ......
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