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Old 10-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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I recently bought a food scale. I've heard that using a scale to measure for ingredients is a better method. What are your thoughts on food scales. Do you use them? How and why?

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Old 10-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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I only use scale for baking.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Its one of the few gadgets that I dont have.

It's really only needed, like Charlie says, for baking because that is much more chemistry-dependent and thus correct measurements are important.

You need recipes that give weights, also.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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I use a scale regularly. It has become indispensable for me. I am converting all my baking recipes to weights as I use them. I also use it for portion control and because I'm pretty anal dividing things evenly.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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I use mine quite a bit. If you're dieting, they're especially nice for weighing portion sizes. Also comes in handy for weight measurements in European recipes.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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Some cookbooks only use weight for recipes, so a scale is the only way to go.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #7
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I make a lot of Danish food and all the non-liquid ingredients are by weight. I really like the tare function. I weigh something into a mixing bowl, zero it and weigh the next ingredient into the same bowl.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #8
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I have quite a few recipes that call for 2 pounds of potatoes or a pound of grated cheese. My scale is handy for that. I also use it when I'm cutting large roasts into smaller pieces, or dividing a few pounds of ground beef to freeze, so I have 1-pound packages, and when I'm canning, to measure a pound of various veggies.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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I have a Salter scale and have had a scale for years. Probably close to or more than 20 years and I'd be lost without it.

I use it for all kinds of recipes, not just baking. One of the things I appreciate about using a scale when I cook is that I soil far fewer measuring cups and spoons as I cook, which makes cleaning up quicker and easier.

I also find it quite useful for buying foods in bulk quantities and dividing it up in portions that we most often use.

My previous scale "died" a couple of years ago and I was lost without it the few days it took to get a new one. I didn't realize I depended on my scale so much.

As taxlady already mentioned, the tare function is most helpful.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:22 PM   #10
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I bought mine on sample sale. Paid 10 bucks for a $70 dollars scale. I wish I knew at the time what a great deal that was. I would have bought all 4 or 5 samples they had. I probably would even use more.
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