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subfuscpersona 11-07-2004 05:39 PM

Do you use a scale for any kind of cooking/baking?
 
do you use a scale for any kind of cooking/baking?

Inquiring minds, accompanied by the idly curious, want to know.

If no, at least say "no". Tell us why you don't use one if you want to.

If yes at least say "yes" ...however, would be nice to know

> what kind of scale (digital or "mechanical") (Make/model would also be nice to know)

> the reason you got it

> how well it works for the purpose(s) you got it for

choclatechef 11-07-2004 05:56 PM

I own a scale, but I don't use it.

It is a wonderful antique cast iron and brass lever scale. It works perfectly, but I don't cook by weight. It is decorative, and it is nice to know that if I ever run across a recipe, where I have to measure by weight, it is there.

marmalady 11-07-2004 06:37 PM

I have a little Salton, I think, digital, that I paid maybe $15 for. Mostly I use it to weigh chocolate, and love it for that!

PS - Tried to weigh the kitten when we got him, but the kitty wouldn't cooperate!

Psiguyy 11-07-2004 06:55 PM

I use my digital scale for baking.

I've converted recipes that I make all the time to weight measures. When you bake with a scale, the measuring out of ingredients goes two times faster and it's more consistant. No need to sift the flour to properly measure. Just dump the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl using the scale and mix it up to "sift."

When making pie crusts, I place the bowl on the scale, and hit tare. I scoop in the flour until it comes up to the right weight. Then add in the salt. Then add the fat by scooping it in. No need to mess up a measuring cup.

Audeo 11-07-2004 07:04 PM

I have a rather new Salton Aquatronics glass doohickey that I am now using for baking, and with great results in improvements. Psiguyy very well described why and how. This is changing dramatically the manner in which I bake bread, especially, and certainly pasta. Recommend one highly.

honeybee 11-07-2004 08:15 PM

do you use a scale for any cooking/baking?
 
Yes, I use a scale from Weight Watchers. It uses two small batteries on its underside. The digital scale can read in either ounces or grams. It comes with a clear plastic bowl but a plate will do, too. Just remember to tare the scale before using. I use it most often for measuring ground beef or chicken I put into bags for the freezer that come from the store in a package of several pounds from the store. I recommend this scale.

scott123 11-07-2004 08:16 PM

I love my digital scale. I was using it once a day, but now I find it an essential tool for almost every meal.

jasonr 11-07-2004 08:19 PM

No one who is remotely serious about baking can do so without a scale. In terms of accuracy, efficiency, and ease of use, measuring by mass is superior in every way to measuring by volume.

Raine 11-07-2004 08:52 PM

Yes, we use a scale. Have a digital one when needing to measures grams/weight for bottling/packing purposes. Then have a food scale we use to weigh out BBQ.

SierraCook 11-07-2004 09:10 PM

Yes, I have a mechanical scale that my mom gave me. I mostly use it for weighing meats, etc. It is really old and I have to adjust it everytime I use it. But I would not trade it for anything.

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