Weigh to Measure: The Next Chapter
One of the first posts I wrote was about using a food scale to measure dry ingredients for baking. (See "Weigh to Measure (or how tis old baker learned a new trick!" - February 27, 2015). And I stand by that post. Weighing your dry ingredients is definitely better than using the volume measurement because it is more accurate. I'm writing an update today to show you my new OXO food scale.
My first food scale many years ago was an inexpensive model that I bought at a local housewares store. I used it for a while but I wasn't really satisfied with it because it did not give measurements in grams nor did it let me fine tune measurements in pounds and ounces to the 1/8 of an ounce.
So I was in search of another scale. I found exactly what I was looking for on King Arthur Flour's web site - my beloved Escali scale. This scale was exactly what I was looking for. Imperial measurements (pounds and ounces) came in 1/8 of an ounce. I could measure just ounces. I could also convert measurements to grams. Why is this important? Well, if you look at the nutritional panel on many food packages, servings are often given with conversion to grams. For example, on the side of the bag of quinoa that I buy, I am provided with the weight measurement for 1/4 cup of quinoa (90 grams). This makes measuring quinoa easy peasy.
My Escali scale could accommodate up to 11 pounds and was preprogrammed with many common weight measurement conversions. We used the scale every day to measure out coffee beans for our morning cup of java and to measure out my dogs' dry kibble for the day. My Escali was an expensive tool but was well worth it.
With years of daily use, my Escali finally gave out. So off to the Internet I went in search of another scale. The same Escali model that I had is still available and is still expensive. I didn't really need all that scale. I never used the preprogrammed measurement conversions and if I used a plate or large bowl to hold the food I was measuring, I had a hard time seeing the readout panel. So I looked for a more reasonably priced scale that still provided me with the measurement options that I wanted and the reliability that I need.
Enter America's Test Kitchen. Have you ever seen that program? I enjoy watching it not only for the recipes but also for the kitchen equipment tests and recommendations. ATK explains its tests and what it likes about a particular item. Checking ATK's recommendations on food scales lead me to select the OXO food scale.
The OXO food scale comes in two sizes - 5 pound capacity and 11 pound capacity. I didn't need the larger capacity so I settled on the smaller 5 pound capacity scale. The OXO lets me measure to the 1/8 of an ounce AND to the gram, both of which I need. Plus the read out panel can be pulled out from the scale so that you can read it if your measurement vessel (plate, bowl, etc.) hangs over the edges of the scale. You can also use the zero button when you are measuring multiple ingredients in the same bowl. Plus, the small size of the scale makes it easy to store in a drawer.
Finally, the OXO 5 pound food scale was available for a very reasonable $29.95 at my local Target store.
So, if you are in the market for a food scale, you may want to consider the OXO 5 pound scale. Happy baking dear friends!