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I went to a 1 hour free cooking demonstration at our Williams-Sonoma store and the chef recommended that we use a kitchen scale to weigh all ingredients for accuracy. Do any of you bakers use a scale?
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Do any of you use a kitchen food scale?

posted at 1/16/2012 5:06 PM EST
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I went to a 1 hour free cooking demonstration at our Williams-Sonoma store and the chef recommended that we use a kitchen scale to weigh all ingredients for accuracy. Do any of you bakers use a scale? If so, what do you recommend?

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posted at 1/16/2012 5:28 PM EST
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Gale,  No,  I have never used a scale.

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posted at 1/16/2012 5:44 PM EST
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I don't own one and have never used one.  I wonder about things like that ....... Where on earth would I put it?!?!

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posted at 1/16/2012 5:57 PM EST
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I use a scale when baking all the time. It's much quicker and more accurate than measuring flour or brown sugar in cups. I am concerned, though, that not all charts agree on how much a cup of all purpose flour or brown sugar, etc. weighs. And, of course, if the recipe wasn't written by someone using a scale, using ounces or grams to measure may not agree with what the author used in his or her recipe.

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I don't own one and have never used one.  I wonder about things like that ....... Where on earth would I put it?!?!
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posted at 1/16/2012 6:28 PM EST
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I had a scale that I used all the time,it was knocked down accidentally and I have't replaced it yet.I used it for weighing pork for making sausage,weighing out my pumpkin puree for pies,and of course what ever needed an accurate measurement.I miss mine.

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posted at 1/16/2012 7:47 PM EST
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I only use a scale to measure for baking when the recipe is written that way! My rule of thumb is, when baking, follow the recipe exactly as written, the first time. Then once you are familiar with it, you can experiment with adding or substituting other ingredients. I like having a kitchen scale on hand for weighing other cooking ingredients such as meats and fresh vegetables. Just remember to always place whatever container you will be using to place the ingredient in on the scale empty first, then set your scale to zero, then proceed to weighing out the product or ingredient in the container. Even if it is just waxed paper! :D Hope this helps!

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posted at 1/16/2012 8:00 PM EST
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GRANA   here;
I found a HIGH QUALITY kitchen scale @Marshall's 20+ years ago& "invested"  under$15 for  it in case ever had  a need for it. In all that time 've needed & used it less than 5 times, but as very glad to have it on hand.
These are the uses  have put it to:
Weighing vs measuring ground  beef to make patties for burgers;I found that 1/2 cup packed, firmly weighs 4 oz.[ 1/4#] 
I've confirmed that  pieceof boneless chicken or steak the size of  a pack of cigarettes weighs about 3 oz ( as I was taught) It makes it easier to gauge portion size when buying meats or helping oneself at a buffet.
  I found that   my store's Produce dept scale  was innacurate( I found the same thing   at  check out but wanted to confirm before  reporting it to the store's mgr.On my next visit the produce ept scale & checkout scale were both the same.
I've sed it "just for fun" to see how much one  peach, potato  or plum weighs.The average potato in a5 # ba is  supposedto be 3 oz..... The  range of sizes in the bag weigh from  2.5 oz to 6 oz; so if trying to count carbs or calories I found it best to bake one larger potato & only eat 1/2... 
Unless ou havespecific need to measureprecisely ( diet Or  a ecipe that calls for weighing ngredients; I thinkyou really do not need akitchen scale; Thatis my own opinion; others may feeldifferently.
 
Was it worth the cost?
No but 've had  fun using it for my own purposes. Itissmall& fitsbehindmymeasuring cup in theupper kitchen cabinet.
I'veread  that in theold days; a pund cake was made from one # each of  butter; flour   & sugar + vanila . I tried to compare that to current recipes &  gave up before completing my self appointed  task.

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posted at 1/16/2012 8:38 PM EST
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I never really saw that much need for one.  I think some diets call for you to actually weigh the food(s).  Probably because it is too easy to estimate in YOUR favor. Wink

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posted at 1/16/2012 9:24 PM EST
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My daughter has just married and moved to England and all of the recipes there use weights instead of volume.  By using weights, you are getting a more accurate measurement, where a cup of flour weighs differently than a cup of sugar.  Look for recipe books from Europe and you won't have to do the conversions!

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posted at 1/16/2012 10:37 PM EST
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Thanks, everyone, for your comments. My conclusion is that I can continue to bake and cook without a scale, unless I find one on deep discount. lol

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posted at 1/16/2012 11:14 PM EST
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I don't have a food scale.  Have often thought of purchasing one, but then always decided  that I'd rather spend the money on a different kitchen item.  So far, have not purchased one.  Probably never will.

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posted at 1/18/2012 9:38 AM EST
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I purchased a food scale years ago. 
I would buy ground beef in 10 pound packages and when I got home I would portion it into 1 pound packages.  The first scale I got was a very inexpensive one and it did the job. 
A few years ago I went to a cooking demonstration given by King Arthur Flour and they suggested using a scale for weighing flour and other ingredients.  I found a nice digital scale on sale and I had a coupon for 20% off and a $10.00 gift card.  So I splurged and got the scale. 
I am glad I got it. I portion out packages for dinners.  I do weigh baking ingredients for some recipes.  I do not use it for all recipes and I guess I should get into the habit.
I keep it in the box it came in and it takes up just about 3 inches tall by 9 inches by 6 inches.  So it fits under or right next to my containers that I keep flour and sugar in.

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posted at 1/18/2012 10:17 AM EST
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I needed to weigh out 3# of ground beef and I found you just have to push the raw meat into a 1 cup measureing cup that is equal to 8oz .2cups equals 1#.This is raw measure if you need 1# of cooked meat you need to remeasure just like you did for the raw meat after cooking.

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posted at 1/18/2012 10:59 AM EST
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I do use a kitchen scale.  It is a handy way to measure out many things and very useful when dividing large packages into what is just right for the two of us.  If we are to have more for a meal just get out more pkgs from freezer.  Some products are cheaper in bulk and the scale makes it easier and quicker to re-package.

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posted at 1/18/2012 11:36 AM EST
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I don't know what i would do without my scale. A few years back i recvd my digital scale as a gift and did not use it right away but once i did I AM HOOKED. But I hate it when the battery goes dead,  my replace battery is about $12.00 with tax. I always double check to make sure I hit the off button when I am done.

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posted at 1/18/2012 12:16 PM EST
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I don't use a scale . I hardly ever unse a measuring cup or measureing spoons.
I use the old style my grandma taught me. A hand full is a cup a pinch is teaspoon
and go from there.

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posted at 1/18/2012 1:15 PM EST
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I have a wimpy one that I bought some time ago.  It came with a plastic 4 cup measuring cup.  I do have to be sure the scale is set to zero before I measure anything into the cup.  I'm not too sure it is very accurate, but it is helpful I think.  I have noticed that many recipes from places like the "Food Channel" are some times by weight.  ( especially Alton Brown's)  Flour seems to be the main ingredient that is weighed.  Some day I may purchase one that is better quality.  However, I think you can do without one.  When I was teaching "Home Ec" I used to tell my students that "Grandma was an artist, so she didn't need to measure everything, but we are scientists and need to measure"  I also told them that measuring leads to consistent results!

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posted at 1/18/2012 4:32 PM EST
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actually i'm on my third and best yet scale----first one was weight watcher's 89 scale which was not truly accurate but worked for that purpose----the second was that cup thing------

then a few yrs ago i 'rescued' a tiny  bedragelled wet kitten that i knew to be about six wks old---when i took her to the vet she weighed less than 6 ozs and i had to weigh her formula for accuracy------------i went to walmart and found a good cooks digital model   for about 20 dollars it is flat and has a removeable tray that is about 10X6 and 2 in deep which you set on it and zero it out and i was able to keep up with her weight until she got more active------happily she survived -------until last november--about 7 or 8 yrs.

and i use my scale a lot as others stated for dividing up bulk purchases  , and meal portions for freezer---baking, etc.---my sister borrows it when they have shelled pecans to sell

i quit trusting the equivalent measures when i found powdered sugar could vary as much as a cup in the different

and nancy g-----------i keep mine in the box because you can set the scale in and turn the tray upside down and it fits right over it  and fits on any of my cabinet shelves

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posted at 1/19/2012 12:00 AM EST
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I don't have a scale, but then all the recipes I use are in cups, teaspoons, etc.  My Mom still has a german scale that she uses for baking.  But then she still has all her recipes written in german too  which lists everything in grams too.  I don't have the patience right now to use it lol.  Maybe someday.

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posted at 1/19/2012 5:52 AM EST
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I have a Weight Watchers scale that I got a long time ago when I was in Weight Watchers.  The only thing I use it for is to way a letter for postage.
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