Last fall, Joshua surprised me by ordering an EatSmart Precision Pro kitchen scale! I had been wanting a kitchen scale for various reasons, but hadn't taken the time to research and figure out which scale would work best for us. What a fun surprise to have a kitchen scale! And I have indeed been using it regularly since.
Between shopping at Costco, bulk food stores, and co-ops, many of our groceries come in bulk quantities. While it's quite possible to just take wild guesses when making a recipe, it's been extremely handy to have a scale for measuring things. And I've found it's much easier to create a new recipe with exact measurements now that I can weigh how much I'm using!
Some of my favorite items to weigh:
Dried beans (knowing how much to use from the 25# bag!)
Flour (for exacting bread making)
Fresh veggies (especially potatoes in recipes)
Cooked meats (beef or chicken) for the freezer
Shredded cheese (especially when adding to a salad!)
Cream cheese (for cheesecakes)
...and anything for which I need to know a calorie count!
This food scale came with a calorie factor booklet, which is a guide to figuring out how many calories are in anything from a banana to watermelon to lettuce to chicken breast to oats.
The "calorie factor" is how may calories are in each gram of food. Pineapple, for example, has a calorie factor of .50 which means that there is half a calorie in each gram of fresh pineapple. I weighed my bowl of pineapple (290 grams) and was able to quickly figure the calories: 145.
This has made it very easy to keep track of calories while eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies!
I also find it's easier to weigh a serving of cheese, chips, nuts, etc. than to measure or try to count (chips).
Features I like about the EatSmart food scale:
Weighs up to 11 pounds
Has a TARE feature, allowing me zero the scale with weight on it
Easy to use
Seems accurate, even for fairly small measurements (I use grams a lot)
Made in China
The pretty, shiny scale is actually rather plastic-y
The buttons are click-y
Before I started keeping track of calories, I used this scale a few times a week. After starting to use it for food portion sizes and calorie counting, I found myself reaching for the scale many times each day!
Do you have a kitchen scale? I'd love to hear your favorite uses for it, as well as what kind of scale you own!