EatSmart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale Review

EatSmart kitchen scale

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:

Dry pasta
Dried beans (knowing how much to use from the 25# bag!)
Flour (for exacting bread making)
Fresh fruits
Fresh veggies (especially potatoes in recipes)
Cooked meats (beef or chicken) for the freezer
Shredded cheese (especially when adding to a salad!)
Cheese chunks
Cream cheese (for cheesecakes)

...and anything for which I need to know a calorie count!

EatSmart kitchen scale


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)

Dislikes:

Made in China
The pretty, shiny scale is actually rather plastic-y
The buttons are click-y

EatSmart kitchen scale


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!

Comments

We have a chefmate digital scale. I love having a scale. This one, while it serves its purpose is not the be-all-end -all of kitchen scales. It only weights up to 72 ounces, and there's no way to measure in grams, so you have to convert it in your head. I portion out my ground turkey from costco, trail mix, and breakfast cereal into individual portions , which my hubby takes to work as a snack. I also use it to measure out frozen chicken, say if a recipe calls for 1lb of boneless chicken then I can be more accurate. That's important because I'm I'm watching my caloric intake and extra meat in a recipe can really pack on the calories. My favorite use is measuring out mixes. Say if I want to use a cake mix to make 6 cupcakes instead of 18 then I just break out the scale and divide the mix into 3 equal parts. I put the leftover mixes in zip bags in the freezer with instructions written on them. Then when we want a small dessert, I just pop one out. I also use these to make individual bowl cakes and brownies instead of buying the pricey ones at the store.

I forgot to log in for the previous comment about the chefmate, but I also wanted to say that I love your website/blog! We've tried several of your recipes but my favorites are the italian baked spaghetti squash and italian cheese bread. Thanks for all of the yummy recipes!

Thank you so much! :)

I use my kitchen scale all the time. Mostly for checking serving sizes on food. But I've used it frequently for weighing packages to figure out postage. My husband also took it to our church to weigh cars for the Pinewood Derby.

Beth

I have an older scale that I picked up at a garage sale for $1 last year. It's white and round and not digital. I use it to re-package bulk food... and to weigh packages I want to mail! :-)

The be all, end all of kitchen scales: Salter 5-pound Microtronic Kitchen Scale 

I was in pastry school and used this A LOT, and I have come to the conclusion that three things will survive a nuclear war: cockroaches, twinkies, and salter kitchen scales.

It conveniently moves between lbs, metric, and is delightfully accurate (a must in commercial baking!). The metric system is particularly useful for me, because though I'm an American, I'm a diehard metric user because it makes more sense and is tons more accurate.

I've used this baby to make 30 lbs of brownies, 20 cheesecakes at a time, 10 lbs of bread... man, I love this scale. While in a real commercial kitchen you would use a legit commercial grade scale, I figure anything that can survive 20 students slapping metal bowls on it and measuring out 5 lbs of flour on it day in and day out is worth its salt.

You can also buy ones that weigh up to like 10 lbs and while I don't see myself measuring out 10 lbs of flour at home, the chef student in me gets giddy like a kid in a candy store.

Excuse my kitchen nerdiness.

Excuse my kitchen nerdiness.
I love it, actually! Joshua is all into the scientifics of cooking and baking, and I do find it fascinating! I also love hearing from people who have been to cooking school. There's so much I don't know about cooking!! :)

I have one my husband got for me at Kohls one year. I LOVE IT!!! I also measure flour out this way a lot since it's a lot more precise than just scooping it out of our bin.
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I have a small plastic one that I got several years ago. I mainly use it for canning--when a recipe calls for so many pounds of tomatoes, peppers, etc.
Sometimes I split 50 pounds of flour with a friend and just use the bathroom scale for that!

I cannot believe I ever got along without one. I've had it for about 3 years and it's great for weighing flour, cheese, meat (to divide up large batches) and to divide cake batter evenly between two pans. Once the baby arrives, I plan to use it more for portion control and calorie counting. I have a Salter and I love how it takes up almost no space, and has ounces/pounds as well as grams.

Well, I have been considering getting one for some time to make my bread making and baking more accurate. Does this add much time to your assembly of ingredients? I, truth be told, am a bit of a slow cook (three helpers constantly wanting to help) but yet still do cook and bake lots, so I hesitate to purchase something that is going to slow me down even more. Have you noticed this or am I just being paranoid?
Betsy M

Hi Betsy, I think the scale could speed things up in some cases, and also slow you down in other instances. :) For example, if I want to cook 3 pounds of beans, I find it quick and easy to put the pan on the scale, press "tare" to get a 0, and then pour in the beans. This is probably faster than scooping a certain number of cups... not to mention that I always had trouble getting the right amount of beans in my (biggest) stock pot and not *too many* (which would overflow when it came to a boil)! But I wouldn't say that in general the scale makes me slower OR faster in the kitchen. Just a lot more precise and I know more what I'm doing. Instead of making a casserole and grabbing handfuls of shredded cheese from the 5-pound bag, having no idea how much I am using, it's easy to sprinkle some on and know exactly how much I used. Then I know if it's too much or too little -- I know how much to use next time. I also know exactly how many calories of cheese I am adding to the top of my salad... that sort of thing. Certainly not essential, but very useful! :)

when my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two years ago, knowing the carbohydrate content of foods so that we could administer the right amount of insulin became the highest of priorities. i just went to The Walmarts and bought the digital scale they had on the shelf....it was $29.99. it weighs in ounces or grams, so we can easily use whichever unit suits at the time. it put my mind at ease in those early weeks of learning to live with Diabetes.

nowadays, we find ourselves reaching for it for many reasons. my hubby likes to make all the hamburger patties for grilling the same size and uses the scale for weighing the meat. we've even used it for science experiments!

I just got one when they ran a special at the discount chain here. I got it for 10 euro which is about 13 USD. Mine has pretty much the same features. I love that it sets to zero no matter what bowl I place on it. But mine did not have anything about weighting food for calories.

Germans use weight for all measurements in cooking. So it is essential. Cups and spoons do you no good here, except when making recipes from home :)

But I have found I now often use the scale in lew of cups, sometimes it is really hard to measure right with cups without overpacking. I am trying to learn to bake and anytime I use cups the recipe comes out messed up.

Hey you want to do a post on how to properly measure with cups and spoons? lol

I just need to get more mixing bowls now. I have to wash mine out in between and its a big pain while cooking.

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