I had a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma and for a few weeks I agonized over what to purchase with it (okay, I'm exaggerating a little ... I didn't really agonize over it). Well, this past weekend it occurred to me that something I could use is a kitchen scale.
Sometimes when I'm baking I find that a scale would be a handy tool. For example, I made warm chocolate puddings for Valentine's Day and needed 4 ounces of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. I had a bag of bittersweet chocolate chips, partially used. Do you know how it can be hard to measure things like chocolate chips in ounces using a measuring cup? Well, now it's easy and accurate with my new scale!
The one I chose is this electronic model by Salter for Williams-Sonoma. I like it for its small size (easy to store) and touchless tare feature. Simply place a bowl on the scale, wave your hand over the right side of the scale to zero it out, then add the ingredient you want to measure until it reaches the correct weight. You can also use this feature to add more ingredients to the same bowl and weigh up each ingredient's precise amount.
My husband made me laugh ... he said now he won't be able to steal a few chips from the bowl and go undetected. Very true!
So tell me, do you use a kitchen scale when cooking?