Why you need a digital kitchen scale

Why you need a digital kitchen scale

You would be hard pressed to find a recipe that calls for a “teaspoon” of bread; or a milliliter of raw coconut. Solid ingredients are much harder to measure than liquids, no question there and I clarified this science further with my digital kitchen scale. My Sister-in law gave it to me after buying a new-slimmer model – that wasn’t all that costly for a bag sized- easy to carry everywhere digital food scale. I was thrilled to get her old one; it was a mini-modified version of scales you see in supermarkets - a triad of chains held a silver substance bowl – a set of 3; small, medium and large. Cleans up easy and fits neatly, in my kitchen cabinet. Instead of a clock-face with arrows – it’s a numeric display screen at the top of the unit - Metric is the default display, but you can switch to imperial if you prefer to see lbs – like my Mom does!

When I got the digital kitchen scale, I was in the process of teaching my then 8 yr. old daughter how to make peanut butter - brown sugar cookies from scratch! She loved to stick peanut butter and brown sugar in regular measuring cups, but loading it onto the silver scale bowls was way cooler. She soon learned how to work the digital display settings, from bright to low light and switching liters into gallons!

It can reveal the “sciences” of substance & matter form – like mine did!

We noted the 1st cup of brown sugar at 190 grams. It was very clumpy and sat uneven in the scale bowl. The next cup of brown sugar was more smooth and drier then the last and sat more evenly in the scale bowl – weighed 145 grams? Similar amounts in a measuring cup, were different using a digital kitchen scale – more solidified forms weighed more compared to semi- softer-drier versions of same material - make sense to you? Works for me, but I’m still on a learning curve and a far cry from peak point!

All the same, where does the 45 gram difference go? Simple evaporation, or off in space exploration - maybe it hangs in sub-atomic particles? I have no solid answers!

The digital kitchen scale is pin-point accurate with liquid measures – to the litre, but solid mass wavers by matter of format. This, I believe, is what my digital kitchen scale taught me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong - or doing something right, but don’t know it yet? That’s my personal equation, but then again math is not my forte!

~ Epilogue ~ the digital kitchen scale make a significant impact towards having a more consistent taste pattern in every batch of cookies. Before the digital kitchen scale, the cookies were highly flexible and at times, volatile in taste results - especially when my daughter mixes - they turn out too sweet or not at all. The digital kitchen scale removes guesswork and displays the precise amount needed for perfect batches - every time!  

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