Digital food scales and more
If you're wondering why your recipes don't always turn out as you expect, have you considered the possibility that you're not measuring your ingredients correctly? In fact, you may not know that regular measuring cups and spoons are not an accurate way of measuring ingredients, because they don't take into account changes in pressure and moisture that can alter the amount of space some types of ingredients take up. These small changes can lead to measurement discrepancies that can ruin your recipes or lead to disappointing results. An accurate kitchen scale is an absolute necessity if you want to be able to make sure your recipes turn out perfect every time.
Choosing Analog or Digital Food Scales
All kitchen scales fall into one of two categories – analog or digital. Analog scales more old-fashioned; they use a simple mechanism and a pointer on a dial that spins around to indicate the weight of your food. Analog scales are small, lightweight and inexpensive, and don't need any electricity to operate, making them quite handy to have around the house.
Digital food scales need to be plugged in (or are battery-powered) and use a digital device to measure the weight of food with a high degree of accuracy. The weight can then be read off a small LCD screen. Unlike an analog scale, electronic food scales can measure a larger range of weight. Analog scales, by contrast, max out at a pre-determined weight, usually 1 to 5 pounds. In addition to this capacity to weigh heavier foods, a digital scale can also be programmed with a number of additional capacities, such as the ability to store weight measurements and calculate fat, calories, carbohydrates, protein or even keep track of weight program points.
Professional Baker's Food Scales
A professional baker's scale is a specialty food scale that is used in the best bakeries and that can achieve additional accuracy over a traditional scale. It is specially calibrated to ensure that readings are perfect every time. These food weighing scales can also be used to calculate the moisture level in certain dry ingredients (as well as other advanced calculations) – just what you need if you're interested in making professional-quality breads, cakes and pastries.