This Kitchen Scale Made Me the Bread Baker I Am Today—and It's on Sale for Under $10
I'm going to put my dad apron on for a minute to talk to you about something important. If you want to be a better baker, you have to start using a kitchen scale.
But I level my tablespoon of baking soda with the back of a knife? That's really good. I'm proud of you. But I pack my brown sugar down to fit in the measuring cup… You sure do. Way to go.
These aren't bad steps. They won't keep you from success. However, crusty boules and enticingly iced cakes require precision.
Weighing ingredients is how you find consistency with cupcakes and reduce the chance that your chocolate won't set up. The good news is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get an accurate digital scale. And the Ozeri Pronto kitchen and food scale, currently on sale for under $10, is where your search should start and end.
To buy: Ozeri Pronto Kitchen and Food Scale, $9 (originally $15) at amazon.com
I use my Ozeri scale every day. It helps me accurately measure flour for cookies and make sure my meatballs for dinner are all roughly the same size. The digital display is easy to read, even when I've got a large mixing bowl on the platform.
The Ozeri scale has five different measurement options: grams, pounds, pounds in ounces, ounces, and milliliters. You can toggle between them to convert measurements too. Most importantly, the tare button lets you subtract the weight of the bowl or previous ingredients to measure what you're adding next.
The scale runs on two AAA batteries and automatically shuts off after two minutes. It's been several years since I last changed the batteries in my scale. The scale is also easy to wipe down with a wet paper towel when you spill flour.
I'm not the only fan of this low slung scale that's small enough to tuck away in a drawer. It has a whopping 58,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. One reviewer called it a "great little scale," and wrote, "I bake nearly every day, and this scale is wonderful for weighing every type of ingredient... It's easy to use, and measures pounds, ounces, milliliters, and grams. It's been an excellent tool for converting recipes using metric measurements without having to actually know the metric system."
A second added, "I've wanted a kitchen scale for a while, but always assumed they'd be expensive. When [I] saw this one—with stellar reviews and costing next to nothing —I bought it with no hesitation. Smart move. I use it every day to measure out chia seeds, nuts, veggies, and protein. Extremely simple to use and accurate to within 1 gram. Also easy to clean up and seems surprisingly sturdy...for the price."
A kitchen scale is a valuable tool for bakers, but also comes in handy when you're portioning out food. Snap up this rare sale on this digital scale before it ends.