Found a great article online about kitchen scales and their importance. Never thought of it this way but maybe that's why my cookies suck?
8, 2017, 5:00pm
If there is one kitchen tool that can improve the quality and
consistency of your cooking, it's the digital scale. Unlike measuring things by
volume, weighing out your ingredients eliminates any doubt you may have about
whether you're "doing it right."
Beyond giving you peace of mind, a scale can improve the
quality of your culinary life like so:
- It will make your baking
better: A cup of flour may seem like a
pretty easy thing to measure, but not everyone scoops the same way. In
fact, Cook's Illustrated found that using
the "dip and sweep" method can result in a variance of up to 20%
by weight. Weighing your dry ingredients ensures you're
following the recipe as precisely as possible, resulting in consistently
perfect baked goods.
- It will give you a handle on
portion control: It's extremely
hard to estimate portion size by looks alone, and a scale can help you
gain a better understanding of exactly how much of everything you consume
on a daily basis. It's also a game-changer when it comes to portioning out
burgers, dividing bread dough into loaves, and making sure your top and
bottom pie crusts are the same size.
- You can play around with
Molecular gastronomy can be a ton of fun — for example, with just a little
sodium citrate, you
can make a gooey cheese sauce from almost any cheese — but
recipes that rely heavily on chemistry require precision, and a scale is
crucial for measuring out exact amounts of cutting edge ingredients.
Of course, not all kitchen scales are created equally, so pick
a good one. Any lightweight,
accurate scale that can convert between metric and imperial units will treat