Any TSA agent who has checked my bag for the past few years has found laptop chargers, gummy bears, headphones, a softcover book, and the OXO Good Grips 5-Lb. Food scale with sliding display. Yes, if I am traveling to a friend or family member’s house for an extended period and plan to cook, I will bring my own kitchen scale.
If you look at any baking recipe, you will inevitably find two sets of ingredient measurements. One set gives an approximate measurement using cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons, while the other lists ingredient amounts by weight. Good baking is all about making sure the ratios between ingredients are just right – a cup of heavy flour or a cup of loose brown sugar can mean the difference between delicious and inedible. Spending money on a kitchen scale might seem silly when you already have a set of measuring cups, but you’ll save money in the long run since you’ll never have to throw food away because of a Recipe gone wrong.
There is a huge market for kitchen scales, but OXO checks all the necessary boxes for both amateur and professional chefs. It can measure ingredients in grams, ounces, and pounds, and you can switch between these units by pressing a button on the right side of the scale. A large, clear display shows units and updates in real time so you don’t accidentally add too much ingredient.
The scale also has a “zero” button, which you can use to reset its measurements between ingredients. Using this feature allows you to cook without having to remember how many grams of flour you had in your bowl before adding your sugar. The two knobs of the OXO Good Grips 5-Lb. The food scales are elevated, so they’re easy to find and make a satisfying click when pushed. It looks like an insignificant feature, but it means there’s no ambiguity as to whether a button has been pressed.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve had with food scales is that their screen is impossible to read if you’re measuring ingredients into a large bowl. OXO solved this problem by making the screen of this food scale removable. You can easily turn off the screen so it’s clearly visible when you’re adding ingredients, then turn it back on when you’re done. The screen magnetically attaches to the scale and automatically snaps back into place. OXO also addressed the issues I had with food scale portability, as their food scale runs on a pair of AA batteries.
The only way to test a food scale is to rely on it for a series of cooks, which is what I did. I have used the food scale to make bread dough, pizza dough, a variety of cookies, brownies, pancake and waffle mixes, assorted cake mixes, fruit pies, pastry dough, patties and crumbs. Every recipe turned out great – the only exceptions being human error, not a scale issue. The proof, in this case, was literally in the pudding. If the measurement of the kitchen scale was wrong, delicate recipes like bread dough would have been immediately ruined beyond repair.
A kitchen scale is generally thought of as a baker’s tool, but there are plenty of tasty applications too. I used this tool to make sure all the burgers I cooked were the same weight, so they cooked at the exact same time. Ditto for dishes like pulled pork, which require a specific amount of meat to ensure juicy and tender results.
If you’re serious about baking and cooking and aren’t satisfied with the results of your recipes, OXO’s 5-Lb. The food scale with sliding display may very well be the key to your success. You’ll know the amount of ingredients you’re using is just right every time you make a recipe, ensuring you’ll get identical results every time. A big part of cooking successfully is having confidence and using OXO’s 5-Lb. The food scale with sliding display is an easy way to boost yours. Be careful though, you risk taking it with you every time you go on a trip.
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