Q: I want to try making macarons (the French ones, not the Italian ones
with coconut) but all the recipes I've read say I need a scale to measure out the ingredients.
Is it possible to make French macarons without a scale?
Sent by Esther
Editor: Esther, it depends on how precise you want to be. With a little research online you can convert the weight measurements in a macaron recipe into volume. But this will be less precise than the weight measurements, and honestly, it's a lot of work. Why not pick up a scale? It's an easy way to know that you have your measurements right, and they're quite inexpensive. Here are a couple that are only $10:
• Terraillon 4-Pound Add and Weigh Kitchen Scale, Silver, $9.99 at Amazon
• American Weigh Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale, $10.35 at Amazon
Readers, any advice for Esther?
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