A kitchen scale may seem a lot like a bathroom scale — something you buy with the best of intentions and then never use. But wait (weight?) a minute! Not only should you have a food scale in your kitchen, but you should also actually use it. For a few reasons!
If you don't already have one, consider this one from Ozeri, which is a steal at just $11.
3 Reasons You Need a Kitchen Scale
1. It's the better way to measure baking ingredients.
A cup of flour that's scooped out of a canister versus a cup of flour that's spooned into a measuring cup will not yield the same amount of flour. And that can be the difference between a perfect or a collapsed soufflé. If you are a stickler for accuracy, you may rather bake with 200 grams of granulated sugar instead of 1 cup.
2. You can use it to get serious about coffee.
For similar reasons, serious coffee drinkers measure their grounds by weight. There are special coffee scales, but this one has precise graduations of 0.05 ounce (1 gram), so it's a great place to start (although many coffee experts prefer one that measures down to a half gram).
3. It can help you manage portions.
We're listing this reason last because we know it's not exactly the most fun way to look at food. But if you're trying to really get a handle on your serving sizes, a digital kitchen scale can help. You can measure dry pasta, pieces of meat, cheese, and more — which will, in turn, help you manage portion sizes.
Ozeri Food Scale, $11
Do you have a food scale? How often do you use it? Let us know in the comments.