American kitchens need more scales. You don’t need a scale in the bathroom; you need it in the kitchen. It’s a great way to both increase precision in baking and cooking and also keep an eye on portion sizes.

Handy uses in the kitchen:
-portion your alcoholic beverages
-measure pasta before cooking
-measure sticky (difficult to pour into and out of measuring cups foods) like peanut butter or honey
-minimize dishes washing by measuring directly into your bowl
-use non-standard egg sizes in your baking recipes that call for large egg (58-60 grams: beat them first)
-making brine for pickles
-create your own recipes
-follow European recipes
-practice with portion sizes for higher calorie foods

Elsewhere:
-weight out craft supplies (*cough* yarn or wool)
-measure pet food (obesity crisis isn’t just for people!)
-measure horse feed (really, someone once was thrilled with her scale for just that purpose)
-weight mail or packages
-doing science projects
-weigh your cat (she probably won’t like it)

Features to look for in a good scale include ease of cleaning, the ability to measure in grams or ounces, and a large/easy to read digital screen. Personally, I have a slim stainless steel topped black plastic model from Germany that measures ounces, grams, pounds and ounces, and millilitres (for water or liquids of similar density). What do you use your digital scale for?

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