The #1 Must-Have Tool in my Kitchen

This tool¬†has literally changed my life. At least in the kitchen. ūüôā

It has saved¬†time doing dishes, and it’s a vital aid in creating my own recipes and dividing up meals for the freezer. It has also saved me from melting ingredients to fit nicely into measuring cups. Plus, it guarantees a consistent delicious outcome every time I¬†follow the same recipe.

What’s this reliable tool?

A food scale!

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You’re probably thinking, “huh?” And that’s ok.

By asking around, I estimate roughly 20% of people own and use a food scale. If you don’t fall in that 20%, here’s what you’re missing:

First, measuring tricky stuff becomes a LOT easier. Have you ever sifted flour to measure it? It can be tedious. It requires special tools. And it requires washing more dishes when you’re done…

Which brings me to my second point. Washing dishes. Ugh. If you know me, you know this is my least-favorite chore. If you use a kitchen scale, you pop a bowl on the scale, hit “tare” to zero-out the weight on the scale (meaning you won’t need to do any math with the weight of the container or using¬†multiple¬†ingredients), and pour or spoon in your ingredient until you’ve got enough. Voila, finished. Hit tare again, and you’re onto your next ingredient.

How many dishes, measuring cups and spoons have you dirtied? Only one bowl and spoon. Cleanup is easy peasy!

Let’s jump to measuring tricky stuff beyond flour. How about butter out of a tub? Or solid coconut oil? Do you want to spend time shoving them into cups, or melting them for an accurate measurement? Nah. Not me.

Another great example where my kitchen scale made life easier is my recent zucchini bread recipe. Instead of grating my zucchini and then measuring Рa very messy process, let me assure you! РI weighed my zucchini beforehand and knew exactly how much I needed to grate.

If you’re following a recipe where you need to be precise, a kitchen scale will be your savior. If you’re a baker, then you know exactly what I mean. It’s a breeze to¬†replicate the same thing again and again. In fact, newer recipe books are starting to measure not just ingredient volume, but also weight. Doing this¬†is especially helpful if you’re creating your own recipe! Instead of fiddling with cups and spoons, just note the numbers on the scale.

A kitchen scale is also ideal if you’re trying to split leftovers into freezer portions.

Have a small kitchen? No problem. Though they differ in size, kitchen scales are small and hardly take up any room at roughly 6 by 8 inches, and about 1-2 inches in height.

The only drawback I find to a kitchen scale is that I can’t use it to measure spices – the 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon range is low enough in weight that that my scale won’t get precise enough¬†for such a small amount. But still – it leaves me with fewer dishes, and I measure everything else with it.

A scale gives you a choice to use grams or pounds and ounces. I have to tell you, I love using grams. The math is simple and straightforward. If I’m halving or doubling a recipe, the math is very easy, compared to messing with the conversions required between ounces and pounds.

The one thing I DISCOURAGE my clients from using their scale for is dieting. Sure, it’s helpful to know what a serving size is, and how many servings you have in front of you. But the idea of weighing¬†food before eating¬†it, and limiting intake by weight makes me feel deprived. I naturally want to rebel. Instead, I listen to my body’s needs. Am I hungry? Do I need more protein? Grains? Fruits or veggies? What will help my body to feel fueled and energized?

Once you learn how to listen in, your own body will give you the answer – not the kitchen scale.

Just this morning, I whipped up a batch of homemade chocolate Рan insanely easy, healthy recipe with only 3 ingredients. What did I use? You guessed it Рmy kitchen scale! Stay tuned for my homemade chocolate recipe next week. (Not subscribed? Sign up here to get my tips in your inbox.)

Are you ready to get your first kitchen scale? I recommend this one. It has¬†the essential buttons (“tare” and switching between units), measures up to 11 lbs (5 kg), and is¬†very precise, measuring in increments of .1 oz.

Have you used a kitchen scale before? Are you going to start now? Share below!

 

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  1. Love this article. Hadn’t ever though much about using a scale for measuring other than for dieting and as you mentioned is no fun at all. I think I may look into getting a scale. I’m all about making my life easier, especially in the kitchen! Thanks for the tip.

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