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Dec 20, 2005 11:32 AM

Kitchen scale

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An addendum to my request for thermometer advice: I’m also looking to buy an affordable-but-accurate (digital?) kitchen scale. Any advice there?

Thanks again.

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  1. I bought a salter through King Arthur flour and like it a fair amount. I don't have weights to confirm its accuracy.

    1. I don't like my Salter. The automatic shut off is ridiculous -- the scale will turn itself off in the middle of weighing something. So if you've got one bowl, and you constantly add something, return the weight to zero, add something new etc, the scale may turn itself off in the middle of it all.

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      1. re: josephsm

        the truth is, I find the same problem with my salter. i was willing to recommend it, however, because my impression is that they've lengthened the automatic shut off on it from the dismally short it was when i purchased mine (4-5 years ago), to something more reasonable.

        1. re: smokey

          I have a newer Salter, and it doesn't shut off too soon, that I have noticed.
          I resisted using it at first, but now I really like it. I was so surprised to find that many times my measuring cups were WAY off...

        2. re: josephsm

          I have the same problem with my Salter. It's very irritating, especially since it's an intermittent problem. It often will turn off while I'm actually pouring the flour or sugar into a bowl on the scale. The manual indicates it should retain the weight for at least a minute after finishing adding an ingredient, but that's a joke. This scale was a gift and I've had it for 3 or 4 years. Hmmm, I do have over $200 worth of gift certificates to Surfas, maybe I should get a new scale instead of fancy pasta or olive oil.

          1. re: josephsm

            i have this problem as well. at first i thought the battery was dying and replaced it. i've learned to live with it now, and though it's annoying, i do like the scale otherwise. i just make sure to have the ingredients at the ready when weighing.

          2. Cook's Illustrated did a comparison of a zillion different kitchen scales a few years back. Unfortunately, you probably have to pay $ to search their website but maybe someone here has a subscription and could do that for you?

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            1. re: Joy
              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

              Darn tootin' I have a membership.

              The one they recommend is the Soehnle Futura, priced about 80 bucks at Sur La Table.

              I have a generic digital scale from Target for 30 and have found it to be perfectly serviceable, though not at sleek as the Futura.


              1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                That was the brand I had my eye on, they had scales from $20 and up.

                1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                  There's a soehnle futura scale on right now for $48. Good deal.