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Jan 8, 2009 08:03 AM

Where can I find a scale for home baking?

I'd like to buy a scale that is sensitive enough to measure very light amounts of flour and sugar. I see some scales that are intended for home cooking but shows up to 22 lbs. of weight. It doesn't say how accurate it is for very small amounts of measurements of dry and liquid ingredients.

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  1. The monitors may move this to the Cookware thread, where there are lots of posts on kitchen scales, in case you want to read some old posts on the subject.

    I just bought an Oxo food scale with a digital, backlit display to replace the ancient scale I had, and I love it. It measures very small amounts well - my husband is a homebrewer and he can weigh hops in amounts as small as a few grams. And it measures in both metric (grams) and imperial (down to 1/8 oz), which is nice for those of us with European cookbooks! It's rather expensive (I paid around $50 online), and I'm sure you can get cheaper, but since it's got the features I needed it was worth the price for me.

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    1. re: RosemaryHoney

      Darn I didn't know about that forum. I apologize.

        1. re: foodsmith

          Yep - that's it. It has a few features that I especially like, including the ability to pull out the display when I've got a big bag of grains on it. The tray is also large enough to handle a big bowl, a big floppy bag of grains, or a bunch of apples. The display is also backlit, which I thought seemed a little silly, until I got the scale. Now I love that feature - it makes is really easy to read. Like greygarious, I'm not typically a purveor of digital devices, but when you want to measure very small amounts, it's especially helpful. The Oxo scale goes from 1/8 oz to 11 pounds with a lot of accuracy and because it's digital, it's very easy to read the increments accurately. Love it.

      1. I bought a digital scale at Linens and Things that works just fine. It measures in increments of 1/8th of an ounce. I can't remember what brand it was, but I'll look at it tonight when I get home, if you don't find another idea before then.

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        1. re: Morganna

          Thanks, and you feel that it has turned out accurate? And its meant for the kitchen? Is it mechanical or digital and does anyone know which is better?

          1. re: foodsmith

            I never buy digital anything if I can get mechanical - cheaper and less likely to malfunction. I'll bet there's a wide variety of scales on eBay. I have a Terraillon spring-operated kitchen scale but also a beam scale that I got from a scientific supply catalog (ages ago), which has quarter-ounce increments, up to 8 lbs. It was for monitoring kittens when I raised and showed Siamese and Orientals.

            1. re: greygarious

              Don't buy a mechanical scale for baking! A mechanical scale may be cheaper than a digital one, but that's about all it has going for it. Digital scales are much more accurate, easier to read, can be tared much more easily, and can switch between units much more easily. Mechanical spring scales also wear out over time, becoming less accurate. That's a pretty serious 'malfunction'.

            2. re: foodsmith

              It's been very accurate, and I've had it for over two years with no problems at all. It hardly has any moving parts and lasts and lasts. I haven't even had to change the batteries that came with it yet. It's perfect for baking. :)

              I should add that I use it nearly every day, and sometime I use it every day, or several times a day, depending on the day. I needed to be keeping track of our food in great detail for a while. :)

          2. Think about the amounts you'll be weighing. Is accuracy to 1 gram good enough, or do you need tenths of a gram? Will you be weighing 22 lbs of anything? And unless you're good with fractions, I'd buy one that shows decimals.

            Also see that it's easy to clean. I love my scale, but over the years flour and spilled coffee (ahem) has got under the readout panel, and annoys the heck out of me. And although you won't have to replace batteries often, compare types and number of batteries you'll have to buy.

            1. How light is very light?

              In my experience higher precision generally comes at the expense of lower capacity. That is, scales that measure in fractions of grams usually max out at less than 1kg (for reference 1kg = 2.2 lb).

              22lbs of capacity is pretty beefy but remember that you also have to put whatever you are weighing in a container that could potentially weigh a few pounds all by itself.

              I currently have a Myweigh KD-7000 and have been very happy with it. It measures down to 1 gram, capacity of 7kg (15lb) and it also has a shield that protects the controls that can be removed for cleaning and a removable stainless tray. There is also a KD-8000 model now with an 8kg/18lb capacity that also can measure in bakers percentages which is fairly interesting.

              1. Check out Old Will Knott Scales. I purchased a My Weigh digital scale from there and I'm very happy with it. I ended up at Old Will Knotts after reading about digital scales on - there's a very good article on choosing a scale.


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                1. re: janniecooks

                  I love my Weight scale, but ordered from Amazon, as I got a great deal on it! All this is in another thread!

                  1. re: janniecooks

                    I second Old Will Knot and a My Weigh scale. I have had my 6001 scale for about 4 years now. It is accurate down to grams and has a capacity of about 13 lbs. OWK has good prices, too.