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Dec 10, 2013 09:41 AM

Scale for molecular gastronomy

I am looking for a quality (both accurate and precise) scale as a gift for someone interested in molecular gastronomy. From everything I've read, I know I will want a scale that can measure .1 g... I know there are small pocket scales out there, along with more expensive lap scales. What works best? Is the least aggravating? Most reliable? Right now, I found a Zieis scale that can measure in increments of .1g and go up to 6.6lbs, which would be great for its versatility. (FWIW, It's around 60 dollars.)

What do people recommend?

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  1. Sorry I didn't see this sooner! I own and love this scale:

    It weighs things in grams or ounces, it has the tare feature so I can put an empty container on it, reset it to zero, then weigh liquid or dry ingredients. The scale is very accurate, easy to read, and for me its easy to store... It sits on its side between the wall and my Soused Vide Supreme. This scale replaced one I paid four times as much for! And this one is more reliable! Don't miss the color and design choices. Mine is black. EASY to clean with Windex.

    Hopefully you haven't finished shopping already!

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    1. re: Caroline1

      hungrychick, my apologies for the wrong information! I "knee jerked" when I saw you had asked ten days ago and had no responses! No answer is always better than a wrong answer!

      And Paul, thank you for the link! I've been looking at Ohaus scales for a while but have never seen one that low in price. Amazing!

      1. re: Caroline1

        What size is it? That info was missing in the writeup.

        1. re: Sharuf

          The $20.00 one measure up to 500 grams in 0.1 increments, and the $25.00 model will weigh up to 100 grams in 0.01 increments. If anyone needs to go finer than that, they're going to need an elctron microscope as well! '-)

          1. re: Caroline1

            I was asking about the physical size of the gizmo. i.e.. "footprint".

            1. re: Sharuf

              From an Amazon page for one of these jewler scales:
              "Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 5.8 x 1 inches ; 5.6 ounces"

              1. re: Sharuf

                Okay! No more egg nog for me! '-)

                1. re: Sharuf

                  Maybe this will help? The hexagon on the platform is a dish to put ingredients in.


            Modernist Pantry offers 2 scales, a 500 to 0.1g, and 100 to 0.01g. I figure the 0.1g accuracy is sufficient for me. That's on my Santa list.

            I already have two conventional digital scales that handle 11lb to 1g. I don't need to measure 3000gm to a sub gm accuracy.

            The recipes that came with my MG kit call for quantities like 0.3g or 2g of the chemicals, to be used with 200ml of water, or 200g of fruit. Using separate scales for small and large quantities makes as much sense as using both measuring spoons and measuring cups.

            1. Several scales are recommended on the MC equipment list, from <$10 - $40.


              1. I use a Tanita jeweler's scale. Measures up to 200 g in increments of 0.01g. Also comes with a calibration weight. My model's discontinued but this is the replacement: