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What to Look for in a Digital Food Scale

written by: johnsinit•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 7/20/2010

A lot of kitchens still do not use a digital food scale, but using one can spell the difference in coming up with the choicest dishes and kitchen preparations, as without digital food scale, measurements of ingredients may become inaccurate by as much as 10 percent, affecting the taste of food.

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    Introduction to Food Scales - Digital vs. Mechanical

    Aside from cooking aficionados, the digital food scale can also be very beneficial to health buffs and people who diet, as foods and ingredients are efficiently measured and apportioned to right amounts. This measuring method comes out faster and more convenient, with the special tare use of discounting the weight of the container and emphasizing only the specific weight of ingredients and food stuffs.

    A special feature of the digital food scale is the inclusion of special dietary information for weight watchers and health-conscious individuals. The digital scales are decisively more precise and accurate than their mechanical counterparts. The mechanical scales are more useful for bulk measurements than small and accurate measurements. Precise Digital Food Scale 

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    Typical Digital Food Scale

    A typical digital food scale comes with a two-year warranty period. Ideally, the scale’s digital screen must be prominent enough and should not be obstructed by the weight container. You should also opt for scales which have big buttons that are flush with the scale’s body so that it becomes easier to clean and maintain. As discussed earlier, the ideal digital food scale must have a tare feature that already subtracts the weight of the container for easier use. Other useful features include the auto shut-off and the measurement switch, which transposes grams to ounces measurements at the flick of a button.

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    The Size

    When looking for a digital food scale, it is important to consider the compactness and ease of storage. The ideal shape of the scale would be the thin appearance having a wide platform, which would normally take less space and yet accommodate a whole range of containers, from plates to cooking pans and pots. Digital Food Scale 

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    The Brand

    Different brands of scales have received varying reviews and observations from critics and consumers alike. There were some expensive scales which had express features but failed on the aspect of the ease of storage, as the scale was deemed to be bulky and rather large. There are some scales which take time to calibrate its grams-to-ounces conversion and this means a lot of consumers feel that time is wasted during this exercise.

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    The Capacity

    There are several brands with moderate pricing that have come to prominence because they possess more or less all the features a good digital food scale has to offer. Tremendous accuracy, a large and rigid platform that can accommodate a whole range of containers which is also removable for thorough cleaning. Add to the above an ample capacity of 5 kilograms, a highly readable screen, and a solid 2-year warranty certificate - and you will get the ultimate digital food scale. The best digital food scale should also include back-up batteries to support its power by electricity. The large capacity of 5 kilograms is beneficial for cooking enthusiasts using multiple ingredients in their food preparations, and its size is most ideal for ease in storage.

    For some great recommendations, check out the Top 5 Electronic Kitchen Scales.