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EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale Review
I’ve always read that in baking, you really should weigh your ingredients versus measuring since precise measurements are really important. So, I was quite intrigued when I was able to complete a EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale review.
My Experience with the EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale:
If you have read the cooking sections here, you probably already know that I really love baking. So, I like to take all the advice I can when it comes to being the best baker I can. One of the tips I’ve always read is to weigh your ingredients versus measuring them since measurements can widely vary between products and people, but weights are consistent across the borad. However, I never had a scale to do so. Also, to maintain my weight loss, I try to keep close track of the amount of food I am eating, but it can be tough to do by eyeballing.
As you can probably tell, I was very excited to be able to try out the kitchen scale. So, I dove right in and tested out two recipes I make often but have always measured versus weighed – chocolate ganache and my chocolate chip cookies. I was shocked at just how different the weights were from what they were supposed to be!
First of all, I made the chocolate ganache to make my Truffle Hot Chocolate Balls which traditionally takes 12 ounces of chocolate chips. I buy chocolate chips from Costco, so I have large bags stocked in my pantry and always use a measuring cup. 12 ounces is supposed to be around 2 cups, so I measured out what I would consider 2 cups of chips. I was very surprised to learn that the 2 cups only equated to 10.54 ounces – that’s over an ounce short! Now, I know why my ganache often ended up a bit thinner than I thought it should.
Here I just placed an empty bowl on the scale and used the tare feature.
Next up I made my Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Usually I usually use a cup (2 half-cups this time) when I make the recipe. When I measured out my 2 half-cups onto the scale, I was shocked to find I was actually using nearly an ounce too much of sugar. Using the correct weight, my cookies turn out even better than normal with a nicer texture thanks to the correct amount of sugar and other ingredients.
The scale itself is very easy to use and is totally uncomplicated with 2 buttons. One is the power button to turn it on (the scale runs on 4 AAA batteries that are included). You can then place a bowl or plate on the scale and then press the power button again to use the tare feature – or zero out the weight of the bowl/plate. Next add in the ingredients and then if you want to see different measurements, just hit the other button on the left to cycle through ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms, up to 15 pounds.
I also love that the scale is large at 10″ x 7.5″ x 1 1/3″ to be able to properly weigh large bowls of products and features a stainless steel platform that holds up well and looks great. I also like that the weight panel features large numbers that are crisp and easy to read with the backlit LCD display. No funky looking numbers in green here! The kitchen scale also automatically turns off after 3 minutes so you don’t have to worry about wasting your batteries while you cook and includes a 2-year warranty.
I just measured the brown sugar for my chocolate chip cookies and was shocked to find out I may be using up to an ounce too much by measuring instead of weighing!
Final Takeaway: I honestly found nothing to complain about with this kitchen scale. I think it is perfect for anyone that does a lot of baking and wants to be really precise. It’s also great for weighing out food to make sure you’re not overeating (what a great way to start the new year!), or if you happen to have a home business where you sell candies, etc. I also plan to use it in the next year as we start to make more of our own foods like sausages and jerkies.
Buy It: The EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is available for purchase at Amazon.com for $39.95 as of 12/18/12.
About EatSmart: EatSmart produces a variety of scales including kitchen, bathroom (I also have an EatSmart bathroom scale and it rocks – even if I don’t always like the number! ;), and luggage. You can find out more about EatSmart by visiting their website at EatSmartProducts.com, and following EatSmart on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest.
I received the scale pictured above in order to faciliate an honest review. No other compensation was received. All words and opinions on this post are solely my own.