In cooking sometimes you can wing it when it comes to measurements. On the other hand if you want baked goods to come out with the right balance of flavors and be as fluffy, crumbly or flaky as you hoped you had better be accurate in your measurements. When I was younger I used to just guess when I had to measure out salt, baking soda or baking powder especially when I couldn’t find the measuring spoons. Needless to say the results were disastrous. More often than not the cookies or cake that I was baking would come out waaaay too salty or flat. If you’ve ever watched Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network you’ll know how critical he believes accurate measurement by weight is in cooking AND baking. I’ve recently gotten into mixing my own gluten free flours and baking bread – both wheat and gluten free – and the scale has been an essential tool in making sure the proportions of flours are perfect.
In addition to making sure your recipes come out right having a kitchen scale is a good way to train your eye to know what “a serving” of each kind of food is. Since I started using a digital kitchen scale it has been easier for me to eyeball how much I should eat when we go out in public. When I’m counting calories or need to know exactly how much of a meat or vegetable I’m eating for a specific meal a digital kitchen scale is invaluable. Also, when I buy meat in bulk and need to separate and freeze it I use the scale to measure out exactly how much goes in each freezer bag. It helps me portion out my food for each meal and control how much I have in the refrigerator at any given time.
The Mira Digital Kitchen Scale to me seemed like a baker’s and dieter’s dream. The small red plastic body (it’s also available in black) and sleek design make it a stylish addition to any counter top and easy to clean. Unlike other digital kitchen scales that run on button cell batteries the Mira runs on 3 AAA batteries that come included in the box. I appreciated this because AAA batteries are easier to find in practically any kind of store from your local pharmacy to the big box stores. Button cell batteries aren’t as easy to find. The bowl is not a fixture of the scale, but is removable for pouring and washing and also for using different containers on the scale. All you have to do is press the ON button once to tare (zero out) the scale with the weight of the new container. Also, if you are mixing in the bowl or other container and don’t want or need to empty it each time all you have to do is tare the scale and add the new ingredient. Makes using the scale very, very simple.
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