If you’re really observant, you may have noticed that I’ve recently started including measurements by weight in my recipes. That’s because it is an infinitely better method of doing things, in pretty much every way. Sorry, America, but Europe’s definitely got this one right.
Raise your hand if you think you could accurately eyeball two tablespoons of peanut butter on a sandwich. Ok, well, that idea was admittedly flawed because I can’t actually see your hand to know if you raised it, and you’re in the future from when I’m writing this article, but chances are not many of you can. Especially when spread on a sandwich. Now raise your hand if you want to have to go through the trouble of pulling out a tablespoon, accurately leveling off two scoops, getting all the peanut butter from the tablespoon to your sandwich, and then washing the tablespoon, every time you want some peanut butter. That should have been no one.
There’s an easier way! And that easier way is a kitchen scale. It’s simple. All you have to do it put your bread on a plate, put the plate on the scale, turn the scale on, scoop out 32g (or 1.15 oz), and… you’re done. No extra measuring spoons to wash, no fumbling around with wondering how much of the 2 Tbsp ended up on the spoon instead of in your belly, just easy, simple, perfect measurements. Amen.
Exhibit two. Let’s say you want to bake a batch of cookies, from scratch. And you want your cookies to be nice and moist, not all floury, because seriously who wants super dry cookies? Not you. Anyway, because you were trained properly, you take the time to slowly spoon your flour into a measuring cup to make sure it’s not too compacted and you get exactly the right amount. Hopefully. But why waste that much time?! And, yet again, you’re left with extra things (measuring cups) to wash. What.a.pain.
If this were an infomercial, this is where everything would go from black and white to being in color and suddenly everyone would be all smiley as they pulled out their… kitchen scales! With this incredible technology, you can add the flour directly into the mixing bowl! And you’re guaranteed the correct amount, every single time or your money back! Now available for just $19.95!
(That’s the one I have, by the way. But there are plenty of models and no particular reason to stick to that one other than I’m happy with it so you might be too.)
Infomercials aside, kitchen scales are seriously the greatest. You can use them for pretty much anything – I’ve even looked up the weight of a cup of milk (sadly not included on the package’s nutrition information) and use my scale when I’m making a bowl of cereal (the cereal totally does include weight information). The possibilities are pretty much endless. I use mine at least five to ten times a day – and it means no more guessing what a “medium” sized apple is, because I can just find the weight in grams and know for certain how many calories!
Aw, man, I just can’t get over how awesome my kitchen scale is. What a product.