Large-Capacity Food Scale

Published March 1, 2013. From Cook's Illustrated.

Do you need a kitchen scale that can weigh ingredients up to 22 pounds?

Overview:

A good kitchen scale makes measurements super-accurate, but our longtime favorite tops out at 11 pounds. Now the same manufacturer has introduced a large-capacity food scale that can weigh ingredients up to 22 pounds—handy for large-batch canning or baking. (It’s fine for small-scale jobs, too, as it measures in 1/8-ounce and 1-gram increments.) Like its smaller sibling, this scale is very easy to use: Its clever pullout display means you don’t have to peer under overhanging bowls, and a “zero” (tare) function lets you subtract the weight of the vessel or additional ingredients. We weighed 30-, 200-, and 500-gram calibration weights and found it to be accurate. It also measures in cups and milliliters for “water-based” ingredients, but we don’t recommend using those features; they can be inaccurate if employed for liquids other than water. (A conversion chart for liquids with different densities is included.) Despite this quibble, we found this scale useful and worth buying if you regularly cook big batches.

A good kitchen scale makes measurements super-accurate, but our longtime favorite tops out at 11 pounds. Now the same manufacturer has introduced a large-capacity food scale that can weigh ingredients up to 22 pounds—handy for large-batch canning or baking. (It’s fine for small-scale jobs, too, as it measures in 1/8-ounce and 1-gram increments.) Like its smaller sibling, this scale is very easy to use: Its clever pullout display means you don’t have to peer under overhanging bowls, and a “zero” (tare) function lets you subtract the weight of the vessel or additional ingredients. We weighed 30-, 200-, and 500-gram calibration weights and found it to be accurate. It also measures in cups and milliliters for “water-based” ingredients, but we don’t recommend using those features; they can be inaccurate if employed for liquids other than water. (A conversion chart for liquids with different densities is included.) Despite this quibble, we found this scale useful and worth buying if you regularly cook big batches.

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