When I attended the FitBloggin Conference back in May, I was privileged to receive a kitchen scale from the kind folks at EatSmart Products , who carry a variety of bathroom, kitchen, and even luggage scales. I was so thrilled to try out my new scale because I’ve been dreaming of baking by weight for years now, but never actually went and bought a scale. Thanks, EatSmart, for the chance to try it out!
Because the blogs, magazines, and cookbooks I frequent mostly rely on the American standard of measurement – cups and tablespoons – I haven’t had as much of an opportunity to try out the scale as I want. I’m definitely going to have to make more of an effort to seek out some recipes and guidelines for cooking by weight (Library, here I come!).
One recipe, though, was easy to adapt because it already came with handy weight measurements (ounce) and that was the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day master recipe. Since then, I’ve exclusively made my artisan bread dough using the scale, and it always turns out great! It helps me achieve the essential ratio between the amount of water and the amount of flour in the dough to get the perfect level of moisture.
The particular scale I used was the Precision Pro Kitchen Scale , which was easy to use and very intuitive. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in my kitchen, which I love because my kitchen is very small! I also love using the scale because it eliminates a lot of extra dirty dishes; just measure everything in the same big bowl, like this:
Turn the scale on and choose your unit of measurement by pressing the unit button until you see the one you want (grams, ounces, kilograms, pounds)
Set the empty container on the scale, being sure that it’s stable so the weight is accurate.
Press the On/Off/Tare button to bring the weight back to zero.
Pour in the first ingredient slowly until you have achieved the desired weight. I learned to stop just before I got to the correct weight because the numbers continue adjusting for a split second after I stopped adding ingredients, and I over-poured more than once!
Press the On/Off/Tare button to zero out again, and measure the next ingredient.
Continue until you’ve measured all the ingredients!
In my search for instructions on baking bread by weight, I came across an awesome recipe at the King Arthur Flour website: No-Knead Crusty White Bread , which is inspired by the afore-mentioned 5-minute artisan bread. I love that they’ve just boiled the recipe down to its essentials: 24oz. of water to 32 oz flour, plus salt and yeast. I’ve found that I can use the same ratio but with 1/3 of the flour replaced with whole wheat flour without significantly altering the final result. It’s one of the easiest ways I’ve ever found to make bread, and has been my go-to recipe for a few weeks now.
I encourage you to purchase a kitchen scale for yourself , and experiment with it in your own baking. If you purchase through this link , 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a charity by EatSmart! If you’re not ready for that venture, keep in mind that the same scale can be used to measure portions and determine calories for weight loss.