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Salter Precision Bowl scales
Having a maximum capacity of 3kg (7lb) with a resolution of 1g (0.1 oz.) the scales have an enhanced resolution of 0.1g when weighing amounts of up to 999g.
The scales, which are supplied with a 1 litre capacity clear plastic dishwasher proof bowl, are actually quite small with a 12cm stainless steel weighing platform that occupies all the rear of the unit. The two push-buttons and the LCD display are at the front.
Powered by a single CR2032 battery, the scales have the power/zero button which also provides the “tare” function whereby one can zero the scales prior to adding the next ingredient; and the “Unit” button. This changes the display from Imperial (lb & oz) to Metric (g) weights and, using the Aquatronic system, also enables one to measure water-based liquids such as wine and milk in fl. oz. or ml. The unit in use at the time being shown in tiny letters at the right hand end of the display.
The LCD is very clear and easy to read with the decimal fractions of a gram or an ounce shown in smaller characters. This helps to ensure that one will not misread the display.
Having the ability to weigh ingredients of up to 999g precisely to within 0.1g is ideal for tasks such as adding the exact small amount of yeast when making bread. While that is a specific task I’m sure that being able to measure ingredients quickly and accurately, will be a boon to many cooks irrespective of whether they are experienced or just learning their way.
It should be noted that the smallest increments when using Imperial measurements are 0.1 oz. This is roughly 3g and is vastly different from the 0.1g obtainable when using metric on weights of less than 1kg. While this does not detract from the fundamental quality and accuracy of the scales, this may be seen as a very good reason to, wherever possible, to move over to metric measurements in the kitchen.
As can be appreciated the size of bowl provided with the scales is a compromise. I found that, as I could only get 4lb (less than 2kg) of potatoes in the bowl supplied, I had to use a different bowl when weighing larger quantities. Similarly, when weighing small quantities one soon finds a suitably small container in the kitchen which is more convenient for this purpose.
In a like manner, when measuring liquids, one would use a jug rather than the supplied bowl.
To save wasting the battery the scales automatically turn themselves off after just 1 minute if the reading has remained at zero or 3 minutes at any other constant reading. When not in use the bowl can be inverted over the scales so both keeping them clean and taking up only a small amount of bench or shelf space.
Overall, these scales are easy to use and very practical and the maximum capacity will meet the needs of most domestic cooks. There are plenty of other digital scales on the market but very few offer this level of precision. At a list price of £24.99, but probably available for less on Amazon, with their 15 year guarantee, they should prove a good investment for the serious cook.
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