If you’ve ever taken a macaron-making class with me, you’ll have heard me going on about how much I love my digital kitchen scale. Honestly, it’s changed the way I cook and bake – rare is a day in my kitchen when I don’t use my scale. Especially for making macarons, precise weight is very important. I have a very old scale feeling a little like it’s on its last legs (its reaction time when you press the buttons is a little delayed) so when the folks at Eat Smart Products asked me if I would like to try the Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale, I jumped at the opportunity.
Some of its features include:
1. Compact Design and Easy Two-Button Operation
2. Tare Feature; Subtract the weight of any plate or container
3. 4 Measurement Modes: Grams / Ounces / Kilograms / Pounds
4. Max Weight: 11 pounds / 5 kilograms
5. Graduation: .05 oz / 1 gram
6. 3 minute Auto-Turnoff
7. Includes 2 AAA batteries
I’ll say right now that I love the fact that it takes “regular” batteries. I’ve been in the position of being mid-recipe when I realise the battery on my old scale was dying – not the best position to be in, especially when it takes those little watch batteries which I never have on hand around the house. The AAA batteries are a great idea – you can get some very long lasting ones these days too.
It’s definitely compact and has an “all in one” sort of design which is easy to clean (my old scale has a glass tray that is always dirty!). My only complaint, if you could call it that would be its size and that that it feels kinda flimsy. It’s VERY light compared to my other, sturdier-feeling scale and the footprint is slightly small for larger pans and bowls.
For those of you counting calories after the holidays, the scale comes with a “Calorie Factor Booklet” which helps you calculate the calories in a wide range of foods based on their weight (you weigh your food and then multiply by the number in the booklet listed next to that food and voilà, you have the calorie value of that food). They also include instructions for how to calculate the calories of different sized portions of packaged foods using the nutrition information on the package and the scale. Useful for portion and calorie control, for sure.
Overall I was impressed with the scale, just wish its footprint was a little larger so I really could measure using all my pots, pans and bowls.
The good news today is that the kind folks at Eat Smart have given me another Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale to giveaway to one lucky reader in the US/ Canada (sorry international friends!).
Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale Giveaway
Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the first thing you would weigh using your new scale.
For a bonus entry:
2. Tweet I entered to win Precision Pro Kitchen Scale from @EatSmartScales and @eatlivtravwrite ! Details here http://bit.ly/V6nb9z then come back to leave me a separate comment letting me know you did.
Contest closes 6pm EST on Monday, January 21st, 2013. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on the blog on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013.
Disclosure: I was given one (1) Eat Smart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale for review purposes. I was not compensated for writing a review, all opinions are 100% my own. In addition, Eat Smart are providing one (1) scale as a prize for a US/Canadian resident for a giveaway.
Edited to add on January 21st 2013: Thanks for your entries – a winner has been chosen and will be announced in tomorrow’s post.