How to use a Kitchen Scale

It’s no secret that I’m someone who cooks by feel. I’m known to eyeball measurements and I’m definitely guilty of multiple mid-cook tastings and throwing in a bit of this, a dash of that to get it just right! That isn’t to say that I don’t like precision – in some kinds of cooking, precision is a life saver! In all kinds of baking and candy making especially, a lack of precision could be the difference between something glorious and something you don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole. And because something like that may or may not have happened to me, I decided to get a basic kitchen scale and save myself a lot of heartbreak. (This is mine!)

Using a Kitchen Scale

Working with a kitchen scale is all about ‘taring’ or zeroing off the weights of different ingredients. It’s such a godsend not only because it lets you measure exactly 7g of yeast or 113g of butter* but because it makes one bowl recipes well and truly one bowl, saving you tons of dish-washing time and if you have limited utensils like me, the hassle of cleaning out bowls mid-recipe!

Most kitchen scales have 3 basic buttons – on/off, tare and a button to toggle between g & oz (or kg & lb). Not to worry if you own an analog scale, because things just got even easier for you!

  • If yours is a digital scale, first turn it on and make sure it’s set to the weighing unit your recipe calls for (g or oz).
  • Set the container in which you want to measure stuff on the scale. You should have a reading. Now press the TARE button on your digital scale or manually set the pointer back to the zero mark in analog to get a zero reading.
  • Start adding whatever you want to measure to the bowl slowly till the scale reads the weight you require.
  • To add more ingredients to the same bowl, TARE it again and add another ingredient till it weighs exactly how much you need. Repeat for as many ingredients as you need!

*113g is what 1 American stick of butter weighs. I’ve used several American recipes, most of which, regrettably, call for sticks of butter and all I have to work with is a big block of Amul butter! Oh, America!

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