Weighing small quantities

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Gadgets & Cookbooks' started by morning glory, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I use digital scales for weighing ingredients - which is fine for medium and large quantities like flour, sugar, butter etc. for baking. But when it comes to weighing smaller quantities, they aren't accurate. I place a tiny dish on the scales and zero them. Then add, for example, salt. Most bread I make requires 9g of salt to 500g of flour. But I find I can add quite a lot more salt or take some out when the scales read 9g and the weight reads the same. It also changes according to where on the scales I place the dish.

    What do other people do? I'm sure there must be scales specially designed for small amounts. Does anyone have a recommendation?
     
  2. buckytom

    buckytom Senior Member

    I have an Ohaus Triple beam, and a set of precise brass weights. I believe it can go down to a decigramme.

    Never used it for cooking, though.
     
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  3. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member Recipe Challenge Judge

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    You need to get a better scale. I bought this one to weigh out chemicals for our copykat San Pellegrino water and have been using it for everything rather than the bigger scale we have.
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Thanks - I looked at the spec for this and will try to find something similar on Amazon UK.
     
  5. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    If I only need to add a small quantity, I weigh the bowl of whatever I am adding it to first and then just add the small quantity gradually until it weighs the correct amount for everything combined.
    I used to have some Weightwatchers scales which were very accurate, but unfortunately I dropped them - something not covered by their guarantee :laugh:
     
  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I used to do that but had same issue of it varying if I put a bit more in or took some out. I think I must just have rubbishy digital scales!
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018
  7. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    Mine are just the cheapo Argos ones that are nothing much more than a piece of glass. They can be a bit temperamental, but that usually means they are not quite flat.....
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    These were a fiver (excluding the banana). I'll check their ability to differentiate lighter weights later today.

     
  9. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Not very scientific.......

    I zeroed the scales with the measuring spoon on board then added the peppercorns - 10 grams (the spoon was 8 grams).

    kitchen scales pepper s.jpg

    I then removed the spoon and zeroed the scales again before adding the peppercorns loose. Same result - 10 grams.

    kitchen scales pepper 2 s.jpg
     
  10. buckytom

    buckytom Senior Member

    You know why you're supposed to put a precision electronic device in rice if it ever gets dropped in water, don't you?
     
  11. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I didn't - but I guess any commodity that attracts moisture will be adequate. I use a silica-gel "tub" in my camera bag.
     
  12. buckytom

    buckytom Senior Member

    No. An elf from the Republic of China comes in the night, fixes it, and takes the rice as payment.
     
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  13. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

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  14. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I tried another experiment with crown corks (which should weigh the same each). Placing 1 on the "plate" the display didn't register. Add another and it registered 3 grams. One more added another 2 grams and one more brought the total to 8 grams.

    [I noticed in @medtran49 's example, the purchase price included "trial batteries". Maybe that is what was included in mine (they were definitely not a recognisable make). I'll conduct more experiments with new Panasonic batteries later]
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018
  15. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I replaced the batteries with brand new Panasonics and the results were similar (with 5 crown corks as I had opened another beer by then).
     
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