Weighing small quantities

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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?
 

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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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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.
 

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

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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:
 

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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 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!
 
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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!
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.....
 

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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
 

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

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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]
 
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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]
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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