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post #1 of 31
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Just curious how many other scratch bakers use a scale when they bake. I don't use one currently but I'm thinking of buying one and switching over some of my recipes. I just wanted to see what you guys do.

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post #2 of 31
I am starting to transfer my recipes to weight rather than volume. It just makes things so much easier to evaluate if there are problems with getting a consistent product.

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post #3 of 31
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I agree Brenda. Scales are pretty affordable so I might get one. Any good recommendations for cookbooks using weight to bake?
post #4 of 31
Professional recipes are by weight, so I've been baking by weight for a long time. It's just so easy to put the mixing bowl on the scale and start throwing ingredients in. Of course, tare the scale for each new ingredient.
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post #5 of 31
I just found a scale the other day and tried it out. It's just a small one that will hold up to 8 lbs. It was soo much easier and faster I am sure I will be able to get more consistent results. Now I am in the process of converting all of the recipes over.
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post #6 of 31
I am an amateur who only recently began baking from scratch. I started using a scale several months ago and find it is so much easier and I get more consistent results. I bought the Cake Bible and found it really helpful. It gives the recipes by weight and by measure so you can do them either way.
post #7 of 31
In Europe all we use are scales. When trying American recipes for the first time, it's such a pain in the arse using the cups... and messy! I don't know how everyone hasn't converted to weighing yet, it's so easy to weigh everything out in one bowl (less washing up icon_biggrin.gif) and it's so easy to scale recipes as well!
post #8 of 31
I only use weight. I have a conversion chart hanging on my refrigerator to convert any recipe not already in weights. I'm starting to weigh wet ingredients too. So much easier and less cleanup.

Some of the newer baking cookbooks are using grams instead of ounces. These are great to work with.
post #9 of 31
I only use weight; and prefer grams to ounces since they're more exact (and probably because a lot of my books come from the UK and I'm more used to them).
post #10 of 31
Ok, I have heard a lot about cooking by measuring by weight, but here is the deal, the only thing I know of is how much a cup of all purpose flour is supposed to weigh and even on that I have heard different things so how in the heck do you know who's weight is right? Does the cake bible have all the other ingredients by what they weigh? For example, what I get frustrated at is I was taught that a cup of liquid was 8 oz, but that is not true for all liquids. a cup of Honey weighs more than a cup of water. Who is the cake bible by? I have a set of scales and know how to use them. I just don't have a consistent way of knowing what is supposed to weigh what. Plus like if a recipe calls for a tablespoon of Baking powder how much is that supposed to weigh? Also when you get down to 1/8tsp. I am not sure that my scale will go that low. WOUld love to learn more about this, but need some big help. Don't have the money to go buy the cake bible, but since we are not so far from Christmas may put it on my wish list. I know that when you have the right information and a good set of scales that cooking by weight is better. Thanks.
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post #11 of 31
Water is 8 oz by volume. Different from weight. You don't need The Cake Bible, just any chart off of the internet. Some charts are different, but not by much. The chart I learned from is a little off from some, but because I change almost every recipe, I end up writing in my own amounts.

For the tiny amounts of dry inredients, I use the most accurate measuring spoons by All Clad. I also exclusively use their measuring cups. I freehand the extracts.

Many of the books by more accomplished bakers already have the measurements. You just use their recipes.

I put my mixer bowl on the scale and tare the ingredients. I put my sifting bowl with the strainer and the whisk right on the scale, tare it to 0, add my flour, tare, sugar, tare, etc.

I get a big measuring cup, add milk, tare, oil, tare, and anything else. It is so much easier.

I usually measure chocolate chips in a measuring cup because the bowl is already on the mixer.

I keep forgetting to weigh and make notes of my cocoa powder weights, so I still make a mess using the measuring cup, but cocoa is subjective. It can be manipulated.
post #12 of 31
I always measure by weight. I found it to be so much more consistent. I did a lot of research on scales and I prefer a digital scale to a balance scale. I found the best prices at www.oldwillknottscales.com. I bought the My Weigh 7001DX about five years ago and I still love it. It will go up to 15 pounds which I did not find on many other scales. It also goes to two decimal places for more accurate measures. You can choose between grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds so it is very versatile. I found this exact scale at a store for $120 and I paid $40 because I also ordered the plug for it. The website has a huge variety to choose from.
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post #13 of 31
I use my scale to weigh ingredients. Best thing ever.
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post #14 of 31
ohh yeah a scale im much easier specially if measuring butter "which i despise" i dont mind measuring anything in cups as long as i measure the butter by wieght
post #15 of 31
Ditto for me. Scale/weigh all the way! No more scraping butter, sour cream, yogurt, etc out of a measuring cup....or washing the measuring cup between each ingredient. But I don't do it quite like some others have said, in that I don't put my mixer bowl on the scale and add directly to it. I use a separate bowl and weigh each ingredient by itself, then add to my mixer bowl. That way, if I measure out a little too much of something, I can easily remove it without removing something I shouldn't.
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