This Is How To Use A Kitchen Scale Properly

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Measuring ingredients is part of making a recipe but in baking, it's even more important to be accurate. A few grams is negligible for ingredients you add in large amounts, but if you add more than a teaspoon or two, it can still throw off your bread dough ratios. Bread bakers know how finicky bread dough can be.  

To accurately measure how much of each ingredient you are have added to the bowl, you first need to take the tare weight, or simply tare. The tare weight is the weight of the empty container with which you will fill. This is important since knowing how much your container (your bowl) weighs means you can calculate the weight of the ingredient you have added to the bowl. 

This is simple on a digital scale since there is usually a tare button that you press after you add each ingredient. On a manual scale, this is particularly necessary since you will need to keep tabs on the increasing weight.  


The good news is that most ingredients are measured in round numbers. It's those ingredients that are not that will require more math.  

If you have a digital scale, here's how to accurately measure ingredients: 

  1. 1 Place the scale on a level surface and turn it on.  
  2. 2 Place your bowl on the scale, note the weight, and press "Tare". (The weight should reset to 0.) 
  3. 3 Add the next ingredients one by one, noting the weight and pressing "Tare" after each addition. If mixing, remove the bowl from the scale, mix as necessary, and then return the bowl to the scale, reset to 0, to add additional ingredients. 
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If you are using a mechanical scale, you have two choices on how you can measure ingredients: individually and/or as a group. Measuring each individual ingredient means using a main bowl for measuring the ingredients, transferring it into another bowl, and then repeating those steps for the succeeding ingredients. This takes more effort and requires more bowls than using a digital scale but it is just as effective.


You can skip measuring ingredients individually and measure ingredients as a group instead only if the ingredients are added in one bowl. Just note that you will definitely have to note how much of each ingredient has gone into the bowl by the gram to accurately measure your ingredients. 

Now that you know how to use a weighing scale for measuring ingredients according to weight, try these recipes with weight measurements: 


1 Chocolate Marble Banana Bread Recipe

A classic beginner banana bread recipe becomes more appetizing with a swirl of heavenly chocolate-hazelnut spread. Toss in a few handfuls of chocolate chips in there plus a few more chopped nuts and you can transform any boring banana bread into a more delicious one this easily.   

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2 Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe  

A chocolate cake need not be difficult or intimidating to make! This may not look like a basic chocolate cake but the moist chocolate cake underneath the frosting and appetizing drip is a deep dark and decadent cake that any beginner baker can pull off. Use your favorite frosting to cover the cake and a still-warm chocolate ganache to make the drip cake design. 

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3 Cereal Cake Recipe 

Love cereal? Then, you might want to try this cake that celebrates it. You can use your favorite breakfast corn-based cereal and grind it up into a fine powder to baked into its layers. You can even use this same technique with fruity cereal, too, and then use it for a fun cake design!   


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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