Kitchen Scales have to be one of the absolute kitchen essentials. Whilst I'm usually happy to do a bit of bucket chemistry guestimation for cooking, when it comes to baking accuracy is absolutely vital. I've used digital scales for a number of years now but there is always a panic when the battery runs out and an error message shows. Queue rummaging in the depths of the kitchen junk drawer for the correct replacement battery, which is usually something weird and wonderful. A couple of weeks ago when my daughter was baking Rainbow Fairy Cakes with a friend my old scales gave up the ghost entirely. Even a new battery couldn't bring them back to life. Luckily she managed to borrow some form a neighbour and the cake making could continue but a new set of scales was most definitely required.
I've long been a fan of the stylish kitchen products from Joseph Joseph so they were my first stop for new scales. I was impressed by both the looks and concept of their Switch Scale which I've now been regularly using for a couple of weeks. Retailing at £50 these clever digital scales offer two options for weighing your ingredients. You can either place the items directly onto the scales or flip the top over and it becomes a measuring bowl itself. The internal mechanism of the scale has a two year guarantee and comes complete with 3 x AAA batterries. An auto power-off feature helps to maximise battery life.
The SwitchScale™ has an easy-to-read back-lit LCD display and touch-sensitive controls. It works well for measuring both liquids and dry foods and can be quickly switched between gms, lbs, ozs, fl.ozs and mls. Maximum capacity is 5kg/176.4 fl.oz/11lb/5000ml. An ‘add and weigh’ function allows multiple ingredients to be weighed during recipe by zero-ing after each addition. I've found it really easy to use and it looks good in my kitchen. The bowl is hand wash whilst the scales themselves are easily wiped down with a damp cloth. Non-slip silicone feet keep it secure on the worktop. It can also be used with any other receptacle such as a jug or a pan by placing it on then zeroing. My only tiny gripe would be that you need to bend down to view the display from side on rather than above as I was used to with my previous digital scales.
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Disclosure: Joseph Joseph provided me with a Switch Scale to review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.