Believe it or not, a mechanical food scale is a great addition to your kitchen. It will not only help you create perfect and delicious recipes but can also radically improve your lifestyle and eating habits.
Here are some of the main reasons why and how you should use this magical kitchen tool.
Carefully measure the ingredients
If you’re not an experienced chef or you still don’t know the significance of “a cup of sugar” or “a sprinkle of salt”, a kitchen scale is probably the most useful kitchen tool for you. Although the analog kitchen scale is less accurate than a digital one, you’ll still have a clear picture of how much of a certain ingredient you should add to the composition.
Keep in mind that some dishes are more complicated to recreate and require high precision as each ingredient should be perfectly balanced to create a unique taste. Any mistake can lead to a total catastrophe, completely changing the taste of the food.
Some people take the ingredient measurement one step further and become obsessed with weighing each food they consume. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you developed and perfected your own formula over the years that is suitable for your own lifestyle and diet preferences.
Limit your portions
Another reason why you should opt for a mechanical kitchen scale is that it can help you easily calculate the perfect portion for each meal. By limiting the size of your portions you will maximize each meal and benefit from all the necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Limiting your portions is the first step you must take if you committed to a healthier lifestyle and losing weight. Therefore, a kitchen scale will be your trustworthy ally in the kitchen, especially when it comes to sweets or carbs.
You can either measure each ingredient separately or measure the entire meal and then calculate the number of calories per each meal. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t consume more than 2000 calories per day, and, if you want to also lose weight, you should limit your daily intake to about 1700 calories.
Measuring and calculating the weight of each food you eat might seem exhausting at the beginning but you’ll get used to it after a few weeks. In addition, there are plenty of online apps that can automatically count the number of calories for each ingredient based on its weight, helping you eat the perfect amount.
These apps are similar to food diaries to which you add all the foods and beverages you consumed in a day. Based on the size of the portions, you’ll get an accurate image of the number of calories and determine whether you need to size down or stick to the same track until you reach your desired weight.
Which ingredients should you mainly weigh?
Keeping a strict diet is not an easy task, therefore you need to get used to the benefits of a kitchen scale. Unfortunately, it is not the fruits and veggies that offer the highest calorie intake, but the cooked and processed foods you mainly need to stay away from.
Other foods like cheese and nuts are rich in saturated fats and, even though they provide a good source of energy, they can easily get you fat. Nutritionists don’t recommend eating more than 2 ounces of cheese and nuts per day.
However, some types of cheeses, especially processed ones, might require even smaller portions due to the number of calories included. And, when it comes to the frequency, most nutritionists agree that dairy products are rather unhealthy and they should only be consumed occasionally.
Although they are rich in calcium, you can get the same benefits by eating broccoli, which obviously has fewer calories than a slice of cheese or a cup of yogurt.
Other ingredients that you should always measure are pasta and meat. And, while you can cheat a little with low-calorie meats like chicken and turkey, pasta require more precision from your part. If you don’t have access to a kitchen scale, you can easily measure the perfect amount of pasta for one portion with the help of a special pasta spoon.
Lastly, don’t forget that not only main courses and desserts must be weighed, but also beverages. Dark filtered coffee without extra sugar, syrups or milk is poor in calories, while a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice has about 120 calories.