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KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (56,550)
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11/21/12 12:11 P

Yes, I use a digital scale everyday. After a while, you'll be able to estimate portions -- but you might want to weigh stuff every once in a while to make sure you're not overeating or undereating.

11/21/12 11:56 A

Digital scale from Walmart for $23. It weighs lbs, kgs, ozs, and grams... LOVE it, and use it for everything!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/21/12 11:26 A

CANDICE293 SparkPoints: (4,147)
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11/21/12 10:58 A

Thank you everyone for your advice I will definately have to invest in a scale and i'm definately going to go digital. I'll have to scout out the ones that are around to see which one I like. I never realized how essential it is to have a scale so you know exactly what your eating.

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11/21/12 9:56 A

good ole food scale

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (103,582)
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11/21/12 9:54 A

I bought my kitchen scale at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $20. It's digital and I usually weigh stuff in grams.

11/21/12 9:42 A

I have to second that - I bought mine 3 years ago from Sears for about $35. Only in the last 3 months has that original battery worn out (and I use it multiple times a day). Having the ability to go gram by gram is wonderful.

I have a Cuisinart digital scale but I'm sure you will be able to find a good one at any retailer. Mine gets jostled around on the counter a lot so it is stainless steel (and has the stainless steel plate covering the glass platform - which makes for easier clean up.)

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
11/21/12 3:37 A

Our kitchen scale was $20, so you don't need anything special. Digital is easier to read. I use mine every day!

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,037
11/21/12 1:38 A

I just use a normal digital kitchen scale. You can buy them a lot of places and they are very cheap.

I have had 3 in total and learned what to get from my first one. You will be best off with one that you can actually SEE the numbers when you have a plate on it. Get one that goes up to about 5kg (approx. 11lb) It may seem like a big weight, but if you want to do bulk cooking, it will be a lot easier. Ensure that the one you get has the smallest incremental increase - i.e. single gram or ensure that if you use oz that it has *POINT* of an ounce. My one I can use in either grams or ounces. That is a big plus too if you want to use a recipe from another country it saves you having to convert!

The other thing is ENSURE YOU HAVE A SPARE BATTERY OR BATTERIES FOR IT! They have a habit of running out when you least expect it, and with no warning.

As far was weighing our food, it is the ONLY way to properly know how much we eat. I can guarantee to you that if you estimate, you will more than likely be off base and those calories can soon mount up!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/21/2012 (01:39)
CANDICE293 SparkPoints: (4,147)
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11/21/12 1:15 A

So i'm assuming in order to know what your properly eating you need to weigh and measure it out. Is there a special scale that you need and can you buy one at maybe walmart or something?

Thanks in advance. emoticon

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