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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,251
12/9/13 1:51 P

I got a cheap one from Amazon called a Cuisdad. It works just fine and I have had it for at least six months



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12/9/13 12:03 P

only sometimes when I see it's necessary . if I need something that have to go by weight emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/9/13 11:27 A

Absolutely! I use a Salter that you can also reset to zero after you put a dish on it, then you can start weighing the food you put on the plate. It is great, and a solid way to learn about portions. It's especially interesting to see what packages consider servings, usually listed in grams.

JENJENN7 Posts: 328
12/9/13 8:43 A

Wow! I am impressed with some of these scales. I see I need to upgrade NOW! emoticon
I use a very cheap plastic one. It's okay but probably not nearly as accurate as a salter or some of these others.

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MOINSDEMOI Posts: 1,263
12/9/13 6:31 A

Yes a Salter. The buttons stick a little from years of use but it weighs in grams and ounces. Not sophisticated but very functional.

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12/9/13 1:06 A

YES! all the time when at home. I measure individual foods as well as when I do recipes! The scale I have is old - purchased in late 1990's - Portion Power. I love it and don't know if they even make this model anymore. I've never replaced the battery and have no clue how is still works. Although the button has been sticking and getting more difficult to push!

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SPARK921 Posts: 3,353
12/8/13 4:24 P

Yes, I weigh everything. I am at my mother's right now (and weighed and BROUGHT all my food for an overnight stay) so I don't know type but it is electronic and switches between ounces and grams at touch of button. And it goes to two decimal places for ounces.

The other thing I love is I can place any container on it, then click the button and it zeros out the weight of the container. Then I add the food.

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LKG9999 Posts: 1,657
12/8/13 2:30 P

Yes. After years of using a tiny plastic scale, I recently upgraded to this one:

www.amazon.com/MIU-5-Pound-Polished-Stainl
ess-Steel-Kitchen/dp/B000VWBTHA/ref=sr
_1_11?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=138653
0945&sr=1-11&keywords=analog+kitchen+scale


A bit pricey, but fit the bill for small footprint and analog mechanism.

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12/8/13 10:11 A

yes

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12/8/13 1:40 A

I use a Waymaster letter scale that weighs up to about 450 g. For heavier weights I have a cheap and nasty food scale I trust as far as I can throw it, but it is useful for large quantities of veg for a recipe, where it doesnt need to be too accurate. I plan to try out my portable luggage scale to weighi e.g. Burek and bakllava when visiting friends, but have not yet done it

SHARON85539 Posts: 16
12/7/13 6:10 P

I have two Weight Watcher scales. I had one and when my Mom passed I inherited hers. I would rather have her back though.

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12/7/13 2:43 P

Electronic kitchen scale brought from Amazon love it

BLUEANNIEDOG Posts: 321
12/7/13 1:51 P

Oxo with the stainless steel and can weigh up to 11 lbs. LOVE it.

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12/7/13 10:12 A

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12/7/13 12:28 A

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MADAMES Posts: 2,046
12/6/13 5:30 P

Weight Watchers had a nice one for sale, and I have used it for several years.
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12/6/13 2:36 P

Gosh, I don't know the brand/model, but it's a nice scale. It measures ounces and grams and has a zero out function. I use it daily to measure my cereal at breakfast, and to measure my lunchmeats for sandwiches, and for snacks such as nuts. I've also begun measuring my baking ingredients for increased accuracy.

If I were going to buy a new one, I'd like one that has a removable/ washable platform, and it would be nice if the digital display were backlit.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,601
12/6/13 2:33 P

I have one from escali and another generic one as my backup

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12/6/13 1:41 A

I use the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale emoticon

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12/6/13 1:33 A

a small one by teraillon but found out it's not always very acurate

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12/6/13 12:21 A

Martha Stewart. I use it several times a day.

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12/5/13 11:28 P

I used to be on weight watchers many years ago, and I have a weight watchers scale. I like it because it measures ounces and grams.
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KKIDDO Posts: 48
12/5/13 3:02 P

Hi....I use a weight watchers scale I purchased when I was on that program. It measures ounces and grams which I really like. I like to measure my meat portions.

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BULLRN58 Posts: 70
12/5/13 2:32 P

a cheap Made in China digital sold and BBandB

HOLLYSNOWWOMAN Posts: 2,364
12/5/13 2:21 P

Taylors Biggest Loser scale, the only one my Walmart had in store. Love it emoticon

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12/5/13 6:55 A

I have an OXO. I bought it as a gift for myself when someone gave me a Kohl's gift card. It's digital, weighs in kg or lbs, and I haven't changed the battery since I bought it 2 years ago. I love it.

MSGAYLE68 Posts: 119
12/4/13 11:07 P

I also use a Salter and have had it 5 or 6 years now. It's not inexpensive but is really, really accurate. Measure by grams, ounces, or pounds. I got mine when I realized my "eyeballing" method was not working well. Especially when eating an apple: is it 2 1/2 inches or does this really big apple weight 6 ounces and I need to eat only half of that. Good way to drive yourself crazy. So, my beautiful Salter is easy to use and if you want to be tedious about it; try entering all the ingredients for a spectacular dish you like to make. i.e. a cake recipe, or your favorite casserole. Once ingredients are entered then you can calculate the calories, carbs, etc. per serving. I'm intrigued but no, I have not tried to do that yet. Math majors or chefs are probably very good at doing the calculations and would enjoy the challenge. :}

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 310
12/4/13 7:42 P

Yes, a Salter.

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12/4/13 5:08 P

I have several. My favorite is a Taylor one with a small glass platform, but I only use that one at home because it cannot be stored or transported on its side so it won't fit in my purse or bag. (It loses accuracy over time if turned on its side, according to the information insert.)

I have 2 others that I use in restaurants or when I am eating at someone else's home. One was only $9 from Aldi's and is about the size of a small saucer, made by Kitchen Living and very easy to carry. The other is also from Aldi's for a little more, but is square and the readout is on a slant which is slightly easier to use than the flat round one. All 3 have the tare function and can weigh up to 11 pounds. They don't make the first food scale I used anymore, I loved it for its small size, about the size of a cup warmer, and I am always looking for one like it by some other company. All mine are digital and I have never had to replace a battery yet, and have been weighing and measuring my meals now, with occasional lapses, since about 1998. Why trust my own faulty "eyeballing" estimations for portions when I can know accurately by using such an inexpensive and easy tool?!! Weighing my food gives me peace and hardly anyone truly notices me using my scale in public. Even if they do, it's only for a moment and then they put their attention back on their own plates, as we all do probably!
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12/4/13 4:51 P

I have a biggest loser one I picked up at Bed bath and beyond for like $20 then I used a coupon. I compared the weights to the packages on food and it seems to be pretty accurate. I think it's been a very helpful tool especially involving meat portions.

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12/4/13 4:28 P

I am hoping to get one for Christmas!

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12/4/13 3:21 P

I have an electronic food scale that measures ounces, pounds and grams. It also has a tare feature. I use it fairly frequently, particularly when eating nuts, chips etc. I bought it several years ago when I was on a plan that required weighing and measuring my food. I've also used it when making some recipes that require precision.

I find it very helpful.

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12/4/13 1:04 P

Mine is an Ozeri that I bought from Amazon for about $20. The features that I would definitely recommend are: tare, read-out in ounces and grams, and fairly high weight limit. The tare allows you to reset to zero after putting a plate, bowl, etc. on and then also reset to zero between ingredients. Mine had read-outs in grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds. I almost exclusively use the grams, but I like having the ounces available as well. Kilograms is kind of silly if it has grams, because it's so easy to convert. If it has a higher weight capacity, you can put a large bowl on it and still have room to measure your foods.

Some of the other features that others have mentioned sound useful, too, and I'll keep those in mind if I need to replace this one. I've been very happy with it so far.

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WHEELS54 Posts: 492
12/4/13 10:25 A

I use an inexpensive one I got on clearance at Marshalls for $3. I tested its accuracy by weighing small items like a granola bar that had its weight on the wrapper. Its accurate enough.

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12/4/13 1:37 A

I got this one from Bed Bath and Beyond for $25. It does grams or ounces and also has a tare feature. I just recently got it because I eat a lot of chicken breast and vegetables and was wanting to be more accurate in my tracking. The top also comes off for easy washing, if necessary. Not too pricey. I would recommend it.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/pr
oduct/Sharper-Image-reg-Food-Scale/101
7490583?categoryId=12105

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DELHSI Posts: 1,449
12/4/13 12:45 A

I use the Biggest Loser scale. It goes up to 6 pounds and it does ounces and has a tare weight button. I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond (used a coupon there!). It's a great little scale.

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12/3/13 10:53 P

Latest scale is OXO. Earlier scale was a Sharper Image. (It fell apart very rapidly.) The OXO has a pull-out readout and a very big weighing deck. It can also weight to two kilos (11 lbs). Capacity is important because it allows random tares (containers), like pyrex bowls and stoneware plates. One thing the OXO doesn't support is an ounce scale. It supports either pounds or grams. Of course I've gotten so good at using the conversion factors, that it hardly matters anymore.

A scale and learning how to use it efficiently can be a major tool in weight management.

Measuring volumes and eyeballing are way to prone too fudging.

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Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 12/6/2013 (19:03)
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12/3/13 10:45 P

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I have the inexpensive spring type scale. I can set a light dish on it, set it to 0, then add whatever I'm weighing to get just the weight of my food. It's never been horribly accurate. If I lift the food off the scale and put it back on I might get as much as an ounce difference in the two readings. I set it by moving a ring around it's base. The ring sticks every so often, or did until I got mad one day and sprayed it with Pam. Now it slides easily. :-D I've been wanting to get a digital scale, but wasn't too sure how accurate or sturdy the less expensive ones are. Maybe Santa will bring me one.

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12/3/13 10:38 P

mainstay kitchen scale.

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12/3/13 7:33 P

I got this cheap scale from WalMart for about $12. It's one of those that literally weighs, so not electronic. Comes with a measuring cup that can be placed on it too. Sometimes the spring acts up now (we've had it for about 5 months) so you have to make sure if it's meat or something that you put it exactly in the center. If not, it can make around a 2oz difference.

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12/3/13 6:41 P

Like another poster, I have the oxo. Bought at Bed Bath & Beyond or maybe William Sonoma?
I am almost 2.5 years into this lifestyle and still use it daily.

Absolutely love it. What an eye opener.

Wanted chocolate today...just weighed out 15 grams of sugar-free chocolate chips. Man, that's not a lot! But at least I know what it is and could easily work in that 80 cal into my day.

Ounces or grams; has a light; has a zero-out (tare) feature and has that pull-out piece so you can place a large plate on it and still be able to read the data.

One of the best & first purchases I made when embarking on this lifestyle. Great to use when cooking, too!

VKKESU Posts: 974
12/3/13 5:28 P

I purchased an electronic food scale (good cooking brand) from walmart about 8 years ago. Still have it and it works great. I use it a lot while losing. It was maybe 20.00 . It will zero out w/ plate on it , it has either grams or oz. When I stop using it is when I start gaining again. I realized I don't do well with guessing and it has been used for many years.


Edited by: VKKESU at: 12/3/2013 (19:46)
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12/3/13 1:24 P

Yes, I always weigh or measure my food. I use Pampered Chef scales...electronic.

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NEARLYNINA Posts: 45
12/3/13 12:30 P

I bought a food scale from my local Canadian Tire about a year ago when it was 1/2 off or something. I think the brand is starfrit, but I'm not sure and they don't carry it anymore.

The one I have has tons of fancy features so that you can figure out how much fibre for example is in the apple you're going to eat etc. I have NEVER used these functions and from my peek at the manual it seemed super complicated. Like others have mentioned the zero function on a food scale is really handy that way you can measure stuff you've already put in a container (provided you have an identical container). Another thing I really appreciate is being able to change the units the scale is measuring in after it's already finished measuring which is super helpful when I'm tracking and different foods are weighed in the nutrition tracker using lbs or grams etc.
Other than those two functions though I say get the least expensive one you can find. All the other fancy functions aren't' really worth it.

If anyone has been considering whether they really need a food scale I say DO IT!
From my experience I only really started losing weight when I started using a food scale to accurately track what I was eating. And after a while it becomes far easier to eyeball the weight. I keep my scale on top of the microwave for easy access and have little hooks that I keep measuring spoons and cups from the dollar store on hanging from the cupboards. That way I have everything where I need it. Most often I'll measure things so that I know how much a teaspoon, or 10 almonds, or a bunch of brocolli etc is that way I can just grab that same amount the next time.


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12/3/13 10:33 A

I have a very cheap one ($4) from Walmart. It is adequate but I'm shopping for a new one. I saw a very good selection at Bed, Bath and Beyond that have the features previous posters mentioned. They ranged from $30 up to about $50.

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12/3/13 9:53 A

Hi, The brand I have is an OXO. It has all the features that a person will need. It has the zero out button which I use allot, you can set your plate, bowl or whatever on it hit the zero button and the weight goes to zero, that way you can measure your food on your plate without having to dirty more dishes. I also use mine for baking I do very little measuring I weigh all my ingredients, measuring cups differ from style to style. I had mine for awhile but I paid 50.00 for it at the time. Best purchase I ever made.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,009
12/3/13 8:56 A

I purchased my food scale at Walmart for under $20.00 Ekco Brand...best purchase I ever made.....check it out!

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
12/3/13 8:35 A

Yes! And I love it. Mine is a postal scale (brand: MyWeigh™, purchased through Amazon. Identical to the one in this link:
www.amazon.com/My-Weigh-7001-Shipping-Acce
ssories/dp/B000MCZNHG/ref=sr_1_29?ie=U
TF8&qid=1386077375&sr=8-29&keywords=my
weigh+scale
)

You can read the description there, but the things I love most about it are its tare feature (where you can measure your container and then "zero" it for only the contents) and its capacity - 15 pounds in grams, ounces, pounds, or kg! Very simple to use and small footprint. I couldn't get along without it. This one comes with a few little handy accessories, but I rarely use them.

This is an indispensible tool for me, along with my measuring cups and spoons. Yes, I'm pretty good at "eyeballing" now... but I surprise myself occasionally. And if you have some irregularly-shaped item, all bets are off with that method!

This isn't the cheapest model out there, but it's not the most expensive either, and I've had no troubles with it over the 2-3 years I've had it. Take a look!

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 12/3/2013 (08:35)
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LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/3/13 8:20 A

My food scale over the years has been my best friend. I don't use it as much as I used to because once you weigh your food every day for a couple of years, you kind of 'train' yourself and get to know how much a food item weighs just by looking at it.

Mine is just a basic digital scale that I picked up at Walmart. I've had it for almost 10 years now.

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12/3/13 8:11 A

Im looking to buy a food scale and looking for recommendations. If you dont use one why?

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