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BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (78,265)
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3/15/13 11:12 A

I LOVE my scale. It's really helpful for measuring things that are tricky to measure. I often put a piece of toast on it, hit TARE (set it back to 0), then top it so I know exactly how much PB/cheese/butter I used. It's also great for making salads.

I use the grams most of the time, since it's easier to get an accurate count.

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (32,299)
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3/15/13 10:34 A

I bought my scale from Bed Bath and Beyond. I paid $30 for it. I do enjoy it. It has both grams and pounds but it only goes up to 6 pounds. One neat feature of it is that I can weigh a bowl on it, and then zero the scale out so that I am only measuring the food that I put into the bowl. The scale definately takes out the guess work. What I was thinking was 3 ounces of meat was actually less.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/15/13 9:57 A

I love weighing my food, it is far, far more accurate than measuring.

I bought an inexpensive Taylor brand scale at Target. It is digital- I tried the spring one and it broke after just a few uses. It cost around $17-20.

If you care to spend a bit more, some restaurant supply stores will carry the really, really nice ones that you see in deli. They are super accurate and heavy duty. Since I only cook for me, I didn't get one, but if you cook for a family or make really large batches of food regularly, that might be the scale to go for. The ones I saw ran between $50-150.

Best of luck!

SOTIREDOFTHIS SparkPoints: (4,969)
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3/15/13 8:52 A

I try to measure/weigh everything. I have a great scale called Perfect Portions. I am not sure if you have a Bed, Bath and Beyond or not. If you do, use one of their coupons for 20% off; they will even accept the expired ones. I use this scale every day and really like it. It is a pricier one, but the 20% off makes it more affordable. You can look at the reviews on Amazon to see what people think and also to see it's features.

If it is out of your price range, try Costco, if you belong to one. If not, try Marshalls and TJ Maxx, they normally have alot of decent household gadgets.

Hope this helps!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
3/15/13 8:17 A

Yes!! I'm taking my food scale with me on vacation. Can't live without it!

- digital
- goes to gram or half-gram
- tare function

Nice to have:
- easy to clean
- 9V battery instead of medical battery or AAA (last forever)

I HIGHLY recommend Phillips brand scales. I've had mine for 5 years and I use it multiple, often dozens, of times per day. It goes to the half gram if you know how to read it properly, and it meets all of the above points.

I used to get Salter digital scales. I was always replacing them. I think I went through 5 in 2 years. Whenever they got wet, they would die on me. It's in the kitchen, it's going to get wet!! Get a good one. I paid around $90 for my Philips.

EIDOTHEA1 SparkPoints: (23,924)
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3/14/13 7:33 P

Weighing & measuring my food is the only way I've ever been able to lose weight. I even have measuring cups & spoons at work. I use my scale at home or before packing lunch for work.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/14/13 5:34 P

I weigh. I find it easier than trying to measure by cramming food into cups before dishing out. I typically weigh raw ingredients as they go into the pan during cooking.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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3/14/13 4:26 P

Yes I weigh most of my food, especially the calorie heavy ones like meats, cheese and pastas. I use this scale:
It works pretty good. My only complaint is that if you put a dinner plate on it, you can't see the numbers.

If I ever have to replace it, I'll probably get one like this:
where the numbers face forward instead of up. I've also seen one that has the ability to have the number panel slide out, but it was very expensive.

MARYGOLD5 Posts: 3,702
3/14/13 4:05 P

I have a digital scale that I find really helps me accurately track my food and keep me more accountable. It is easy to underestimate how much you are eating if you don't weigh or measure. Some foods need to be weighed.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
3/14/13 3:27 P

I love my food scales. I have two, one in the kitchen (for me) and one upstairs, for the kitties' food (they need to watch their calorie intake too). One of them is a laboratory scale (Acculab) that I got several years ago and I bought the other one recently on (it's the Eat Smart brand). The Eat Smart scale works just as well as the other scale and I think it was only about $25.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/14/13 1:11 P

I have the WW scale and it is great. But I am sure you can go to Bed Bath and Beyond and find suitable ones as well.
I used to weigh or I should say the only things I measure are my more "calorie" laden items such as nuts and healthy oils. Otherwise i eat mostly veggies and some fruit. I tend to count the nutrition level vs the calorie level.

MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,450)
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3/14/13 1:11 P

I weigh as much as possible. Not only does it not let you "cheat" but if you do any baking at all and can do it by weight, it is a ton more accurate (and less dishes to wash).

I'd make sure to get a scale that can handle at least 10 to 15 pounds if you're planning on weighing food with heavy plates, bowls, etc. I also second it being able to handle grams (28 grams is 1 ounce). Digital is so much easier to use than the non-digital ones as well and leave less room for user error.

You shouldn't have to spend too much to get a decent digital scale...I spent right around $20 for mine five or so years ago and have only had to change the battery once in that time.

STEPH057 Posts: 252
3/14/13 1:06 P

I measure and weigh everything when I'm at home. I'm kind of neurotic about it! I have a digital scale that just does ounces and pounds. I don't have a specific recommendation, but I'd suggest something that also does grams.

LONERCHICK SparkPoints: (0)
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3/14/13 1:01 P

Do you weigh your food? I'm thinking about buying a scale. Does anyone have recommendations?

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