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URBANREDNEK Posts: 1,759
2/28/18 6:10 P

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Canadian, actually - which means that I can screw up with experience in both imperial or metric measurements emoticon

I learned about using the kitchen scale from the forums here on Spark when I started here 5 years ago - I think it might have been a post from Nirerin that got me looking at them, and lots of other posters backed it up. With bad vision (my depth perception is pitiful), and undependable hands (yay for arthritis), using measuring cups and spoons was an exercise in frustration, so the ease of the scale was a pure Eureka thing for me.

I think that the ease of use and accuracy of the scale actually made it easier for me to lose weight and maintain the loss, since it is just so easy to be off by hundreds of calories when using volume measures. When I put my ice-cream in to a half-cup measure, it weighs 100g ---- yet the calories for half-cup would be for 66g (apparently I pack my ice-cream more efficiently than I'm supposed to), which means that I would track 140 calories for 1/2 cup when it should have been 210 calories. I found the same issue with pretty much all fruits and vegetables (really - have you ever had the same actual amount in 2 "cups" of spinach, or cabbage - or avocado?) since they don't really lend themselves to accurate volume measures. While those are most often lower in calories, the same thing applies to all of the favourite starchy sides like pasta or rice or legumes.

I tested it a few times, and found that I consistently tracked at least 300 calories LESS for volume measured foods than I did when I put those same foods on to the scale and weighed them. There was one time where the difference was over 500 calories (I was done in by oat bran, wild rice, avocado, sweet potatoes, and ice-cream). If I had consistently tracked my food strictly by volume, my daily calorie deficit would have been much smaller than I thought it was, and I'd have had a lot of head-scratching and angst with not understanding why I wasn't losing when I really was measuring and tracking every bite...

Ah well, it really is about what works the best for each of us --- but I still can't see that scanner being needed by anyone emoticon

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"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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2/27/18 8:11 P

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@URBANREDNEK
I checked to see if you were from the UK. When my daughter moved there, she went from measuring cups to the scale and I am impressed with how quickly she is able to assemble ingredients.

Like you, I wondered about the scanner and label maker. Usually I just slap a piece of masking tape for a label.

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URBANREDNEK Posts: 1,759
2/27/18 12:36 P

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It's funny how we each will have a different "take" on articles like this!

I absolutely agree with you about the knife shown being a low-end version, and that everyone should invest as much as they can in a high-quality steel knife that fits their hand (and get and learn to use a sharpener for it --- the only dangerous knife is a dull one!). At least on this one item, the writers apparently realized that not everyone has unlimited funds to spend, so I don't think it is a bad thing to show that there are functional knives that are affordable (even though they won't hold an edge as well or last as long).

That speaker, though --- while it may be a reasonable investment for someone who enjoys noise all of the time, it has NOTHING to do with meal prep, and most certainly is not a necessity! Just like the scanner and the label maker - expensive and unnecessary additions that can be added if you can afford them and want them, but surely are NOT needed!

Sheet pans, and containers, and parchment / silicon --- you bet. Personally, I never use measuring cups / spoons (inaccurate and more things to wash / store) but use a good kitchen scale instead (and just where is the "kitchen scale" in this presentation? It is far more necessary than a flippin' scanner!). The permanent markers are great for labeling - just add a roll of cheap painter's tape to the list (removes without leaving glue behind, but stays on well in freezer and fridge).

If they want to show really useful things in the list, then where are the cookie / ice-cream scoops (which are available in a variety of sizes and can make portioning out things like grains or soups or sauces incredibly fast)? Where is the wax paper to use between slices of meats so that they don't freeze together? If someone has the budget for more than the basics, then where are the mandolin (for even slicing), or the food processor, or the blender? Where is the dehydrator for when you need to prep for lack of refrigeration?

With so many people trying to keep their budgets in check while learning to eat healthfully, I can't help but shake my head at the (lack of) thought process in the writers who recommend unnecessary and quite expensive toys instead of actually useful tools...

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"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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2/27/18 7:23 A

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I just watched the slideshow on cooking essentials. The recommendation was for a particular brand of chef's knife for $39.95. It won't be worth it. At that price, the manufacturer is making their own knock-off. Look for their Pro line and prepare to pay at least double for a decent knife.

I loved the idea of including a blue-tooth speaker. I thought I was the only one who listened to books while prepping meals.

My life changed when I went from rolls of parchment paper to sheets of parchment paper. I hate how the rolls constantly keep curling up and it's hard to cut them on a straight line.

Link to the article
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slideshow.asp
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