Why is it important to weigh ingredients when cooking?

Why is it important to weigh ingredients when cooking?A myth in the chef profession is that ‘real chefs don’t measure’. The true representation is the opposite, as they weigh out almost everything they use. If they no longer weigh, it is likely to be because they have many years of experience so feel extremely confident in the amounts they are putting in.

One chef has proclaimed, “You can make bad food taste better with more butter or salt, but it is better to just make great food with the right amount of ingredients.”

Weighing is one of the simplest tips for reducing calories and eating healthy. Here is what you need to know.

What weighing can tell you

Drgourmet.com states: “If you are going to purchase only one piece of equipment for your kitchen, make it a scale.”

Using a scale is “the only way to avoid discrepancies“ in your cooking. It may seem time-consuming at first, but the end result is fewer dirty dishes, less mess, a better yield and more consistent results.

Accuracy: A scale delivers a level of accuracy that using a measuring cup cannot bring when weighing liquids. Measuring jugs carry the capacity for human error, with lines which you have to be highly precise to hit. A weighing scale has a bright, clear reading on a digital display so the error risk is removed.

Consistency: If each portion carries precisely the same amount of ingredients, each item will be consistent in size.

Adjust portion sizes with ease: If you take the weight of each ingredient and proportionately apply it, you can increase the portion size without affecting consistency.

Less to clean: By accurately weighing your ingredients, you can ensure waste is less, as you have precisely the amount of ingredients you need. The outcome of this is that sink and dishwasher space is reduced.

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How to use your scale

Many cooks - particularly if you are the chef in your own home - own a weighing scale but do not know how they should be used.

To weigh, start by placing your measuring bowl onto the scale and press ‘Tare’. This will remove the weight of the bowl from the reading. Then weigh out your ingredients in this bowl.

Be wary when using a scale which has a millilitre function - as this assumes all liquids are the same density, which is not the case.

Scales to use

For weighing ingredients, the IP-2101 is ideal. It has a 5kg capacity, 1g accuracy and is portable. The scale has IP65 rating, so can be wiped down to keep the scale hygienic.

Alternatively, the B-800 is a popular choice for kitchens and bakeries. It features a removable stainless steel platter, is unit switchable and has a large, bright display.

The Tanita KD-200 has a choice of capacities and graduations, and a long battery life.

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For more information on any of our scales and assistance on how to weigh ingredients, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.

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