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July 16, 2012 - 5:05pm -- Maudy

I am looking for a good scale. I bake a lot (not really good - but family likes the breads), but I want to learn to measure and weigh correctly. Would someone please recommend a scale that you use. I am assuming it would be metric and probably digital.





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January 11, 2011 - 7:16pm -- mredwood

A few days ago while at my favorite kitchen store Mirador, in Portland,  i saw this adorable little scale by escali.  About 3 inches in diameter and can weigh up to 11 lbs. Fits in a tiny space.  Now that I write this I do not remember if it had a tare function. Only $22.00. I just love bargains and I think everyone else does too. I checked the web site and it's not listed yet. Must be very new. 


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Doc Tracy

Some days you should just go back to bed and start over. I'm in the process of trying to make Hamelman's cinnamon oatmeal raisin bread (modified with sourdough starter). While building the final  dough I noted that the water on the scale seemed to be an enormous amount. So much so that I even grabbed another container, re-tared the scale and reweighed it. No, it seems to weigh out fine.

Final dough ends up looking like thin pancake batter. About 3kgs of it!! I'm not sure what I did wrong, not enough flour or too much water but I've been slowly adding more flour for that past hour. I'm wondering if my scale locked up or something? This is going to be one enormous batch of dough!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can work this out. Would have to happen on a recipe that is more complicated than flour, water and salt, wouldn't it? Now I'm wondering how much I should up the raisins and cinnamon, if I should add more oil/honey.

At least the fresh ground whole wheat flour (first time using the grinder) looks and smells wonderful. Can't wait to try it. Hope I haven't totally mucked it up.

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Are Scales necessary for others ....... like SourdoLady?

November 1, 2007 - 2:57pm -- CountryBoy

I realize this is a very hot topic so please tread lightly here, but here goes....

My wife goes into the kitchen and no matter what she does she putters around and puff....out come madeleines or puff....out come stollens....she putters around and puff out come great cakes and No Problema.  She Never Misses; at least not in the past 20 yrs.  Her father was a pastry chef and he never misses. And they never use scales and they are always so Casual about it.  I would like to work towards that ideal.  Do people know of which I speak?

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