Overloaded my 2-volt brain!
I have been wanting to buy a food scale for some time. With my increased interest in bread baking it's scooted up to the top of my wish list so I've been researching. I've read just about every scale thread on this site and googled til my brain hurts! All I've done is overwhelm myself with choices and I still have no clue what I want/need.
So here is my question(s): What is important in a scale? What features am I going to find that I can't live without?
I want it for baking and cooking but also for measuring my food portions (It's the New Year and everyone's on a diet (she says as she licks the butter from her KA waffles off her lips.)) I've looked at the Escali Pana and initially thought it was really cool but then I got to thinking, will I actually use the precoded things and is the weight to volume feature something necessary? If I know how many grams are in a cup doesn't that negate that feature? The other thing with this scale is it only goes up to 6.6 pounds. What capacity is realistically needed?
I've also been looking at all the My Weigh products and they look great but how do I choose which one I want? The new 8000 has the bakers percentage feature; as I get into this and learn how to do that will that feature come in handy? (I will get there, that's just how I am!) The i5000 can count your jelly beans for you! I don't like jelly beans but will I ever use that feature to count something else?
I used to have a cheap, manual scale that didn't work very well so I know I want digital and I don't mind spending a few extra dollars if it means I won't have to keep replacing it. Mind you, I'm not wanting the big dog, super expensive price range! Cleanability is needed since I'm a messy baker and I do cake too. When I'm in the midst of a wedding cake the entire kitchen is coated in frosting and/or cake batter (including me!)
I know this topic has been covered and I'm sorry If I'm being redundant but my brain just shut off and I could really use some input from people who currently use some of these scales. Thank you! :)