Accuracy in cooking, particularly baking, demands the use of a kitchen scale. Although it is possible to have precise measurement with the use of liquid and dry measuring cups, weighing ingredients on a scale will cause fewer errors.
If you acquire the habit of using the scale as European cooks and professionals do, you can be assured of consistent amounts of ingredients subject to individual variations. Sugar, for example, whether it be granulated, brown or powdered, tends to pack unevenly in a measuring cup, so a scale ensures accurate amounts. Weighing flour on a scale eliminates the confusion in presifting and measuring; weighed flour will always be the same amount, whereas one cup of unsifted flour and one cup of sifted flour are two different amounts.
From Egg to Egg
The scale is also useful for eggs. Egg size varies from egg to egg, and while it may not make a difference in many recipes, some genoise or spongecakes may demand an exact amount for success.
Now that diet consciousness is in fashion, a scale belongs not only in the bathroom but in the kitchen as well. Figuring calories, sodium and other nutrient levels often requires weighing various food items, which can be measured on the kitchen scale.