Kitchen Scales Buying Guide | Go Argos

Weighing and measuring buying guide

There's many different tools in the kitchen which can make cooking and baking a lot easier. From scales and measuring jugs to meat thermometers, this guide will explain the difference between each type and how you can best use them for great results.

Kitchen scales

Weighing ingredients, particularly when baking or following a meal plan, is an essential part of everyday cooking. Measuring cups and spoons can come in useful but weighing scales provide the level of accuracy needed to perfect any recipe. Read on to learn more about the different scales available.

Digital kitchen scales

Digital scales feature an LCD display screen with a solid platform and usually range from £10 - £30. Most digital scales include an 'add and weigh' function which allows you to measure multiple ingredients in the same bowl, the scale returns to zero after each ingredient is added. This feature also means you can place jugs or bowls directly onto the scales and weigh the ingredients inside. A 'liquid measuring' function is also common and allows you to measure in litres/pints. Most digital scales can easily switch between metric and imperial measurements. Digital scales require batteries.

Black Salter Digital Kitchen Scale.

Mechanical kitchen scales

Mechanical scales rely on springs to move dials, which then reflect the weight of the ingredients that are being weighed. These scales have a dial display, which isn't as accurate as the digital LCD display, and a bowl or tray which can easily be removed for washing. They're a lot bigger in size than digital scales but the traditional look means they're often displayed in kitchens as a retro style statement. Prices also range from around £10-£30.

Hanson Traditional Mechanical Kitchen Scale.

Jug scales

Jug scales can be used for weighing both solids and liquids. Most feature an 'add and weigh' function which lets you measure solid and liquid ingredients in the same jug, reducing the number of tools needed in the kitchen. The ingredients can then be easily poured from the jug into another bowl. Jug scales have a digital LCD display screen and therefore require batteries.

Salter Mechanical Jug Scale.

Measuring jugs

Available in both plastic and glass, some measuring jugs have an angled rim inside the jug that lets you read the measurements from above as well as from the side. They can be used directly on scales which have the 'add and weigh' function to measure liquids.

Pyrex 0.5 Litre Glass Measuring Jug.

The below charts show you how to convert between imperial and metric measurements when cooking.

Weight

Multiply by Multiply by
Ounces 28 Grams Grams 0.035 Ounces
Pounds 0.45 Kilograms Kilograms 2.2 Pounds

Volume

Multiply by Multiply by
Teaspoons 5 Millilitres Millilitres 0.03 Fluid ounces
Tablespoons 15 Millilitres Litres 2.1 Pints
Fluid ounces 30 Millilitres Litres 1.06 Quarts
Cups 0.24 Litres Litres 0.26 Gallons
Pints 0.47 Litres

Thermometers

Meat thermometers are used to tell when a joint of meat is fully cooked. Simply insert the point into the thickest part of the joint away from bones, leave a few seconds, and check the readout. They should be quick to respond and easy to read.

Many meat thermometers will show the optimum temperature of each type of meat but if your thermometer doesn't, follow the recommended temperatures below.

Heston Blumenthal Instant Read Thermometer.

For best results, follow these temperatures as a guide when cooking meat.

Beef, lamb and venison

  • Rare: 52C
  • Medium: 60C
  • Well done: 75C - 80C

Pork

  • 75C-80C

Poultry (chicken, turkey, goose and duck)

  • 75C-80C

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