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Kitchen scales buying guide

Weigh up your cooking options with our finely balanced guide.

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Types of kitchen scales

Measuring cups and spoons can come in useful, but weighing scales provide the level of accuracy needed to perfect any recipe.

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    Digital scales

    Digital scales feature an LCD display screen with a solid platform. Most digital scales can easily switch between metric and imperial measurements. They'll require batteries.

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    Mechanical kitchen scales

    Mechanical scales rely on springs to move dials, which then reflect the weight of the ingredients. They're a lot bigger in size than digital scales but boast a traditional retro look.

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    Jug scales

    Jug scales can be used for weighing both solids and liquids. The ingredients can then be easily poured from the jug into another bowl. Jug scales have a digital LCD screen and therefore require batteries.

    Digital scale features

    Check out some of the top features to look out for.

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    Calorie conscious

    Some digital scales provide a nutrition analysis of the food you're weighing. These models allow you to add your own recipes, and some have a memory feature to track your calories.

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    Don't count the packaging

    Want to know how much sugar you have left in the pack without having to pour it out? Scales that features the tare function consider the weight of the container, so they only weigh the contents.

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    Know your liquids

    Common in many digital scales, a 'liquid measuring' function allows you to measure in litres/pints.

    Imperial and metric conversion

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    How to convert imperial measurements to metric measurements

    Use our helpful multiplications to convert between imperial and metric measurements when cooking.

    • Grams to ounces - x 0.035
    • Ounces to grams - x 28
    • Pounds to kilograms - x 0.45
    • Kilograms to pounds - x 2.2
    • Teaspoons to millilitres - x 5
    • Tablespoons to millilitres - x 15
    • Fluid ounces to millilitres - x 30
    • Millilitres to fluid ounces - x 0.03
    • Cups to litres - x 0.24
    • Pints to litres - x 0.47
    • Litres to pints - x 2.1
    • Litres to gallons - x 1.06
    • Litres to quarts - x 0.26

      Meat thermometers

      Remove the guesswork from knowing when a joint of meat is fully cooked with a meat thermometer. They measure the internal temperature of the meat you're cooking so you can tell when it's cooked to perfection.

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      How to use a meat thermometer

      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.

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      Beef, lamb and venison

      • Rare - 52°C
      • Medium - 60°C
      • Well done - 75°C - 80°C
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      Pork

      • 75°C - 80°C
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      Poultry (chicken, turkey, goose and duck)

      • 75°C - 80°C

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