How to Use a Kitchen Scale

Parts of a scale, how to switch between measurements, and how to use the tare feature

I urge everyone to buy a digital kitchen scale. Analog scales are charming, but digital scales are precise. I recommend and use the Escali Primo. For around $25, you get a lot of bang for your buck!

The weighing platform is easy to clean, the display is nice and large, and the tare and unit selection buttons are easy to use.

I generally weigh my ingredients in a bowl. In this photo, I've just put the bowl on the platform, and you can see it weighs 19.45 oz.

Press the On/tare button to zero out the weight of the scale so that you're only weighing your ingredients without having to subtract the weight of the bowl.

After weighing each ingredient into the bowl, press "tare" again to reset to zero. For example, weigh out 4 oz butter, press the tare button, and weigh out 6 oz sugar right in with the butter.

Press the unit selection button to switch among 3 settings: ounces, pounds and ounces, and grams.

You can switch between them at will. For example, you can measure out 7 grams of salt on top of 8 oz of flour.