Why it's essential for home cooks and bakers to use digital kitchen scales for consistently successful results. Plus a Terraillon macaron scale review from the French weighing experts.
Why Do I need a Digital Kitchen Scale?
Weighing your ingredients accurately will help you produce consistently successful results each time. In fact, don't even start making recipes that require precise measurements (such as macarons and patisserie) without them!
It takes the maths out of weighing ingredients.
What's more, digital scales are also great at economising on washing up, as you can weigh each of your ingredients directly in the bowl or saucepan you're using. Just place the bowl on top and flip the button back to zero.
Grams or Ounces = Same Language?
As baking in France and in the UK (and rest of Europe) is measured in metric grams (millilitres and kilos), all my recipes and in both my books are also given in grams.
- Used to baking with imperial ounces (fluid ounces and pounds)? It's so easy to change weight measurements with digital kitchen scales by a simple tap on the UNIT button. However, it's not as precise as working with grams;
- So I recommend you follow my recipes using precise grams and stick to them throughout the recipe to achieve consistent successful results.
- In many recipes on the website, I have added both ounces and cups purely as an approximate guide.
Weight vs Volume
Baking or making patisserie is a science. Let's not get all technical, but yes, it's chemistry and if you change anything from 20g to 50g of flour or sugar in the oven, it can be a disaster (believe me, I've been there before digital scales).
Making macarons or pastries require exact quantities to the nearest gram (or ⅛ ounce), so you'll need digital scales to weigh your ingredients precisely.
Cups are Not Accurate For Measuring Pâtisserie
CUPS are not an accurate enough measurement to enable us to bake or cook consistently well. Especially when it comes to baking pâtisserie like macarons, tarts, ganaches etc.
- One cup of plain (all-purpose) flour is about 125g or 130g. I get conflicting results throughout - so what if I want to use precisely 125g flour? It also isn't the same weight as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour;
- One cup of almond flour (ground almonds) is 100g - so is NOT the same weight as a cup of plain flour either.
- Likewise, you can't just throw in 4 egg whites and hope for the best that it will be 150g if my macaron recipe asks for it. It may just work, but next time you try the recipe, it could go wrong since 4 egg whites could be anything between 120g and 160g depending on the size and freshness of your eggs;
- Butter: is that 28g or 30g, ¼ stick or 2 tablespoons? Or 1.5 tablespoon for only 20g?
Although some recipes (such as muffins, pancakes and bread) can be forgiving, measurements have to be precise by WEIGHT - not volume - in order for recipes to work successfully each time.
I could go on - but do you get the picture? Working in cups also means referring to charts of cups of flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, butter...
It's so much easier in grams.
So imagine my joy to discover these stylish MACARON digital kitchen scales by Terraillon. But were they up to it, being so lightweight?
"Macaron" Digital Kitchen Scales - Terraillon Review
Ever since these shiny raspberry-coloured scales arrived a few weeks ago, I've been constantly testing them - and they have passed with flying (and glossy) colours!
To choose the best digital kitchen scales, I find that Terraillon's Macaron Scale ticks all the right criteria boxes and more:
- The LCD display is easy to read and buttons are large;
- It measures in BOTH metric and imperial weights, so if I'm following a recipe in ounces or in grams, I can switch back and forth at the touch of a button. That way we're speaking the same international kitchen language;
- It's ACCURATE to the nearest gram or ⅛ ounce - and measures liquids too;
- It's full 5kg (11lb) CAPACITY is a lovely feature. Some of Terraillon's macaron scales go up to 3kg (9lb) capacity, which is still more than enough for making pastries at home. My last scale would go into overdrive if I placed a heavy glass bowl on it but this one is much more bowl friendly as a result;
- It has a TARE function, which means being able to reset it to zero so you can add and weigh more ingredients in the same bowl. Just switch back to zero to weigh the next ingredient. This economises on washing up;
- It doesn't mention on the guide, but weight is indicated for a whole TWO MINUTES. This is a feature I love compared with my last (and expensive!) scale, since often I'll be measuring out icing (powdered) sugar and I run out towards the end. By the time I get another packet, the scale used to switch off. This scale doesn't thus saves me the hassle of re-weighing;
- Although they rely on batteries, the macaron scale uses only TWO standard AAA batteries - my previous one used a whopping four and yet this one lasts so much longer. It also warns you when you need to change batteries too, although it still hasn't run out after 2 months of constant use;
- Its sleek DESIGN is slimline, it's super lightweight, easily transportable with an integrated handle, and the surface area is wide enough to accommodate standard bowls and pans. Although I chose raspberry, it comes in 12 more delicious glossy colours from shiny liquorice, plum, bright grenadine, mojito, frosted silver, to white meringue, for example, so would look stylish in any kitchen colour theme. It's also so easy to clean at just a wipe of a cloth.
Did you know there are also digital jam scales? They take the maths out of jam making too!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post and was given a Macaron Digital Kitchen Scale by Terraillon for the purpose of a review. I am not required to be positive and, as always, all opinions are my own.