Anyone read those hoity toity (tween Charlotte may have watched Newsies a lot. Like 12 times in the theater a lot.) cooking magazines like Fine Cooking and Gourmet? My simple Betty Crocker heart secretly adores flipping through all those delicious pages with their 200 ingredient recipes, food-porn pics and advertisements for exotic utensils like “mandolin” and “zester” and “chef’s quality squishy mat that feels just like a stress ball for your toes!”. But I have one problem with those mags (that’s a lie – we all know I have lots of problems with cooking but we’ll leave my food issues aside for now): all the ingredients are measured in weird things like grams and ounces. The only thing in my kitchen that measures ounces is my Vitamix and I don’t think that’s the kind of ounces they mean when they say “2 ounces of 85% bittersweet cacao.” (You know a recipe is serious when it calls for “cacao” instead of chocolate. How do you even say that? I’m imagining ka-KOW. You know, like chocolate for Batman. If it’s not, kindly don’t disillusion me. I like mispronouncing words in public. It’s half of why I’m so fun at parties!)
So, when I received EatSmart’s kitchen scale in the mail* my first thought was “Suh-weet! (adult Charlotte may have watched Napolean Dynamite a lot.) Now I can make all those gourmet recipes and host the dinner party of my dreams!” At which point everyone who knows me falls to the floor laughing. As if the lack of proper measuring implements is the only thing holding me back from making rosemary-lemon shortbread tarts. I don’t even own matching dishes, remember? Actually my real first thought was this:
Not only can you measure fancy-shmancy food but also babies with tiny little ears like apricots, so delicious that I can’t help but nibble on them! The other upside? The scale only goes up to 11 pounds so I won’t be tempted to weigh myself on it. (Who am I kidding? I’m already weighing myself. Just not on a food scale. Egads.)
For those of you without a gourmet or slightly cannibalistic bent (those cheeks are so yummy!), a food scale has another obvious use: portion control. Sure you already know that a 3 oz. serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards but if you play with those ridiculously huge Sesame Street Uno cards like we do then your, er my, perception of portion sizes might be a wee bit off. Nothing says reality check on the pasta bowl like accuracy to the second decimal point. Not to mention this scale measures in ounces, grams, kilograms and pounds.
Want one for yourself? Just leave a comment telling me how you would use this scale. Would you finally get to cook European recipes and relive that one sweet summer in France? Or would you use it to keep that holiday snacking in check? Or, like me, would you sneak around the house weighing random objects just for the fun of it?
The winner will be announced Friday Dec. 4th. You get to choose your own color but shipping is limited to the U.S. For another chance to win this, check out Heather Eats Almond Butter!
*According to the new blog rules I must disclose that EatSmart sent me one free scale to review and is providing one scale at no cost to a winner on my blog. I was not paid for this post. Not that you asked but I do not get paid to blog, period. Also, I can’t believe I have to write my on fine-print legal crap.