A digital kitchen scale

I had a kitchen scale. I did not need another kitchen scale or so I thought.

I had a rough little kitchen scale. It had a small plastic bowl that sat on top. I used it primarily for weighing meat when I am sealing it up to freeze. It does not have to be incredibly accurate for that. I am only weighing to quarter pound accuracy typically. I even round to the quarter pound so extreme accuracy is not on the radar. I don’t need extremely small measurements because I am not typically measuring anything smaller than a quarter pound. Most of the time I am not sealing anything smaller than one pound increments and most definitely nothing smaller than a half pound at a time. I have a family of five, a half pound of meat is not going to cut it for five people. I do not care what any body else says, a half pound of meat is not going to cut muster around here.

That was then…
…this is now…
My mother-in-law, Georgann Saunders taught me how to make a few things that are now a decided must have thing around here with the boys. They happen to be British foods and in metric measurements. 
Now that should not throw off anyone that is a masterful cook and it does not even scare me, except my measuring utensils do not have metrics on them for the most part. At least not to what is written in the various British cookbooks. That is less than helpful or useful by the way. So you have to improvise or just get inventive. My mother-in-law weighed things. She did in fact use my rough scale and made it work but she is used to these measurements. For what we were making (in larger quantities) we did not need the finer/smaller quantities and thus did not need to worry about accuracy as much. 
However, when I went to make Jammie Dodgers (from scratch), I needed a bit smaller measurement than I could get accurately. It just was not going to work anyway I looked at it. Fortunately, I knew that my friend, Valerie Murphy, had a digital kitchen scale. I called her up and she let me borrow it. It worked nicely and I was amazed. I figured I would just watch the sales and buy one when they went on sale. I returned hers.
That is not exactly what happened, but it is pretty close…
This is the OXO Good Grips Digital Scale. As you can see it has been used and I did not clean it up before taking a picture of it. I figured it was a good indication of how good it would stand up to normal use. It is not very big, but it is big enough. It is a 5-pound scale so do not think that you can weight the 20-pound Thanksgiving turkey to verify that it is in fact a 20-pound bird. It will not work for that. However, it will work for weighing your son’s Pinewood Derby Cars. It does imperial and metric measurements so you get the best of both worlds. The display pulls out so if you have a larger bowl sitting on the scale plate, you do not have to strain to read the display. 
All in all, I am happy with the scale. It runs on AAA batteries if I remember correctly so nothing unusual. One thing that I liked about it over the one that Valerie let me borrow is that it does have an power button. I can turn it on and off at will. It is bulkier than the one I borrowed from her, however. All in all, function wise they are comparable.
It ended up that I had a 20% off coupon for Kohl’s. I had some Kohl’s Cash to spend as well. In the end it worked out like a really good sale. I ended up spending about $27 on this one when all was said and done. I believe the regular price was $40. Digital scales can be rather expensive. All in all, I am happy with the scale. I would have liked to have spent a little less for it, but I wanted it right then to use it for what I was going to make at the time. It is something I will use quite a bit in the future and have already used more than once.

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