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One of my housemates bought this as a gift and it turned out to be a surprisingly good product for its size. At just 249 g and measuring 4.75 x 3.75 x 3 inches, it's really petite and an awfully cute kitchen gadget. It is also accompanied by a 10-year warranty, though I can't be too certain if anyone would need a use for that ;-). PACKAGING & APPEARANCE The weighing scale is neatly packed into a plastic storage container (that is coincidentally, also what you use atop the weighing machine to put whatever you're weighing) that has a plastic lid. This allows the scale to be easily packed away as it is extremely compact. The scale itself is white and is made up of plastic (which is why it can be so light). What you do to set it up is to remove the lid, take out the scale, and put the white container atop the weighing machine where there is a little groove for you to ensure a good alignment between the scale and the container. There is a little calibration device behind that you can use to adjust your scale to the 0 marking. Although the whole weighing scale is so small and made out of plastic, it doesn't feel flimsy or easy to break, which is a plus-point. I've been using this for about a year and I haven't had any quality problems with it. WHAT I USE IT FOR The capacity of the scale is 500 g, and each increment is marked at 5 g. I suppose that this scale was probably intended for dieters to measure out their portions but I use it mostly for baking purposes when I have to measure flour, sugar, egg whites and stuffs like that. Perhaps the only difficulty I have with using this for baking purposes is when you need to actually make big batches of baking products -- the container is not going to be big enough and you will have to do it for batches. But normally, I just bake small portions just enough for me and my friends so I don't really have this problem. I guess because this is so precise, you can use it to measure some of your cooking condiments, or even like your portion sizes if you're quite picky about how much you actually consume. Insofar I have found the measurements to be quite reasonable -- it has yet to give me any huge baking disasters - so I'm thankful for that! WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS One thing that I like about this is that it's really easy to wash the plastic container. You can pour whatever you're measuring directly into the container (as compared to the kind of weighing machines that functions like a scale so you will need to take a separate bowl for measuring) and the container is easy to remove and to wash. I also like how such a small device can manage my baking needs in a fuss-free manner. WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS? At less than 5 pounds (at Amazon), this kitchen scale is really a steal for what it does. Why pay the extra for a larger equipment that does the same thing, if you can make do with something small?
Just recently I have been feeling a little on the hefty side. I have been working on getting better from Bulimia but as a result I know I've gained a few pounds and that my clothes feel rather tight of late! I know I have to eat but I haven't been eating the right things as a rule at all as well as eating very late at night. I suffer with M.E which exhausts me plus have an underactive thyroid which makes me not only prone to gaining weight (and its hard to shift it!) but also tired so I tend to laze about all day feeling knackered and yep eating crap. So I've bought in lots of healthy food this week and I am now following a healthy eating plan. Out are the takeaways and the booze, in is the tofu, cous cous and bottled water. I'm determined to eat better for the long term with the occasional treat thrown in for good behaviour opposed to eating healthy occasionally and living on treats if you see what I mean lol. On the leading up to this lifestyle change I was on Amazon.co.uk (as usual lol) and looking for some kitchen scales. My old ones got broke in the move from my old flat to this one and to be honest I wasn't all that bothered about them anyway as they were a bit on the big and bulky side for my small kitchen and far too large for my needs. I spotted these diet scales on Amazon costing £6.43, new and including postage and packaging and bought them. The Packaging: These scales come in a small black box and on the front of it there is a picture of the scales on there and we are told what they are and who they are by and that they have a 15 year guarantee and weigh up to 5g in weight. On the back and on the top of the box some information is listed in foreign languages as well as in English and we are told that they weigh up 500g and 16 oz plus are ideal for dieters (once again lol) and that the scales come with a snap on lid to act as a container and contact details for the manufcturer are given. Inside the box there is a leaflet that gives instructions on how to use the scales and so on and which also doubles up as a guarantee and my scales arrived with the base of the scales laid within the bit you weigh things in and with the snap on lid (see through plastic) on it making this a really neat and small appliance to store in a cupboard. The Scales: Well these are not only really simple to use as they are small but they look great and work extremely well ta boot. All of is white apart from the flexible plastic part which you slot the weighing bit onto which is black plastic. The dial on the small square base is black and quite large and over that is see through plastic so its easy to read and we are also told on there that they are Salter. The weighing part is large, white plastic in a square deep shape and slots onto the base securely then you have a small back dial on the back of the base that you gently adjust when you have the weighing piece on there to 0g or 0z and that shows up on the dial in a bright red line. They really are so simple to use and I love the size of these and think they are really well thought out. Weighing in grams on the upper circle of the dial and oz to the inner of that circle I love the fact that I can store these away when not in use but do tend to use them often when cooking from scratch for myself! They rinse clean easily and feel really durable and strong for such a small item and I really am hugely impressed by these and trust them! They have turned out to be a great little buy for me! With a 15 year guarantee what does anyone have to lose? Available from Amazon (I haven't see these available to purchase anywhere else)
Some time ago, when I lived in the Midlands, I used to go to a slimming class every week where our 'instructor' always used to say, 'If you are not weighing your food, you are not dieting'. Having since successfully followed the Slimming World diet I now know that you can eat as much as you like providing you are eating the right foods. Whilst I was in the position of having to weigh everything that I ate so that I could record the number of calories consumed I purchased the Salter Diet Kitchen Scale. I can't remember how much I paid for mine but they currently cost £4.99 from Amazon and come with a ten year guarantee. These scales are purely for weighing portions of food or other small amounts. It would be difficult (though not impossible) to weigh the ingredients for a baking session. This is partly because the scales don't weigh large enough weights and partly because the tub isn't big enough to hold large amounts of food. The scales are white in colour and stand just 10cm tall. They are made from plastic and comprise the weighing mechanics in a base unit with a white tub which sits on the top ready to receive the items to be weighed. Incidentally, when lying down, the base of the scales fits inside the tub for safe and convenient storage. They are also very light and easy to move around. So, as you can see, the scales are easy to set up - just stand the base on your work surface, place the plastic tub on the top and away you go. Obviously you will need to make sure that the scales are set to zero before you start. This is achieved by turning a small knob on the top of the scales until the needle on the face is vertical at the 12 o'clock position - 0g. Now, all you need to do is to pop your item in the tub and read off the weight on the dial. The scales will weigh up to 500g and is calibrated in 5g sections with larger numbers every 50g and it is accurate to 2g.The ones that I own also have imperial measurements on an inner ring on the dial and weigh up to 16 ounces in ¼ ounce steps. The dial is white with black numbers and covers the front of the base unit so it is as large as it can be which makes it very easy to read. The scales have a rubber base which makes them very stable on the work surface, which is ideal for those of us who can be rather clumsy! The tub can be washed in hot soapy water along with the rest of the washing up so that's nice and easy then! When I needed to weigh my food I used these all the time and was never disappointed. They are accurate, easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store and they helped me keep to the diet that I was following at the time. As I said earlier I don't now weigh food for the purposes of dieting but, if I need to weigh a small amount of food, these are the scales that I reach for. I would recommend them without hesitation. Just as a final note I bet you will be surprised at how little there is when you come to weigh a 35g portion of your breakfast cereal! I know I was!
For a while now, I have been trying to watch what I eat and one of the things I have done to try and take care of myself is to cut down portion sizes. This is not the easiest thing to do if you are unsure of the weights of foods, and I found myself in need of some scales to weigh out my portions. I didn't own any kind of kitchen scales, so I went on the hunt to find something suitable. My first stop was at Amazon, where I came across the Salter 021 Diet Kitchen Scale. These are mini scales, that are actually stored in the tub you use to weigh out the food. The scales are white, as is the tub, and a clear lid pops onto the tub for you to store the scales when they are not in use. I didn't really expect them to be so tiny, but they are a good size, as I can easily weigh out all the foods I use and they store easily away in my cupboard and don't take up much more space than a tin of beans. The scales weigh foods up to 16oz (450 grams ) so you can easily weigh out the correct portions sizes of anything, and I have found it to quite surprising how much is actually in a portion of food. I have used these more than I ever thought I would, and I am really glad I bought them. The dial is really easy to read, with clear numbers and lines written in black on a white background. I bought these for £4, and I think that is a bargain price for such a great item. I saw many other diet scales and kitchen scales for sale on Amazon, and these all seemed to be a bit expensive, so the price for these was the main selling point for me, especially with free delivery. I am really impressed with these, and I have even used them to weight out the ingredients for a cake, so no need to buy a seperate set of kitchen scales. They are easy to clean too, as they are made out of a tough plastic. There is a wheel on the back of the scales to move the needle back to zero if it becomes unbalanced or is not set properly when it arrives. I recommend these scales 100% and I am really glad that I bought them. If you are looking to control the amount you put in your portions, this is the perfect set of diet scales for you. 5 out of 5 from me.
Short name: Salter 021