5 Reasons To Dust Off Your Kitchen Scale

In the past we've talked about several of our favorite food scales and while we know many homes have actually purchased a scale we're willing to bet they don't see daylight all that often. If that's, here's 5 reasons to dust them off and get them back into action!

Portion control and calorie counting is all well and good, but if you don't actually use the tech that you bring into your home, then it's just taking up space.

1. Accurate Measuring: Calories and weight loss aside, sometimes using a more traditional measuring scoop doesn't quite cut it. Depending on the humidity of your environment, ingredients can weigh more, throwing off sensitive recipes. The difference can be almost 10%!

2. True Calorie Watching: It's easy to say an apple has X amount of calories or likewise a chicken breast, but not all apples and chicken boobies were created equal. By knowing the exact weight you will no longer be cheating yourself when it comes to your health routine.

3. Routine: Most won't have reasons against using a kitchen scale, they've simply fallen out of the routine of doing so. Instead, change things up and force yourself to use the scale for a week. If you still hate it, ditch it, but if you're starting to get the hang of things, pat yourself on the back for making a change!

4. Save Money: We've all been there. We make pasta, toss it in the pan with the sauce, it needs a little more so we throw in tomatoes, some mushrooms, a little of this and a little of that and before you know it you have this giant amount of food. Sure you can portion it off and save it for lunches throughout the week, but how often do those leftovers get forgotten about? Measuring out the exact amount you and your family require for each meal is a great way to start clean and never toss leftovers in the trash again!

5. Advancements: With thoughts of scales from the late 80's when it seemed everyone and their mother was on Weight Watchers, scales just weren't cool yet. They were cumbersome and frustrating to use, but today's models could fly you to the moon with their bells and whistles and while they're at it, get some mean, mean measuring done!

Do you use your kitchen scale? Have you bought one in the past and forgotten about it? Share your thoughts on these kitchen staples in the comments below!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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