We really like the Heston Blumenthal precision scales by Salter. It’s quite large for a domestic weighing machine, measuring 2.5 x 26 x 17.5cm, and weighing 888 grams. It has two weighing plates, one of 16cm by 14cm which weighs up to 10 kilos, and a small plate of 8cm by 6.5cm for up to 200 grams. The large plate weighs to the nearest gram, while the smaller one is to the tenth of a gram. They are perfect for bakers – the small plate for ultra accurate amounts of yeast and salt, and the large plate for flour. The clear, backlit LED display is off to the side of the large plate, so is easily visible even when using large mixing bowls.
The amount measured by either plate can be displayed in grams, pounds and ounces, millilitres, or fluid ounces. Both plates can be zeroed, so that no maths is required when adding ingredients: simply reset, and weigh each item individually. The overall capacity limit of 10 kilos doesn’t change with resetting like this. We also like the way that it will show negative weights. So, for instance, if you reset the scale to zero with a bowl of dough on the plate, then each time you remove dough for, say, a roll, it shows the weight as -100g, or whatever you’ve removed. This means that jobs like making identically sized items is straightforward. It uses three AAA batteries, so there’s no problems about expensive button batteries when they need replacing, and to conserve batteries, it switches itself off after a period of not being used.
These are versatile and well thought out scales, and a great improvement on our previous scales. The generous 10 kilogram limit on the large plate means that it can cope with heavy earthenware mixing bowls, whereas the smaller, precision plate provides extra accuracy when needed.
At £49.99 they might seem expensive, but the 15 year guarantee, super accuracy and cheaper batteries more than make up for it. Available from John Lewis.
Fuss Free Flavours received a scale for review. All opinions are our own. Many thanks to Salter.