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Every cook should have a kitchen scale.
In my early years of cooking I never used a scale to measure ingredients. I relied on measuring cups to portion out flour and sugar, a liquid measuring cup to measure liquids, and basically ignored any weight measurements in recipes.
It was only when my husband and I got nerdy about coffee that we bought our first kitchen scale, to make pour-over coffee.
Then we got into baking bread.
Then we got very into The Great British Baking Show, and the sight of all those bakers pouring their ingredients into bowls set on kitchen scales became a familiar scene.
Then I read something akin to this about how you can end up with as little as 4 ounces or as much as 7 ounces (!) depending on your particular technique for measuring flour, and I finally understood.*
But you can skip all that - and save yourself the hassle of washing your measuring cups! - by getting a kitchen scale. It's the most accurate way by far to measure flour and other ingredients, and an essential tool if you want to take your baking to the next level.
So what scale to get? The Escali Kitchen Food Scale ($24.95). It's affordable, easy to use, and most importantly, very reliable and accurate. It reads quickly in increments of 1 gram or 0.5 ounces (up to 11 lbs) and it stays on for over four minutes, which is key - there's nothing more frustrating than carefully measuring out ingredients only to have the scale turn off halfway through!
And as a fun addition, it's available in 10 different colors.
Cheers to good tools! (And accurate measurements for successfully executed baked goods.)
*For what it's worth, the proper way to measure flour with a measuring cup is to first lightly fluff the flour in its container, use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup, then level the flour with a flat edge.