Kitchen scales are very handy to have around the kitchen, and you can use them for everything from measuring out small amounts of coffee for a french press to weighing out large quantities of flour when you’re planning to do some bread baking. As long as yours is accurate – and you can always double check the accuracy by measuring something with a known weight – just about any kitchen scale will do until you have to measure something big. Most kitchen scales measure only small quantities. They may be sensitive enough to detect a few tenths of an ounce, but they top out at a few pounds, which can be frustrating for bakers and cooks who work in larger quantities. The OXO Good Grips 22-lb Food Scale is a kitchen scale that has double or triple the range of the average kitchen scale and can handle bigger cooking projects easily.
Cook’s Illustrated recently (March/April 2013) gave this scale a try and found it to be accurate and easy to use at a wide range of test weights. It is sensitive enough to measure 1 gram or 1/8-oz weights in addition to the heavier things. The OXO scale is easy to read, with a large backlit display. The display on the scale also pulls out, which makes it easier to see underneath large bowls, platters or anything else that might stick out over the display of an ordinary scale and make it difficult to read. It also measures volume in cups and mL for water-based ingredients, as well as giving dry measures in grams/kilograms and ounces/pounds. The scale has a very low profile, so it is easy to store, but it does have a larger footprint when it is in use than many small scales have. However, if you know you’ll be doing some heavy measuring with big baking, cooking or canning jobs, a scale that is slightly larger but a lot stronger is probably the perfect tool.