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Culinary Toolbox: Eat Smart Precision Pro Digital Scale

There is nothing that I hate more than a recipe that fails. As soon as the execution is over, I’m left with something that doesn’t even resemble the picture!

Worse, the ingredient list used volumetric measurements. How much flour is in a cup? Did the author sift the flour first? Was it humid or dry when they tested the recipe?

I believe that everyone would benefit from using a scale. Today I’m reviewing the scale that I use, and tell you why it’s an essential item for your toolbox.

Eat Smart sent me a scale in 2010 to review. He wrote in his email

…this is a scale that is really targeted at the non-professional. It does all of the things your commercial scale does in a more compact, cost efficient little package.

Today’s review is an update on the scale, three years after use.

Why do you need this scale?

If you are going to get serious about cooking – whether in a cooking school or at home, you must have a scale.

What does the scale look like?

The scale arrives in an understated box. I like is the no-nonsense packaging.

a photo of the box the scale came in

Nice packaging, understated, but nice

The scale is packaged in a nice box with a booklet giving calorie counts for weights of food items, two AAA batteries.

The scale I received is brushed gray, plastic. It feels light, almost flimsy.

a photo of the contents of the box

The scale was remarkably light.

Let’s put it through the kitchen torture test. How does the scale function?

Kitchen equipment has a mysterious power to break itself, with no fault of any cook that was using it. How will it fare?

The most important feature about a scale is it needs to be easy to tare. This scale has a button that tares in one click.

a photo of me taring the scale

Even with a heavy bowl it tares like a champ.

The scale is tared

The scale is tared

The scale comes complete with a calorie counter based on weights. For most purposes here on WDC, it won’t be important. If you are counting calories, it’s a bonus for you.

I took the scale and used it for my inventory. Inventory is a measure of your current money value for your stock. Accurate weights are important for a proper inventory.

a photo of me using the scale for inventory

It works for inventory, so that means this scale is good!

The scale performed well for inventory. It only goes up to 11 pounds, but for home use, it will be fine.

Let’s kick the torture test up a notch…

I sent the scale off with my kitchen staff.

I am happy to report it returned in mint condition. Perhaps it is because the thought of breaking the Chef’s personal scale might not sit well with a cook. I am inclined to believe it was dropped, abused and tossed around. These things happen in the kitchen. (Not that a cook would admit it, mind you!)

Finally, even my pastry chef weighed out the ingredients for her creations on it. I am happy to report I did not get any cake pans in the head, which means the scale did its job.

I mentioned above the scale felt flimsy. I am chef enough to admit it. I was wrong. It’s a tough scale, lightweight because of it’s no-nonsense design.

Taring is easy. Compared with my “professional” scale it’s a snap. I didn’t have to fight the button to shut it off, or to tare.

The batteries are easy to replace. With some scales, you have to have special batteries which require sacrifices to dark gods to find the right ones. Worse, they usually exact a cost that is little in return for what you get.

Now, I have to disclose Eat Smart sent the scale to me for review. I wasn’t paid to give the scale a good review. Any of you who know me can rest assured that I will tell you exactly how it is when it comes to a product. If you want to get serious with the WDC, then this product belongs on your shelf.


The Good:

For the price, you just can’t go wrong. You can spend upwards of 250$ for a scale that will do the same thing.

The Bad:

It is hard to see the readout when you have a bigger bowl on the pad. I wish the scale was longer so you can read the display while taring ingredients in a bowl.

The Ugly:

It’s a bit on the plain side. You won’t win any design awards for having it in your kitchen.

The Verdict:

I think this is a good addition to your culinary toolbox. For the price you are paying, it’s a steal compared with other scales out there.

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{ 2 comments… add one }

  • John Paré July 25, 2013, 1:38 pm

    As someone who works on formulations in the pharmaceutical business I know all to well the benefits of a good scale. Things that are important are ease of use, accuracy and readout.

    I agree 100% that volumetric measurements are rubbish. Mass is the most accurate way to measure. Keeping in mind that mass can change depending on moisture content (not that important of a calculation for the kitchen).

    Great article and review!

  • Jason Sandeman July 25, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Spot on John! I feel that if we all switched to scales for our recipes, there would be next to no overhead for testing recipes for magazines or cookbooks. The funny part is that over in Europe everyone uses scales to measure. Heck, my wife’s 94-year-old Babbi uses one, and all of her recipes are in weights!

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