How does a digital kitchen scale work?

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How does a digital kitchen scale work?
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What Is A Digital Kitchen Scale?

A digital kitchen scale is a compact version of those large digital scales you will typically find in the deli of your local supermarket. There is a flat area on the top where you can place your foods or ingredients, and this is usually made from stainless steel and is easily removable for washing. In the front, you will find a digital readout that will display the weight of whatever is placed on it. Depending on your preference, the readout will display in ounces, grams, pounds or a combination of all three, depending on the model.

How Does A Digital Kitchen Scale Work?

Digital kitchen scales use something called a strain gauge. A strain gauge evenly distributes the weight of whatever is placed on the top of it. This weight is then transferred to a load cell. As weight is applied to this load cell, it bends slightly, which changes the amount of electrical resistance running through it. The amount of this electrical resistance is passed through a converter that changes it from analogue to digital and sends it to a small microchip that's responsible for the numbers that appear on the LCD display.

If you lift off the top plate of your digital kitchen scale, you should see some type of panel that is secured to a middle section by a couple of screws. That middle section under the panel is where you will find the load cell. Usually there will be a few rubber dots around the panel so the top plate is always securely held and able to give very exact measurements.

What Should I Look For In A New Digital Kitchen Scale?

There are dozens of digital kitchen scales on the market today, and they come in many sizes. Very small ones will support up to one pound in weight and are primarily for carefully measuring ingredients. If you are a chef or just really want to improve your cooking skills, one of these small scales is worth checking out. Larger digital kitchen scales can support over 4.54 Kilogram and can be very useful when determining how to portion out certain dishes to large gatherings of people and when having people over for the holidays.

Digital Kitchen Scales And Dieting

While the most common use for digital kitchen scales is measuring ingredients, the use of these scales in dieting has grown significantly over the past few years. Portion control can help some people lose weight without having to eliminate their favourite foods. Using a kitchen scale, you can make sure you stick to single servings much easier than trying to "eyeball" it.

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