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I use this which does a pretty decent job, decent capacity, and large enough that you can actually see the screen when you throw a bowl on top to weigh out grains.
I have a smaller one for hops, but this could work too but it is only accurate to 1g.
Kitchen Scale - Bakers Math Kitchen Scale - KD8000 Scale by My Weight, Silver [link]
I bought this one for several reasons. One is it runs off regular batteries, not a weird round one. Two, you can also purchase an AC adapter (I haven't, see point 1 lol) Third and favorite reason is you can adjust the auto shut off time. Great when you are making a recipe and measuring and stuff. My old scale was constantly shutting off before I could record the weight of something. This stays on for several minutes and is adjustable. I believe it also can measure in pretty small weights and has a protectable cover for the buttons if you do messy baking.
It doesn't have much asthetic but [link] this baker scale is awesome for general kitchen duty and coffee making. Scale plate is plastic and easily removable so wont absorb heat as quickly and easy to clean. I have not figured out how to turn off the time out but its like 5 minutes so I dont have an issue while pouring.
In regard to your pourover, you are going to have to dial in via taste instead of time. Pourovers IMO don't scale well to that big of a batch.
I have the KD-8000, but others should do.
IMO, the feature you need to look for (which sadly didn't exist on my particular HF scale, though it does for some) is the ability to turn off auto-power-down. Two or three minutes seems like a lot (on some it's only one minute, and they'll tout it as a feature), but it often isn't long enough, and then you lose your tare. I got the scale I got because I knew for certain I could turn that off. So far, I'm one and a half years into the first charge on the batteries, even leaving it on accidentally for a day or two at a stretch.
This is a great scale for the money:
Do a search for KD8000 and disable auto off, to change to longer or not automatically turn off. It can also be AC adaptor powered. This has enough weight to tare on large bowls for cooking big (many portion) meals.
I just wish MyFitnessPal recipe support wasn't so bad.
For just $10 more, the KD-8000 is an excellent investment. It's accurate to 1 gram, which is useful if you're adding small amounts of yeast to a preferment. It's very good quality.
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I like its large size and high capacity. Seems very robust and doesn't have any issues with sensitivity to air drafts or vibrations (unlike my travel scale ��)
This is my absolute favorite scale [link]
It's a little more expensive than the other options, but it is top notch quality. Also you can make it not auto turn off which is AMAZING when you are preparing multi-ingredient meals.
I've got the MyWeigh KD8000. Haven't had it for long, but it feels sturdier than others I've had in the past and I've seen it used in a couple bakeries, which is a pretty good sign.
This scale is very good.
A food scale is something that will be in your kitchen possibly for decades so I would not just go out and pick up any old scale. Do a bit of research at least, I like this one.
I like my KD8000. I had an Oxo pull out that eventually died so I stepped up to this model and am loving it for everything.
I have one of these and it works great. I use it for exactly the same situation as you.
For instance, today I started with grilled chicken breast, which was marinated in BBQ Sauce, steamed green beans and roasted sweet potatoes.
I just used a Jack Daniel's brand BBQ Sauce and grilled the breasts on a Foreman Grill, then added 1 serving of the BBQ sauce in a ramekin. Steamed a load of green beans for about 15-17 minutes and then seasoned with SnP. Diced, roasted garnet sweet potatoes marinated in olive oil, SnP and a healthy portion of chili powder.
Calculate how much of each you want in a meal, then purchase what you need. Buy a bit more than what you calculate as chicken will lose weight while cooking and you may trim. You may trim or peel the sweet potato. I buy prepped green beans to make it a bit easier.
I would ask your trainer for a calorie target, or speak to a nutritionist to get one which will cater to your current status and where you want to be. If you're going hard core, then I definitely would seek advice from a nutritionist as you'll be in a caloric deficit in order to lose the weight.
Measuring is simple, go to Amazon and get a digital scale. I personally bought and love this scale. You'll also want a digital body scale, to track your progress. Get an app that will help you track everything, The MyFitnessPal app is probably the #1 app for this. You can add recipes to get nutritional values, track what foods you are eating, and you can track the exercises to monitor progression.
I've got this one and it's pretty darn good. I've seen it in bakeries as well, so that's probably a good endorsement.
I use a My Weigh KD-8000
Calibrating your scale is not a bad idea; however, for most people, it's completely unnecessary. Most scales from a store aren't going to be off by more than 1%. Think about it: in 1000 g, you're only ±10 g. Most measurements are going to be less than 200 g (error ±2 g).
Yes, calibrating your scale is awesome, but it's not really needed for typical use. Also, don't use a 100 g weight. Get something that's either called for by your scale or at least 50% of the max weight of said scale.
This is coming from a guy who owns a $300 legal-for-trade scale with the appropriate calibration weights (1x 50 g, 2x 100 g, 2x 500 g, 2x 1000 g, 1x 5000 g).
WIth that said, this scale is actually quite awesome for the price: [link]
If you must, buy a 5 kg weight for it also: [link]