On Balance NV-3000 Envy Digital Scale (0.1g – 3000g)
If you have ever watched the scales as you add ingredients, you will probably have noticed that they seem to change very slowly as you try and shake out that last gram of flour or the final ounce of sugar. This is because regular kitchen scales are designed to be accurate to the degree that most home cooks need them, but this may not be enough if you want to branch out and try some new techniques.
For most recipes, the difference of a few grams either way makes no discernible difference to the overall outcome. Indeed, there are entire styles of cooking that rely on sight, smell and taste to produce their most delicious dishes. For some chefs, the idea of using scales at all seems absurd – they want to combine, taste and adjust every time they cook, so no two dishes are ever exactly the same.
This is ideal when you are using fresh ingredients that may vary hugely in their flavour and texture, but it is not always the ideal when it comes to more precise methods of cooking that rely on the chemical interactions between the ingredients to achieve the desired effect.
Keen bakers will know that too much or too little bicarbonate of soda or baking powder can make a huge difference to a dish. Too little, and you run the risk of your dish not rising properly, but too much can leave a soapy taste that is hard to mask. Being able to measure out the precise quantities of these vital ingredients makes your results more reliable and the process of cooking more enjoyable.
Using an On Balance NV-3000 Envy Digital Scale in molecular gastronomy
Molecular gastronomy combines chemistry and biology in a truly unique and fascinating way. Humans have long understood how to use certain chemical reactions to their advantage, as evidenced by our centuries-old ability to distil and ferment alcohols, but chefs on the cutting edge are refining that knowledge with some truly fascinating results.
By analysing the interactions between different foods, chemicals and processes, molecular gastronomists have identified many ways to add new textures and flavours to some of our favourite dishes. These recipes really rely on the precision of the process, however, so it is vital to be able to measure out the ingredients accurately in order to get consistency in the results.
When you are trying to produce pearls of your favourite soup, encourage two ingredients to form an emulsion, or create a flavourful foam, being able to add exactly the right amount of each ingredient is the key to success.
The benefits of the On Balance NV-3000 Envy Digital Scale
Many precision scales are great for weighing tiny amounts but struggle with larger quantities. The On Balance NV-3000 Envy Digital Scale can accurately measure from 0.1 gram to 3 kilograms, so there’s no need to have two sets of scales as this one can do everything. It is small and compact, so you can have it to hand whenever you need it and it’s easy to clean and operate.
It’s backlit, so you can easily see the readout even when things are busy in the kitchen, and it can be adjusted to weigh in metric, imperial and a range of other systems including grains, pennyweights and even carats. Whatever you want to weigh and whatever recipe you are using, this scale is ideal to ensure that you get the right quantity every time.