A classy scale for the kitchen

Weight is often a vital measurement for cooking, but one of the tools absent from most home kitchens is a scale. One reason: old-fashioned, accurate balance scales take up a lot of space. Another: bouncy, spring-loaded alternatives aren’t always trustworthy.

Soehnle electronic scales provide a solution, with computer-calibrated measurements, easy-to-decipher digital readouts (in grams or kilograms and pounds or ounces), and sleek lines designed for easy cleaning. Battery operated, they shut off automatically and have overload protection to avoid damage.

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The Soehnle scales, priced from about $50 to $195, depending on model and capacity, are available in cookware stores and catalogs and online; (800) 827-2582 or www.frieling.com.

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