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The sleek Polder digital scale mixes style, beauty and functionality

Updated on August 5, 2015
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A long-time whole grain baker, Kathryn discovered the thrill and ease of cooking with whole, fresh foods decades ago. Still chopping!

Precise flour-water ratios matter so much in bread making that a digital scale becomes a necessity
Precise flour-water ratios matter so much in bread making that a digital scale becomes a necessity | Source

When my thirteen-year-old digital scale gave up the ghost in the middle of a bread-making binge, I rushed out to the local hardware store and grabbed a new one.

They didn't have my old brand, but I didn't mind because I know the Polder name, have a few of their other products, and expect good things from them. Plus, it was on sale for $11! That's more than half off.

If you're an avid baker, like me, you may have noticed that more and more chefs today suggest weighing flour and other ingredients for baking, rather than relying on measuring cups. They're right! My breads and other baked goods turn out consistently well when I weigh the ingredients.

Thanks to the Internet, many of us try recipes from all over the globe, which means that quite often we must convert grams to ounces and ounces to grams. The Polder scale makes switching back and forth so easy--just one touch of the on/off button.

8 ways this scale is the right choice for the home cook and baker

I've had my scale about a month now, and I love it, for these reasons:

  1. Sleek, slim, flat, stylish design is both functional and beautiful in my kitchen
  2. Easy-wipe glass surface (not plastic as one reviewer thought)
  3. Square surface is large enough (7.75"x7.75") to hold good-sized bowls
  4. Measures up to 11 pounds, and as little 1/10 ounce or 1 gram
  5. Tare feature automatically subtracts container weight so you can add and weigh directly into your mixing bowl--Just set the tare to zero again after each addition
  6. Easily switch from ounces to grams or grams to ounces with a touch of the On/Off button
  7. Nice big LCD readout, which is especially handy for people like me with aging eyes
  8. Three AAA batteries included so you can use it right out of the box


How to use this scale

First, for accurate readings, make sure all four feet are touching the counter top or table.

In our earthquake-rattled apartment, the floors are uneven, which has caused my kitchen work table to warp. Unless I check that all four tiny feet are touching the table, I can get some wonky readings!

Fortunately, most cooks live in houses with fairly level floors and won't have this problem. But if you're used to living with uneven floors and surfaces as we do here in San Francisco, just know you can remedy the problem in a second. Place the scale on a flat surface so all four feet are touching the table or counter top, and you're good.

Check out the slide show below to see just how easy it is to use this scale.

So easy! See it to believe it!

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Set the scale on a flat, level surface and press the On/Off buttonIf measuring ingredients directly into a mixing bowl, press the tare button to zero out the bowl weight; press On/Off to switch from ounces to gramsMeasure your ingredients directly into the bowl, one at a time; after each addition, press tare to return to zero and measure your next ingredientAny container that does not obscure the display will work; just zero out the tare weight, switch to grams or ounces as needed, and add ingredients
Set the scale on a flat, level surface and press the On/Off button
Set the scale on a flat, level surface and press the On/Off button | Source
If measuring ingredients directly into a mixing bowl, press the tare button to zero out the bowl weight; press On/Off to switch from ounces to grams
If measuring ingredients directly into a mixing bowl, press the tare button to zero out the bowl weight; press On/Off to switch from ounces to grams | Source
Measure your ingredients directly into the bowl, one at a time; after each addition, press tare to return to zero and measure your next ingredient
Measure your ingredients directly into the bowl, one at a time; after each addition, press tare to return to zero and measure your next ingredient | Source
Any container that does not obscure the display will work; just zero out the tare weight, switch to grams or ounces as needed, and add ingredients
Any container that does not obscure the display will work; just zero out the tare weight, switch to grams or ounces as needed, and add ingredients | Source

So much versatility!

Here you can see just how easy it is to use the scale and to switch from ounces to grams.

The LCD display is actually much easier to read than my photographs might indicate. Amateur that I am, I could not find lighting that would keep the grayed-out background numbers from showing up in the photographs. In reality, they are quite obscure.

Plus, you can measure right into your mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup. As long as you can see the read-out, almost any firm container will work.

Of course, if you just want to weigh a couple of yams or apples, lay them right on the flat surface.

How do you use a kitchen scale?

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Thank you for taking a look at this handy kitchen gadget

Have you yet to discover how helpful this tool can be? If you already have one, do share how you use it.

If you haven't purchased one yet, how might it save you time, aggravation and money in the kitchen?

I welcome your thoughts and questions, and thank you for stopping by this page. Happy baking!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: Yes, I agree, it does help with the baking, since the weight of ingredients is often more important than the volume. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I need mine to experiment in my kitchen, mostly with baking. Definitely a must-have item.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Lee Hansen: I know how that goes. It's easy to use them up when we get a nice chunk of time to play on Squidoo, isn't it? I hope you enjoy your scale as much as I do mine.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Lee Hansen: You're welcome. It's so handy.

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      Just wanted to let you know I'll be back to add a LIKE - I've used all I'm allotted for today. And, I ordered the scale !!!

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      A kitchen scale is on my wish list, and thank you for narrowing the decision down to this model!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Margaret Schindel: You're welcome. I hope you find one that is just right for your needs.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      I, too, have a very old kitchen scale and am looking for a new one that will be more accurate and have additional functions, taring and the ability to switch between grams and ounces being at the top of my list. This one will definitely be added to my "short list" of kitchen scales to consider. Thanks for such a thoughtful and helpful review!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Merrci: You're welcome. I enjoy sharing my finds, don't you?

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I've been thinking of getting a scale. This looks like an excellent choice. Thanks for the great review.

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