Kitchen scale

    Published on May 3rd, 2013 | by Greg


    Kitchen Style: JosephJoseph Sleek Shell Scale, LP Chopping Board

    Farmers markets are open, lots of great produce is coming into season, and gardens are blooming. Like we said in part one of this series, it’s time to spice up your kitchen- and luckily, many companies are only to happy to help. We’ve been testing several products that should fit nicely into just about any kitchen, from the budding amateur to the seasoned professional, and have gear to suggest for just about any budget. We previously looked at some cookware and a nifty new coffee mug, but now we turn to one of our favorite companies for kitchen gadgets and accessories. The brand is JosephJoseph, and they’ve won a ton of awards for their designs. Here are two of the latest!

    The JosephJoseph Shell Scale might just be our favorite so far- and is probably the best digital kitchen scale that we’ve tested. Others may have included an iPod dock (yes, really), but this one gets the basics right and blends form and function beautifully. It packs up tight, in a cute and sleek method, and unfolds or unwraps easily. The stainless steel bowl is totally removable, handy for measuring and then pouring. Plus, it holds plenty of whatever ingredient or spice you need, up to- get this- 11 pounds.

    There are all of the usual functions, like the tare, an “add and weigh” option that allows you to continue adding ingredients to the pile if you’re blending them. It works for liquid or dry items, and cleans easily. That said, the plastic at the bottom feels a little bit cheap considering the classy bowl. It seemed accurate to within a gram, but we weren’t looking for greater accuracy- if you need it, then you might want to look for another option. The Shell looks great, as elegant as you can imagine a scale being, and is quite helpful. A great bargain for an item that should last years- available now for $50.

    The JosephJoseph Record Player glass chopping board should add some character to a staid countertop. We liked the thickness and weight, as well as the eye-catching pattern. It’s glass, which has plenty of upsides and downsides versus woods- easier to clean, but a little more prone to marking and with no self-healing or natural anti-microbial properties. They do offer a lifetime warranty against breakage, and we found it a tough, hardy surface that’s handy for saving your counters. Rubber feet help avoid slipping, and the 12×16 inch size is pretty good for most jobs. It’s dishwasher safe, and would make a pretty nifty for anyone who is nostalgic for vinyl. At $28, it’s also a good deal. At press time, availability was unclear, but it should be more widely purchasable shortly.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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