Retrosink: Kitchen scale with sundries

American Family Kitchen Scale

In these days of molecular gastronomy kitchen scales need to be a bit more precise than those of the past. While this American Family Kitchen Scale may not see every day use any longer, it can still hold its own as décor. No less than eight food items are painted on it, presumably to tell you what the scale is to be used for. While you may not have much need to measure out a pound of lettuce, the picture (along with my favorite, the steak) sure looks nice.

Converting ounces to grams is done old-school style, with two sets of marks delineating the weight. No buttons to press here, no batteries to insert or outlet to find. However, even with no exacting measurements, this scale can still find a place in the modern kitchen—as long as you’re not using transglutaminase or sodium alginate.


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