As part of OXO Blogger Outreach Program, I had a chance to request an OXO product to try out at home and to share with one lucky reader.
Guess what? I'm a spaz... I completely forgot that I requested to test out a scale, and ended up buying another scale on a big sale at Marshall's.
My absentmindedness is your luck: instead of giving away one OXO scale, I'll be giving away two!
Why might you want an OXO scale? If you are a baker, having a scale helps you make more precise and consistent recipes. If you are trying to eat healthier, having a scale makes portion control easier to manage. It's just one of those kitchen tools that you'll find yourself using over and over again.
This particular scale is great because it's lightweight, comes with batteries and takes up very little space in your kitchen cabinet or drawer. In fact, you might want to leave it out on your counter because of its little footprint.
Here are some of the other highlights from OXO:
"OXO’s user-friendly Food Scale with Pull-Out Display is perfect for weighing all ingredients. Weigh items directly on the platform, on a plate or in a bowl, and pull the display away from the base to prevent shadowing from large plates and bowls. Accurately measure ingredients when cooking and baking or stick to a diet by weighing portions. A weight indicator shows the capacity left on the Scale before maximum capacity is reached. Press the zero button to offset the weight of a container or to set the weight back to zero so you can add additional ingredients. The display features large, easy-to-read numbers which measure in 1/8-ounce (imperial) and 1-gram (metric) increments. The plastic platform can be removed for cleaning. The Scale has a 5-pound capacity and two AAA batteries are included."
- Large numbers with illuminated background make display easy to read
- Pull-out display unit allows users to measure large objects and still be able to read the numbers
- An indicator displays how much capacity is left on the scale
Before I tell you how you can have a chance to win this scale, I'd like to share a recipe for Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Cookies adapted from Baking Basics and Beyond by Pat Sinclair.
2 cups (242 g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (114 g) butter, softened
1/2 cup (96 g) solid vegetable shortening
1 cup (228 g) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped dark 85% chocolate**
1/2 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate**
1/2 cup (57 g) chopped hazelnuts, lightly toasted
** I used Green & Black's Organic Chocolate I won from a twitter giveaway from Green & Black's Organic Chocolate and The Duo Dishes.
1. Preheat the oven to 375F with an oven rack in the middle.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Using a hand held mixer, cream together butter,
shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar, scraping the mixture down a few times. Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
4. Combine wet and dry mixture until dough forms. Carefully fold in chocolate chunks and nuts.
5. Using a 1-tablespoon scoop, form cookies and arrange them on a non-greased cookie sheet about two inches apart.
6. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
(I only baked 6 cookies so that I would not be tempted to eat all of them. I froze the rest of the cookies on a cookie sheet, and then transferred them to a Ziploc bag to store in the freezer for whenever I get a craving for something sweet.)
Serve cookies warm with milk.
And now, I will explain how two of you lucky Mango & Tomato readers can win your own OXO scale!
Tweet about this giveaway and mention @OXO, @MangoTomato and link to this blog post in your tweet
Like MangoTomato on FB
Like OXO on FB
The comments are now closed! The winners of the giveaway are Ann Mathew and Meryl. Congratulations!!!
Disclosure: OXO sent me two scales. I was not reimbursed in any way for writing this post. All opinions are my own.