Recently I was lucky enough, to be offered the opportunity to review an Ozeri product. I was given the choice of several of their items, including bathroom scales, thermo drinking glasses, frying pans, electric wine openers – to name but a few. However after much deliberation, I decided on some kitchen scales. Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scales, to be specific.
When the package arrived, I was super excited. This is the first item I’ve been lucky enough to be sent to review and I was determined to document it properly. Even on first glance, the scales looked great.
Everything about the box was appealing and reading the information on it made me excited to try them out. However I knew it would be a week or so before I would have time and so the scales were carefully placed in the kitchen, ready for their first trial.
As I had no birthdays coming up (and a half completed kitchen), I was unsure what exactly I wanted to cook, in order to test out the scales. I procrastinated for a while, before finally the summer holidays seemed to be creeping to an end. For those who read my blog often, you’ll know I work in a school. This is perfect for the most part, as it means I get to be home with the kids. However as I work in a private school, our holidays are a little bit different. Unfortunately this summer I’ve had to go back to work a week before the kids are due back at school – and the nearer that time got, the more it started to upset me. As such, I suggested a baking day. The kids loved the idea and although it took us a few more days to get around to, finally on our last day together before I went back to work, we had our baking day.
The day started off with planning. We looked through about four recipe books and decided on four things we’d like to try. We made a list of all the ingredients we needed, then headed through to the kitchen to check our cupboards. After marking off what we had and didn’t have, we made a shopping list. Finally we headed off to Tesco in order to buy everything we needed.
Our day of baking was to include:
– Peanut Butter Bears
– Cheesy Bread Rolls
– Marbled Cupcakes
– Whoopie Pies
By this point, it was actually just after lunch. I carefully removed the scales from their box for the first time, pleased to see that the batteries for the scales were also included in there. Setting the scales up was simple – insert the batteries and then turn on. Nothing more. I was greeted with a pleasing beep as the green digital display lit up and we were ready to go.
First up was Peanut Butter bears. The recipe was incredibly easy and it was a good one to start with as there was no actual cooking involved (except melting some peanut butter) just fun rolling, shaping and decorating.
Next we moved onto Cheesy Bread Rolls. I have to admit I’m not usually very good with bread. I don’t have the patience for all that kneading! Anyway we gave the rolls our best shot and they didn’t turn out too bad.
They didn’t rise all that much but again this was largely due to my patience kneading and also because there wasn’t really a warm place in the house/kitchen to put the rolls to rise.
Throughout the whole process, I was very impressed with the scales. They seemed accurate and the design lent itself to any type of bowl or plate being placed on the top. Though we only worked in grams, there was an ounces option too. The scales can also be turned off, or they turn off by themselves after a few moments of none use. Though not at all relevant to their use, the scales also look great. I feel incredibly proud to have these shiny scales on my kitchen worktop.
Next up was Marbled Cupcakes. Though I usually make incredibly nice cupcakes without a recipe, we followed the one in our cookbook to make these. I have to admit they weren’t as nice as they could have been, but I’m sure that was the use of oil instead of butter in the mixture. Ultimately they looked nice when they were finished, but they just weren’t as light as I would usually make. I think perhaps in the future we’ll follow the same process to make them, while using a more standard recipe.
Finally we made Whoopie Pies but unfortunately these didn’t get finished on that day and I then forgot to take the final pictures. However we had a lot of fun baking and by the time it got around to teatime we’d licked so many bowls that no one was hungry enough for dinner.
These were our final products, with peanut butter bears to the left and cheesy rolls and marbled cupcakes to the right. Overall we had a lovely day though it actually made me even more sad to go back to work the next day. I would highly recommend Ozeri kitchen scales and will definitely consider buying Ozeri products in the future. Several of their items can be found at Amazon and are very reasonably priced.
*This product was gifted to me free of charge, though all views and opinions are my own