The Irish creator of this smart scale, dubbed Drop, got the idea from seeing his scientist sister bake with aplomb but run into difficulty when preparing portions for large groups. The resulting app and accompanying scale start with a recipe and serving size and then walk through the instructions as you add each component. Available for pre-order, $80.
The resulting app and accompanying scale start with a recipe and serving size and then walk through the instructions as you add each component.
Once it’s zeroed with a mixing bowl, Drop notices when you’ve added the flour, brown sugar, or eggs and proceeds to the next step.
The app can rescale mid-recipe and adjust for quantities, and suggest alternative ingredients if halfway through a recipe you realize you’re out of buttermilk.
The silicone rubber surface on the top can withstand the heat from a pot of boiling water, and the battery lasts a year between replacement.
If you have a family recipe or cookbook, however, the Drop scale is, as of now, not much use. It can operate as a standard kitchen scale, but to work correctly, it is entirely dependent on the recipes in the proprietary app. However, the company is toying with a system that would let bakers share recipes.