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I am a porridge for breakfast kind of woman. Every morning I weigh out my oats to make sure that I make the right amount of porridge and don’t waste food. My weighing scales have been annoying me for some time because the bit that you take off to change the batteries had mysteriously gone missing – I’m not sure which kid to blame, or whether it was my fault :). This meant that it was a bit hit and miss as to whether the scales would work or not as the battery wasn’t held in properly.
So imagine my delight when Fig and Pickle got in touch and asked me if I would like to try out their battery free scales*! I wouldn’t have to worry about the bit covering the battery going missing ever again, because there wasn’t one! I loved the idea of it before I even saw the scales.
When they arrived I did notice there was a plastic bag over the scales, but otherwise it was packaged in cardboard. They looked really nice and stylish in white. All you have to do to charge them up for 3 minutes is turn a knob once! I did a test on mine and they actually lasted slightly longer than 3 minutes after a twist. I have been using them for a few weeks now and they work really well. You can zero the weight by pressing tare and there is a button underneath the scales which allows you to choose from a variety of weight options like grams and ounces and so on.
The only slight criticism I have is that they are a bit slow to catch up with what you are doing. Often I find that once I have finished pouring an ingredient in and it looks like the right weight, a few moments later it might then show the actual weight. You can get round this though, by just pouring slowly.
They also sent me some hand held battery free luggage scales* which you shake to charge up. I tested them out on some bags and they worked well. I thought they might come in useful the next time we have a student as some of them want to weigh their bags before they leave to check that they are within their luggage allowance on the way home.
I have really enjoyed using their products and like the ethos behind the company. I would definitely recommend them. Take a look at their website here www.figandpickle.com to find out more about their story and read their blog.