• Decent & accurate digital scales
  • Spice grinder (coffee/spice grinder)

Over the years, I’ve used a bunch of different digital scales.

More recently, the Gold or Jewelry scales have been very good for small amounts of weight.

Not having accurate digital scales that can weigh to 0.x (1 decimal) or 0.xx (2 decimal) means you won’t get the salt level precise or, worse, the pink curing salt accurately enough.

Trick – places spice grinder on the digital scale and tare/zero it- then you can just add the spices you want to grind straight in.

I’ve found every ‘normal’ person’s kitchen scales to be 1.0-2.0 gram accuracy maybe, and it’s harder to find a 1-2 accurate decimal digital scale in pretty much any appliance store or most folk’s kitchens.

So below are options I use or can recommend that do the job.

It made a huge difference when dry-curing meat (or many other projects in the kitchen).

Many meat-curing recipes still indicate volumes like a teaspoon rather than weight, weight leads to more accuracy and better outcomes.

The volume of salt, for instance, varies greatly depending on the brand, size, or salt structure. Kosher salt, compared to fine grain sea salt, can be a 50% weight difference but has the same volume on a teaspoon.

Accurate Digital Kitchen Scales

ScaleMax WeightAccuracy in Decimal Places (grams)
SurmountWay High Precision5 kilogram1
Smart Weigh Digital Pro Pocket500 grams2
Duel Powered Digital Pocket200 grams2

I have a rechargeable version of the Duel Powered Digital Pocket; I think it was designed for gold and works perfectly for equilibrium curing in small amounts.

This one comes with a calibration weight

Investment Digital Scale for Equilibrium Curing

Investment to do both 10lb/5kg and 0.1 grams for equilibrium curing, won’t be as useful for small amounts of pink curing salt.

High Precision Scale Link

The best option is to have one for larger chunks or weights that is accurate, like the above high precision.

Then have a digital pocket scale for the smaller weights.

Smart Weight Digital Scale

This design has been around for years.

An old grinder on my old scale, easy to weigh spice and salt – hey but it works!
  • oz/grams
  • 1 Decimal Place
  • counting feature, weight 1 item = count the rest!
  • HOLD function – useful so you don’t forget the number

I got a scale that could do the 0.X accuracy – certainly a game-changer.

I use it for much more than meat curing; accurate weight measurement is really useful for so many cooking applications.

I measure my coffee for the mocha pot and find that accurate scales like this are indispensable for many aspects of kitchen cookery!

They are reasonably priced, too; check them out here.

Spice Grinders

It makes the spice and salt ‘finer’, so you can disperse it more easily over the meat.

I’ve found it essential every time I do some meat curing. And it also gets used for grinding up spices for a curry!

Any of these are the right tools for the job.

Shardor Spice Grinder

Shardor is a little more versatile, it’s got 2 or 4 blade removal stainless steel cups.

It’s a simple and functional design.

Dry and wet grinding, which is also why I want this.

A spoon and brush make getting into the nooks of the bowl where the spices get stuck easy to clean.

When you can sweep out the bowl and give it a quick wipe – it’s perfect for dry spice grinding.

This grinder is a top seller. For further details, check it out here.

Here are some other picks:

Mueller Austria HyperGrind 

Electric – Epica Electric Coffee Grinder & Spice Grinder