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Touchless kitchen scale weighs in with a wave

The Salter for Williams-Sonoma Touchless Tare Glass Scale allows for hands-free operation. The scale can also measure liquid ingredients.

Keep palm and tarry on.
Keep palm and tarry on. Williams-Sonoma

Family, friends and food. These three things tend to come together this time of year. Now, as we close out 2013, we can look back at the last couple of months and reflect calmly upon the flurry of excitement and activity that so often defines the season -- as well as all those incredible messes that were made in the kitchen.

Before the platters of cookies, cakes, and sweets get set out for all to enjoy, they must of course, be made. That entails a lot of mixing, chopping, and all-around messiness. At least for one common kitchen task, the Salter for Williams-Sonoma Touchless Tare Glass Scale ($39.95) looks to clean things up.

Perhaps taking a cue from a certain cellphone, the sleek kitchen scale allows for hands-free operation. With just a wave of your hand over the sensor, the scale can tare to zero, allowing you to weigh ingredients as easily as answering a call.

Featuring an 11-pound capacity, a large LED display and the ability to measure liquid ingredients using Salter's Aquatronic feature, the countertop helper offers an easy way to help keep messy fingers away from controls. Also available in a 30-pound high-capacity model ($59.95), the touchless feature might not make the holidays go any smoother, but at least the countertop will be clean and ready for a new year.