From the kitchen to the market, or even at your loading dock, food service scales help save time and money. Commercial food service scales can be grouped into three main categories, each ideally suited for specific needs.
While shopping for your ideal food service scale, keep in mind that the scale’s capacity should match your usage level. This means that the scale's capacity should be slightly higher than the heaviest product you might weigh.
Example: If the heaviest item I weigh is 2-3 lbs., the best scale would be a 5 lb. capacity electronic portion control scale.
Portion Control Scales
Whether working with a large recipe or individual order, portion control scales ensure that your kitchen staff produces a consistent, quality product without wasting valuable ingredients or toppings.
Electronic Portion Control Scales
A small initial investment in an electronic portion control scale can save you thousands of dollars in wasted product by controlling portion sizes. Electronic portion control scales are ideal for consistent, high volume usage in your restaurant kitchen, pizza shop, sandwich shop, bakery, or ice cream parlor.
In most commercial kitchens, mechanical portion control scales have been replaced with more accurate, faster, easier-to-read electronic portion control scales. However, if low initial cost and portability are important considerations, a mechanical portion control scale is a great addition to your snack bar, concession stand, or short-order kitchen.
Legal for Trade scales undergo a rigorous testing and certification process to check accuracy and functionality. For commercial locations that calculate sale price based on weight, such as delis, markets, bakeries, or butcher shops, a legal for trade scale is required.
Learn More - When is a Scale Considered Legal for Trade?
To be considered legal for trade, a scale must fulfill certain standards established by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). The NTEP evaluates the performance, features and options, and operating characteristics of the scale based on its set of applicable standards. Some tests include weighing half of the scale’s proposed capacity over 100,000 times to check accuracy. Having passed the necessary regulations, the scale is awarded a Certificate of Conformance and only then can be advertised as Legal for Trade.
Not using a receiving scale? You may be losing money every time a delivery arrives. If you purchase any products by the pound, like seafood, poultry, beef, or produce, it is important to verify that the shipped weight you’re charged for matches the actual weight you received. Otherwise, how would you know that you just paid for 100 lbs. of shrimp but only received 85? Receiving scales are specifically designed to help you check the accuracy of inbound inventory quickly, without disrupting your business.
Designed for durability and accuracy
Weighing platform close to ground - limited lifting required
Many models can save and transfer inventory information to a computer