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Types of Food Scales

Wondering where to buy a food scale that's right for your business? From the kitchen to the market, or even at your loading dock, a food weight scale helps save time and money. Commercial food scales can be grouped into four main categories, each suited for specific needs. Read this guide to help you decide which is the best scale to suit your needs.

Digital Portion Control Scales

Pizza 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.

A small initial investment in an electronic portion control scale can save you thousands of dollars in wasted product by controlling portion sizes. Digital portion control scales are the best scales for consistent, high volume usage in your restaurant kitchen, pizza shop, sandwich shop, bakery, or ice cream parlor.

  • Designed for accuracy and speed
  • Easy to read digital displays
  • Immediate response

Portion Scale Features to Consider:

Specialized Types:

  • Pizza Portion Control Scales
  • Oversized platforms accommodate small to extra large pizza crusts
  • Auto tare function lets you reset scale as you add new toppings

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Mechanical Portion Control Scales

Mechanical Portion Control Scales

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.

  • Designed for versatility and portability
  • Reliable – no electricity or battery power needed

Mechanical Scale Features to Consider:

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Specialized Types:

Baker's Dough Scales

Hanging Scales

  • Conveniently hang from fixtures for weighing fruits and vegetables
  • Popular choice for markets, produce stands
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Legal For Trade Scales

Mechanical Portion Control Scales

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, the best food scale is definitely a legal for trade scale.

  • Designed to be the most accurate scales available
  • Easy to read digital displays
  • Many models have programmable quick lookup keys

Legal For Trade Scale Features to Consider:

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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.

Receiving Scales

Receiving Scales

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

Receiving Scale Features to Consider:

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