Portion Control Scales Buyer's Guide

Portion Control Food Scales: Additional Information


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Portion control food scales weigh and show the amount of product on the scale platform, making controlling portion size a breeze. These scales measure the proper amount of food for recipes, which makes cooking more accurate and fun. These portion control food scales can measure fruits, vegetables, meats, liquids, and many other types of foods that you will need measured in a recipe.

Types of Portion Control Food Scales

Portion control food scales can be purchased in two different types, either platform or digital. Platform portion control scales have a platform area where food is placed and weighed. A hand/wand moves to show the correct weight of the food.

Digital portion control scales also have a platform where food is placed and weighed. The weight of the food shows up on the bright, easy to read digital display located on the front of the scale unit.

Weighing Capacity of Portion Control Food Scales

Depending on the specific type of portion control food scale you purchase, you will have weighing capacities from 16 ounces - 100 pounds on platform varieties.

Digital portion control scales have weighing capacities ranging from 32 ounces - 22 pounds.

Weight Increments on Portion Control Scales

Portion control scales show weights in varying increments, which will be determined by the specific scale you buy. Platform portion control scales have weight increments of 1/8 oz, 1/4 oz, 2 oz, or 4 oz to ensure accuracy of measurement.

Digital portion control scales have weight increments that vary from 1/8 oz, 1/4 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, or 1 lb. These weight increments help to maintain proper weighing capabilities of the scale.

Portion Control Scale Platform Size

The size of the platform on a portion control scale can dictate what can and cannot be weighed on that specific scale. If you will need to weigh large portions of food, you should purchase a scale with a larger platform size to accommodate this need. Smaller portions can be weighed on a small platform, and should be purchased accordingly. Platform portion control scales have platforms ranging in size from 3 3/4" x 4 1/4" up to 13" x 13".

Digital portion control scales have platform sizes varying from 6" x 6 3/4" up to 11" x 11".


The Importance of Portion Control

The Edlund Company is the only scale company that has designed and manufactured its scales exclusively for the Foodservice industry. We know the importance of maintaining accuracy to ensure profitability. That's why we manufacture our scales with stainless steel mechanisms, including the springs, not just the scale housing. After all, it's the mechanism that does the work! High heat, humidity and steam, sale air, airborne grease and other factors in a busy kitchen can quickly ruin your scale mechanism, which can cause inaccurate readings and lost profits for you.

With many different capacities and features to choose from, including NSF certification, Edlund has the right scale for you. Sure, they cost more, they should. If you don't have an Edlund scale you're probably losing money.

The following chart shows examples of protein costs broken down into common protein sizes and the loss factor that could result from using cheap, inaccurate scales. It is easy to see how quickly profits are lost, but more importantly, you can see how quickly an accurate, dependable scale pays for itself many times over.

Cost per Pound

1/8 oz.

1/4 oz.

1/2 oz.

3/4 oz.

1 oz.

2 oz.

4 oz.

8 oz.

Loss Factor

$0.0079

$0.0157

$0.0313

$0.047

$0.0625

$0.125

$0.250

$0.500

$2.00

$0.016

$0.031

$0.063

$0.094

$0.125

$0.250

$0.500

$1.000

$6.00

$0.047

$0.094

$0.188

$0.282

$0.375

$0.750

$1.500

$3.000

$10.00

$0.079

$0.157

$0.313

$0.470

$0.625

$1.250

$2.500

$5.000

$18.00

$0.142

$0.283

$0.563

$0.846

$1.125

$2.250

$4.500

$9.000

If your protein (veal, cheese, pork, beef, fish, etc.) costs $2.00 per pound and your scale is off 1/4 ounce, you lose 3.1 cents every time you serve a portion. 30 portions per day = $.93 per day x 6 days per week = $5.58 x 52 weeks = $290.16 per year. A three year period would be $870.48.

If your protein costs $6.00 per pound and your scale is off 1/8 ounce, you lose 4.7 cents per portion served. 30 portions per day = $1.41 per day x 6 days per week = $8.46 per week x 52 weeks = $439.92 per year. A three year figure = $1,319.76.

If your protein cost is $10.00 per pound and your scale is off 3/4 ounce, you lose 47 cents per portion served. 30 portions per day = $14.10 per day x 6 days per week = $84.60 per week x 52 weeks = $4,399.20. Three years = $13.197.60.

If your protein cost is $18.00 per pound and your scale is off 1/2 oz. you lose 56.3 cents per portion served. 30 portions per day = $16.89 per day x 6 days per week = $101.34 per week x 52 weeks = $5,269.68. Three years = $15,809.04.

The one, two, four and eight ounce figures reflect a receiving loss if scales are not correct.