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While most measurements are done by volume when cooking at home, commercial cooks and professional chefs prepare many of their dishes by measuring in weight, which necessitates one or more kitchen weighing scales. Although you may have no problem getting by with an accurate analog scale that weighs ingredients in quarter-ounce increments, when precision is required, a digital food scale will work best for you.
Mechanical portion control scales have large, easy to read dial gauges that accurately measure to within a few ounces. Be sure to adjust the alignment notch so the scale reads zero before measuring. To zero out a mechanical scale, there is typically a knob that needs to be rotated until the dial is pointing right at zero. This should be done daily, if not more, depending on how much use the scale gets throughout the day.
Label printing and price computing scales are a deli counter favorite. They have digital readouts and can be programmed for a multitude of products. The baker’s dough scales feature counter weights for quick, accurate measurements. Our shipping and receiving scales can measure up to 200 pounds of product with the margin-of-error being only a few ounces.
Every morning, the scale should be calibrated to ensure proper weighing is taking place. For processes that require accurate measurements within a hundredth of an ounce, a mechanical portion control scale is not the best investment, but they are a good addition to the produce section of a grocery store. Add a few mechanical scales at the ends of aisles for customers to measure the contents of their bags. This is also a good idea in bulk grains and nuts sections as well. When customers are able to get exactly the quantity they need, they feel empowered and leave the store feeling much more positive.