There are several types of kitchen scales you could purchase for your kitchen (around 10 or so, to be exact). Other than their obvious purpose of calculating the weight of an object, some scales are designed for specific business purposes; for example, a baker’s dough scale is used by baking professionals to measure dough, or the lesser-known keg scales help you track how many drinks were poured at the bar over the course of an evening.
If you haven’t used scales in your kitchen before, consider this: one of the leading causes of food cost variances is poor portion control. If you prep or line cooks are in the habit of “eyeballing” measures, you could see a variance of 5% or more. Beyond measuring baking ingredients for the perfect cake, you can use a kitchen scale to portion out steaks, measure pasta, or weigh a pizza pepperoni by pepperoni to ensure the appropriate amount of product is headed to diner’s plates.
In the new buying guide from Tundra Restaurant Supply, you’ll learn about the types of kitchen scales on the market, whether a digital or mechanical scale is best for you, and other scale features you may not have considered initially in your purchase decision (like a tare feature, air dashpot, or even being dishwasher safe).