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Buying Guide: Detecto Scales [Video]

If you’re looking to gain better control over your food cost and portion control, integrating scales into your kitchen is a great place to start. Weighing ingredients not only saves you money and ensures accuracy in portioning and shipments, but also ensures that you produce a consistent, quality product for your customers! In this video, Chris Tavano outlines the benefits and different uses of Detecto scales.

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In this episode, we’re going to discuss and compare the different features and uses of Detecto scales. Why are scales so important you may ask? Well a variety of different reasons, first they help you create consistent quality products coming out of your kitchen, and the way they do that, is to accuracy. Accuracy to your recipe refinement, and ingredients used in it, as well as accuracy on portion control, as well as accuracy on your inventory control which all of which boil down to your food cost.

Accuracy and honing in your food cost. The first scale we’re going to look at here, is a Detecto mechanical scale, often called a portion scale. These items are great because of the the ease of use in the simplicity in their design. They are pretty much versatile in the sense they are waterproof, they have quick read outs, and the have manual, and they have great proportioning things like starches, and pastas, as well as anything with a portion vegetable.

You can easily adjust the location of the needles through the spring tension here. The dial on the front creates a very manual tare function. The nice thing about this is that they’re pretty much waterproof, they are quick read outs. However the downfall is that you may not know when your spring tensions goes array, so you may not know when to really replace this unless you weigh something who knows exactly the amount of ounces that you have.

Next up here we have a Detecto PS4 digital scale. The reason why this one is great, is because of versatility and it’s capacity hold up to four pounds considering as quaint small size as well it measures in a tenth of an ounce all the way down a gram. You can use your unit conversions to change it. As well there’s a 0 tare function, so that way when you put your mixing bowl on here you can tare it out to be 0 and then we can start adding the weight of each ingredient from there.

It runs on a 9 volt power supply, as well it could also be used with batteries. The next scale we have here is the Detecto WPS10 mariner digital scale. The nice great thing about this one is not only it’s size and capacity, can hold up to 10 pounds, and measure all the way down to the accurate of a tenth of an ounce. It also has very different functions of unit measurements, going to the grams as well.

It also has a tare functions just like the other digital scale, but the great thing about this one not only does it have the back light button for your display screen, but the mariner is called the mariner for reason because this could be fully submersible into water. The great feature here it has a nice rubber gasket plug, to cover power supply. Again this also run on a 9 volt power supply, or battery as well.

The great thing about cleaning up after measuring and portioning your protein, is you have a lot of bacteria on your scale. A lot of times the saran wrap just won’t cover it completely to be sanitized and cleaned. The nice thing about this, is you can submerge this into your sink, scrub it down and then you can also submerge into your sanitizer sink and then it’s free to go for a clean session on the next round.

The last scale we have here to talk about is Detecto DR150. This is actually a receiving scale, you maybe asking why you need such a large receiving scale in your kitchen. This thing can help you do wonders in the sense of inventory control and food cost analysis. These scales are great it can weigh up to a 150 pounds going all the way down to 2 tenths of a pound, as well they measure in kilograms.

The great thing about this piece is you can weigh all your items in your walking at the end of the month for inventory. It makes it go a little bit quicker. The one downfall is this needs to be attached to a power supply constantly, this one does not work on battery. I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply, join us again next time.


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