Baked Goods - Pastries & Bread

Whether you own a large patisserie chain or are an enthusiastic home-grown baker, the importance of weighing ingredients cannot be underestimated and usually marks the difference between resounding success and culinary mishap. An accurate baking scale helps ensure consistency that is essential for following complex recipes’ and producing baked products for commercial sales.

This blog post will examine how and why weighing scales are used for baking and why they are essential for any catering business.

What is a baking scale?

A baking scale, also known as a catering scale, is a weighing machine used by bakers and caterers for measuring food ingredients. There are many types of baking scale on the market, from digital kitchen or cooking scales for personal use to commercial catering scales and checkweighers.

Trade approved scales are required when selling baked goods by weight.

Commercial Bakery

Who uses a baking scale?

Patisseries and commercial bakeries need to measure large quantities of ingredients when mixing batches of baked goods. A professional baking scale can offer greater precision than the average digital kitchen scale. Some varieties feature trade approvals required for selling baked goods by weight.

Standardisation/ consistency

Scales help ensure baked goods consistently turn out the same for each batch, which is important for a catering business. A standardised production process and using the same recipe means the finished product will be similar every time, which means customers can expect the same product when they return.

Measuring Pizza Dough

Cost

When following a recipe, it’s important to measure ingredients accurately. For example, if a pizzeria doesn’t weigh the pizza toppings, there’s a good chance the amounts of cheese or other items might vary for each pizza. You might order the exact same pizza, but if the flavour is different every time, you might be disappointed. An accurate weighing scale ensures that the precise amount of each ingredient goes into every batch.

See are article on using a scale for weighing pizza for more information.

Waste

The decision to not weigh ingredients can also lead to an increase in product waste. Catering for events such as weddings requires intricate planning and precise ingredient weighing to ensure each portion is the same and at the same high standard. Dividing the total weight of ingredients by the number of portions is the easiest way to calculate this and ensures consistency per portion.

Choose the best baking scale for your needs

There are many baking scales available, and each one offers different features, capacities and readabilities. It’s important to know what you need and want, along with how much money you plan to spend.

Here are some of our tips on choosing the best scale for your needs:

1) Intention

How you intend to use your weighing scale is particularly important, especially if you own a commercial bakery, pizzeria or deli. If you plan to weigh large amounts of ingredients all at once in a factory or commercial bakery, you will need a more robust, larger scale with a wider range of features than if you own a small baking business.

2) Features

Make sure the scale you choose contains the features and functions you need for your food-weighing tasks. A wide variety of food scales is available on the market; many offer checkweighing, parts counting and percentage weighing. Consider the importance of these to your business when making your decision.

3) Approvals

If you are selling baked products by weight, you will require a trade-approved scale. There are many varieties of trade approvals depending on the region, and it is important to check the approval status in your country before making a purchase.

4) Price

The overall price of a product is the main part of the decision-making process when purchasing a scale. Feature-rich scales can be more expensive than the average digital kitchen scale. It’s helpful to  approach price in terms of product value, ensuring you have a realistic budget in place that matches the product features you require.

Summary

  • Baking scales are specialist scales used to measure ingredients in bakery and catering environments
  • Bakery scales are essential for weighing large amounts of products commercially and can be used to reduce cost, minimise waste, and ensure product standardisation.
  • Trade-approved baking scales are required when selling baked goods by weight.
  • It is important to consider intention, features, approvals and product value when purchasing a baking scale.

Inscale's top 5 weighing scales for baking

CPWplus weighing scales - Adam Equipment

CPWplus Weighing Scales

Adam Equipment's CPWplus range of weighing scales feature a smooth design and wide range of pan sizes and weight capacities. Constructed with a durable, flat stainless steel base that is easy to clean, CPWplus scales are ideal for weighing pizza and large cakes whilst applying toppings or decoration.

SJ-EC trade-approved compact scales - A&D

A&D SJ-EC Trade Approved Compact Scales

The SJ-EC range of compact scales manufactured by A&D are suitable for any environment where space is limited. These scales feature a small, stainless steel pan that is easy to clean and can be used for weighing cooking ingredients and spices such as cinemmon and star anise in bakeries, as well as coffee, sugar and tea in coffee shops and baristas. The SJ-EC range is trade approved for selling prioducts by weight.

WBW washdown scales - Adam Equipment

WBW Washdown Scales

The WBW washdown scale features durable IP-66 rated housing and a stainless steel weighing pan for easy cleaning and operation in wet environments. WBW scales are portable and compact in design, suitable for weighing batches of ingredients in bakeries and catering businesses. The WBW range also includes a series of WBW-M scales that are trade approved for selling products commercially by weight.

FKT Touchscreen Bench Scale - Kern

Kern FKT Touchscreen Bench Scale

Kern's FKT bench scale comes with touchscreen operation and sensitive backlit display that is easy to read and operate. FKT scales come with a unique mixing and recipie recall and weighing features that are essential in pressured kitchen environments. These scales feature a stainless steel weighing pan and built-in checkweighing software for accurate ingredient weighing. EC class III trade approvals are available with some models.

Astro compact scale - Adam Equipment

Astro® Compact Scales

Adam Equipment's Astro range of comapct scales is ideal for accurate portion control in restaurants and food outlets. These scales can easily fit on crowded workstations and can be stacked and stored away with ease. The Astro is a small digital scale suitable for weighing small amounts of baking ingreidents such as flour, butter and sugar and cooking spices.