Portion Scoops

Published November 1, 2007. From Cook's Illustrated.

Portion scoops—essentially ice-cream dippers made in specific sizes—should be easy to squeeze with either hand.

Overview:

Portion scoops—essentially ice-cream dippers made in specific sizes—are popular in the hospitality industry for their ability to easily portion large quantities of foods such as cookie dough, tuna salad, or mashed potatoes. In the test kitchen, we find them very useful for neatly and evenly measuring batter-based baked goods like our Drop Biscuits. A portion scoop enables us to get pieces that are the same size, so they’ll all bake evenly. This produces professional results.

But when you choose a portion scoop, you need the right size. Scoop numbers stamped on the handle or spring-loaded trigger correspond to the number of level scoops it takes to equal 1 quart (32 fluid ounces; a fluid ounce is a unit of volume equal to 2 tablespoons). The #16 scoop we use for our Best Drop Biscuits, for example, equals 2 fluid ounces; the #8 scoop equals 4 fluid ounces. Handle colors often correspond to the numbers as well, but they vary from brand to brand. The test kitchen's preferred scoop is the Fantes #16 Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop… read more

Portion scoops—essentially ice-cream dippers made in specific sizes—are popular in the hospitality industry for their ability to easily portion large quantities of foods such as cookie dough, tuna salad, or mashed potatoes. In the test kitchen, we find them very useful for neatly and evenly measuring batter-based baked goods like our Drop Biscuits. A portion scoop enables us to get pieces that are the same size, so they’ll all bake evenly. This produces professional results.

But when you choose a portion scoop, you need the right size. Scoop numbers stamped on the handle or spring-loaded trigger correspond to the number of level scoops it takes to equal 1 quart (32 fluid ounces; a fluid ounce is a unit of volume equal to 2 tablespoons). The #16 scoop we use for our Best Drop Biscuits, for example, equals 2 fluid ounces; the #8 scoop equals 4 fluid ounces. Handle colors often correspond to the numbers as well, but they vary from brand to brand. The test kitchen's preferred scoop is the Fantes #16 Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop ($11.99), an industrial-type model that's easy to squeeze with either hand.

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  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Recommended - WINNER

    Fantes Stainless Portion Scoop #16

    A perfect circle divided in half, this portion scoop doubles well as a scoop for softer ice cream, though the food “pusher” activated by the squeezable handle was an obstacle when pressing down to scoop hard-frozen ice cream.

    $15.99

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Hamilton Beach Size 16 Ice Cream Scoop

    Similar to the Adcraft model, but the handle is longer and the price is nearly doubled. Again, we didn’t prefer the right hand-only trigger.

    $11.60

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Pedrini Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop

    This heavy scoop offered no number or color markings and turned out to hold one tablespoon more than the others. It also advertised being nonstick, but biscuit batter actually stuck most to this model. Plus, it, too, had a right-handed thumb trigger.

    $9.99

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