Scoop (utensil)

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Disher style scoop
A measuring scoop
Model of an Ice Scoop, Eskimo, 1900-1930, Brooklyn Museum

In common usage, a scoop is any specialized spoon used to serve food.[1]

In the technical terms used by the food service industry and in the retail and wholesale food utensil industries, there is a clear distinction between three types of scoop: the disher, which is used to measure a portion e.g. cookie dough, to make melon balls, and often to serve ice cream (although manufacturers frequently advise against using dishers for ice cream and other frozen foods); ice cream scoops, and the scoop which is used to measure or to transfer an unspecified amount of a bulk dry foodstuff such as rice, flour, or sugar.

Disher[edit]

Dishers are usually hemispherical like an ice cream scoop, while measuring scoops are usually cylindrical, and transfer scoops are usually shovel-shaped. Some dishers have mechanical levers which help expel the disher's contents. Traditionally dishers are sized by the number of scoops per quart but may also be sized by ounces, the diameter of the bowl, or the number of tablespoons they hold.

Ice Cream Scoop[edit]

Some higher-end ice cream scoops have a thermally conductive liquid in the handle to help keep the ice cream from freezing to the scoop's metal.

Transfer Scoop[edit]

Transfer scoops (a.k.a. utility scoops) are used to transfer bulk foods from large storage containers to smaller containers, and generally do not have any measurement markings, as their purpose is to transfer, and taking time to adjust the amount in a scoop would slow the transfer rate.

Other types of scoop utensils[edit]

  • Ice Scoop
  • Coffee Scoop
  • Spooner
  • Dipper
  • French Fry Scoop

Standard sizes[edit]

The table below is the standard definition in the U.S. food industry, but actual capacity varies by manufacturer.[2][citation needed]

Disher Scoop Sizes
Handle Color Scoop Number
(Scoops per Quart)
Typical Use[3] U.S. Fluid Ounces
(fl. oz.)
Spoon Equivalent
(Tea=tsp.
Table=TBS.)
Metric
(millilitres)
Diameter
(inches)
Orange 4 8.0 16 Tbs. (1 cup) 236.6 3 58
Teal 5 6.4 12.8 Tbs. ( 0.8 cup) 189.3 3 38
White 6 5.3 10 23 Tbs. (23 cup) 158 3″
Gray 8 ice cream, jumbo cupcakes, mashed potatoes 4.0 8 TBS. (12 cup) 118 2 34
Ivory 10 Texas-size muffins, popovers 3.2 6 25 Tbs. (25 cup) 95 2 58
Green 12 Ice cream, Standard muffins 2.7 5 13 Tbs. (13 cup) 80 2 38 or 2 12
Sky Blue 14 2.4 71 2 38
Royal Blue 16 Pancakes 2.0 4 Tbs. (14 cup) 59 2 516
Yellow 20 ice cream, giant cookies 1.6 3 15 Tbs. (15 cup) 47 2 18
Red 24 regular cupcakes, sorbet, mashed potatoes 1.3 2 23 Tbs. (16 cup) 38 2″
Black 30 silver-dollar pancakes, candies 1.1 2 18 Tbs. (17128 cup) 33 1 78
Mushroom 36 0.94 27.8 1 34
Orchid 40 mini muffins 0.8 1 12 Tbs. (332 cup) 24 1 58
Rust 50 mini cupcakes, canapés 0.64 1.28 Tbs. (0.08 cup) 19
Pink 60 large cookies 0.53 3 15 tsp. (115 cup) 16
Plum 70 cookies 0.46 2 34 tsp. (11192 cup) 14 1 14
Orange 100 chocolate truffles 0.32 1 89 tsp. (17432 cup) 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scoop utensil United States Patent 6733056". Freepatentsonline.com. 2002-06-14. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Chen, Kit. "Disher (aka ice cream scoop) sizes". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dishers". Archived from the original on 23 May 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2016.