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We have the Scoop

by Mary Sacks

We have the Scoop

Using a scoop for cooking can be a trial and error experience.

Disher scoop sizes are based upon the number of level scoops it takes to fill a 32 oz. container. Even though commonly referred to as “ice cream scoops” they are different. The names are used interchangeably; however, the ice cream scoop has two purposes.

  1. To scoop ice cream into a cylindrical shape to be placed into a dish and
  2. To scrape down the sides of an ice cream container.

The Disher can do neither.

Dishers are sized by numbers and usually color coded. There are a couple of places to find the number. Might be on the bottom of the handle, it could be on the extended piece that separates the handle from the mechanism, or more likely on the rotating blade.

So much for history. Story. I like making cake mix cookies. They are easy. A friend told me that she underbaked a batch. After they had cool, put them back in the oven, baked those same cookies several minutes longer and they still came out great. Keep in mind, she used a #30 food scoop. That meant they were all the same portion size; therefore, they all baked the same. The scoop size is 1⅞ and this recipe produced a 3-inch cookie.

There are many more sizes in-between these numbers, but these are the most common.

Scoop Size Scoop Color Scoop Diameter Fluid Oz. Tbsp. per Scoop Cup Scoops per Cup
4 Orange 3⅝ inches 8 oz. 16 Tbsp. 1 cup 1
6 White 3 inches 5.3 oz. 10⅔ Tbsp. ⅔ cup
8 Grey 2¾ inches 4 oz. 8 Tbsp. ½ cup 2
12 Green 2½ inches 2.7 oz. 5⅓ Tbsp. ⅓ cup 3
16 Blue 2516 inches 2 oz. 4 Tbsp. ¼ cup 4
20 Yellow 2⅛ inches 1⅗ oz. 3⅕ Tbsp. ⅕ cup 5
24 Red 2 inches 1⅓ oz. 2.67 Tbsp. Approx. ⅙ cup 6
30 Black 1⅞ inches Approx. 1+ oz. Approx. 2+ Tbsp. Approx. 17 cup
40 Purple 1⅝ inches ⅘ oz. Approx. 1½+ Tbsp. 110 cup 10
60 Pink 1½ inches Approx. ½+ oz. Approx. 1 Tbsp. Approx. 113 cup 15
Note: + means a little more. #40 is commonly used for Mini Muffins, while #60 is commonly used for Cookie Dough, Cupcake Batter and Mash Potatoes. The scoop you use will vary according to the recipe. This can be a trial and error experience.



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