Dishers and Ice Cream Scoops Sizes – Portion Control

Here is a picture of some dishers that I have in my kitchen

2015-09-30 Ice Cream Scoops 1A – is a metal disher,  I am not sure of the size, but I think it is a number 70.

B – is a metal dipper.  It forms a ball of ice cream and has a tab to press t remove the ice cream.  I have used this to make cookies but their sizes are not as well controlled as a disher.

C – is a cheap supermarket ice cream scoop. There is no size marking that I can tell.  The plastic gear and pusher do a poor job and it does not work well.

D – is a commercial disher.  Color is Royal Blue (Blue) so that makes it a Number 16 or about 1/4 cup (about 2 ounces).



I am sure you have seen people using ice cream scoops (the commercial name is a disher or a squeeze disher) to portion control the size of items they are making.  Sure you can use a tablespoon or a rounded teaspoon to make that cooking but you get variation in sizes.  A disher gives you the opportunity to make uniform sized items since you can level off the scoop making all of your item even in size.


You can purchase dishers is a wide range of sizes from 2 teaspoons up to 1 cup. But you are asking yourself how do I tell them apart if I purchase several.  Manufactures have already figured this out for us.  They either label the size on the head or handle (usually stamped on all metal units) or they may have colored handles or an end cap.

Now that we know they are sized with a number, what does the number mean?  It is the number of servings per quart (32 fluid ounce/946 ml).  This a #12 scoop will give you 12 scoops per quart, while a #100 would give you one hundred scoops.

For a reference chart check here: Vollrath NSF Disher Catalog


Number Color Capacity
4 Orange 8 237 1 cup
5 Teal 6 177 3/4 cup
6 White 4.66 139 2/3 cup
8 Green 3.64 110 1/2 cup
10 Ivory 3.19 96 3/8 cup
12 green 2.78 84 1/3 cup
14 Sky Blue 2.4 71 1/3 cup
16 Royal Blue 2.07 59 1/4 Cup
20 Yellow 1.77 53 3-1/2 Tablespoons
24 Red 1.9 45 3 Tablespoons
30 Black 1.03 33 2-1/4 Tablespoons
36 Mushroom 0.94 28 1-3/4 Tablespoons
40 Orchid 0.71 21 1-1/2 Tablespoons
50 Rust or
0.65 19 4 teaspoons
60 Pink 0.53 16 1 Tablespoon
70 Plum 0.46 14 2-3/4 teaspoons
100 Orange 0.32 10 2 teaspoons

While the links to the colored dishers shown in this post are to set, they are available individually. so you do not have to buy the complete set.  I just chose to show sets since it showed many of the different ones.



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