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Old 12-26-2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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Questioning the need for a scoop

I was just watching one show of Good Eats where Alton was discussing the making of meatballs and he was using a scoop. For years I have used my hands however now I am considering the idea of purchasing one. I wonder if there is a particular name I should look for since this is a specific item.

I never have used one before but I would like to learn. Any helpful information is greatly appreciated. I did a search on google but not sure if I'm looking for the correct information.

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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Sue, I love my scoops. I think I may have at least 5 different sizes. I use them for so many things. I make meatballs, portion meat mixtures for hamburgers (pressing flat after, of course), portioning cookie dough for uniform cookies, setting up pretty plates of chicken/tuna/salmon salad on lettuce leaves, plus too many other uses to mention.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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I just use measuring spoons or serving spoons, but I am a tightwad, LOL!
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:23 AM   #4
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Sue, I love my scoops. I think I may have at least 5 different sizes. I use them for so many things. I make meatballs, portion meat mixtures for hamburgers (pressing flat after, of course), portioning cookie dough for uniform cookies, setting up pretty plates of chicken/tuna/salmon salad on lettuce leaves, plus too many other uses to mention.
When I went to Wal-mart the other day I had seen them but wasn't sure if that was actually a good idea or not to get them there. Can I ask what size did you get and where did you get your's at?
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:38 AM   #5
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They should be readily available at any home mega store. Like stated, they are the best way to ensure uniformity, nothing wrong with the way mama used to do it though.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:40 AM   #6
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You can buy them at restaurant supply stores in different sizes and they are available on line. They work to make meatballs, and uniform sized cookies or pancakes, etc.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #7
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You can buy them at restaurant supply stores in different sizes and they are available on line. They work to make meatballs, and uniform sized cookies or pancakes, etc.
That was my reason for obtaining a few of them.

Will start my hunting on Google. Thanks Andy!
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:56 PM   #8
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Why purchase one more item that has to be washed and stored when the perfect tool is already attached to your body?

I use scoops for three things - cupcake batter, giant chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

Most of the meat will stick inside the scoop, anyway, forcing you to dig it out and reshape it (with your hands, I might add). If you'll have to go to that trouble, anyway, why not just stick to what works already?
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I use scoops for many things, but meatballs is not one of them, unless I need them to be exactly the same size, but I still roll them between my palms. imho, the scoop does not make them the density I like and expect. To me they're kinda "fluffy" if they're not compacted by the palms.
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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The only reason to use a "scoop" is for uniformity of size - which, if I remember right, was the point Alton Brown was trying to make. I got mine at a local restaurant supply store - and there they are called "dishers".
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