Posts in July 2013
Sheet pans are a commercial kitchen necessity. They make cooking in any kitchen easier, more comfortable, and yield better results, than cooking in regular pans. Their low edges allow the heat to uniformly circulate around the ingredients. Their width allows numerous items to be cooked at once. Sheet pans are also useful trays to hold food items that will not be cooked. Tarts, chocolates, garnishes, bruschettas, and many other foods that are in high demand in event catering, can be easily stored, ready to serve, in a commercial kitchen, by filling the sheet pans and storing them on a sheet pan rack. The material a sheet pan is made of is less influential than in pizza pans, cutting boards, pots, and other restaurant equipment, especially since the sheet pan is usually covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper before food is place on it. Aluminum sheet pans are not the best choice however, as they can add a metallic flavor to food items. With sheet pans, the shape is more defining than the material.
Differences in Sheet Pans
Different types of sheet pans lend themselves to preparing different foods. A cookie sheet pan has edges that are almost flat, allowing finished batches of cookies to be easily slid off the baking sheet and a new batch to be added,
Working in a Restaurant
Working in a restaurant has been hyped up by all the cooking shows and romantic notions of living the dream of the culinary arts, creatively combining tastes and contrasting colors and textures. This description, however, is far from the reality of working in a restaurant. The intense, high stress work environment is not for the faint-hearted. The combination of constant heat, pressure to work quickly, long hours, and relatively low salaries make the job turnover rates extremely high for careers in cooking. Depending on the location of the restaurant, the work environment will vary. This is probably the reason behind the current shortage of cooks in New York City restaurants: lower cost of living and comparably calmer work conditions are thought to have led would-be chefs to choose cooking jobs on the outskirts of the city. Regardless of locations, chef careers are intriguing, yet can be brutally difficult. So before donning that chef hat, those interested in cooking jobs and chef careers should make sure they are familiar with the restaurant cook job description, and that it is attractive to them.
The Restaurant Cook Job Description
During the restaurant hiring process, the restaurant cook job description is often left relatively unexplained. Restaurant cooks in the United States make an average $11.20 per hour according to a 2012 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Imagine going out to a restaurant to celebrate Cinqo de Mayo, the Fourth of July, New Year’s, or any other holiday. Imagine being hungry at 2 AM and stopping in a diner to grab a bite. To put the hours of cooking jobs
Gourmet Fast Food’s Appeal
Most restaurants strive to provide quick restaurant service and gourmet restaurant food. Customers seek out the same factors when looking for the best dining experience. Fast casual restaurants tend to excel in these aspects, when compared to menu venues that sell fancy, gourmet restaurant food, but the growing trend of gourmet fast food is thriving at providing the best of both worlds. Though gourmet fast food may not fit the concept of a restaurant, for those venues which will not be forfeiting part of the dining experience by slightly changing their style, offering gourmet fast food can bring a positive change in the dining experience.
Fast Food as the Concept of a Restaurant
Food trucks are pioneers in gourmet fast food. Successful trucks have been able to provide a unique, street dining experience by preparing gourmet fast food using portable kitchen appliances and set-ups. They have been able to balance fast food and quality, shelling out meals to hungry customers who are literally on the go. Since competition is so intense, food trucks are forced to provide high quality meals, quickly, just to stay in business. Other venues have adopted gourmet fast food
Vintage dessert is all about bringing back the old, delicious, rustic desserts of our grandmothers, aunts, and family friend gatherings. They are straightforward and recognizable, compared to gourmet haute cuisine desserts, yet they don’t compromise on flavor, which is proven in their ability to stand the test of time. Though old dessert recipes tend to be thought of as too standard to grace restaurant dessert menus, vintage is currently a hip trend in food, fashion, movies, and music, earning vintage dessert a right to be experimented with. Skeptic chefs can chose to modernize old fashioned recipes by adding unusual flavor combinations to the baked goods.
Old Fashioned Recipes for Dessert
Old fashioned recipes make cooking from the garden or with local produce, an ideal solution. Most classic old dessert recipes incorporate fruits. Crisps, cobblers, and grunts are probably the most recognized classic dessert recipes. They involve cooking down fresh produce covered in a sweet crumble or dough, in the oven, to get a dish that resembles a crust-less pie. Typical cakes such as buckles, carrot cake, and red velvet cake are also staples of old dessert recipes. With a little creativity, all these desserts can be plated to look tantalizing and presentable. A strawberry buckle doesn’t have to be served as a slice. It can be layered in a dessert cup with vanilla cream, for an interesting presentation and an added flavor component. Businesses may choose to flaunt the rusticity of a vintage dessert, or try to manipulate the dish to look gourmet. The flavors can be tinkered with to add unusual twists. Having a restaurant garden can come in handy for restaurant desserts in general, but especially vintage dessert, as by combining local produce and herbs from a cooking garden, interesting flavor combinations can be created. Herbs can be used to provide a beautiful garnish for a vintage dessert, as well. They can also be incorporated into sauces, glazes, ice creams, and sorbets to serve on the side of the dish. For example, berry cobbler can be more exciting
What is Greek Yogurt?
The population has fallen head over heels in love with Greek yogurt. Old-fashioned yogurt’s competition is a thicker, creamier version. Whereas the process of making regular yogurt involves straining the product twice before packaging it, Greek yogurt is strained 3 times, removing water content and giving it its defining texture. Since the final product contains less water, but the same amount of volume, Greek yogurt contains more protein than its plain counterpart. It is also high in calcium and low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Given its nutritional value and taste, finding ideas for what to make with Greek yogurt, especially in a healthy restaurant, adds to the benefits of Greek yogurt.
What to Make With Greek Yogurt
Predictable ideas for what to make with Greek yogurt include using it in Muesli, shakes, and other foods that use yogurt. However, replacing regular yogurt with Greek yogurt recipes is not always straightforward. Many baking recipes call for yogurt. Adding Greek yogurt instead will change the composition of the final product, and possibly yield inferior results, due to the extra thickness of the ingredient. Diluting the Greek yogurt can solve this problem. Using Greek yogurt recipes, created with the intention of using the thicker, creamier version of yogurt, will prevent complications. Greek yogurt is a great option for finishing up soup recipes. Heating it too much will cause it to separate, but adding a small amount to soup recipes, right before serving, can add some gentle flavoring and thickness to the dish. When Greek yogurt recipes call for the dish to be heated, such as when cooking with meats, or adding it to dishes instead of buttermilk or heaving cream, refrain from using reactive metal pots and pans, since the acidity in the yogurt will draw unwanted flavors from the metals. Salads, fish dishes, meats, poultry, and vegetable side dishes can all be served with Greek yogurt-based sauces. The
81% of consumers have searched for a restaurant on mobile apps in the past 6 months, according to recent studies by SinglePlatform and Chadwick Martin Bailey. They also found that 70% of consumers prefer being able to see a menu when they search, and 62% said they are less likely to choose a dining location if they cannot see the menu online or on the dining apps. 75% said they are more likely to dine at a venue based on search results. All this data strongly suggests that restaurants should explore the restaurant apps and dining apps on the market, to make sure they are taking full advantages and the benefits they can give businesses.
Restaurant Apps and Dining Apps Available
There are many dining apps on the market which are gaining popularity among consumers. Some help customers decide on the restaurant in the first place, from finding gluten free restaurants to searching restaurant reviews. Others make the dining experience more enjoyable. NoshList allows restaurants to notify customers when they are ready to be seated, allowing customers to leave the venue during the wait, and allowing them to stay interested in dining in the restaurant. Often, customers are turned off by wait times for tables, especially when they may lose their turn to be seated if they leave the restaurant during the wait. NoshList eliminates this issue. Various restaurant apps are springing up to allow diners to listen to sound from any television in the restaurant, through their device. This will allow restaurants to show multiple games and draw fans of any sport. Other dining apps allow customers to request songs playing in the restaurant. Restaurant apps that allow consumers to pay electronically, rather than waiting for the check to be taken, brought back after the credit card transaction, and collected when the customer leaves, can make the payment process more comfortable for customers and employees. The list of restaurant apps and dining apps is steadily increasing. By keeping up-to-date with the options available, businesses can make the most of
There’s nothing like waking up to the smell of a strong, freshly brewed cup of coffee. For centuries, people have been playing around with the chemistry of the beans, trying to find how to make the best coffee. Desserts, sauces, main dishes, and a wide assortment of drinks have been created, highlighting coffee as an ingredient. Coffee machines, and entire companies, such as Nespresso, have been created to simplify how to make the best coffee. In addition to an amazing taste and jump-starting dose of caffeine, the health benefits of coffee further support drinking it. Preventing depression, weight loss, and lower risks of Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes, and Parkinson’s are just a few speculated perks of downing one cup a day. The only downside to coffee drinks is the complication of the many names for the many different types of coffee drinks.
Espresso and Its Variations
Espresso, though popular on its own, is often used as a base for other popular coffee drinks. Though quality espresso machines can be expensive, they can be a very worthwhile investment. Espresso machines push hot water, with pressure, through compact
Selecting the Best Pots and Pans
Selecting the best stock pot based on considerations of heat transfer and the material’s interactions with foods, can improve the ease of cooking and the quality of the product. Similar to choosing a cutting board, stock pots can have a significant effect on efficiency of execution of tasks in the kitchen. Stock pots should be tall and rather narrow, allowing the contents to be reduced by evaporation, but very slowly. Having a small surface area available for evaporation in a narrow pot, compared to a wide one, will give the liquid time to take on all the flavors of the ingredients, while slowly becoming more concentrated during evaporation. Having pots and pans, in general, that can quickly and evenly distribute heat will cut down cooking time and help ensure that the ingredient is cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, the top materials for heat distribution can leave undesired tastes and chemically alter some ingredients, especially acidic ingredients. Investing in quality stock pots for soups, sauces, and stocks, will make cooking on the stove the best and easiest cooking method it can be.
The Aluminum Stock Pot
An aluminum stock pot is great for heat transfer and an inexpensive option for cooking on the stove. The lightweight material enables most workers to comfortably move around and maneuver the pot, even
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