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3 Ways To Cook With Pickles

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Cook With Pickles

Pickles are undoubtedly one of America’s most-beloved condiments. Whether the cucumbers are the fermented deli style pickles with fresh garlic cloves and dill or the sweet and slightly spicy bread and butter pickles, they are a nice accompaniment to burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Of course, they’re also great just on their own. Pickles are also good for you. They contain the normal vitamins and minerals present in most vegetables, but they are a good source of probiotics. The natural fermentation process creates friendly gut bacteria that aids in digestion when eaten. Vinegar is also said to lower blood sugar, making pickles a good choice for diabetics. Pickles can be used for more than just an occasional condiment or snack, though. Here are three ways you can prepare pickles and get even more of their briny goodness in your diet. Deep Fried Pickles For an easy beer batter, whisk one can of beer with an egg, 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, and a teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder. Let it rest while you prepare the pickles and heat the oil. Dredge your pickle spears or slices in flour or cornmeal. Then dip each piece into the thick beer batter and slowly add to the hot oil. Once they turn golden brown, remove and let drain on paper towels. Serve with a ranch dressing or a spicy buffalo mayonnaise. Salad Dressing Most salad dressing contains vinegar and an oil, so why not use up some of the leftover pickle juice to create a yummy dressing? Add 1 ½ cups pickle juice to ½ cup good quality olive oil in your blender. Peel and remove the pit from an avocado. Add the avocado along with fresh chopped parsley, tarragon, and garlic for a healthier version of green goddess salad dressing. The avocado replaces the mayonnaise and sour cream found in most traditional recipes. Stuffed Pickles Cut lengthwise whole kosher dill pickles. Use a spoon to gently scoop out the seeds from each half. In a bowl, mix one 8-ounce package of softened Neufchâtel or cream cheese with a 4-ounce jar of pimentos, 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup mayonnaise, and ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Use a mixer to combine everything thoroughly. Spread the pimento spread on each half and put each pickle back together. Use a sharp knife to slice them into bite-sized coins for a quick and easy...

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Three Ways To Deal With Decaffeination

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Deal With Decaffeination

If you are a faithful coffee drinker who has just been ordered to lower your caffeine intake, the idea of drinking only decaf coffee may be one of the unhappiest thoughts you’ve ever had. But take heart; it is possible to be happy while not being able to drink as much of the caffeinated coffee that you love. Here are three ways to deal with an order to reduce your caffeinated drink load. Go for the Good Stuff While much of the decaf world doesn’t hold up that well to regular caffeinated coffee, there are some very good brands out there. Now is not the time to grab any decaf bag of beans off the shelf, nor is it the time to simply switch to the decaf served in your favorite cafe. In fact, ordering the decaf version of your favorite coffee may be a very bad idea, as your brain will be expecting it to taste like the coffee you normally get. The Huffington Post notes that one of the reasons decaf has such a bad reputation is that the decaffeination process often removes a lot of what gives coffee its flavor to begin with. So your brain will still be hoping for a similar flavor, but it won’t get it. It’s better to try new brands, and splurge on decaf that has good reviews. In the same article on coffee in the Huffington Post, the editors of the article tested several brands of decaf to see if any were even remotely drinkable — and they were. A couple were OK, and one was actually very good. Add in Substitutes If you have to cut down on caffeine but don’t have to eliminate as much as possible from your life — and you just cannot bring yourself to drink decaf coffee — then you might be able to compromise using coffee substitutes. So if you can still have a little caffeine, maybe reduce the number of cups of regular coffee you drink to a minimum, and then try alternates like kukicha tea, which is a very robust tea made from the twigs of the Camellia sinensis plant. Or try any of the commercially available substitutes made from carob, chicory, and grains. The Kitchn notes that many of these are very good in terms of taste and affordability. Flavor Favorites Or, if you’re fine with drinking decaf coffee but just want more flavor, there are a lot of flavored versions available that give the coffee a wonderful boost. Decaf is not an island in the coffee world — you’ll find just as many flavors available for decaf as you will for regular. For more information, contact Monin or a similar...

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Do Copper Pans Really Not Work With Induction Cooktops?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Copper Pans Really Not Work With Induction Cooktops?

Although they are both beloved by amateur and professional chefs alike, copper pans and induction cooktops are, in most cases, fundamentally incompatible. Heating by magnetic induction offers a high degree of safety and precision when compared to conventional stoves, but they require magnetic cookware to actually generate heat. Copper is similarly valued for its ability to conduct heat quickly and evenly, but it is so weakly magnetic that a pure copper pot would remain cold and inert on even the most powerful induction cooktop. There are, however, options for the chef who demands the best of both worlds, and you may not need to choose between the two.  Understanding How Induction Works Induction cooktops cook food by running an electrical current through copper coils beneath the surface of the stove. This electromagnetic energy generates a powerful magnetic field, electrically heating any magnetic pans placed over it with startling efficiency. At the same time, the cooktop’s surface stays cold to the touch, eliminating the risk of burns and keeping your kitchen cool. Chefs appreciate the precise and responsive temperature control of an induction cooktop, which allows them to apply and remove heat at the turn of a knob, but it does limit their choices in cookware.  Cooking With Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Materials Traditionally, ferrous cookware made of cast iron or steel has been the most pragmatic option for cooks using induction stoves. Materials that are not magnetic, such as copper, aluminum and glass, do not offer resistance to the electromagnetic field and do not produce heat as a result. In fact, copper conducts electricity so well that it is typically used to create the coils in the cooktop itself. All of this paints a bleak picture for the prospects of induction cooking with copper pans, but with the right purchases, you may still be in luck.  Adapting Copper Pans for Induction Ovens The easiest and most inexpensive way to use copper pots over an induction stove is to place an interface disk between them. These disks are flat, circular and made of steel, which converts the magnetic energy of the cooktop into heat. When a copper pan is placed over the disk, it absorbs the heat energy and cooks the food as usual. Alternatively, there are copper pans for sale that incorporate ferrous metals into their bases, producing enough resistance to heat up the food they contain. These pans will not exhibit the same performance as pure copper, but they remain a viable option. If you love the look and feel of copper but do not want to give up the superior control of induction, consider investing in an interface disk or conductive copper pan for your kitchen today....

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Unique Edible Wedding Favors From The Bakery

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unique Edible Wedding Favors From The Bakery

Wedding favors are big business across the US. On average they cost around $262, but some couples spend much more. Unique wedding favors are considered a must for many couples who are planning a wedding. Wedding favors can be almost anything, but edible favors are usually a big hit with wedding guests. When it comes to edible wedding favors, the sky’s the limit. A visit to a bakery can provide couple’s with a variety of ideas for what they plan on giving to their guests. Custom Bread Delicious, custom-made bread is a great choice for a wedding favor. It’s also a very unique choice. Couples can choose their favorite type or types of bread and send them home with their guests. Custom wrapping with the couple’s names can be added for a nice touch. Adding a jar of jam also allows guests to enjoy their wedding favors. There are also ways to work the same bread into the reception meal. Couples can work with the bread supplier to ensure that the bread that is served during the wedding meal is the same type of bread that is sent home as a wedding favor. Petit Fours One of the biggest highlights of any wedding is the wedding cake. But what if guests could take a little taste of the cake home with them? Petit fours are the perfect way to accomplish this. Petit fours are small square cakes that can be decorated in any style and come in many flavors. Couples can work with their baker in order to create petit fours that match the style of the wedding cake and that are the same flavor. These little cakes are a great way to allow guests to have a taste of the wedding after they leave. Cookies In A Jar Cookies are something that almost everyone enjoys. They also make great wedding favors. One of the biggest drawbacks of having cookies as wedding favors is that they can easily crumble and break while being transported. This is why cookies in a jar make great wedding favors. All couples need to do is combine all of the dry ingredients for the cookies in a jar and include instructions on how to make the cookies and attach them to the jar. Couples can work with a baker to come up with a unique recipe for their guests. Wedding favors are a great way for couples to thank their guests for attending their big day. The bakery is a great place for couples to get inspiration for their wedding favors. Bread, petit fours, and even cookies in a jar are unique favors that couples should consider.  For more information, contact Klosterman Baking Company or a similar...

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Proper Care Of Stainless Steel Restaurant Equipment

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proper Care Of Stainless Steel Restaurant Equipment

If you work in the kitchen in a restaurant business, you most likely use some equipment or supplies made from stainless steel. Many restaurant owners and cooks use stainless steel in a kitchen environment, because it is a durable metal that lasts a long time. Whether you have stainless steel countertops, appliances, or cookware, proper maintenance is key in keeping the item from rusting or corroding. Here are some steps to take in caring for stainless steel restaurant equipment so it lasts for years to come. Clean Surfaces Often Stainless steel is made with an outer layer of chromium. This precious metal reacts with oxygen in the air to create chromium oxide, which gives the item a slippery surface that is relatively resistant to staining and corrosion. Cleaning the chromium layer often ensures the item will remain slick. If dirt, oil, or even a scratch blocks the chromium from the air, the surface is at risk for rusting, corrosion, or staining. The chromium layer will not wear away from regular cleaning, making it desirable to do so frequently so the stainless steel item remains in the best condition possible. Proper Cleaning Procedure Wipe down your stainless steel items using a damp piece of cloth with the grain of the steel. To remove caked on grime, add a mild detergent to warm water and apply with a soft piece of cloth. Make sure to rinse the item well to remove any detergent from the item so it does not add a layer of film when it dries. If something that stains touched a stainless steel surface, wipe the material from the item immediately. Acidic foods should also be removed from a stainless steel item right away to avoid damage to the chromium outer layer. Baked on food or grime that has hardened to a stainless steel surface can be removed using a mixture of baking soda and water. Add equal portions of baking soda and water in a bowl and mix well. Add more of either ingredient until you reach a consistency that appears like a paste. Rub this directly to the grimy surface and rub using a damp cloth to loosen caked on material. Rinse well when complete. Things To Avoid Never use a chlorine-based cleanser to clean your stainless steel items. These will break down the chromium layer, putting your items at risk for premature wear. Instead, stick with an ammonia-based detergent as it is milder to use on this metal. Avoid using abrasive sponges or steel wool to rub down a piece of stainless steel. These tend to leave scratches. A non-abrasive sponge, pad, or piece of microfiber cloth are good alternatives.  For professional help with restaurant equipment supplies, contact a company like Louis Wohl & Sons...

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Smooth And Delicious: Swiss Chocolate

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Smooth And Delicious: Swiss Chocolate

Chocolate has long been a favorite treat for young and old alike. Swiss chocolate is considered to be one of the smoothest and most delicious of all forms of this delectable candy. What makes Swiss chocolate so special, and where did its famous heritage for crafting this fine food begin? Read on to learn more about the background and the secrets behind some of the best chocolate in the world. The Beginning of Swiss Chocolate In the 1500’s, the Spanish brought cocoa back to their country, and the queen had a real affinity for its sweet and delicious flavor. At the time, cocoa was made into a liquid form, and it was drank like a dessert beverage. The popularity of this sweet concoction soon spread through France and then into the rest of Europe. By the 1800’s, solid chocolate took over as a more popular way to consume it, and the demand grew even higher. A man named Francois-Louis Callier developed the first mechanical production facilities in Switzerland in 1819. Soon, others followed in his footsteps, developing their craft and setting up shop. Taste Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of real Swiss chocolate is its undeniably smooth texture. Over the centuries, the Swiss have perfected a process known as tempering, which keeps the chocolate and its ingredients at a consistent temperature while it is being mixed. This process allows the chocolate ingredients to fully bond, and prevents crystals from forming on its surface as it cools. Since the ingredients are mixed perfectly together and at just the right temperature, it creates an amazingly smooth consistency. The Swiss also pioneered the addition of delicious fillings for their chocolates, namely hazelnut. This light, crispy nut enhances the flavor of the chocolate and really adds to its appeal. Other fillings include fruits like raspberries or extra milk is added to make the chocolate melt in your mouth. When you open a package of Swiss chocolate, you may notice a shiny appearance. This is because of its smoothness and purity. Other chocolate tends to look dull, but Swiss chocolate has an unmistakable sheen. Other Features The premier Swiss chocolate makers today continue to use the same classic methods for making their famous chocolate. Some other reasons this chocolate is so good is because cocoa butter is one of the main ingredients. This helps bond everything together and enhance the smooth texture and full flavor. The Swiss also do not use “filler” ingredients like vegetable oil. Instead, they use pure cow’s milk and butter. Through years of dedication and honing their craft, it’s no wonder Swiss chocolate is still regarded as the best in the world. Visit a candy store, like Abdallah Candies And Gifts, to learn...

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Sweet Changes: New Research And Methods Keep Maple Syrup Flowing

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sweet Changes: New Research And Methods Keep Maple Syrup Flowing

You may be one of those people who refuses to pour anything but real maple syrup onto your pancakes, or perhaps you enjoy Grade B maple syrup for its health benefits. If so, you’ll be happy to know that researchers and maple-sugar farm operators are using a combination of bold new ideas and high-tech efficiency to ensure a steady supply of syrup well into the future. Maple syrup remains the same sweet treasure it always has been, but the following developments may make it easier than ever to keep that sticky goodness flowing: Hi-tech monitoring and the vacuum tube. The low-tech style of tapping maple trees involves gravity. You basically poke a hole in the tree, put a bucket under the hole, and wait for the gooey sap to drip into the bucket. This means hours of hiking through the woods checking taps and collecting sap. Insects and debris can contaminate open buckets. The hi-tech way to tap trees involves connecting each of the trees’ taps to central pipelines that deliver the sap via vacuum tubes to a central container. This eliminates contamination of the sap as well as the need to constantly check the levels in the buckets. But monitoring the tubing systems has been made easier with apps that tell maple syrup producers what’s going on with their sap-collection systems. Operators still have to go out and inspect lines, repair leaks, and change out parts, but they now have extra eyes out among the maples. Tapping unused potential. On a maple sugar farm, called a sugar bush, the operator must pay close attention to the health of the trees. Normally, young saplings are cut down so that they won’t steal nutrients and water from the grown trees. Only trees that are around 1 ft. in diameter are tapped for their sap. But a new technique involves topping off much smaller saplings and using a vacuum extractor to get sap from them. It’s proven to be very effective, and the trees will go on to recover and grow without harm. If the technique can be repeated with a large number of maple saplings, farmers could begin harvesting sap much earlier and much easier than with full grown trees. The tapping device must be perfected, but once that happens, more people may start making maple syrup, and that’s good for you. If you haven’t bought maple syrup in a while, you should know that the USDA has changed the grading system for maple syrup. Despite this change, and the changes above, maple syrup will always be the same high-quality product you...

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Enjoying Healthy BBQ Catering: 3 Tips And Tricks For A Low Cholesterol Diet

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enjoying Healthy BBQ Catering: 3 Tips And Tricks For A Low Cholesterol Diet

High blood cholesterol is quite a large health issue in America, as it affects over 73.5 million adults. Having this condition puts you at an increased risk for cardiac diseases and other medical conditions. Fortunately, high cholesterol can be controlled and lowered with an increase in exercise and with a healthy diet. Most people are under the misconception that BBQ is completely off-limits for those with high cholesterol, but this could not be further from the truth. Here are 3 tips for making sure that the food that the BBQ catering offers is low in cholesterol. Watch Out for the Sauces BBQ sauces are the icing on the cake. They add the delicious, smoky flavor that most Americans adore, and are generally low in fat. The problem lies in the fact that BBQ sauces tend to be quite heavy on the sugar. Studies have shown that excess sugar not only contributes to obesity, but is also linked to an increase in bad cholesterol. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little bit of sauce with your BBQ though. Just don’t slather the sauce on. Request for the BBQ catering to provide a selection of BBQ sauces that contain less sugar, such as those that are mustard or vinegar-based,  rather than high sugar ketchup or molasses-based sauces. Experiment with Leaner Meats Although red meats, like pork and beef, go great with BBQ, they contain more cholesterol and fat than white meats like chicken. Instead of the traditional meat options, inquire about other alternatives that the BBQ catering can offer. Many experts recommend going for bison, if you love red meats, as it is much lower in fat and leaner in comparison to beef. Bison also has a hint of sweetness to it that will brighten your palette. Ease Up on the Spices Most catering companies will marinate the meats and vegetables before they BBQ them. While this makes the meat more flavorful, it also increases the salt and sugar content, which can cause you cholesterol levels to skyrocket. Request for the meat to be marinated with less spices and get a better taste of the true flavor of the meats and vegetables that the catering company has to offer. Conclusion You can still hire a BBQ catering company, like Great Caterers of Iowa, even if you need to watch your cholesterol levels. Simply make sure that the BBQ catering company offers healthy options and alternatives in addition or as a substitution to many of the more traditional...

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5 Reasons To Start Drinking Chia Juice

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Although you might have heard of chia juice, you might not have jumped on the bandwagon just yet. Even though many people are enjoying the benefits of chia juice nowadays, you might still be skeptical about its benefits. However, you should know that you are really missing out if you haven’t yet tried one of these drinks. These are just a few of the many benefits of enjoying chia juice. 1. It’s Low in Calories As you probably already know, it can be very easy to drink a large percentage of your daily calories by sipping on your favorite beverages. Luckily, this isn’t an issue with chia juice. Chia juice packs a great nutritional punch but is very low in calories, so you’ll be able to save your daily calories for something a little more satisfying than just your beverages. 2. It Provides Antioxidants Antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer and a host of other diseases. Although there are plenty of other good sources of antioxidants, you can’t beat the big nutritional punch that is provided by chia seeds and chia juice. 3. It’s Packed With Fiber Fiber is an important part of the diet, and many people don’t get enough of it. However, chia juice is packed with fiber, so it’s a delicious way of getting all of the fiber that you need. 4. It Can Help You Lose Weight Unfortunately, there is no magical food, pill or supplement that will cause you to lose weight without working hard, exercising and watching what you eat. However, consuming drinks like chia juice can help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet plan. Because it is so low in calories and offers such a nutritional punch, chia juice can help you feel satisfied without eating as much. Obviously, this can help you lose weight. 5. It Provides Calcium Just like milk, chia juice provides plenty of calcium, which can help promote strong, healthy bones and teeth and can improve your overall health. If you don’t like milk and are looking for a way to consume more calcium, or if you just want to ensure that your teeth and bones are as healthy as possible, chia juice can help. As you can see, chia juice is a wonderful beverage with many benefits. If you haven’t yet started drinking it, now is a great time to add it to your diet, regardless of if you purchase pre-made chia drinks for sale or make it...

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How To Make Mexican-Restaurant-Style Dips

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When eating out at Mexican restaurants, many people look forward to the dips the most. If you want to save money by not eating out, or you are planning a Mexican fiesta at home, you can make authentic Mexican salsa, queso and guacamole yourself. Fresh flavors, such as cilantro and garlic, are what make the homemade dips superior to their jarred and canned counterparts.  Here are three ways to make Mexican-restaurant-quality dips at home: Salsa Whether you like your salsa, mild, medium or hot, you want it to taste fresh and full of flavor. There are two kinds of salsa that you can typically find at a Mexican restaurant — chunky or smooth. To make the smooth version, gather up the following ingredients: 1 15-ounce can of whole, peeled tomatoes 2 teaspoons of fresh, diced jalapenos (you can use less or none at all depending on your personal preference) 1 peeled clove of garlic 1 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth. Add more salt if necessary and chill the salsa in your refrigerator for about one hour for the best taste. Guacamole Full of flavor, homemade guacamole will be an instant hit with your family. Make this rich tortilla-chip-companion by mashing the following ingredients up with a fork until you reach the desired consistency: 2 ripe avocados 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons of red onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 teaspoons of ground cumin 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro, finely chopped  1 serrano pepper, finely chopped (omit this if you prefer a mild dip) 1/2 ripe tomato, finely chopped  Queso Warm and creamy, queso dip makes a decadent appetizer for any occasion. To whip up a batch of queso at home, combine the following ingredients in a double boiler: 1 cup of finely shredded Monterey Jack or asadero cheese 1/4 cup of half-and-half 4 ounces of canned chilies 3 tablespoons of while or yellow onion, finely chopped Salt to taste 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro, finely chopped Heat the ingredients over medium heat, stirring frequently until all of the cheese is melted and the dip has a smooth consistency. If you’re serving the queso dip at a party, keep it in a Crock-Pot set on “low” to keep it from getting cold.  Click here to find more info about Mexican dips and...

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