Posts by Mike Gley
Starting a butcher shop is considered complex and daunting, however, following the right business principles, coupled with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction can lead to a very successful meat shop. Understanding the vital tenets of how to start a butcher shop can help you prepare your butcher shop set-up effectively. In this article, we decode the importance of knowing your business plan, and other essential factors like equipment, finance, and marketing to help you set up a profitable butcher shop.Read more
Room service has been a hotel industry standard for a long time. Hotels with room service often belong to the mid-tier or are upscale, and as such, the expectations that come with offering round-the-clock food and beverages are big as well. The traditional model of offering in-room dining is not as profitable as it seems, and the cost is often passed down to the customer. Modernizing the ordering system and providing simple, yet delicious food at all times can greatly reduce pressure on the hotel kitchen, decrease costs, and give guests some great options to choose from. Offering in-room dining options can greatly enhance the customer’s experience and extend your hotel’s prestige.Read more
Most commercial kitchens, food manufacturers, and other food businesses try different ways to prevent mold formation. Mold can affect building surfaces, products, and the environment. Mold in the freezer can lead to huge losses for food businesses. Mold can spread through the air and surface contact. It can cause mold-related illnesses, lead to health and safety violations, and damage food products completely. Mold in walk-in coolers occurs when the humidity level inside the cooler or freezer goes above 70%. Yearly maintenance or cleaning your walk-in unit can help you get rid of mold. In this article, we discuss what mold is, ways to identify mold growth, causes behind mold formation in the fridge, ways to prevent mold in the refrigerator, the ideal temperature for mold prevention, steps to get rid of mold, and the dangers of mold development.Read more
In this article, we discuss the best restaurant appetizers menu, healthy restaurant appetizer menu, everything one must know about restaurant appetizers, and the list of essential equipment needed to make restaurant appetizers.Read more
Different types of herbs are used in a variety of cuisines. Needless to say, the bulk procurement of herbs is a trend followed by several businesses. Understanding the differences between fresh vs. dried herbs will help you use and store these aromatic components better. Whether it's creating options like frozen herbs for fresh herb storage or bottling dried herbs for longer, we help you discover new methods to improve the shelf life of your herbs & spices section.Read more
Restaurants, diners, cafes, and institutions need refrigerated solutions or cold storage units to store food products at ideal temperatures. Cold storage is a refrigerated unit that can store food products at ideal temperatures and prevents them from decaying. In this article, we discuss what cold storage is, how to find the best walk-in-refrigeration systems, the importance of cold storage refrigeration, and things to know before investing in refrigerator storage units.Read more
School cafeterias are some of the largest institutional kitchens that serve several students every day. Due to their special requirements and the nature of business, they require specialized equipment to deal with their needs. School cafeteria equipment and cafeteria supplies need to be chosen carefully to help with a quick kitchen when lunch hours are limited. We take you through a detailed list of cafeteria supplies and equipment to help you choose what's best for your school lunchroom.Read more
Not only enthusiasts, but even culinarians can be found confused over what is Masago, or what is tobiko, or what is Ikura. The world of roe is full of rich variety and this is far more punctuated in Japanese cuisine. While most people would confuse every variety of roe or fish eggs with Caviar, the differences are quite marked and opinion fairly misinformed. We describe and detail the various Japanese roe like Ikura, Masago, tobiko, and make a comparison with Caviar so it is easier for readers to understand the differences and delve into a whole new culinary experience.Read more
There are primarily two types of flours that are used by bakers and confectioners - weak flour and strong flour. In this article, we discuss what is strong flour, what is the strong floor windowpane test, the difference between strong flour and weak flour, how to store strong floor in the freezer, the best ways to store flour, and some strong white flour recipes that will help you start your own bakery or confectionery place.Read more
Bistros are small casual food joints that serve simple food with wine or coffee. Most bistros provide an extensive menu that includes appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Bistro-style restaurants serve gourmet food in a fast and efficient manner. Bistro restaurants and cafes are more budget-friendly than expensive traditional restaurants. In this article, we provide a brief overview of a bistro, a bistro restaurant, the differences between a bistro and a restaurant, the differences between a cafe and a bistro, a bistro food menu, and more information about a bistro-style restaurant.
Brunch’ is derived from two words: breakfast and lunch, as it is served between breakfast and lunchtime. According to contemporary trends, brunch is served on weekends, when people have ample time in their hands to have a prolonged meal. In this article, we give you a brief overview of brunch restaurants, restaurants serving brunch, what a brunch is, the best brunch menu ideas, additional brunch ideas, the best time for brunch, how to host a brunch, and hosting a brunch easily and without hassle.Read more
A comprehensive understanding of the kids' menu is necessary for making your business commercially viable. Successful restaurants and fast-food chains have specialized kids menus for families with children. Health-conscious parents prefer salads, natural beverages, and yogurts; over fries, nuggets, and hamburgers. This article discusses how to design a menu for children, how to create a restaurant kids menu, other restaurant ideas for kids, and restaurant kid menu ideas.Read more
Storing cut vegetables in a refrigerator is essential for the success of your restaurant, salad, and sandwich bar. You can store fresh vegetables in cupboards, pantries, and other vegetable storage containers. In this article, we discuss how to store vegetables, how to store vegetables in a fridge, keeping vegetables fresh in a refrigerator, keeping vegetables fresh longer in the refrigerator, how vegetables freeze in the refrigerator drawer, and keeping vegetables fresh after cutting.Read more
Mobile food trucks, carts, and trailers are the new wave of foodservice operations. Food trucks can also be used as an effective marketing campaign for your existing restaurant or foodservice establishment by offering customers a taste of the popular dishes on your menu. Food trucks, carts, and mobile food trailers have become a mainstay of the foodservice industry today and are not considered a passing fad anymore.
A walk-in cooler for restaurants is a vital piece of equipment necessary for storing beverages, frozen foods for a prolonged period. This article discusses the things to consider before buying a walk-in refrigerator, walk-in freezer combos, the price of walk-in freezers, cheap walk-in coolers, and the best walk-in freezer brands that are perfect for your business.Read more
Freezing meat is economical and healthy. Frozen foods can retain nutrients and freshness over time. You should know the best ways to freeze meat, chicken, or any food. Thawing or defrosting is an important factor that you should consider while freezing meat. In this blog, we discuss the things you should know about freezing meat, the best way to freeze different kinds of meat, fresh vs frozen meat, and other necessary information on freezing techniques.
Strip doors help conserve energy by separating walk-in coolers and freezers from ambient temperatures. These are especially useful in commercial establishments that need to separate the entrance to their cold rooms from their surroundings without sacrificing visibility. Individual strips are easy to replace and performing regular cleaning and maintenance tasks on curtains is as easy as removing them and wiping them down. Replacement strips can be ordered online for a truly hassle-free experience.
Fresh caught or farmed salmon is one of the most popular fish across American food establishments today. Since salmon is a popular fish in many cuisines across the world, it can be prepared in a variety of ways to keep your customers interested. Keeping up with these methods of storing salmon at home or in a restaurant setting can produce wonderful results for an excellent dish that is sure to be a hit with everyone!Read more
A commercial walk-in freezer or a walk-in freezer has become an integral part of restaurants, institutional kitchens, food joints, and other commercial food establishments. Commercial kitchens or food establishments require walk-in freezers to keep food products at ideal temperatures. Building a walk-in freezer instead of buying a commercial freezer can be commercially viable. In this blog, we discuss how to build a walk-in freezer, things to consider when building a walk-in freezer, and a comparison between commercial walk-in freezers and DIY walk-in freezers.Read more
Mushrooms are a popular favorite, however, their short shelf-life and tendency to bruise make people averse to using these delectable fungi in their dishes. If you’ve been pondering about how long will mushrooms last in the fridge or about tricks to store mushrooms, we’ve got you covered. We offer various methods on how you can use your fridge and freezer to store mushrooms using the best practices, making sure your mushrooms retain their texture, freshness, and aesthetics.Read more
The paper vs plastic debate has been in the public consciousness for a long time. Environmentally-inclined lawmakers have favored the use of paper bags because of their seemingly low impact on the environment and have worked towards enacting laws to encourage their use. Boutiques and clothing stores use paper bags as a statement and the branding on these bags serves as free advertising. Plastic bags, however, have their own niche, such as storing food long-term by freezing them. These are also the optimal choice for disposing of expired food products and other kitchen undesirables. Neither can replace the utility of the other and it depends on the customer to make a conscious effort to make sure that these bags end up in the correct recycling facilities.Read more
Cheese is a delicious component of many meals, but it can be tricky to know how to save cheese properly. The type of cheese you buy will determine how and where you should store it.Read more
Baking is both an art and a science. And just like every ingredient has a purpose in your recipe, so does every type of pan you use. Find out more about the major types of bakeware out there, their potential uses, and disposable baking pans.Read more
As a restaurant owner or chef, understanding how your walk-in cooler condensing unit functions is vital to ensuring that your equipment works correctly. But if you don’t know what each part of your walk-in refrigeration unit does, how do you know if something isn’t working correctly?Read more
Buying crabs in bulk is the secret to cutting costs and including it in your menu frequently. But if you do buy in bulk, you need to keep in mind that crab spoils quite easy.
So, can crab meat be frozen? If yes, how? We explore these questions, and all you need to know about freezing crab meat.
Cream cheese is a favorite addition to dozens of different recipes and is even an excellent spread on its own. Whether you enjoy traditional cream cheese or a fun flavored option, it is essential that you know the answer to one vital question: how long does cream cheese last?Read more
Did you know that there are distinct differences between a walk-in freezer and a walk-in cold room? Having the right equipment in your establishment will determine the success of your business.Read more
Marinating meat requires caution and skill in order to produce succulent and safe meat that anyone would want to eat. Any good chef knows there are a lot of steps involved when marinating meat, but many people are unsure how long they should store said meat in the fridge.
There are several things to consider before you begin marinating your meat, because one wrong move could affect the final product. But fear not, because we have all the tips and information you need to prep a beautiful piece of meat.
We often associate Foodborne illness with a mistake the restaurant made during cooking, but it can just as easily be a product of how the chefs stored the food. Proper food storage in the refrigerator is important in preventing mishaps, such as cross contamination, among others.
But what is cross contamination?Read more
Whether you're out traveling and have a handy cooler packed with snacks and beverages, or you have a small cooler in the back of your restaurant/hotel with ready-to-serve beverages – you want to make sure you are doing your best to keep these goods fresh for your consumers.Read more
For meat lovers all around the world, we know how important the quality of our meat is. Great quality meat is, after all, what makes it so delicious. Preservation plays a vital role in determining the meat’s quality and safety. You need to know how long the meat should be kept in the fridge or frozen before cooking.Read more
When looking to make the most of your kitchen budget, it's not enough to invest in the best of the best when it comes to a roll-in freezer or walk-in refrigerator. It's vital that you take the time to get to know each piece of equipment and how best to utilize it. One common misconception when it comes to using your freezer is that you simply need to toss your goods in, and that's it. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, not if you want to make the most of your ingredients. That's why you'll want to try a variety of freezer organization ideas to see what works for you when it comes to optimizing the use of your equipment.Read more
For food business owners, a commercial refrigerator isn’t just another kitchen appliance—it’s the lifeline of their business. It keeps food products and supplies cool, fresh, and easily accessible. But, as with any other appliances, commercial refrigerators can—and do—malfunction. When they do, it pays to know how to troubleshoot it so you can get it up and running again before your perishables go bad.Read more
There are many different types of refrigeration systems for you to choose from. To simplify the process, you should determine the exact need, your required capacity, and how you want the unit to dissipate the heat it creates.Read more
There has been a debate among confectioners of the difference in the types of icing, and their best uses. Marzipan versus fondant, frangipane versus almond paste—which is the best?
The finest bakers are familiar with the top bakery trends in 2021 and continue to advance their culinary talents, including learning the best ways to use icing to help them stand out above their competition.
If you are one of the 184,990 bakers in the U.S., you may know quite a bit about these malleable confections. But are you really familiar with the many differences in these sweet treat toppers?Read more
Whether you're looking for answers on how to store a cake while waiting for a customer to pick it up or if you're looking to answer this common question asked by customers who frequent your bakery – it's important to know how to store a cake to maintain its overall quality.Read more
Whether you're passionate about food or you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community, opening your own food and/or beverage business can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, how do you go about finding the most profitable food business ideas worth exploring?Read more
After deciding to invest in a walk-in freezer for commercial use, it’s crucial that you take the time to get to know your unit, how it works, and the best ways to keep it running optimally. You want to make sure you have all the answers to important questions like what temperature a walk-in freezer should be, how I can best maintain my walk-in freezer, and more.Read more
It is important for any business to have major kitchen appliances that perfectly fit their daily operations. You have to make sure that you get a good deal when purchasing a walk-in freezer, one that would suit your needs.
Before making this very significant decision for your business, let’s take a look at 5 things you have to keep in mind when purchasing a walk-in freezer.Read more