Monthly Archives: July 2020

  1. What Is NSF International?

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]When shopping for equipment and supplies in the restaurant industry, sometimes you’ll see a round blue NSF certification mark. You can’t help but wonder, what exactly does NSF International do?

    Products that are NSF certified can have a lasting impact on your restaurant. Purchasing products that are NSF listed help your restaurant maintain a high level of food safety and protect your reputation. Here is a brief history of NSF international and why it’s important.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    History of The NSF

    NSF International was founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to help standardize sanitation and food safety at a time when the United States had no national sanitation standards. As the National Sanitation Foundation expanded services beyond sanitation and became a global public health safety organization, they changed their name to NSF International in 1990. NSF International is widely recognized around the world for its scientific and technical expertise in health and environmental sciences. 

    Today, NSF international offers its services in over 170 countries. Still headquartered in Michigan, they are committed to protecting and improving human health worldwide. They have more than 140 currently active public health standards and independent testing protocols.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    The Certification

    Any products that are listed as NSF certified improve the quality of any product. Seeing this certification on a product lets you know that a company complies with strict standards and proced

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  2. Top 10: Startup Bakery Equipment Essentials

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]Baking for many is a creative outlet and some wish to eventually turn the hobby into something profitable. Bust starting up a bakery isn't as easy as it looks. The bakery industry is steadily growing and if you can get your business on its feet during these difficult times of COVID-19, it won't be long until you begin to see profits rolling in. But before you dive into your bakery plans, you're going to need specific equipment to create your perfect pastries:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row mobile_bg_img_hidden="no" tablet_bg_img_hidden="no" woodmart_parallax="0" woodmart_gradient_switch="no" row_reverse_mobile="0" row_reverse_tablet="0" woodmart_disable_overflow="0"][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    1. Standup Mixer

    Anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000

    Whether you're starting a professional cake bakery or a food truck bakery, a standup mixer is key to reaching success. Seeing that a standup mixer will be a significantly larger expense to your bakery, be sure that whichever you choose to invest in will fit all your needs. A few things to consider while shopping for a standup mixer is the size of the mixer itself and the number of attachments it can hold. Attachments such as different types of dough and wire hooks.

    Understand that replacement parts for mixers aren't cheap, so investing in a good quality mixer will save you the hassle of replacing parts, time, and money.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row mobile_bg_img_hidden="no" tablet_bg_img_hidden="no" woodmart_parallax="0" woodmart_gradient_switch="no" row_reverse_mobile="0" row_reverse_tablet="0" woodmart_disable_overflow="0"][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]


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  3. Different Types of Chefs

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]“Chef” is a title used to a professional cook in a restaurant. The word chef is derived from the term chef de cuisine which when shortened, translates to “chief”. Since the creation of the title, there have been a few chef titles that have been specialized for specific roles. Let’s look over some of the titles and what they do.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Executive Chef

    The chef or the executive chef is responsible for everything in the kitchen. They oversee everything during their shift, ensuring that every chef under them is working as efficiently as possible. Executive chefs have more of a management role within the restaurant and tend to do very little cooking.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Head Chef

    The head chef usually isn’t involved in the cooking process, instead, they’ll spend their time kitchen ensuring that all food prepared by other chefs is up to their standard. To earn the title of chef, most head chefs will have spent time in other chef positions such as pastry chef or as a fish cook. Head chefs can be the same as an executive chef when it comes to responsibilities as well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Sous Chef

    The sous chef is the second-in-command in any kitchen. Originating in the 19th century, the sous chef is responsible for assisting the head chef in overseeing kitchen duties. Sous chefs communicate with other chefs to make sure they have the tools and ingredients needed to complete their shifts. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Station Chef

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  4. Our Favorite Pastry Bags and Tips

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    The best place to start your pastry decorating journey is with good equipment. Pastry bags and tips are key for good decorating on pastries ranging from cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.

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    Pastry Bags

    Piping bags are a very versatile tool within kitchens whether you're trying to ice a cake or fill baked goods. They come in many shapes and sizes depending on what type of pastry you need iced, the temperature of the food, and personal preference. They come in two main categories, disposable and reusable.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title="Reusable Piping Bags" border_width="3"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Polyester (Polyurethane-Lined)

    This reusable bag is quite versatile. Polyurethane is easy to clean and leakproof making it a reliable option. Because of its material, it can become slippery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Thermoplastic Polyurethane

    This material is thicker than other reusable options, making it a good option for hot foods yet it's still flexible for easy use. It's also stain and odor resistant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]


    Canvas piping bags are better for thicker foods, but oily foods will leak through. It's not stain-resistant and will smell over time if not cleaned properly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

    Plastic-Coated Canvas

    Plastic-coated canvas bags are good quality for their price and much easier

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  5. Baking Measurements Conversion Guide

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    Doubling a recipe is a good idea for commercial bakers who need to work fast in a busy setting. But this also means converting or adding together measurements that aren't easy to work with. Cooking should be enjoyable and relaxing, not scientific.

    No matter your experience, every baker should own a baking conversion guide. Whether you're converting from cups to millimeters, grams to teaspoons, or tablespoons to cups, this conversion guide will enhance your baking experience and confidence.

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    Dry vs Liquid

    You should never use dry measuring tools for liquids, and vice versa. Since liquids are denser than dry ingredients, the measuring is different. For recipes that need precise measuring, it's crucial to use the correct measuring tools.

    Knowing the difference between dry measuring tools and liquid measuring tools is key to every baker. Dry measuring tools have precise measurements and must be scraped off the top for exact measuring. Liquid measuring tools usually are glass or plastic and have handles that allow you to easily pour contents.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]Here are a few Celsius to Fahrenheit conversions to give you a basic understanding of the temperature differences:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="25898" img_size="large" parallax_scroll="no"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]

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