13 9 / 2013

The Basic Commercial Kitchen Equipment

If you want to start a restaurant or any form of food establishment, you will need commercial kitchen equipment in order for your business to function well. This way, serving great food to your customers will be guaranteed. It is a known fact that you will need a big organized kitchen with a complete or at least have the basic commercial kitchen equipment so that you can also give convenience to your kitchen staff. Having a complete set of these equipments would only help speed up the service and would be able to serve the customers ahead or on time.

 

Here are 10 basic commercial kitchen equipments that you have to procure just to keep your kitchen running:

Gas Range

A six-burner gas range is the ideal unit to purchase as part of your commercial kitchen equipment. This is because, you can have several foods cooked at the same time. This will help the establishment save money, effort and not to mention the time spent just waiting for one dish to be cooked.

Commercial Hood

This is very much needed so that the kitchen would have the proper ventilation it needs. Such would help put your line cooks at ease and could cook delectable dishes. There is a notion that the quality of the food would depend on the mood of the cook. Thus, to attain delicious dishes make sure that your kitchen staff is in a good place.

Flattop Grill

This is used to cook burgers or other breakfast foods. This particular equipment is very much needed if one of your target clients are those aging 18 and below. For that age range, would definitely love burgers and hot dogs.

Stove Warming Shelves

This particular kitchen facility will help preserve the freshness or warmness of the food.  This is also the place, where freshly cooked dishes are placed while waiting the chef’s approval for plating or for serving.

Commercial Refrigerator

Food and food ingredients can be kept here. Such equipment has the ability to preserve the freshness in the best possible way.

Walk in Cooler

This is where you will store your large amount of food to keep it fresh.

Preparation Table

It is advisable to get the stainless one for durability and because it is easier to clean. This is the area where the food is plated up, and the place where the chef could do a quality control check, before dispatching the food to the client. It is indeed one of the most important kitchen equipment.

Floor Mats

A floor Mat is needed to keep the kitchen area safe. Slips, falls and other accidents could be prevented with the presence of these mats.  

Fire Extinguisher

 Every restaurant is required to have this tool for safety precaution. Get a heavy-duty one.

These are the main commercial kitchen equipment that you will need to gather in your kitchen and to make your staff work well.  Just make sure that you follow the sanitation rules so that you will not have any problems being shut down. Before you make any purchase of the basic commercial kitchen equipment, canvass your area so that you can get the best deal there is.


Source: http://chefneeds.com

13 9 / 2013

gymra:

Wild Salmon with Lentils and Arugula
This delicious and nutritious meal can be on the table in less than half an hour. And it’s true comfort food, thanks to vitamin D-rich salmon.
Yield Serves 4
Ingredients
1 medium red onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 bay leaf
1 cup green lentils
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 cups baby arugula (1 1/2 oz.)
4 6-oz. fillets wild salmon, skinless
Directions 
In a medium pot, bring onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and lentils to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Stir in arugula and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange fillets in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake until cooked through, about 16 to 18 minutes. Serve with lentils and squeeze with lemon juice.

gymra:

Wild Salmon with Lentils and Arugula

This delicious and nutritious meal can be on the table in less than half an hour. And it’s true comfort food, thanks to vitamin D-rich salmon.

Yield Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups baby arugula (1 1/2 oz.)
  • 4 6-oz. fillets wild salmon, skinless

Directions

In a medium pot, bring onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and lentils to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Stir in arugula and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange fillets in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake until cooked through, about 16 to 18 minutes. Serve with lentils and squeeze with lemon juice.

13 9 / 2013

dinnerwasdelicious:

(this post was created as part of a collaboration with a website that never launched. we love it and think that it’s perfect Labor Day Hangover fodder)
Cheddar Cornbread Waffles, with Green Tomato - Sweet Corn Salad
As fellow neurotic, over-achieving, Midwestern perfectionists, there is no character on TV closer to our hearts than Leslie Knope. She’s the plucky, hyper-organized basket case we someday hope to be, and she is our dream dinner party guest. When scheming to come up with a recipe inspired by her (and the rest of the cast at Parks and Rec) there was only one answer:
Waffles.
 
Our Cheddar Cornbread Waffles, with Green Tomato - Sweet Corn salad, topped with runny eggs and Buttermilk-Thyme Dressing, push Leslie’s favorite Whipped-Cream-Covered-Belgians from JJ’s to a whole new level.  Taking advantage of the gorgeous produce we’d expect to see around Pawnee, we made a savory dish that, from food snob Tom to calzone-crazy Ben, every member of the Parks department would enjoy. Not to ignore her trademark sweet tooth, a side of Candied Bacon adds a shot of sugar and enough porky, salty, smokey goodness to put a smile on Ron Swanson’s face.
 
Cheddar Cornbread Waffle
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 1 cup aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded.

  • Cooking Spray

Turn your Waffle Iron on, using the instructions that came with it and some common sense. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat together the Egg, Milk, and Olive Oil, and pour into the dry ingredients. Gently fold until you don’t see any more powdery streaks, and add the cheddar. Cook the waffles until golden brown, using cooking spray in between each waffle.

Top with Green Tomato - Sweet Corn Salad, Buttermilk Thyme dressing, and a perfect Sunny Side Up Egg.

 

Green Tomato - Sweet Corn Salad

  • 1 Green Tomato

  • a handfull of ripe Cherry Tomatoes

  • 2 ears Sweet Corn

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

  • Salt and plenty of Black Pepper

Roughly chop the Green Tomatoes (being sure to discard the bitter seeds) and Cherry Tomatoes. Quickly blanch the Sweet Corn and cut away from the ear. Toss with the Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Salt (to taste), and plenty of Black Pepper.


Buttermilk Thyme Dressing

  • ¼ cup Buttermilk

  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp fresh Thyme, gently bruised

  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar

  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)

Stick it in a jar and shake it like you’re getting paid. It’s not rocket surgery, kids.

Candied Bacon
  • 1 package Bacon; thick cut is a must, applewood smoked is a plus
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • a pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350°. 
Prepare a baking sheet or roasting pan with a rack or a layer of parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the Brown Sugar and spices. Toss in each slice of Bacon with the Sugar mixture, being careful to thoroughly cover each piece.
Carefully arrange the Bacon, in a single layer, on your baking sheet and roast until golden brown and delicious.