Relive Your Beach Vacation With These Tips For Tasty Shrimp

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the great things about taking a vacation to the beach is all the great seafood restaurants that abound. Whether you have a grouper sandwich at a coffee shop or lobster and oysters at an upscale restaurant, you’ll never run out of options for fresh, delicious seafood. While restaurants on the beach seem to have a magic touch when it comes to making seafood delicious, there’s no reason you can’t replicate the same results at home. Shrimp, for instance, is fairly easy to make. Start out with the freshest shrimp you can find and follow these simple instructions. Prep The Shrimp While you don’t necessarily need to remove the skin before you cook and serve shrimp, it makes them easier to eat. To remove the skin, grab it near the legs and pull it apart. If you start at the legs, it will be easy to slip off. Next, you want to devein the shrimp. This involves removing the long black strip that runs down the shrimp’s back. Use a sharp knife and make a tiny slit above the vein with just the tip of the knife. You can then rinse out the vein under running water or scrape it out with the knife tip. Cook Shrimp Quickly The secret to juicy and tender shrimp is to cook it quickly. If you cook it too long, it will get tough and chewy. It only takes a couple of minutes to cook shrimp. The exact time depends on the size of the shrimp. You can tell shrimp is cooked all the way through when the insides turn opaque. You can also test for doneness by holding the shrimp by the head with its tail pointing up. Stretch out the tail and let go. If the tail bounces back into a curl, the shrimp is done. Try Various Cooking Methods You can cook shrimp in a variety of ways. You can steam, boil, fry, or grill the shrimp. Each cooking method affects the taste of your meal. Grilling imparts a nice smoky flavor. If you want to grill the shrimp, it’s best to use skewers. Keep the shrimp in a curled shape and pass the skewer through the head and tail to hold them in place. Be sure to flip the shrimp half way through the cooking time, so both sides are grilled nicely. Shrimp can be seasoned with flavored oils, pepper, Cajun seasoning, butter, or any spices and oils you desire. If you don’t have access to fresh shrimp, you can always buy frozen shrimp at your grocery store. Be sure to thaw it before cooking, so it develops the best texture. When you buy shrimp, match the size...

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How To Choose The Right Range For Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you need to acquire an industrial kitchen range, either for personal or business purposes, then you will probably want to learn about the different options available. Here is a brief guide to help you select the perfect range for you or your business. Style One of the most common type of range in the United States is known as the freestanding range. This variety is characterized by flat sides and backs, and does not require a complex installation. It fits easily within recessed areas and can easily be moved on a whim. Unlike other styles, freestanding ranges do not require adjacent furniture. Slide-in ranges are another popular style. These require an opening between two cabinets due to the unfinished nature of their back and sides. They are intended to be added in a modular fashion to pre-planned kitchens. Their name is derived from the mechanism of their installation, which is to be slid into the gap horizontally. The counterpart of slide-in ranges are drop-in ranges. While the prior variety is installed horizontally, drop-in units are intended to descend vertically into the opening. Like slide-in ranges, these units require adjacent cabinets or other furniture. However, drop-in ranges also need a baseboard to rest on. These units tend to have the most difficult installation process, so keep that in mind if you are planning on purchasing a drop-in range. The final popular style is the professional range. While there are many subcategories of professional ranges, they do have several features in common. They tend to be more expensive, heavier, and more versatile than other variants. They are similar to slide-in ranges because they have finished backs and sides, which allows for easy installation. These units closely resemble commercial ranges used in restaurant kitchens worldwide. Heating surface Once you have decided on the style of range, you will need to select the heating method. The most common ones are: Electric: cheap electric models will use coils, while higher-end models use conductive surfaces. Different materials such as ceramic or metal will have different associated prices, advantages, and disadvantages. Gas: through the use of natural gas, gas burners burn open flames as a source of heat. Gas ranges are known for more accurate heating than electric options, which results in perfectly cooked food. Dual: while most expensive than the other two options, these units incorporate the best of gas and electric heating, combining the accuracy of gas with the safety of electricity. For more information in range types, contact a supplier like K & D Factory Service...

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Best Events For Bonding With The Ladies

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So, you have a clutch of good friends with whom happy hour is a regular event. Or perhaps you’ve reconnected with a few girls from your school days. Alternatively, you might have family coming in from out of town, and it’s your turn to entertain grandma. Whatever the situation, you want to socialize with the ladies in your life. Try one of the ideas below for bonding with the ladies. Visit An Art Exhibit One option is going to the local art museum and enjoying works by the masters. Indeed, museums quite often host specially curated exhibits that you can see only once in a lifetime. Another option is attending exhibits put on by local art galleries. First Fridays have a long-standing tradition for art openings. With their growing popularity, galleries often host third Friday, final Friday and even second Saturday events. Typically they serve beverages and light appetizers. Additionally, the artists are usually on-hand to discuss their work. If you’re hosting women who enjoy art – or wine and cheese – such events are great conversation starters. Enjoy High Tea Tea is a staple in England, and afternoon tea consists of a light snack in British culture. High tea, on the other hand, is also referred to as “meat tea” because of the substantial nature of the meal, according to What’s Cooking America. Typical foods for a high tea include cold meats with pickles, cheese on toast, poached eggs and toasted crumpets in addition to a selection of delicious pastries. Take your friends or family members for a high tea service, such as Clumzy Clover Teas & Treasures. Naturally, it should replace a meal, either lunch or dinner. You’ll have a fun time discovering the traditions associated with having tea as the focus of a meal. Take A Class There’s nothing like learning something new to get the talking started. Add to that some wine, and you and the ladies will be giggling your way through the evening. Sip and paint parties have grown in popularity for just that reason. Artists host a painting class in a local venue that serves wine. The artist shows you basics of painting while you and your friends sip wine and follow along. A different version of this event is attending a class in a bar. In these venues, you and your guests have access to a full bar and even food while you attempt to follow the instructions for completing a project. So, as your turn to host the ladies comes about, think about a new event to spark conversation. High tea, a class or an art exhibit provide not only opportunity for conversation, but the fodder for...

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Vending Machines On A Health Kick

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vending machines have a reputation for offering junk food to people who are craving an afternoon snack or don’t have immediately access to a store or restaurant. They are considered a food alternative that is extremely unhealthy but better than starving. However, the vending industry is changing. Here are some healthy choices you will soon see in a vending machine near you.  Fresh Fruit Now you can buy fresh items like apples, bananas and oranges straight from a vending machine. Simply feed the machine your coins and touch a button to send a piece of fresh produce rolling down a shoot and into your hands.  Fresh Veggies You know that snacking on celery sticks and carrots is much better for you than scarfing down a bag of potato chips, but fresh vegetables are not often available in a pinch. Modern vending machines are now being stocked with bags of fresh veggies that often include a dressing for dipping.  Salad in a Jar Businessinsider.com recently reported on a company called Farmer’s Fridge that packs fresh salads into a jar and sells them in a vending machine in Chicago.  The salads are built upside down to keep greens dry. They include nutritious ingredients like fresh spinach, blueberries, quinoa and kale. Consumers simply open the jar to enjoy a delicious, healthy salad.  Nutrition Bars Many vending machine operators are seeing the value in adding nutrition bars to items for sale in addition to candy bars. While eating a candy bar in the afternoon can give you an energy burst, the downside is the spike and then drop in your blood sugar that can leave you feeling limp. Replace that candy bar with a protein bar or other nutritious alternative and you can rev up your energy without torturing your body’s blood sugar levels.  Yogurt Up until recently the only dairy item commonly found in a vending machine was chocolate milk. Now consumers can get nutritious dairy options like yogurt and cheese.  The protein from dairy can help get you over an afternoon slump, and yogurt is packed with probiotics to keep your digestive system running smoothly.  Healthy Beverages While bottled water is typically an option in a traditional vending machine, sodas and sugary juices make up the rest of the beverage choices. Now you can get waters infused with healthy vitamins and minerals as well as drinks like coconut water and fruit smoothies.  Vending machines are changing as the public insists on healthier alternatives. Click here for more info about vending machines today to see what you can...

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Midwest Morsels: Midwestern Food For Your Next Great Menu

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re a restaurant owner looking for some unusual ways to get more customers to beat a path to your door, look into serving Midwestern food. No joke — the food of Flyover Country is comforting and really quite healthy in a lot of ways. It’s also one of the hotter trends in cooking, so if you can create a good menu with favorite regional dishes, you could find a loyal clientele showing up at your establishment, especially if you’re not in the Midwest but are surrounded by homesick transplants. American Comfort Food Midwestern food is actually what people are thinking of when they think of American food in general, according to AllRecipes. This is the casserole- and pie-filled cuisine of the Plains States, though there are many, many other dishes just waiting to be introduced to your customers. The cuisine has been relatively untouched in the restaurant world until now because it’s sometimes seen as a home-cooked cuisine — not the sort of thing you’d think of when going to eat out. But many restaurants are successful while serving different variations of comfort food, and Midwestern food is yet another option. From St. Louis toasted ravioli to juneberries to butter cake, there are many dishes just waiting to be introduced to the rest of the country. Not a Homogeneous Region And if your restaurant is already in the Midwest, then you know how diverse the foods are — and you’ll still have plenty of recipes to show off to your customers. If you’re in Missouri, showcase the Dakotas. If you’re in the Dakotas, showcase Ohioan foods. You have a lot of options. Best of all are the dishes that have clear ethnic roots, like Scandinavian-based dishes in the Plains, or Cornish-pasty cousins in the eastern Midwest/Great Lakes border region. Russian, German, and other settlers brought their own foods over that gradually changed as more local ingredients were substituted. Back to the Basics In Midwestern cooking, all the ingredients are recognizable, and the ingredients are often easy to source locally. The cuisine is one of using what you have in creative ways, which can be a welcome atmosphere if you’re in a city where the economy is having issues. This is no-nonsense food meant to power people through hard work. Start investigating Midwestern recipes and see which ones are similar to your current big sellers. If you sell a lot of desserts, start making butter cakes, kuchen, and other Midwestern sweets. If your customers run toward the fish and game crowd, look for bison and barbecue styles. The Midwest is full of foods just waiting for more...

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Wine Cooling Storage Systems

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wine has been made by humans since 6,000 BC. The first winemakers discovered that heat is the number one enemy of wine, causing it to lose flavor and aroma. To keep their wine in the best condition, they aged it in deep, cool, underground cellars. Today, having a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar or wine cooling cabinet continues to be the best way to age and serve fine wines.  Since wine is a natural, perishable food, it can spoil when exposed to heat, light, vibration or frequent temperature changes. Ideally, red wines should be stored and served between 62-68 degrees Fahrenheit, and white wines should be stored and served between 49-55 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity level must be high enough to keep the wine corks from drying out and allowing air to oxidize the wine.  When stored at optimal temperatures, wines can maintain their quality and sometimes even improve their aroma, flavor and complexity as they age. In order to control the temperature and humidity where you store your wine, you will need a cooling system. Here are a few different temperature control systems and units for you to consider.  Wine Cellar Cooling System A wine cellar cooler is a standalone unit that controls the temperature and humidity of the air in a wine cellar to keep wine for long-term aging. The wine cellar room itself must be darkened to keep light out and wine cellar shelves must be stabilized to eliminate vibration. There are several different forms that these coolers take: Self-Contained System: cools and humidifies the air within the cellar and exhausts it into the same cellar space. This system is ideal for a walk-in wine closet or a small wine cellar. Wall-Mounted System: cools and humidifies the air in the wine cellar and exhausts it into an attached room. This system is installed in the wall between the two rooms to facilitate the air exchange.  Duct System: sends cooled and humidified supply air into the wine cellar from another room and returns the warmer and drier air to the same room to begin the process again. This system looks like a central air conditioning system and is usually ceiling mounted.   Wine Cooling Cabinet A wine cooling cabinet is a standalone refrigeration unit that controls the temperature and humidity of the air to keep wine perfect for immediate drinking. These cabinets have darkened glass doors to keep light to a minimum and are stabilized to get rid of vibrations. The larger wine cooling cabinets are dual zone cabinets that have two separate compartments to keep your red wines and white wines at different temperatures. There are two different styles available for these cabinets: Free-standing cabinets...

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