Professionals know that there are four areas of knife care and maintenance to assess in order to keep your cutlery in top shape. We’ve put together a list of DOs and DON’Ts to help you cover every area.Continue “Knife Care Secrets from the Pros”
Learn how to care for stainless steel. Your stainless steel is a staple in foodservice kitchens, and when properly looked after, it can be found shining everywhere from your countertops to the sinks, work tables, refrigeration, and the cooking and ware washing equipment.
There are a number of reasons for this prevalence, but mostly, stainless steel is used throughout because it is very durable, safe for food preparation, resists corrosion moreso than other materials (resist is the key word here), and it is nonporous, so moisture, bacteria and other harmful remnants can’t easily seep into the material.
However, contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can stain and even rust if not properly maintained. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel surfaces in the back of the house so you get rust-free service for years:Continue “3 Ways To Care For Stainless Steel”
- Before use, it’s always important to season your non-stick cooking surfaces. Open the waffle and season the griddles with cooking oil using a paper towel. Wipe off excess oil and discard the first waffle or two, which will more than likely be oily.
- The operating light will turn on when the waffle is plugged in and begins to heat up. After about 5 minutes, the light will turn off, telling you the griddle is nice and hot, and ready for your mix! The light will stay off and the griddle will stay hot as long as the unit is plugged in.
- Use roughly 2/3 cup of pancake or waffle mix per baking cycle! Once poured on the griddle plate, the ready light will turn on and you can close it lightly. *Be sure not to push it tightly closed as the waffle will need to steam and rise as it cooks. When the waffle is ready the ready light will turn off.
- Cleaning your Texas Waffle Maker is very easy and should be done after the unit has completely cooled off. Do not clean the waffle maker when it is still hot. This Texas Waffle Maker cooks fast thanks to its 800 watt grill plates, and it should be completely cool so you don’t burn yourself in the process, or warp the elements. When it’s cool, simply wipe down the grill plates with a damp sponge of soft cloth and do the same with the outside of the waffle maker. Avoid using abrasive elements to scrub and resist from applying chemical cleaners directly on the unit.
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Baking Pans are a staple in both commercial and residential kitchens, and like most anything, they will age more gracefully if they’re properly cared for throughout their life. Here are a few key things you should keep in mind when caring for your baking pans:
1. Seasoning:To get the best performance and life from your new bake pan, be sure to season it before use, and as needed over time. Simply apply a spray or lubricant to the surface and stick it in the oven (without product in it) for 10 minutes at roughly 350°F.
2. Storage:Baking Pans should always be stored in warm, dry areas and away from places with high humidity, like the dishroom. Baking pans should never be stored in cool/cold places since condensation can form on the pan. They should be placed upside down in their designated storage place for the best airflow and we often recommend warming them in the oven just before storage to make sure they are completely dry and free of moisture.
3. De-panning:After baking, your finished product should be depanned as soon as possible. This is because steam given off from the pan during the cooling process can penetrate the glaze on the pan and cause “glaze lifting” or corrosion over time. Many people think to keep the baked product in the pan long enough to cool it is the correct thing to do, when in actuality it can damage the pan over time.
4. Cleaning:Baking Pans are relatively sensitive and should be cleaned with a soft cloth or a mild soap and water solution. Remember that pans shouldn’t be exposed to water, humidity, condensation or cold temperatures if possible. Avoid soaking the pan in water, using any harsh chemical cleaners, in addition to rough scouring pads which can scratch the glaze on your pan. Should washing in water be necessary, re-season the pan with a lubricant afterwards and stick it in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes to ensure the seasoning has sealed.
- Don’t use soap or detergents for cleaning cast iron- hot water will do and a sponge!
- Never put cast iron in the dishwasher- the chemicals in the detergents will strip down the oils in your pan’s seasoning, resulting in a brittle, dried out pan
- Avoid submerging the cast iron in cold water, particularly when the product is still hot. This could cause thermal shock and a warped pan