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Month: August 2018

Types Of Food That Can Be Frozen

Sometimes it may happen that you are hungry and you find nothing to eat in the afternoon period. For this time, a trusted freezer comes to the rescue and serves a pre-prepped meal quickly.

Some one-pot dishes can be cooked without thawing and some are single ingredients those can be mixed with whatever stuff is available for a weeknight meal. Just like a cooked chicken can be thawed to make burritos, a chicken salad, paleo quesadillas, soup, etc.

Maybe you can be the different one, so probably, there are two reasons to freeze pre-prepped meals and ingredients are:

Reason 1: It is a money saver when buying a stock on a sale item

Sometimes, farmers market and grocery store offer the best deals. It was an experience that fresh ripped, juicy and organic tomatoes cost just $1 per pound. At that time, it is the best idea to stock a freeze food item. When freezers are full, they consume less energy, so it is more economical to stock.

Reason 2: It is a time saver when it is stocked in bulk and you wash fewer dishes

The main advantage is that you cook, clean once and eat twice or thrice. Once all the ingredients are pulled out, it is just a matter of sometimes that you need to measure a next batch and same in terms of cleaning it as well. In the case, when you are full, you can surely keep the remaining stuff in a freezer and can have later on.

Tips to freeze the food properly:

  1. Spreading of berries, muffins and meatballs should be done in a single layer, to prevent them from sticking on a baking sheet and then freeze and then transferring in a bag must be done.
  2. Foods which contain higher water content will have some different texture on thawing, like fruits and vegetables, berries for example. They taste delicious, little softer and work best in the recipes those are cooked as compared to raw. Like, berries can be used to make freezer jam or smoothies, but using them raw is an exception.
  3. While freezing items like bread, I do not prefer to flash freeze it, instead a thin strip of parchment is placed between slices to prevent sticking.

*It is preferred that certain foods must be stored in a parchment freezer bags, which helps to keep plastic away and bags remain clean which can be reused.

*You can also follow some instructions to set the perfect cooling temperature of your freezer.

Food that can be frozen well:

  • Vegetables: Blanching is important to store certain vegetables. It helps to stop enzymes which help vegetables from ripening which helps to take away vegetables from dirt and bacteria. Brightens color, slows down vitamin and mineral loss, and softens those vegetables so they can be easily packed.
  • Blanching vegetables: First bring a big pot of water to boil and vegetables for boiling. Once boiling is done, cooking of vegetables is done for 1 to 2 minutes. Once done, remove vegetables from the water and immediately transfer it to cold water until it gets completely chilled. Drain those vegetables, if you want more time for certain veggies. Veggies that need blanching before freezing are:
  1. Spinach
  2. Broccoli
  3. Asparagus
  4. Carrots
  5. Brussels sprouts
  6. Lima beans
  7. Green beans
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Peas
  10. Peppers
  11. Sweet potatoes
  12. Zucchini

 Veggies that do not require blanching are:

  • Tomatoes(roughly chopped)
  • Beets(peeled and chopped)
  • Garlic(whole and chopped)
  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin
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    Every Restaurant Owner Should Know Perfect Cooling Temperature

    It is important to have restaurant equipment to carry out daily operations. For food storage, refrigerators and coolers those are used. For any business, lower temperature cooling is an important part, so it is essential to keep all those equipment in good working states. When you started a business, equipment was new as well. It will only run neatly if maintained well, though it is just 3 months ago or some years.

    As an owner of a restaurant, you should participate actively in refrigeration maintenance. You must have a technician to take care of its all larger maintenance parts, but apart from just that there are some things, those needs to be taken care to work your equipment last long and well.

    The Highest priority of any business is its energy efficiency. With proper maintenance, your refrigerators and coolers will work efficiently as they should work on their parts. Else, a downhill spiral will be seen as the year passes and as a result you will either need to repair or replace the equipment.

    It is important for food safety to regularly maintain the equipment. There are various requirements those need to be carried out for cold food storing and its safety reasons. If your refrigerator is not working in good condition, you may risk your customers to become sick. It may happen for just one time and you may have to suffer ad consequences. So for that reason, it is important that you must repair your equipments soon as possible, but you must also know the things to prevent it. So we have also provided some tips for keeping your food fresh for long time.

    A restaurant equipment company has seen the badly maintained equipment. They wish to educate the restaurant owners to learn the refrigeration maintenance so that their equipment will last longer and run more efficiently. Altogether, it can be confirmed that your food and beverages are stored safely. Tips to maintain your restaurant fridge by which one can easily prepare refreshing and chilled drinks at bars and restaurants.

    Avoiding Restaurant Refrigerator Repairs:

    As you are always around your refrigerator, you should not wait until it breaks down to pay attention to it. There are some indications those were seen before it breaks down. And if you see them, immediately call refrigeration expert for repairing purposes. If you will take care of these small things, they can create huge differences;

    • Your refrigerator must have empty space around it. It can strain for working if space around is blocked. It can heat up the area as the air is not circulating around the appliance. As a result, your kitchen will become hotter and will experience frequent breakdowns, and it may shorten the life of your refrigerator considerably. Proper space must be left between walls and refrigerator and no clutter should be stored in that space.
    • You must correctly set the defrost frequency and temperature. USDA, the FDA, the state health dept, and other authorities determined that your food must be stored at safer temperatures. Potentially hazardous food must be stored at 40Fas 41F is the max allowed temperature for refrigeration.
    • In order to save energy and heat, inside lights of the refrigerator must be turned off if it is not being used. Otherwise, more energy will be consumed and it will become harder for the refrigerator to keep things cooler.
    • Proper checking of hinges, seals, gaskets, latches, and other parts should be done to avoid leakages. The doors of the refrigerator should be always airtight. If pressure resistant is not showing, then surely there is a leakage happening somewhere.
    • Restaurant refrigerator must be cleaned from inside on regular basis. You can take guidance from the owner’s manual for specific cleaning instructions. For cleaning, any bleach, caustic or abrasive shouldn’t be used.

    Schedule for tuning up the refrigerator:

    The process of tuning up means tasting and inspecting everything on the refrigerator. There are adjustments done if needed on the whole unit. The level of refrigeration is adjusted if needed and the oiling is done for the parts. You will be getting the detailed report of the exact refrigerator condition and you will come to know about what repairs are required like heating and air conditioning, handyman and electrical services.

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