Ways to Deal With A Cash Crunch In Your Restaurant

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 Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash A study by Perry Group International revealed that most restaurants go out of business during their first year of operation, and 70 percent of those that make it past the first year close down in the next 3 to 5 years. Experiencing a cash crunch is one of the main reasons why restaurants struggle to stay afloat. Running a restaurant is not all about preparing food that taste great, there are a lot of expenses that need to be covered for the business to stay afloat. If your restaurant is experiencing a cash crunch, it's crucial to take ...
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Tips for knife sharpening and maintenance

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TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHEF KNIVES SHARP - Knife sharpening and maintenance Keeping your knives sharp is one of the most important rules in a kitchen. It not only makes food preparation faster and cleaner but far safer than using a dull knife. Using a dull knife requires more pressure therefore it can cause quite a mess if it slips. A sharp knife is less likely to slip and cause a bloody mess. In the event that you actually cut yourself by accident, it will be less painful and heal faster than if you were using a dull knife.  Knife skills are ...
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Ergonomic Kitchen Design & Work Space

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Every Working Kitchen Needs Ergonomic Design and Ample Work Space As many as 36% of carpal tunnel cases require long-term, ongoing care, according to a CDC study. Among the most common occupations that lead to this kind of overuse condition are Chefs and cafeteria workers. Even for the home chef, repetitive motions and other stressors can lead to problems down the road. An ergonomic kitchen design & work space, however, can do a lot to help. With the right tools, and possibly a kitchen re-design, you can use ergonomics to reduce the risk of overuse injuries as well as other kitchen dangers. Create Space To ...
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Tips on How to Remove Meat and Grill a Lobster!

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​Picking meat out of a lobster is an art. You want to make sure that you get as much of that delicious, sweet, succulent meat out of the shell as possible. It is also imperative to remove the flesh without getting it mixed up with little bits of the shell, which are not only sharp, but indigestible. There are several different knife techniques and scissor use at play, but with a little practice you can become an expert in no time. Taking out the claw meat To remove the claws, first you will need to twist the legs sharply at the base. You ...
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Knife Safety In Your Kitchen

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[caption id="attachment_3280" align="alignleft" width="315"] Proper way to pinch grip your chef knife[/caption] Keeping Kids Safe Around Kitchen Knives Knives are rated to be among the most common kitchen hazards, with more than 3.4 million children experiencing an unintentional household injury every year. It's important to discuss and practice proper kitchen safety with your children, especially if you're a fan of high-quality kitchen knives. Learning how to care for and use your knives and other kitchen utensils are only parts of being a great cook. Properly and securely storing them away so that they are out of reach of small hands, is one of the most ...
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Choosing The Right Ergonomic Equipment

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Preparing food is not supposed to be torturous, regardless of whether you are preparing fine cuisine in a 5-star restaurant or cooking a meal for your friends and family in the comfort of your own kitchen. Unfortunately, poorly designed kitchen tools often result in unnatural twisting, bending, and grasping of the hands which could result in painful tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, the latter affecting between 4 and 10 million Americans according to the American College of Rheumatology. Thankfully an increasing number of designers have started paying attention to ergonomics which is enabling them to create striking and functional tools ...
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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As King of the Barbecue, Dad deserves a great Father's Day gift. If you're a little behind this year, don't fret. We've got you covered with a few great ideas, and a few great sales (just don't let him see this blog post). For the King of the Barbecue  Is your Dad truly the king of the grill? Known amongst friends, family, and the like as the one who can whip up a perfect steak under any circumstance? If this sounds like your Dad, we recommend the 4 Piece Myron Mixon Pitmaster BBQ Kit. This kit includes: Myron Mixon Pitmaster Grill Tool Red Edge Guard ...
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Summer Smoothies with My Juicer II

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It's officially June!  The temperature is on the rise and everyone is getting ready for summer, between uncovering their pool to making sure they are bathing suit ready.  And what better to help you get that bathing suit figure than a healthy, refreshing smoothie?? Smoothies are great way to get in those extra nutrients while also giving yourself a treat. But, it could get expensive running out to your local juice bar or health food café every time you have a hankering for one.  You also run the risk of maybe not knowing what exactly is in that smoothie you are ...
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Memorial Day Sale

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Memorial Day means the chance to commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the United States, the start of barbecue season, a day off work, and for us -  the chance for a great sale. This weekend is also great because it means the invite to many a cookout! We've recently shared a couple recipes for cooking steak, seasoning steak, and grilling steak. Because you might be attending more than one barbecue this weekend (yum), we decided to find a good recipe for a shareable side. We found an article via Bon Appetit for 70 Memorial Day Side ...
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The Perfect Barbecue Set Up

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We've covered how to cook the steaks, but how do you marinate them? The possibilities for meat marinades are endless, ranging from Korean Barbecue to Italian - depending on the meat you want to use. The best thing about marinating meat ahead of time is that it allows for the flavor to sink into the meat, without a lot of legwork. Marinating ahead of time is perfect if you have a Saturday barbecue coming up and you work during the week, or if you have to contribute a tasty dish to a communal event. We found a simple barbecue marinade to ...
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