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Kitchenware Checklist for Bakers

by kenzie on November 24, 2014

Do you love baking? Or are you dreaming of making the perfect homemade breads, rolls and cakes? When equipping your kitchen for baking, you first have to determine what type of baker you are. Are you into pies or cheesecakes? Or are you a bread lover? The type of equipment you will need will depend on your baking preferences.

When making your checklist for wholesale kitchen equipment, take a look at these baking tools to see whether these are necessities based on your baking preferences as an aspiring baker:

-          Cake pans. These basics come in round, square and rectangular shapes that are great for cakes, bars and brownies.

-          Baking sheets or sheet pans. These are great for cookies, pizzas, cakes, biscuits, bread or pastries that do not need molding. They are also useful when you need to heat something up inside your oven. These are usually rectangular in shape and have shallow sides. The raised lip keeps liquids on the pan and also makes it easier to lift the pan from the oven.

-          Loaf pans. The smell of freshly baked breads as you take these loaf pans from the oven is just heavenly! Pans come in different sizes and widths. The type, size and shape of the pan can have an effect on how well the bread turns out. This is because the material (glass, metal or ceramic) as well as the height and width will affect volume, as well as how heat is transferred into the bread dough. For instance, if the pan is too small for the recipe, the dough may break out of the pan.

-          Springform pans. These feature a flat, removable base and a spring collar. These allow you to remove the baked goods that are hard to turn out. These are ideal for upside-down cakes, deep dish pizza and cheesecakes.

-          Cookie cutters. Have a bit of fun at your kitchen with themed cookie cutters that make a wide variety of shapes.

-          Beater and stand mixer. Electric hand-held beaters and stand mixers reduce the amount of work needed to whip up your favorite goodies. Stand mixers also allow you to do other baking tasks while it mixes the batter or dough. When choosing a beater, select one that has multiple speeds and interchangeable whisks. Meanwhile, choose a mixer with a solid base for heavy duty recipes.

-          Tins and pans for a variety of baked goodies. Depending on what you want to make, you can get loose bottomed tart tins (for quiches, flans and tarts), muffin pans, Madeleine tins, Bundt tins, soufflé dishes and gratin dishes.

-          Rolling pin and pastry board. Flatten pastry and cookie dough to the required thickness with a rolling pin and a pastry board. You can opt for one that has no handles so as to prevent knuckles from becoming imprinted on the dough.

-          Pie pans. Bake your favorite apple or pumpkin pie with a pie fan that has angled or sloped sides. The edges enable you to scallop the crust with ease.

-          Cooling rack. Prevent cakes from getting soggy by using a cooling rack. This allows air to circulate both over and under the cake.

-          Measuring tools. Baking is about precision. You don’t use a smidge of this ingredient and a pinch of that ingredient. You need accurate amounts of your ingredients to come up with the expected results. Thus, you need a reliable scale, measuring spoons and cups as well as an oven thermometer.

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Countertop Appliances for Your Home Kitchen

by kenzie on November 17, 2014

LionsDeal can be your provider of quality wholesale kitchen equipment, such as countertop appliances that can help you make easy work of basic cooking functions. Whether you want to have a better equipped home kitchen or desire to fit your commercial kitchen with all the bells and whistles that make your staff more efficient.

Here is a quick checklist of countertop appliances you may want to have in your home or restaurant kitchen:

-          Food processors. Chopping, slicing, grating and shredding become easy just by a press of the button.  With a food processor, you can also create perfectly mixed pie crusts. You need to provide sufficient workspace for this appliance, as it can be a bit bulky.

-          Food steamer. Steaming, rather than frying, is the healthier way to go. Food steamers ensure that fish, chicken breasts are tender and juicy, while vegetables retain their crisp freshness. You can also quickly prepare dumplings. To subtly add flavor to your steamed dishes, you can add herbs, leeks or tea in the steaming water. When using the food steamer, avoid opening the steamer lid so as to prevent the heat from escaping and lengthening cooking time.

-          Rice cooker. Get perfectly cooked rice all the time. Rice cookers have an automatic shut-off function once the rice is cooked. A rice cooker is a handy piece of equipment if you are into sushi-making or are passionate about Asian-inspired rice dishes. There are also multifunction rice cookers that work as a food steamer.

-          Juicer. Prepare healthy juices for your family or your health-conscious customers. It is best to go with a masticating or twin gear juicer rather than a centrifugal juicer. The masticating or twin gear juicers are more expensive but are cheaper in the long run since they are able to produce more juice and also make use of much of the pulp.

-          Electric grill or griddle. This is a very versatile piece of equipment. There are even versions that have changeable plates to provide the triple function of waffle maker, griddle and grill. Grills are great for kabobs, grilled sandwiches, barbecues, burgers and even grilled vegetables. Grills are also a healthier way of cooking, as it involves lower fat content as the oils from the meats are caught in a drip tray.

-          Immersion blender. Whip up nutritious vegetable soups, sauces and yogurt blends with a handy immersion blender that you can use directly onto the pot.

-          Sandwich press. Serving sumptuous sandwiches? Keep sandwich orders coming with this simple countertop appliance. You can consider getting a multiple-slice model to make more sandwiches in one go. Another version would be a Panini grill, which, aside from sandwiches can also heat up paninis and wraps.

-          Waffle and crepe maker. For your breakfast menu, you can make easy waffles, crepes, pancakes and even ice cream cones with a waffle and crepe maker.

-          Warming drawer. For your busy kitchen, you can extend your working time with a warming drawer. You can prepare some types of food in advance, store it in the warming drawer and then serve it simultaneously.

When buying your countertop appliances, it is also important to consider your kitchen layout, as we as your available countertop and storage space. That way, you can prioritize the countertop appliance you will purchase on your next visit to LionsDeal.

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Commercial Kitchen Essentials to Improve Safety

November 10, 2014

The busy commercial kitchen is fraught with hazards. Sharp knives, hot pans and ingredients and the possibility of contact with fire can all mean serious injuries to your staff.  As a restaurant owner, it is important to provide essential restaurant supplies and equipment that promotes kitchen safety. Here are some of them: -          Fire extinguishers. […]

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Griddle Me This: A Griddle Buying Guide

November 3, 2014

For a restaurant, a griddle is one versatile must-have. This piece of equipment is a healthier way of cooking fatty meats such as bacon, pork chops or sausages. The oil can drip out of the food and thus produce dishes with lower cholesterol content. Griddles can also help in tenderizing meats and thawing frozen items. […]

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A Burger Lover’s Buying Guide: Must-Haves for the Burger Aficionado’s Kitchen

October 22, 2014

Are you passionate about your burgers – so passionate that you’d rather make them at home yourself? There is a unique joy in donning the apron, putting on burger patties to the grill, hearing the sizzle of the juices and smelling the aroma of a finely cooked patty. Preparing your dream burger, however, will need […]

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Equipping the Vegetarian Kitchen

October 15, 2014

Have you decided to go the vegetarian route? Your kitchen equipment may need some updating to help you whip up vegetarian gourmet meals. The equipment will make it easy for you to prepare raw vegetable and fruit meals. The key is in investing in some quality kitchenware that will also be environment friendly and long-lasting. […]

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Reducing Restaurant Costs to Promote Longevity

October 8, 2014

Having a healthy bottom line is important for a restaurant’s longevity. With today’s highly competitive food industry, restaurants can do well to protect their profits in order to stay in the game. One effective way to do this is by cost savings. Shaving on the operational, supplies and equipment expenses need to be done prudently. […]

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Adding Buffet Capabilities To Your Catering Business

October 1, 2014

As a caterer, you should be able to provide your clients with the dining style they prefer. This can mean plated meals served by your waiters or buffet meals that allow guests the indulgence of choosing what they want from the party spread. Buffets are actually very popular, not just for events (such as weddings), […]

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Table Top Ideas for Your Restaurant

September 22, 2014

Dining out is not just about the food. People go to restaurants with their dates, colleagues or families for the “dining out experience”.  The ambiance your restaurant provides is very much part of the package in a diner’s experience. One quick and cost-effective way to set the atmosphere is through an effective table-top design. Some […]

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Melamine Dinnerware: A Combination of Beauty and Functionality

September 15, 2014

For fine dining restaurants, elegant chinaware is, without question, the natural choice. However, for cafeterias, fast foods or high-volume casual restaurants, expensive chinaware is just not practical. The rigors that the plates go through in a high-volume operation will mean a shorter life span for traditional chinaware. However, restaurants are also concerned not just about […]

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