Food And Beverage Articles
Expert Author: Dennis Lindsay
Thinking about purchasing an outdoor electric grill? Read our handy guide to find out the advantages and disadvantages of these bbqs compared to their propane and charcoal counterparts.
An ice maker, ice generator,or ice machine may refer to either a consumer device for making ice, found inside a home freezer; a stand-alone appliance for making ice, or an industrial machine for making ice on a large scale. The term "ice machine" usually refers to the stand-alone appliance.
A bain-marie (also known as a water bath) is a French term for a piece of equipment used in science, industry, and cooking to heat materials gently and gradually to fixed temperatures, or to keep materials warm over a period of time. The bain-marie comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and types, but traditionally is a wide, cylindrical, usually metal container made of three or four basic parts: a handle, an outer (or lower) container that holds the working-liquid, an inner (or upper), smaller container that fits inside the outer one and which holds the material to be heated or cooked, and sometimes a base underneath. Under the outer container of the bain-marie (or built into its base) is a heat source.
Spiral mixers are named after their spiral-shaped dough agitator. The bowl revolves during mixing while the agitator stays in place. Commissaries and bakeries most often use spiral mixers, but medium to large volume pizza operations can also find a spiral mixer useful.
After deciding on a heavy-duty or restaurant range a top configuration must be established. Top configurations can consist of all the same components or a combination of numerous components. Top configurations can include gas or electric burners, griddles, hot top, French top, salamander broiler or cheese melters.
A poached egg is an egg that has been cooked by poaching, that is, in water. No oil or fat is used in its preparation. Poached eggs are commonly used in Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine. In modern parlance, the term "poached egg" is also applied to a different method of preparation using an "egg poacher", where the egg is suspended in steam, rather than being poached in water.
In North America and the United Kingdom, as well as in select bars in Spain, tapas has evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. In these countries, patrons of tapas restaurants can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.
A buffet is a system of serving meals in which food is placed in a public area where the diners generally serve themselves. It is a popular method for feeding a large number of people with minimal staff. Buffets are offered at various places including hotels and many social events. Sideboards are also known as buffets as they may be used to offer the dishes of a buffet meal to guests.
Chafing fuel is a portable source heating source containing combustible chemicals, of which the main fuel(s) can vary, for the purpose of warm or heating food. Chafing food commonly utilizes clean burning fuels such as methanol, ethanol, or diethylene glycol, to facilitate both indoor and outdoor use. These fuels are also used for emergency heating, camping, and fondue.
A napkin holder is a device used to hold napkins. A napkin holder can be made from virtually any solid material and is built so that the napkins do not slip from its hold, either by way of sandwiching them between two surfaces, or simply enclosing them on their sides in a horizontal design. Napkin holders range in price and styles from wooden designs to wrought iron or ceramic styles and many others.
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