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Types of Spatulas and Their Uses

Types of Spatulas and Their Uses

These long-handled utensils come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Before you start flipping through an online catalogue, however, sit down with your chef and your menu and visualize exactly what dishes you need a spatula for. Will you be flipping burgers on the grill or turning thin fish fillets in a non-stick pan? Scraping batter into cake tins or lifting delicate cookies from parchment paper? There’s a spatula for that!

Types of Spatulas and Their Uses

Commercial Pots and Pans Buying Guide

Commercial Pots and Pans Buying Guide

Admit it – buying cookware can be fun. All those shiny new pots and pans, so full of promise. But you should curb your enthusiasm (slightly) and take the time to examine your exact needs and requirements before going on a spending spree.  Start by asking a few basic questions.

Commercial Pots and Pans Buying Guide

Coffee Service Tools and Equipment Buying Guide

Coffee Service Tools and Equipment Buying Guide

For some, coffee is the most important meal of the day and a love of coffee runs deep with connoisseurs. From specialty coffee shops to restaurants to caterers, businesses will want to invest in equipment that gives customers the quality coffee they are looking for and expect.  

Whether you brew a few cups or a couple hundred a day, the right tools and equipment will assist in providing an excellent coffee service. 

Coffee Service Tools and Equipment Buying Guide

Commercial Panini Grill Buying Guide

Commercial Panini Grill Buying Guide

People love their sandwiches, even more so when cheese is involved and grilled. So crispy! So melty! So gooey!

Just imagine for a moment thinly-sliced prosciutto, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves, gently pressed between two pieces of crusty ciabatta bread with a few drops of olive oil and then grilled. You get the idea? What’s more, they don’t take up much space and they’re quick and they’re easy to operate.

Find out what you should consider before buying a panini grill for your operation.

Commercial Panini Grill Buying Guide

Commercial Countertop Food Warmers Buying Guide

Commercial Countertop Food Warmers Buying Guide

In a restaurant setting, it’s impossible to cook every piece of food to order. Even the fussiest of tweezer-wielding chefs prepares at least some components of a dish long before a guest sets foot in the dining room. But whether it is a hearty soup, a delicate sauce or a quick-serve pizza, every morsel must be kept at the temperature that will best preserve its flavours and textures—and, more importantly, prevent food-borne illnesses. 

But not all warmers are created equal. Here’s what you need to know before you go shopping. 

Commercial Countertop Food Warmers Buying Guide

Types of Foodservice Gloves & Mitts

Types of Foodservice Gloves & Mitts

Choosing the right glove for the right job and using them properly helps keep your staff and your food safe.

Gloves come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, each with a different purpose. To decide what type you need, first determine what tasks they’re needed for, how long staff will be wearing them, the risk of contamination from food being prepared and the importance of dexterity to the wearer.

Types of Foodservice Gloves & Mitts

Condiment Containers Buying Guide

Condiment Containers Buying Guide

The use of condiment holders in foodservice has exploded in recent years as fussy consumers demand more options to customize their food and beverages. Even today’s most humble coffee shop, for example, may offer five types of sweeteners, from honey to stevia, along with shakers of cocoa and vanilla powder for garnish. Add alt-milks, tea bags, various sizes of to-go cups and lids, stir sticks, napkins, sleeves and straws and you end up with a pile of items of various sizes that all need a home. 

With counter space and table space at a premium, organizing your condiments and sourcing the perfect container for each one is a big job. Get it right, however, and you’ll make life easier for staff and customers. 

Condiment Containers Buying Guide

Chafing Dish Buying Guide

Chafing Dish Buying Guide

There’s much to consider to find the right chafing dish or row of dishes for your operation, whether you run a buffet-style restaurant, hotel, banquet hall, catering business or simply enjoy entertaining at home.

Find out about types of chafing dishes, chafer sizes and chafing dish lid styles.  Chafing dish power sources explained. 

Chafing Dish Buying Guide

Commercial Slicers, Dicers and Cutters Buying Guide

Commercial Slicers, Dicers and Cutters Buying Guide

Cutting fruits and vegetables to a consistently uniform size with minimum waste by hand takes time, effort and skill. Chefs would far rather be doing something more productive. 

Manual food processors make kitchen prep quick and easy by dicing, cutting, coring, peeling and slicing ingredients, all without electricity.

Commercial Slicers, Dicers and Cutters Buying Guide

How to Choose a Commercial French Fry Cutter

How to Choose a Commercial French Fry Cutter

No one can deny the appeal of fresh-cut French fries: they give customers a fresher, tastier product and can serve as a distinctive signature item. They also involve cutting a lot of potatoes, day after day. A French fry cutter saves time and effort, as anyone who has had to cut a large number of potatoes into French fries by hand will tell you. It also gives fries a uniformly consistent size and shape. 

How to Choose a Commercial French Fry Cutter

Essential Chef Equipment for Culinary Students

Essential Chef Equipment for Culinary Students

Whether you are eagerly starting your food career journey, have changed career paths or have finally made the plunge to fully embrace your passion at culinary school this fall, investing in chef equipment and supplies professional’s use is the best first step. 

Essential Chef Equipment for Culinary Students

Catering Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide

Catering Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide

Catering Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide Whether you run an established catering company or you’re just starting a catering business, we’ve got the foodservice equipment you need and the expertise to help you make the best choices. Let’s start with a list of catering essentials.  Tabletop  While white is always in style for dinner and tabletop items, you’ll be amazed at the many attractive choices available, from faux wood chargers to dishes in matte earth tones and flatware in shades of black or rose gold. When making a decision, think about your clientele, and about the ease of carrying, washing and...

Catering Equipment and Supplies Buying Guide