An Assortment of Cutting Boards

An Assortment of Cutting Boards

Protecting Your Stainless Steel Equipment From Damaging Substances And Know How To Properly Clean It

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Restaurants and other food service facilities are no strangers to stainless steel equipment and utensils. Stainless steel has a well-deserved reputation for being durable, attractive and safe for use with food. However, stainless steel is not a completely carefree metal; in fact, it requires careful attention to keep it well-maintained in the harsh environments found in commercial kitchens. Below is how you can preserve stainless steel items by understanding how to protect them from certain substances as well as information on how to properly clean them: What to protect your stainless steel from Stainless steel is made by combining ordinary steel with the element chromium. The chromium within the stainless steel forms an external, microscopically-thin layer that resists other substances. While the thin chromium layer is protective and remarkably strong, it can be penetrated in some instances and permanent damage to the steel will ensue. As a result, preventing damage to stainless steel is mostly a matter of understanding what substances can penetrate the chromium barrier. Below are a few relevant examples of damaging materials you should keep away from your kitchen stainless steel: Chlorine in pure form as well as in chemical compounds The element chlorine is destructive to the chromium layer and will introduce pitting and corrosion. While pure chlorine is not a concern in commercial kitchens, there are numerous compounds containing chlorine that are often found in this environment. Sodium chloride is an obvious example of a chlorine compound; that’s why it is important to immediately remove salt when it spills onto a stainless steel surface, especially when it becomes wet. Another chlorine-based problem chemical is ordinary bleach. While bleach is useful and safe for most sanitizing tasks, it should never be used to clean stainless steel. In addition, protect stainless steel fixture legs or supports from bleach-containing mopping solutions, and immediately rinse exposed stainless steel to reduce any damage. Other types of steel including stainless steel Stainless steel can be its own worst enemy in some instances; if two pieces of unprotected stainless steel make direct contact with each other, then they actually form a chemical bond. When these pieces are separated from each other, surface-level damage known as galling occurs in both. Galling results in pitting of the surface and detracts from the appearance and integrity of the metal. Other types of metal, such as ordinary steel, can also do harm to stainless steel. For example, plain steel wool can break apart when applied to stainless steel surfaces. This disintegration leads to tiny particles of steel wool being deposited; while invisible at first, these tiny particles will oxidize and leave rust stains embedded in stainless steel surfaces. How to properly clean stainless steel Fortunately, cleaning stainless steel kitchen equipment and utensils is simple as long as the above cautions are kept in mind and the appropriate materials are used. Below are a few possible cleaning situations and how you can properly handle them: Day-to-day cleaning tasks – For most daily cleaning, a solution of warm water with liquid dish washing detergent works well to remove contaminants such as grease. Just be sure to rinse with fresh water after cleaning to create a sanitary surface. Light rust stains – Apply a weak solution of nitric acid to the stained areas, then thoroughly rinse with clean water to...

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Barbecue Catering Tips – How To Prevent Sauce Messes

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If you want to own an extremely successful business, then maybe you should think about a catering establishment.  Catering businesses are hired for all types of events, like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduation parties.  Your catering business should stand out from the competition though, and offering barbeque is one way to do this.  Barbeque is typically one of the five most popular types of American food, especially in the southern states.  You do not want your guests to become messy when they eat your catering fare though.  The following tips will help to make sure that your events do not turn into a greasy and sauce filled nightmare. Go For a Kansas City Style Barbecue meat comes in a variety of styles, and typically most of the southern states have their own types of barbecue that they enjoy.  You can specialize your catering business by choosing a specific type of barbecue meat to offer, and Kansas City style is your best option.  Not only does this type of barbecue feature all kinds of meats like pork, chicken, turkey, beef, and sometimes even fish, but sauce is often placed on the meat after it is cooked.  Many Kansas City style barbecue restaurants provide patrons with a bottle of sauce on each table.  This means that guests at your events can add small amounts of barbecue sauce themselves and keep messes to a minimum. Preparing the Barbecue If you want to cook Kansas City style barbecue, then you will need to place a dry rub on the meat before you cook it.  To create your rub, mix together brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.  These are the most common ingredients to create a rub.  Experiment with the measurements, but make sure that brown sugar makes up the majority of the rub base.  Also, be cautious with the chili powder and cayenne pepper, because these ingredients can make the rub quite spicy. Once the rub is created, completely coat the outside of your meat with a thick layer of the spice mixture.  Kansas City barbecue is typically smoked, so you will need a smoker to partially cook your meat before catering events.  Charcoal smokers are the easiest to use, so think about buying a large trailer mounted smoker or a cabinet or barrel type of device.  Low heat is best when smoking, and make sure to smoke the meat somewhere between five and ten hours before the catering event so the meat is nice and tender.  Finish up cooking and warming the meat at the event on an outside grill. Offer Wet Wipes Even if you offer Kansas City type barbecue meats, some guests may go overboard on their own with the barbecue sauce.  To make sure that hands can be cleaned thoroughly and quickly, offer the guests disposable, wet hand wipes.  These sanitizing and cleaning wipes can be purchased in small single use packages, but forego these types of products.  Instead, look for wipes in large sealable packages.  This way, individuals can easily grab a wipe without struggling to open a small package with barbecue stained hands.  Place one large container on each table, or set several packages on your catering food table.   When you do buy the hand wipes for guest use, just make sure to find varieties that are alcohol free.  Alcohol can dry out and irritate the skin.  Fragrance free options are best too, because some people are allergic to fragrances and...

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