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FCBAI Bakery Fair 2017 Champion in Big and Small Cake Competition

Baketech is once again blessed to be awarded as Champion in this year’s Cake Competition! Baketech was awarded Champion not only in 1 category but in 2 categories- Best in Big Cake Display and Best in Small Cake Display! We also won the said competition during the last Bakery Fair held in 2015! Thank You Lord for it is You Who made this possible! We would also like to thank all our loyal supporters who prayed for this success especially those who came amidst their busy schedule just to support us! Credits to our very talented Chefs – Juan Cao, Don Cao, Jed de Guzman, Alexander Ternal and Arcee Regala! We are very proud of you guys! Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno =)

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AMERICAN INFLUENCES IN FILIPINO BAKING

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We all know that the Philippines has been conquered a few times by many different cultures, and with each invasion, these different cultures have left their mark on us. Not only do we have mixed heritage citizens like Filipino-Americans, Filipino-Chinese, Filipino-Spanish individuals, but we can also see these influences in the food that we serve and eat. We have many food hybrids that can be easily called a fusion of local and international cuisine.

The same goes for our baked goodies. A lot of the things that you can see being served in bakeries and bakeshops all over the country have some influence gained from these conquerors, and we all enjoy these hybrid goodies every day. What are these bakery favorites that show such culture mixtures?

Sliced bread – also called “tasty” by many, sliced loaves of bread is one of the favorites of Filipinos, primarily because you can eat this with just about anything. You can make it into toast, you can make sandwiches out of these, and you can even use this to make croutons and bread pudding. This kind of bread can be made using white flour, however with people becoming more conscious about their health, variations that are considered healthier, like whole wheat and multi-grain.

Dinner rolls – these are also American influenced breads that you can see in many different forms in the Philippines. One of the variants you may have seen in many bakeshops and bakeries is the pan de leche, or in English, milk bread. Pan de sal can also be considered a type of dinner roll, particularly because of the evolved version which is softer than the original de sal of old. These breads are also somewhat sweet, which is also how American dinner rolls taste as well.

Pies and tarts – Filipinos have their own variations of the American pie, and these are made with a similar flaky crust but with fillings that are very local. Fillings like coconut (buko pie), pineapple, and egg custard, are some of the favorites of the local populace. When it comes to tarts, you will notice that most of the fillings are made out of nuts. Pili nut, cashew nut, and even peanuts are used to create sweet and sticky fillings for these American inspired mini pastries.

Puto cheese – these are actually the local version of cupcakes, and are made out of rice flour, although a few are already made out of all-purpose flour. Unlike cupcakes though, these mini cakes are steamed instead of baked, making these lighter and fluffier than traditional cupcakes.

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Easy Recipe For The Week – Tomato, Mushroom, And Basil Spaghetting

EASY RECIPE FOR THE WEEK TOMATO, MUSHROOM, AND BASIL SPAGHETTI

Almost everyone is used to eating spaghetti with meat sauce, and spaghetti carbonara. There are other spaghetti recipes out there that are just as tasty, which you can add to your restaurant’s menu. Here is one that is vegetarian, which is just as tasty and rather addictive.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER

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Finding the right supplier for your kitchen equipment can mean the difference between having a successful food business and one that is struggling. This is because not all manufacturers are the same, therefore you should be careful when choosing a supplier to trust with your commercial kitchen needs. How do you determine if the supplier you are aiming at giving your trust to is indeed trustworthy? Here are some things you need to consider:

If your commercial kitchen equipment supplier is online, check for reviews and recommendations – there are some reviews that cannot be trusted because competitors can actually create negative reviews just to bring their biggest competitors down. However, more-often-than-not, you can trust these commentaries about the manufacturer or supplier, particularly if there are more positive comments than there are negative ones. Simply check out what people say about the manufacturer you are eyeing and assess their worth from there.

Ask questions on their Facebook page or on their contact us page on their website – never hesitate to ask pertinent questions when you are assessing a potential supplier for your kitchen equipment needs. These things can cost you a lot of money, so it is important that you get all the details and information you need before you spend your hard earned money on anything. You will need to determine if the answers you are getting are truthful as well, and this you will need to base on how the answer is delivered to you.

Ask other people about the company – if you know of someone who has worked with this company, you might want to ask them about their experience with such a supplier. While not everyone will have the same kind of experience with such a seller, if the feedback is generally good, then you can probably trust the supplier. If not, it might be a good idea to look around a little more or to ask for referrals.

Call them and assess how they handle customers – there are some companies who are not great with customer service, and while they may have good quality equipment, not being able to get the kind of customer experience that you expect should be a red flag. If a company has sucky customer handling skills, this would indicate that if you have a problem with what you purchase from them, you will have a hard time with after-sales concerns. If they are already discourteous at the onset, even before you buy anything, how much kinder will they be once they have closed the sale and have no need for your patronage?

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Choosing The Right Commercial Kitchen Equipment Supplier

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER

Finding the right supplier for your kitchen equipment can mean the difference between having a successful food business and one that is struggling. This is because not all manufacturers are the same, therefore you should be careful when choosing a supplier to trust with your commercial kitchen needs. How do you determine if the supplier you are aiming at giving your trust to is indeed trustworthy? Here are some things you need to consider:

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Where To Find The Best Customizable Kitchen Equipment For Your Business

If you are thinking of opening up a food business, or are already running one but want to upgrade your equipment, you will want to find the best possible equipment for it. Where do you get the equipment you want and need for this purpose? There are many places where you can find what you require, and here are some of the avenues you can try:

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WHERE TO FIND THE BEST CUSTOMIZABLE KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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If you are thinking of opening up a food business, or are already running one but want to upgrade your equipment, you will want to find the best possible equipment for it. Where do you get the equipment you want and need for this purpose? There are many places where you can find what you require, and here are some of the avenues you can try:

Facebook – yes, everyone is on Facebook, and apparently, so are the manufacturers of commercial kitchen equipment. The FB pages of these companies usually carry pictures of their products on them, special offers they may have, and other information that may be useful to their customers. You can also ask the administrators of these pages questions about the products the company produces, if they can customize, and other things you want to learn about the company.

World Wide Web – just like Facebook, almost all businesses are now online and now have a website. These companies can be searched on Google with the use of terms that they feel their customers will use to find them, and these can include the many different kinds of equipment that they sell as well as the terms people often use for these like “kitchen equipment” or “stainless steel equipment” or “commercial kitchen equipment”.

Through Referrals – you can actually ask friends, family, and colleagues if they know of any kitchen equipment store they can recommend to you. You can also ask restaurants you eat at what equipment they use in the kitchen and who their supplier is. If you are planning on putting up a bakeshop or a café, you can ask the bakeries or cafés that you see around you where they bought their equipment as well. Not all of them may be receptive to you and will answer your questions, but there are bound to be a few who will.

By Going to Manufacturing Locales – there are some places in your specific city or town that people go to when they look for specific items that they need. For example, when people need electronics and parts for electronic items, they go to Quiapo, if they need clothing, accessories, and textiles that are cheap, they go to Divisoria. Go to where most of the equipment manufacturers have their stores and ask around. You can also look around to see which stores sell the kind of equipment that you need.

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Easy Recipe For The Week – Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (optional)

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ESSENTIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR A START-UP RESTAURANT

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Opening a restaurant requires more than to just buy tables, chairs, plates, and the like. It also requires more than hiring your chef, waiters, and kitchen staff. It actually begins with planning what equipment to get for food preparation, and this means putting together a list of essential kitchen equipment for your business.

Putting together a list of equipment is pretty difficult, if you think about it, because you may end up buying more than what you actually need. Not only will you end up spending more, but you will also be taking up space in your kitchen for something you will not be using (or not using yet). This is why it is important that you get only the equipment your kitchen will need immediately when you start up, and to just add on as soon as the need arises.

Here is a list of the kitchen essentials you should get when you start a restaurant:

Prep Tables – before anything can be cooked, the ingredients for these dishes have to be prepped. This is where prep tables come in. Prep tables are usually made out of stainless steel, and come with flat, shiny surfaces that can be used for many things, like kneading dough, rolling out pastry, and the like. You can also place your chopping board on top of such a prep table and cut up your ingredients on this.

Refrigeration equipment – while it is ideal that restaurants buy their ingredients fresh on a daily basis, there will be times when some ingredients do not get used on the same day and will need to be stored in a cool place to help retain its freshness. This is where your refrigeration equipment come in handy. When ingredients that do not get used the same day they were bought are refrigerated or frozen, these can be used the next day or the day after that since these equipment help protect these from spoilage and from bacterial growth.

Cooking equipment – of course, how can you serve food in your restaurant if you do not have the cooking equipment you need? The most basic cooking equipment you need are stoves and ovens. You may also include a flat-top cooker and a deep fryer, if your menu has items that use these. Other cooking equipment that can be bought at a later date are those that have cooking methods can be replicated on the stove or in an oven. Panini makers, electric grills, and the like, have cooking methods that can be replicated on the stove or in the oven, so these may be purchased when you have extra for these in the future.

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Essential Kitchen Equipment For A Start-Up Restaurant

Opening a restaurant requires more than to just buy tables, chairs, plates, and the like. It also requires more than hiring your chef, waiters, and kitchen staff. It actually begins with planning what equipment to get for food preparation, and this means putting together a list of essential kitchen equipment for your business.

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WHY STAINLESS STEEL EQUIPMENT IS THE BEST FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

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When you are thinking of putting up a commercial food establishment, one of the things you will need to do is to choose the equipment you will use in the kitchen. There are many options for you to choose from, but unlike a home kitchen, a stainless steel kitchen will need to be more durable and will have to withstand heavy usage and survive many more hours of use than a regular kitchen. This is why most people choose stainless steel kitchen equipment for this.

Why should you opt for stainless steel when it comes to your commercial kitchen? Why is stainless steel deemed the better choice when it comes to a kitchen that is used for business?

There are many reasons why stainless steel is best for your commercial kitchen needs, and here are some of the more notable reasons:

It is durable – stainless steel is a metal that is tarnish-resistant and rust-proof, and this makes it the best choice for your kitchen, be it home or business, since kitchens are full of moisture. It is thick enough to withstand minor bumps and hits. It is also strong enough to withstand the pounding it will experience when users utilize it with chopping boards on top and the like.

It is easy to clean – in order to maintain stainless steel equipment, you will need to keep it constantly clean. One advantage you have when you use stainless steel equipment in your kitchen is that these are easy to clean. Therefore, it is safe to assume that you can easily maintain your kitchen equipment if these are made using stainless steel, and this will also mean that these will last a long time because these are being cleaned and maintained regularly.

It is germ resistant – since stainless steel is a non-porous material, it is not a good home for bacteria, which is good news. When a surface is non-porous, bacteria cannot last too long on it, unlike porous surfaces like wood or even plastic. You simply need to wipe off the surface with a disinfectant cleaner to sanitize it quickly before use.

Does not need constant replacement – unless if you beat your stainless steel kitchen equipment with a baseball bat, or run a chainsaw through your stainless steel kitchen, it will remain intact and in good condition, for as long as you take good care of it. This means that you won’t need to replace anything for years, which also means you save a lot of money with such a kitchen in the long run.

Makes your space look bigger – since stainless steel is shiny and comes in only one color, it will make your commercial kitchen look bigger than it actually is.

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Why Stainless Steel Equipment Is The Best For Your Commercial Kitchen

When you are thinking of putting up a commercial food establishment, one of the things you will need to do is to choose the equipment you will use in the kitchen. There are many options for you to choose from, but unlike a home kitchen, a stainless steel kitchen will need to be more durable and will have to withstand heavy usage and survive many more hours of use than a regular kitchen. This is why most people choose stainless steel kitchen equipment for this.

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