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Easy Recipe For The Week – Baked Honey Mustard French Chops

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 kilo French cut pork chops, 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried rosemary and thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

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How To Keep Stainless Steel Kitchen Equipment From Deteriorating

Even though stainless steel kitchen equipment are considered durable, rust-proof, and tarnish-resistant, not taking care of these will actually open these up to damage and deterioration. You can keep your stainless steel kitchen equipment from deteriorating by making sure that take good care of these, and by ensuring that you keep these clean day in and day out.

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COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT YOUR CAFE WILL NEED

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Not everyone who is thinking of putting up a food-oriented business is considering a restaurant or bakery. Some are considering a coffee shop or a café where, aside from coffee and tea, the menu can consist of a combination of both baked items and savory items. If you are one of those who are thinking of opening up a café or coffee shop, you will want to know what kinds of commercial kitchen equipment you will need.

When you plan for this kind of a business, you will need not only the coffee making machines and the cappuccino makers for your business, but a few other items as well, depending on what kind of food you are thinking of serving your clientele. Here is a list of some of the essential equipment a start-up café or coffee shop will need:

Refrigeration equipment – this will include not only the freezers and the refrigerators that hold your food stocks within, but also the glass-doored refrigerators for your bottled and canned beverages, your refrigerated display cabinets for chilled baked goodies, and the ice machines that will hold the ice you will use for your blended and iced drinks.

Prep tables – if you want to prepare your own pastry, create your own breads, and even for other food preparation needs, prep tables are a must. Stainless steel is the best for your kitchen needs since not only are these durable and rust proof, but these are also easier to clean, maintain, and can be used for a lot of different purposes.

Cooking equipment – the cooking equipment that you buy is often dependent on what kinds of foods you are thinking of serving. If you are planning on serving entrees, a small flat top, a two to four burner stove, and an oven may be required. If you are thinking of serving waffles, paninis, toasted bread sandwiches, and the like, you will need the equipment for these. Deep fryers, grill tops, and other cooking equipment can also be considered, depending on your menu.

Shelving – also part of your list of commercial kitchen equipment would be for your storage requirements, and this will include shelves of different sizes. The best option would be open shelving made out of stainless steel again, since this kind of metal shelves are durable, versatile, and comes in many different sizes and heights. You can choose to mix and match the shelves you buy, depending on your need. You can even use these shelves in your café’s dining area to showcase other things that you sell, like mugs, coffee beans, breads, and the like.

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Commercial Kitchen Equipment Your Cafe Will Need

Not everyone who is thinking of putting up a food-oriented business is considering a restaurant or bakery. Some are considering a coffee shop or a café where, aside from coffee and tea, the menu can consist of a combination of both baked items and savory items. If you are one of those who are thinking of opening up a café or coffee shop, you will want to know what kinds of commercial kitchen equipment you will need.

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Easy Recipe For The Week – Baked Chicken Cacciatore

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1⁄3 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced potatoes
  • 1 cup sliced crusty bread
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
  • 3⁄4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

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How To Choose The Commercial Kitchen Equipment You Need For Your Business

When you decide to put up a commercial food business, you will need equipment for this kind of an operation. There is always the tendency however to buy more than what you need when it comes to the things you think you will need for your business, and this is why you need to be careful at the onset. In order for you to ensure that you buy only what you need at the beginning of your endeavor, there are a few things that you need to do:

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Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Do You Need Them?

When you are thinking of putting up a business that revolves around food, the first thing that you will require will be the equipment needed to create the food you will serve. This is when you will want to consider getting commercial equipment for your business. You will have to think however if, at the start of your enterprise, you actually need to buy all of the commercial equipment that a food business requires or if you can get away with using stuff you have at home for the first few months of your endeavor.

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DELICACIES COPIED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

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More-often-than-not, countries that have been occupied by other nations show certain influences in the populace. The Philippines is one such country that has been occupied and lived-in by a variety of nations, and this hodge-podge of influences is easily seen in how the country serves its food, and you will find that a lot of delicacies all across the country show these very same influences.

You will notice that many towns and cities in the Philippines have variations of the same kind of food that came from these conquering countries, and a lot of those are in the dessert and baked category. Here is a list of some of those:

Spanish Influenced Delicacies

Brazo de Mercedes – the name alone shows you that this dessert is Spanish in heritage and the dessert name actually means mercies arm when translated to English. This meringue dessert comes in a roll form and comes with a sweet custard center, light meringue roll, and sugar coated exterior.

Empanadas – these little pastry parcels can be sweet or savory and can carry anything in them from ground beef to minced chicken to fruit jams. These can also be fried or baked, depending on what your preference is, and are very handy snacks to have since all the filling is encased in a tasty pastry shell that is shaped like a crescent moon.

Pan de Sal – this ubiquitous breakfast bread that you can buy at any corner bakery and can come in many different sizes was actually originally named pan de almusal, which was then shortened to pan de sal.

Chinese Influenced Delicacies

Hopia – who does not know that hopia is a Chinese influenced treat? This flaky bite-sized pastry can come in a variety of shapes and variations, with cube shaped, disc shaped, and crescent moon shaped options. The fillings also come in many variations, and these include mung bean, purple yam, and even pork. This is a local version of the Chinese mooncake.

Siopao – while generally steamed, there are versions of this that are baked, which some people call a meat bun. The siopao, or originally called baozi, which means steamed buns. These can come with many different fillings as well, and the more famous ones include pork, and chicken. These usually come with a salted duck egg within. There are some variations that come with sweet fillings, and some people considered these dessert siopao.

American Influenced Delicacies

There are many American influenced foods all over the country, and we have adopted these as our own, while adding the Filipino flair to such items. Examples are the local pies that are clear takeaways from their American counterparts. Instead of apple pie, we have pineapple pie or buko pie. Instead of blueberry tarts, we have durian tarts or mango tarts. These are pastries that are influenced by the American culture but use ingredients that are local.

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EASY PASTRIES YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME

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If you are trying to get into baking but do not have the myriad baking equipment and baking accessories that most intermediate bakers already have, you might want to start slowly and bake a few items that can be made using what you already have.

If you have muffin pans or cookie sheets, you can actually make pastries easily without needing to have the usual pie pans or dishes, tart pans, boat tart pans, and other similar specialized equipment some pastries need in order to be made. Here are a few examples of what you can create using what you have. You don’t even need a rolling pin to make these!

Peach mango tarts – these can be made using your muffin pans and a simple pie crust recipe. Simply fill the muffin cups with the right amount of dough and create the crust by pressing the dough into the sides of these cups to form the basin for the filling. You can add the filling after forming these cups and bake them together or you can blind bake these and then add the filling after.

Rectangular fruit tart – this you can make with the same kind of pie crust dough and a cookie sheet. All you need to do is to flatten out evenly the crust onto the cookie sheet, then you will need to fold the edges in to create a barrier that will hold in the filling. You can use fruit jams for this or you can use fresh fruit arranged artfully onto the crust and you can glaze this with sugar syrup for a sweet and shiny finish. Just like the tarts, you can blind bake the crust before adding the fruit or you can add the fruit and bake both at the same time.

Pretzel twists – this is a variation to the usual pretzel and can be made using any sweet bread dough recipe that you have. The dough is rolled into long strips, like what you would do with pretzels, but instead of forming the usual shape of the pretzel, you twist it into a rope. To get the sheen that pretzels have, you can dunk each strip into boiling water for a couple of minutes before baking. Once baked, you can then brush each one with butter then dip into cinnamon sugar.

These are just a few examples of the pastries and treats you can easily make at home and even without the special equipment some people think they need to create these.

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BUTUAN DELICACIES

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More-often-than-not, when you talk about delicacies in the Philippines, the usual types of food that people think of are the savory ones like bulalo or seafood or dried fish. Others think about the strange and unusual fare that they can get from these places when delicacies are being discussed. Still a few more think pasalubong and stuff that can be easily carried and handed out when this word is used.

When you talk about delicacies from Butuan, the usual list you will get usually consists of savory items. There are a few that are sweet and can be considered baked goodies or pasalubong fare. Here are some of them:

Palagsging – this is a suman-like delicacy that is made using coconut, brown sugar, and sago, or Unaw as it is locally called. This is cooked wrapped in banana leaf and shaped into a long, thin strips that are then tied and boiled (sorry, not baked) until cooked. This is only available in Butuan and is a specialty of the town called Banza.

Nilambiran – this is the local version of suman, which is a sticky rice treat that is cooked with coconut milk and sugar. This local version is a striped one that is made using two kinds of sticky rice, the white polished type and the reddish purple aromatic type. These two are first cooked separately and then intertwined (hence the name nilambiran) into a long thin strip that is then wrapped in banana leaves. You can eat this as is, or you can dip this in sugar with each bite for a sweeter treat.

Nilusak – this local treat is made using cassava (while in most places in the country, this is made using bananas) and is made by mashing this to a pulp, mixing this with sugar and margarine, shaping these into balls (or patties) and coated with grated coconut. This is usually available in the public market.

Puto cheese – while this is now readily available almost anywhere in the country, these small rice cakes are also considered a local treat by many. Made using rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, and cheese, these delicacies are sometimes baked bain marie style or simply steamed in a bamboo steamer. These are great with other foods, like dinuguan (blood stew), or with hot cocoa.

Bibingka – another local favorite that is also available elsewhere in the Philippines is the ubiquitous bibingka. This rice cake is made with similar ingredients as that of puto, but is cooked with banana-leaves as the wrapper instead of cupcake liners or bare. These are also cooked with heat coming from the top and bottom, which means you can cook this in an oven (or oven toaster), where the heat comes from all sides. You can get the toasty top by broiling the bibingka before serving.

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BATANGAS DELICACIES

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If there are some things that Batangas is famous for, it is usually the “balisong” or pen knife that sometimes goes by the name of the place it was made in. The area is also popular for very strong coffee, the unique accent of residents, and a number of savory delicacies that is constantly associated with this part of the country. There are also a few items that are considered baked delicacies, and here are some of them:

Londres – this is a cake-like treat that is both soft and crumbly, but not overly sweet. This is a perfect partner for coffee, and for hot chocolate. This is great for breakfast or for snacks. This is a twice baked delicacy that is similar to baked mamon since it starts off as a soft slice that is crisped up with baking and with the help of sugar plus frosting.

Pianono – one thing that Filipinos love is the cakes and pastries that have been inherited from the Spanish, and pianono is one of them. These small cake rolls are also available elsewhere in the country, with each locale adding their own twist or spin to the old-time favorite. This mini-roll comes with a custard filling and is dusted with sugar on the outside. In Batangas, you can get this in Bauan, at Ka Idro’s Bakery, and these are sold by the box or per piece.

Tamales – this is primarily known as a Mexican treat, however the city of Ibaan in Bulacan has its own version of this savory treat, that is technically not baked but cooked in a bain marie, which is a steamer type of cooking method that uses the oven and the steam in the pan to cook the banana leaf wrapped packages. These tamales are made using sticky rice flour, boneless chicken strips, salted egg, and atsuete. These are square shaped, much like those packages you see being used for fresh goat cheese, and are also tied with string.

These are some of the baked items that people mention after a visit to Batangas. The area does not have much in terms of such treats, but they do have a very long list of savory items that you can enjoy and these include bulalo, lomi, kaldereta, and a plethora of cured meats such as tapa, longanisa, and the like.

They also have dried fish, smoked fish, and peanut brittle or panutsa to add to this list. What other Batangueno baked delicacies do you know of that we do not know about? We would like to hear from you.

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BAKETECH AIMS FOR TESDA ACCREDITATION FOR BAKING SEMINARS

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One of the things that Baketech believes in is in giving people the chance to create a better life for themselves with the help of skills and trainings that will enable them to earn a decent living. Baking bread, cakes, and pastries can help them do just that, and to help such individuals to get the kind of jobs that these skills can be used in, we are striving to get these accredited by TESDA. Getting accredited means that you can use the certificates gained at these seminars as official documentation of trainings that are government certified.

Of course, it is not easy to get this done despite the extensive knowledge of our facilitator Chef Jed, and the use of industry accepted tools and equipment. We are taking the move to get this done one step at a time, and hopefully with God’s good graces, we can get the TESDA seal onto our certificates in due time. Till then, keep learning how to bake those breads and pastries via our various workshops like the basic bread baking, advanced bread baking, cake baking, pastry making, and many more. We will keep you posted on the progress of this endeavor.

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