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How to Sharpen (and Hone) Your Knives

Did you know that more accidents occur with dull knives than sharp ones because of the extra force required to cut with a dull blade? Dull knives will waste your time, tear your meat, bruise your vegetables, and squish your bread. Sharp knives are a necessity in the kitchen, but the best method of keeping a good edge seems like such a mystery! This article will explain exactly how to sharpen (and hone) your kitchen knives. We are going to...

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How to Pair the Right Beer with the Right Food

Never has there been a better time to enjoy pairing beer with food, because never has the beer scene been more exciting! With the greater variety of beer styles available and the diversities within each style being widely available, your beer pairings can be more sophisticated then ever. This article will help you learn the basics of pairing beer with food, but there are some special considerations we need to cover first. 1) The taster’s frame of mind is...

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How to Evaluate Your Beer

The beer scene is really "brewing" these days, so it's a great time to learn more about this ancient beverage and be able to enjoy and appreciate the variety (and diversity within each variety) that's available now. Whether you’re new to exploring beer flavor profiles or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll enjoy identifying flavors such as malty and sweet, hoppy and bitter, crisp and clean, sour and funky, and more. Before we discuss the different aspects of beer,...

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How to Evaluate Your Food

Did you know that "taste" and "flavor" are not the same? Taste is one of the five senses (touch, sight, sound, smell, taste), so it is physical and quantifiable within the five different taste categories. That's right--there are now FIVE taste categories: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. While humanity has known about umami for thousands of years, the scientific community has been slow to add it to the official taste list because the receptors on the tongue for...

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10 Steps to a Clean Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

Walk-in coolers and freezers can be overlooked in the regular cleaning of a commercial kitchen. Sometimes we shut the door and that chore becomes “out of sight, out of mind.” Because of the cold environment, we can tend to think that microbes aren’t a problem in the walk-in, but they most certainly can be! Maybe it even seems like we are rarely in the walk-ins, so messes don’t really occur in there. But if we’re honest, we all know...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Texas Cottage Food Law

Are you thinking of opening a cottage food business? Wondering what the law says regarding that? It’s actually pretty simple, and we’re here to break it down for you! What Foods CAN I Make and Sell from My Home? • Any food, excluding meat, that does not require time or temperature control to prevent spoilage • Baked goods that do not require refrigeration, such as cakes, cookies, breads, and pastries • Candy • Coated and uncoated nuts • Unroasted nut butters • Fruit butters • Canned jams...

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How to Match Beer to the Right Glass

https://youtu.be/GqmyYez_dbk There are many influences when it comes to deciding how to serve beer. Factors to consider include regional traditions, legal regulations, expense, breakage, aesthetics, temperature control, result of the pour, and aroma, among others. As soon as the beer hits the glass, its color, aroma, and taste are altered. The glass affects how you experience the beer in every way—how it looks, how it smells, how it tastes, and how it feels on your lips. You can’t make an informed glassware...

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Enneagram Types in the Kitchen

The Enneagram is a personality analysis system that consists of nine different types. Let’s have some fun by taking a look at these nine personality types from the perspective of their behavior with food and in the kitchen! We'll include an overall description, basic needs and fears, famous examples, and specific food- and cooking-related behaviors. Type 1: Food Overachiever Ones are rational, idealistic, principled, purposeful, self-controlled, perfectionistic, conscientious, ethical, and have a strong sense of right and wrong. Their Basic Fear is...

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How to Create the Ultimate Home Baking Station

by Andrea Lozoya Baking is a lot of fun, and it’s also a fantastic way to foster your creativity and sharpen your skills. If you love to bake, adding a baking station to your home is an excellent way to cook up new creations and keep things organized. Baking stations offer you a designated area for all of your baking ingredients, goods, tools, and more. But beware: A baking station might just encourage you to bake so much that you...

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How to Care for Your Kitchen Knives

Good knives are an investment in your kitchen, so it’s in your best interest to care for them well and keep them in top shape for as long as possible. This essential kitchen tool is prone to rust and corrosion over time if not correctly maintained. Knives that are properly cared for will keep their structural integrity and cutting edge much longer than knives that are abused. Sharp knives are actually safer than dull ones (a dull knife requires you to apply more...

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