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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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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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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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How to Cook Like a “Seasoned” Professional

Want a quick, easy, and affordable way to make your meals soar? Use flavor-infused salt! It easily adds flavor, color, and texture to almost anything you cook, both sweet and savory dishes. Big Plate is proud to carry a variety of flavors from Jacobsen Salt Co. Throughout their long history they've earned a reputation of quality products, fantastic selection, and a high standard of manufacturing that make them easy to partner with.  Here are the top six reasons you...

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Six Ways to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Most of us love (require) a good cup (pot) of coffee in the morning, and there are a LOT of different methods to achieve that goal! Turkish, Pour Over, French Press, Cold Brew, Percolator, and Electric Drip are the six techniques we will explore in this article. The experts cannot seem to agree on the BEST method for brewing coffee. The truth is, different brewing methods produce very different results and pair best with different kinds of coffee and...

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Which Zwilling Knives Are Right for You?

The best cooking knives make prepping a pleasure, not a chore, so Big Plate has brought in three lines (good/better/best) from Zwilling. Each of Zwilling’s high-quality kitchen knives boasts sharp blades for smooth slicing, easy-to-grip handles for comfort, and proven durability for long-lasting enjoyment. Zwilling has been making premium German cutlery for almost three centuries. And for over a decade, they’ve taken that savvy and put it into Miyabi, their Japanese cutlery line revered for having the sharpest kitchen...

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Christmas Gift Guide

Gifts Less Than $5 Ultimate Jaw Clips - Strong reinforced spring that provides a tight seal for chips, cookies, coffee bags, flour, sugar, or anything you want to seal tight and keep fresh. Freezer safe, use to securely close your frozen vegetables, French fries, hash browns and more! Non-slip ribbed teeth grip provide a strong hold for optimal sealing. Stainless steel construction is sturdy and more durable than plastic clips. Hand washing recommended. $2.59 Gnocchi Board - Built-in handle for ease...

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