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USDA Beef Grades & What They Mean

Have you ever wondered how to interpret the USDA beef grades on the beef in the grocery store? The USDA grades American beef to help consumers know what they're purchasing with regard to tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. Beef grades are the "language" of beef, so you need to understand that language so you can get the quality and value you want! The USDA grades for both quality and yield, but this article will focus on quality grades since yield grades...

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12 Things You’re Probably Doing Wrong in the Kitchen

Unless you're a trained chef, you're probably doing some things wrong in the kitchen. Most of us learned kitchen skills from our family members, so if Grandma's method isn't the best, how would we know? One of the greatest parts of working at Big Plate is getting to talk to local chefs every day. They're some of the nicest people you'll meet, and they've taught us a lot over the years. (Not to mention our team has over 160 years...

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Lubbock Restaurants with Meeting or Party Rooms

We often see people looking for a restaurant with a private meeting room where they can book their rehearsal dinner, graduation party, birthday celebration, baby shower, or other event. We've put this blog post together as a handy alphabetical reference for our local restaurants that can accommodate a private get-together. Obviously size, price, and availability will vary widely by venue, so you will need to reach out to these places individually for up-to-date information. The Hub City does offer many...

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Every Food Truck Near Lubbock

Lubbock and West Texas are proud of their many food trucks! Our community has great talent and variety when it comes to food trucks. So we've compiled a list organized in alphabetical order for your convenience. We suggest that you use the links to follow the food trucks you're interested in on social media, and bookmark this post to keep handy as a reference. We also encourage you to share this post with your friends and family via social media,...

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The Science of Perfect Mashed Potatoes

We all love perfect, fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes, right? Achieving this perfection takes more than just a recipe; you need to understand the science behind the desired results. Chef Angie Ragan, semi-finalist on Season 1 of Gordon Ramsay's Next Level Chef, gives us the science behind her perfect mashed potatoes! Tip 1: Peel Potatoes with a Knife Chef Angie's grandmother taught her to peel potatoes with a knife. While most of her staff prefer peelers, Angie still peels with a paring knife...

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Food Safety: A Quick Review

We know that food safety is a HUGE priority for your foodservice operation, so we’ve put together a quick food safety review for you (or your team), just to keep everyone fresh on this important subject. This information comes straight from the ServeSafe coursebook, so you know it’s reliable! Foodborne illnesses (diseases transmitted to people by food) can cost your operation so much: Loss of customersLoss of salesA damaged reputationNegative media exposurePoor staff moraleLawsuitsLegal feesEmployees missing workIncreased insurance premiums We’re here to...

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How to Make Homemade Spice Blends

We can't wait to share how easy it is to make your own homemade spice blends. While prepackaged blends are convenient, homemade versions are far superior for several reasons: Sometimes you need a seasoning blend but you just can't get to the store to buy the prepackaged onesHomemade seasoning blends can be customized to your particular taste (spicier, milder, saltier, sweeter, less of something you don't like, etc.)You know exactly what's in your homemade seasoning blends, allowing you to avoid allergens,...

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How to Start Your Own Catering Business

Have you ever thought about owning your own catering business? In this post we will walk you through exactly how to do it! While catering is a lot of work, it can be a great fit for chefs, event planners, and people with a passion for food. This business can be flexible, fun, and profitable. There is a lot to think about, so dive in as we explore what you need to consider before starting a catering business. Write a Business...

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How to Make Oven Fries

Have you wondered how to make oven fries? They're so easy and delicious, and they're much healthier than the deep fried version. The following video walks you through the recipe. Scroll on to read how to make these in a conventional oven, a convection oven, or an air fryer! https://youtu.be/nDNxwI8Ezpk Recipe for Oven Fries 1 1/2 lb potatoes (we love Yukon Gold, but any potato works)1 Tbsp olive oil1/4 cup breadcrumbs1 1/2 tsp paprika3/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp oregano1/4 tsp thyme1/8 tsp black pepper1/4...

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All About Potato Flake Sourdough

We are absolutely crazy about a potato flake sourdough. Sourdough is a healthier bread option, it's versatile, and it's easy (once you know the basics). Whether you're a sourdough beginner or an expert, you'll find this article full of great information including recipes, health benefits, trouble shooting tips, helpful product links, and FAQs. There are many different kinds of sourdough starters, but this article focuses on a potato flake starter. The team here at Big Plate loves ALL sourdough, but...

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