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Photo of a roast chicken with a Taylor thermometer in it. The text "Taylor Thermometers" and the Big Plate logo are over the photo.

Taylor Thermometers

(Published in collaboration with Ace Mart Restaurant Supply) As an experienced chef, you must have a well-rounded set of tools to ensure that your dishes are of the highest quality. Among the most critical kitchen utensils are knives, measuring cups and spoons, and last but not least, thermometers. Thermometers are used in the kitchen to measure and display the temperature of various foods, playing a vital role in maintaining food safety from preparation to serving. When it comes to measuring temperature...

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Photo of popcorn kettle overflowing with popped popcorn. The text "Popcorn Machine Buying Guide" and the Big Plate logo are over the photo.

Popcorn Machine Buying Guide

(Published in collaboration with Ace Mart Restaurant Supply) It’s no secret that snacks constitute a significant part of everyday life. Popcorn is popular due to its natural healthiness, affordability, ease of preparation, and versatility. It can be found at concession stands, fundraisers, and birthday parties. Selling popcorn is an efficient way to profit, but it requires a good machine. This guide helps identify the best device for your business. With the right machine, you’ll be able to serve a line of...

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All About Cast Iron Cookware

Certain tools stand the test of time, and cast iron cookware is certainly one that has. Originally used for weapons and construction project, cast iron found its way into kitchens in the late 1800s. Now these timeless pieces can be found in both commercial and home kitchens, plus they've become collectible pieces! Cooks have used cast iron for centuries now, and there are many reasons. Let's explore the benefits of cast iron and how to properly care for it.   Heat Distribution...

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Big Plate Has Big News!

The Big Plate team has some VERY exciting news, but first let us tell you a short story for context.   Big Plate’s Origin Story After decades in the foodservice industry, Joe Nuckolls saw the need for a restaurant supply store in Lubbock, Texas. As he prepared to open Big Plate in 2005, he needed a supplier. Through a series of FORTUNATE events, he was able to connect with Ace Mart Restaurant Supply out of San Antonio, Texas. Big Plate has been purchasing from...

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The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Commercial Vent Hood

If you need a commercial vent hood, you know it’s a big purchase! Vent hoods play a vital role in maintaining a clean and safe environment in commercial kitchens. They efficiently remove smoke, heat, grease, and odors, ensuring a comfortable working space and compliance with health and safety regulations. However, buying the right commercial vent hood can be a daunting task, given the myriad of options available in the market. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key considerations...

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