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How Restaurant Kitchens Can Save Money

restaurant kitchenIf you manage a restaurant, you know how costs can add up, especially with the fluctuating prices of ingredients and utilities. When most places don’t survive after a year or two, you want your own place to not just make it but thrive.

Cost-cutting is one way to do this, but how do you trim down costs without losing customers or making quality suffer? Here’s what successful establishments say you should do:

1. Buy some ingredients ready-made.

When you buy pre-made low sodium chicken base, sauces and mixes, you can save on labor costs. Instead of someone minding the bases and other components, your staff can be doing something else to improve the quality of the food. You can adjust the taste of the components to your preference later.

2. Soak your dishes.

Instead of running hot water indefinitely throughout the day, soak the plates so the food will loosen and you can wash them without needing a heater. You may have to delegate an area for this, but it will save you hundreds of dollars on heating.

3. Change your lighting.

Did you know that you could save a lot on overhead bills if you go LED? While the investment may be hefty at first, switching to these lights could shave off your electric bills, especially if you rely on this type of ambiance.

4. Reduce items on your menu.

See what people don’t order and take them out. You may find that you won’t need to stock certain ingredients or end up with rotten stock since no one ordered it for the past few days or week.

Make sure that when you cut costs with the suggestions above, you don’t let your food quality suffer. Go for obvious money-saving strategies before cutting costs with your food items.

All About Food Storage and Spoilage: How Long Has It Been in There?

Food StorageWhen your fridge is packed, you tend to forget about the ones seated at the back. You only end up finding it once you consume the ones in front and centre. The same goes for the food stored in the cupboard or in the pantry. You might want to check on them because chances are that they’re spoiled.

Spoilage does not only depend on the expiration date stamped on the packaging. There are other factors that affect the quality of food, no matter where and how they’re stored.

You can research on how to handle and store your food products properly. Another option would be enrolling in food safety training courses online – it’s more comprehensive than research. Meanwhile, here’s an overview of the factors that affect spoilage:

Temperature

For every storage area, you should comply with a corresponding temperature. Enzymes and microorganisms grow in certain temperatures, and that puts your food at the risk of spoiling.

  • Freezer: -18°C or below
  • Refrigerator: 1°C to 4°C
  • Pantry / Cupboard: 10°C to 21°C
Oxidation

When air penetrates food, there is a chance that its food components may alter. It undergoes a chemical process called oxidation. This is responsible for the unwanted changes in smell, appearance, taste and nutrient content.

Enzymes and Microorganisms

Microorganisms develop when food stays in storage for a long time. While some go unnoticed (pathogenic microorganisms), they cause foodborne illnesses. Spoilage microorganisms are the ones that show their effects on food like awful tastes, smells and appearances.

Enzymes, though present in food, destroys it from the inside when given time to develop.

Time plays an important role here because the longer food stays in storage, the more it allows enzymes and microorganisms to develop. So, be careful, especially with perishable food; they are not meant for long-term storage.

Physical Abuse

Damaged packaging allows different entities to enter and cause deterioration. This includes improperly packaged food, broken seals or packaging, and dented cans.

Pests and Other Creatures

To stay alive, animals and pests are constantly in search of food. Once they touch the food, they already contaminate it with different kinds of bacteria. When this goes unnoticed and you eat the contaminated food, you can get a variety of diseases, from salmonella to staphylococcus aureus.

So, before you go to the checkout counter at the grocery, check the packaging. Improperly packaged goods are more prone to spoilage even before storing them at home.

Ways to Enjoy a Steak Dinner Date Without Destroying Your Diet

Steak DinnerWhen you’re planning to go out with friends and you’re on a diet, you may bow out if they want to go to your favourite steak restaurant. But what if that special someone wants to go out with you to the same place? Here’s how you can have a great date at a steak restaurant even if you are on a diet.

Drink Water

Before starting the meal, or the date, drink 1-2 glasses of water. Not only will this partially fill you up and cut your appetite by a portion, it also cleanses your digestive tract and readies it for food. This cleansing process helps your brain identify earlier that your stomach is full. This is one of the simplest ways to avoid overeating.

Check For Options

Most eating places, even steak restaurants in Brisbane, offer low-cholesterol, low-fat, low-sugar or low-sodium main dishes. You can even request the kitchen to remove the majority of fats from your cut of meat, or reduce the salt in the marinade before cooking. And don’t be ashamed to make these orders or requests in front of your date or dinner partner. If they ask, tell them the truth and they will appreciate your honesty.

Moderate Your Portions

Meat is actually rich in protein and is necessary for a good diet. As a matter of fact, it’s a much better energy source than sugar or carbohydrates. But anything in excess is always disadvantageous, and even dangerous. An option is to pause your meal once you’re full, and take your leftovers home. If you feel too shy to do that, ask your waiter which dishes have smaller to moderate servings.

Rule of thumb when eating out: Once you’re full, put your fork down and stop. Or pause and just enjoy the evening talking with your date. Even if you have to say no to dessert, that’s fine. Your true intention is to enjoy the company, after all, so focus on that instead.

 

Too Much Food Can Kill You

Binge Eating: When Splurging on Food Becomes Toxic

Too Much Food Can Kill YouWhen eating becomes an unhealthy obsession and a disorder, food can be the very poison that could lead people to their eventual demise. What makes binge eating so hard to treat is that many who do so hide the fact even to their family and close friends. Good thing, professionals are here to help.

If you think your loved one is binge eating, Eating Disorder Center of Denver and other treatment centers lists the following information to serve as a guide:

More Than You Can Chew

Binge eating or compulsive overeating happens when people consume more food than their body needs and yet feel powerless to stop their cravings and eat more. They often eat even when they’re not hungry and continue gorging even when their stomachs are full. Everybody needs to eat, but when people take more food than necessary, the body suffers.

The extra food they take over time can lead to obesity. Being obese means being prone to dangerous medical complications. According to HelpGuide, a non-profit organization for mental health and wellbeing, binge eating includes complications like:

  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain types of cancer

It’s not unusual for binge eating patients to struggle with negative emotions, from feelings of guilt to disgust and depression. Occurring in 2.8% of the U.S. population, it isn’t unusual for those who suffer from this disorder to be suicidal.

Finding the Way Out

Treatment for binge eating disorder goes beyond popping some pills. Having qualified professionals empower people with binge eating disorder can work wonders. Often, treatment requires a comprehensive plan tailored to the individual needs of a patient. Psychotherapy aided with medication and proper nutrition has become key components in a successful recovery.

Help your loved one overcome their eating disorders. Know when and where to seek help, so their condition won’t become worse.