Sous Vide is a professional cooking technique using precise temperatures to create high quality, perfectly cooked and delicious foods. Typically, this method was used mostly by professional chefs, however with the formation of easy to use home cooking utensils, it is now possible to do in the comfort of your own home. The food is placed in a plastic bag and vacuumed sealed shut. It is then positioned in a pot of water and cooked at a specific temperature for the desired amount of time.
Believe it or not, the process is actually super simple
Sous Vide is super simple and easy to do at home. Do some research into ‘Precision Cookers’ and find one that suits your needs and budget. They make an excellent addition to any kitchen!
When planning a birthday, dinner or celebration, deciding and preparing food can be a stressful experience. Catering for all your guests’ dietary requirements, and providing food that is liked by all, isn't always easy. We have compiled a list of catering tips to help you take the stress out of planning your next occasion.View full article →
How often do you sip your drink with a plastic straw? It's quite a common occurrence in the hospitality industry, most cafes and restaurants provide plastic straws with drinks because its convenient for customers and cost effective for the business. What some people don't realise, is that straw can actually cause a lot of damage to our environment. It may feel harmless, and you might think it'll be ok because you disposed of it in the garbage... but where does it go, what does it do to our planet and what can we do in our hospitality industry instead?
Stainless steel straws are an excellent alternative to plastic. They are safe to drink from, easy to clean, and a convenient size to fit in your handbag. These straws come in multi packs with a cleaning brush to ensure your straws are crystal clean. Stainless steel straws are quite popular now and are available in a number of retail stores including Kmart and Amazon.
Bamboo straws are a natural solution to the plastic straw problem. Bamboo straws as the name suggests, are made from 100% sustainably grown and produced bamboo. These straws are reusable, and also biodegradable when you decide to throw them away. A number of online retailers are now stocking bamboo straws including Bamboo Straw Australia and Island Buddha.
Paper Straws are eco friendly, and completely safe for human use. They are available online and in some retailers such as Base Warehouse for purchase.
Every plastic straw you say no to can have a huge impact on the environment. When you order your next drink, ask for it without a straw. Think about investing in some bio degradable or eco friendly straw options!
Choosing glassware for your drinks at home may seem like a pretty straight forward task, but have you ever paused to consider why red wine is served in a different glass to white wine, or why martinis are in different glasses to Mojitos? wonder why your drinks on a night out come in all different kinds of glasses?
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Using the internet is a daily occurrence for the majority of society in this day and age. The internet allows us to connect further, communicate faster, and make plans with ease. Today, customers of the hospitality industry desire convenience and speed. It is assumed that business's will have websites, and also have an online booking and or ordering system. It is assumed businesses are on the internet.
Search engines like Google are excellent at suggesting restaurants, cafes and takeaway locations within a certain distance of you. Try Googling "Cafes near me" and see what pops up. It uses your exact location to provide a selection of cafes within your location.
In order for your business to appear however, you need to have an online presence;
Companies such as UberEats and Deliveroo are successful because they recognise the busy nature of people today, and have tapped into this desired convenience market. They are also online! It's a simple idea that has proven to be very effective. Simply choosing what you want for lunch on an app, and having it delivered to you at work, keeps people very satisfied. You can reach out to UberEats and submit a form to have them register you as an UberEats restaurant partner. This would be an effective way to have more people eating your food.
It might seem like a hassle getting your hospitality based business onto the internet, but the benefits are insurmountable. The internet is the modern phone book, and this is where people will primarily be finding you without literally going past your shop front. There is a world of potential customers out there waiting for a business like yours to jump in front of them.
Have you ever noticed that your fried food always looks more enticing, and tastes better when the oil is fresh? Have you noticed that after a while, fried foods tend to come out soggy, dark in colour, and oily. It makes sense right? Fresh oil means fresher food. But you can't be expected to replace the oil every half an hour. This would become very expensive very quickly, and is not a sustainable practice. So what can you do to make the most of the oil you have, without compromising your product?
The answer is Synthetic Magnesium Silicate, such as Magnesol. This is a food grade, white powder that acts like a magnet, attracting the byproducts left in the oil such as fats, off odours, and off tastes. By Attracting these byproducts and removing them, the life of the cooking oil is extended. Traditionally, chefs would use regular "filters" to scoop out excess crumbs and food batter, however this doesn't soak up the things you can't see such as water residue, salt, soap etc. By using a combination of both traditional filters, and synthetic magnesium silicate, your oil will remain fresher for longer.
Your customers remember your business based on the service you offer and the quality of food you deliver. Put your best food forward with great quality deep frying oil. Fresh oil means Golden, Crispy and Tasty food.
Magnesol is competitively priced, and efficient. At approximately $7 for a kilo of the absorbent powder, magnesol is very affordable. Use this product, coupled with one of our high quality, top of the line fryers, and see your business save thousands of dollars every year.
Australia is a very multicultural society, with diverse culinary traditions. Just about every kind of international cuisine is available to eat in Australia; from Italian to Thai to Indian and Vietnamese, there is something to tickle all tastebuds. Multicultural tastes heavily influence Australia's food culture, with many Australian chefs creating "Fusions" of multiple cultures. So what makes up Australias food culture?
Australia has a long standing tradition of consuming meat, because meat makes up a significant portion of Australias agricultural economy. Many Aussies grew up under the eat "Meat and 3 Veggies" dietary rule. Roasting and Barbecuing meats are typical in Australia, with Barbecues (or BBQs) seen as social affairs, often coupled with beers and a stereotypical game of backyard cricket. Australians love a good outdoor meal, and it is not uncommon to see families picnicking or Barbecuing on a weekend.
Alcohol plays a big part in Australian culture, with it being a staple at most celebrations, social activities and relaxation efforts. Although the legal drinking age in Australia is 18, there is an increasing trend in underage children consuming alcohol. This is understood to be a result of social occasions, family influence, and peer pressure, because it is considered "un-Australian" to turn down a drink.
Australia is a land 'Girt by sea' so it only makes sense that seafood is a big part of the food influence. Fish and chips is a very common Australian meal, consisting of deep fried fish and hot chips!
Vegemite is a thick brown spread made of yeast, and full of vitamin B. It is a spread that has been enjoyed by Australians for decades.
Pavlova is a really common Australian Dessert. There is an ongoing debate between Australia and New Zealand over which country actually created the Pav, but Australia still likes to claim it! It's a sugary meringue based dessert, often topped with cream and loads of fruit.
ANZAC Biscuits are super simple cookies made from Oats and Golden Syrup. These biscuits were named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.
Lamingtons are made from squares of sponge cake coated in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut. Lamingtons are a popular Australian treat.
Tim Tams are chocolate biscuits created by Australian company Arnott's. Time Tams are two malted biscuits, with a central cream filling layer, and then dipped in chocolate. They are delicious and now come in many flavours including double chocolate, and caramel.
Weet Bix are essentially biscuits of wheat, and are usually eaten with milk for breakfast. There have been a number of marketing campaigns that are important to Australian Weet Bix Culture including "How many do you do", and "Aussie kids are Weet Bix Kids".
A meat pie in Australia is a hand sized pastry filled with some kind of meat. Meat pies are often consumed with tomato sauce, and are considered a convenient take away meal.
Damper is a traditional Australian bread cooked often by Stockmen. Damper is best cooked in the hot coals of a fire. Check out this Damper Recipe.
A typical Aussie hamburger consists of a fried meat patty, cheese, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and most importantly beetroot.
Sausages or snags, are cylindrical meat products, often made of ground beef or pork. Sausages are regularly cooked on a BBQ, colloquially known as a "Sausage Sizzle".
Australians have a very diverse food culture, with lots of influence from neighbouring nations. What are your thoughts?