Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Choosing a Cookware Set or Individual Pieces

What is the purpose behind buying a cookware set instead of just filling in the gaps with pots and pans as needed? This is a question that rarely comes up for guys but is something that drives girlfriends and wives crazy. There are logical reasons for doing this. It is not just because they look better as a matched set. The main reasons for doing this are space, cooking consistency, and lastly appearances.

The subject of space is a common one. Most people just moving out of their parent's home don't have a lot of room for all the kitchen stuff needed to survive. This means that having a mix and match set of pots and pans actually takes up much more room. The lids don't all match and the pieces don't fit together. With a cookware set you get everything that fits one inside of the next and the lids from the pots are the same for the pans. This means that you have less pieces and a more organized spot for your cookware set.

Now what is this about cooking consistency? You may have noticed that cooking with different pots and pans actually affects the quality of what you are cooking. If you turn the burner to medium, sometime it burns and other times it takes longer. This is from the cooking profiles of each pot and pan. Some pans heat to different temperatures because of the thermal profile of the materials being used. When you have a cookware set, you get use to how they cook and where the hot spots are. This allows you to better manage your cooking and prevent the meal from getting ruined. If you have a mix and match set then each one has its own problems and you have to spend much more time watching your food rather than enjoying cooking.

And of course there is the appearance aspect of this. Most guys in college or just graduating don't put a lot of thought into it but there are a couple things to consider before just saying it is not worth doing. Point one would be the mother. When you mom comes over to visit your place, I bet she would be impressed if you had a cookware set. It just looks much more responsible and professional. You don't want her believing you can't cook for yourself and coming over all the time... do you? Now what about point number two? That would be a girlfriend. When you invite a girl over to your place to cook for her and have a cookware set, it sets the example of you being organized and responsible. Having a matching set of stainless steel cookware instead of just pots and pans should be better for you in the long run.

My hope is that you take this information and see what it really means to you. When you make the decision to buy a cookware set or fill in a set of mix and match pots and pans, please consider all the aspects about your available space, the quality of your food and the impression that it gives others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Food Catering Service - How To Prepare For This Business

To increase their monthly wage, some restaurants get into the venture of food catering service. Although this sounds like an easy idea, it requires utmost preparation on your end. Have you already envisioned how big your catering operations would be? Have you decided if you will take it on or off the premise of your restaurant? The budget you ought to prepare depends on your answers to these questions.

When it comes to the scope of ynur operation, the total number of guests to feed is your utmost consideration. This is because the number of guests dictates the number of wares needed. Let us say a company event with 500 attendees is lined up for your food catering service. That would mean 500 pieces of plates, saucers, glasses, pairs of utensils and other serving tools. In fact, you must have additional pieces for reserve. You can choose to buy as much wares or rent them from another provider.

On-premise catering requires different tools from off-premise catering. The former requires less equipment for you to purchase than the latter. Serving food outside your restaurant requires use of equipment capable of keeping all your food supplies fresh, your dishes warm and your beverages cool all the time. There is no other choice for you than to invest on these specialized food carriers.

In connection to the above-mentioned, here are a few steps you can observe. Make a list of all the kinds of tools you might need. When doing this, think of all the events you plan to cater and the frequency of such events. These will be your basis for renting or buying the apparatus in your list. If you decide to purchase and you do not have big budget at hand, rooting for all kinds of used catering equipment may be the best option for you. There are many sellers which you can contact regarding this. A simple search online can lead you to the whereabouts of the local sellers near to your place. As soon as you spot their websites, read the feedbacks from their past and current customers. Moreover, search for related reviews featuring them. Quality is crucial when searching for second-hand tools. Some of them may be offered at much cheaper prices. It is better to purchase ones that are a bit costly and can serve their purpose for a longer time.

Moving forward, your means of transporting these pieces of equipment is important too. They must be carried safely to the location of your venue. Keep in mind that a huge piece of equipment may already need an entire truck for its transportation. That leaves the smaller serving tools, all the food and the staff in consideration. Again, this is part and parcel of food catering service which you must be prepared for financially. There is an option though for you to use your personal vehicle for smaller events. But in the case of more demanding events, you can buy or rent a larger vehicle.