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Best Vacuum Food Sealers for a Good Price

Vacuum sealers are a very popular and effective way to keep foods fresher for longer. They work by pulling the surrounding air out of plastic bags and then creating a tight seal. With little to no air surrounding the food, and an air-tight seal, food stays fresh much longer…

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What is Advocaat Liqueur?

Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur that is very thick, rich and creamy with a yellow color. Usually made with a brandy base, it contains egg yolks,…

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What's the Difference Between Ramekins and Custard Cups?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the traditional ramekin and the custard cup. You may also see a third variation, the pudding cup. These different cups are often used interchangeably and they are all three made of several different materials and sizes. What is the actual purpose of each? Or, are they simply different names for the same thing?

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Did You Know Cheeseburger Is A Trademark?

It is obvious that cheeseburger is a generic term. Not so obvious is that it wasn't always necessarily generic. In fact the word cheeseburger was once registered as a trademark!

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What Do Wine Aerators Do?

Wine aerators are all the rage in wine accessories. Although when you store wine, you want to protect it from exposure to oxygen, once you're ready to drink it, a little oxygen can help improve flavor, and even texture.

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What is the Origin of the Word Dessert?

To understand how the term dessert came about, we first have to be clear on what a dessert is and is not. First, a dessert is not just another word for a sweet food.

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How Is Restaurant Management Different Than Other Business Management?

If you place restaurant management under the umbrella of hospitality management, you will see that there is a much greater shortage of qualified managers in the hotel, restaurant, and wider hospitality industry than there are qualified cooks.

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What Are The Best Apples For Apple Pie?

Many beginner cooks may not realize how tricky it can be to bake the perfect apple pie. Some say "its all in the crust." But, using the wrong apple could also ruin yoru pie! Some apples just don't hold up well for cooking. They may be too soft and mealy, for example. As well, a super-sweet apple that is great for eating out of hand may not be the best choice for a pie.

Read on...

weston-vacuum-sealer.jpg

Best Vacuum Food Sealers for a Good Price

Vacuum sealers are a very popular and effective way to keep foods fresher for longer. They work by pulling the surrounding air out of plastic bags and then creating a tight seal. With little to no air surrounding the food, and an air-tight seal, food stays fresh much longer…

Read on...

advocaat.jpg

What is Advocaat Liqueur?

Advocaat is a Dutch liqueur that is very thick, rich and creamy with a yellow color. Usually made with a brandy base, it contains egg yolks,…

Read on...

ramekins.jpg

What's the Difference Between Ramekins and Custard Cups?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the traditional ramekin and the custard cup. You may also see a third variation, the pudding cup. These different cups are often used interchangeably and they are all three made of several different materials and sizes. What is the actual purpose of each? Or, are they simply different names for the same thing?

Read on...

cheeseburger-trademark-term.jpg

Did You Know Cheeseburger Is A Trademark?

It is obvious that cheeseburger is a generic term. Not so obvious is that it wasn't always necessarily generic. In fact the word cheeseburger was once registered as a trademark!

Read on...

vinturi-wine-aerator-white.jpg

What Do Wine Aerators Do?

Wine aerators are all the rage in wine accessories. Although when you store wine, you want to protect it from exposure to oxygen, once you're ready to drink it, a little oxygen can help improve flavor, and even texture.

Read on...

chocolate-cake-dessert.jpg

What is the Origin of the Word Dessert?

To understand how the term dessert came about, we first have to be clear on what a dessert is and is not. First, a dessert is not just another word for a sweet food.

Read on...

chef-with-restaurant-guest.jpg

How Is Restaurant Management Different Than Other Business Management?

If you place restaurant management under the umbrella of hospitality management, you will see that there is a much greater shortage of qualified managers in the hotel, restaurant, and wider hospitality industry than there are qualified cooks.

Read on...

Baldwin-apple.jpg

What Are The Best Apples For Apple Pie?

Many beginner cooks may not realize how tricky it can be to bake the perfect apple pie. Some say "its all in the crust." But, using the wrong apple could also ruin yoru pie! Some apples just don't hold up well for cooking. They may be too soft and mealy, for example. As well, a super-sweet apple that is great for eating out of hand may not be the best choice for a pie.

Read on...

Other Recent Lore

What Is A Paring Knife?

04 Feb 2016 22:28

A paring knife is a very small knife, but one of the few that a home cook will probably need. This knife is a specialty knife, meaning it is meant for very specific tasks. Many chefs consider it the second most important knife to own beside the chef's knife, although not everyone agrees….

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What's the Difference Between Seasonings and Flavorings?

03 Feb 2016 21:46

Chefs seem to use these two terms interchangeably: seasoning and flavoring. The actual difference can be quite subtle, so why not just use one word? Can you both season and flavor a dish? The answer is yes….

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Why Do They Say All Chefs are Cooks but Not all Cooks are Chefs?

03 Feb 2016 01:23

It has become a tired refrain, mostly due to the influence of food television, for professional chefs to remind us that not all cooks should be called chefs. A chef, they say, is the person in charge of the kitchen, and this implies that he or she has more mastery of cooking, as well as the intricacies of running a kitchen in general….

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What Is A Bench Scraper?

02 Feb 2016 23:39

Sometimes called the baker's knife or pastry scraper, a bench scraper is a flat rectangle of metal with a rounded handle on one side.

Pastry chefs use bench scrapers to cut dough into pieces, to scrape sticky dough remains off work surfaces, to fold together soft dough prior to kneading, or to lift a rolled dough without stretching or tearing it….

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What Are The Different Types Of Whisks?

02 Feb 2016 22:14

Also called a whip, a whisk is standard kitchen equipment in most cook's kitchens. Despite how common and familiar the wire whisk is, most cook's do not realize that there are several different types of whisk. You've probably seen whisks in slightly different shapes and simply thought that these were manufacturing varieties. In reality, however, the shapes do make a bit of a difference in the suitability of the different types of whisks for different stirring or whipping tasks….

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