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Prevent and Reduce Backaches in Your Kitchen Staff with These Essentials

Working in a restaurant kitchen can be physically demanding. Back strains and injuries can be especially common, so if you want to help your employees, you should invest in equipment that helps protect their backs. Doing so also helps protect you from sick days, disability claims, or other expenses related to backaches and injuries. Here are some products you should consider: 1. Adjustable stainless steel tables Your employees spend a lot of time using the stainless-steel work surfaces in your kitchen. They chop vegetables, knead bread, mix salads, frost cakes, and much more at these surfaces. If the work tables in the kitchen are too low for your employees, they have to stoop down to use them, a position that hunches their backs and shoulders. In contrast, if the work surfaces are too high, your employees must unnaturally raise their shoulders so that their hands can reach the table. To avoid both of these scenarios, invest in adjustable stainless steel tables for your commercial kitchen. If possible, focus on relatively small tables. That way, you can create individual work stations for different employees, and even if everyone working that shift is a different height, they can all adjust their tables as needed. 2. Automatic choppers In addition to changing the height of some work surfaces, consider reducing the amount of repetitive tasks your cooks do every day. In particular, look into automatic chopping machines. These can handle julienning, dicing, and chopping vegetables like potatoes. As a result, your employees won’t have to spend as much time gripping a knife and moving it up and down. Repetitive actions, especially those that involve gripping an object, can lead to stress injuries. These injuries can affect your employees’ arms, joints, necks, and backs. 3. Cushioned, non-slip floor mats Whether you reduce the chopping burden or not, your kitchen staff spends most of their time on their feet, and standing can cause back pain. To give your employees a bit of extra comfort, invest in mats for your floor. These provide cushioning underfoot, and they can also reduce slips and falls, which can also be a contributor to backaches. 4. Chef shoes Even with cushioned floor mats, the shoes your employees wear can affect the health of their backs. If you supply chef whites, consider also supplying chef shoes. Have each of your employees fitted individually so they can choose the type of shoe […]

3 Important Tips To Help You Learn How To Melt Chocolate The Right Way

An average American eats almost 12 pounds of chocolate each year, but some people eat even more than this. Chocolate is a wonderful food to eat, and it can be used to make so many different things. If you love chocolate and enjoy cooking, you may want to start learning how to make things with chocolate. While there are thousands of recipes around, it’s important to learn the basics of melting chocolate before you get too far. Here are three important tips to help you with this. The Easiest And Best Way To Melt Chocolate A lot of people use the double broiler method to melt down solid chocolate, but this method is messy and complicated. If you do not have a double boiler or prefer an easier method, you should consider melting your chocolate in the microwave. Here are the steps needed to melt chocolate in the microwave: Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and break it into pieces if necessary. Place the bowl in the microwave, heat for 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat step 2 as many times as needed to achieve the texture you desire. Chocolate can burn easily when it is being melted, which is why you should thoroughly stir it every 30 seconds. Once it is completely melted, you can use it for a variety of things, such as: Topping for ice-cream and desserts Dipping sauce for strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels Homemade candies Melted chocolate should be used relatively quickly as it will begin to harden as it cools. Never Add Water To Chocolate The second tip you should know about melting chocolate is to never add water to it. If your chocolate appears too thick, you may think adding a few drops of water will help thin it out; unfortunately, this is not what will happen. When water is added to melted chocolate, it causes the chocolate to seize or clump. This happens because chocolate is extremely dry. All the moisture from it is removed when it is made, and adding water to it will cause the properties in the chocolate to change. Adding just a few drops of water to a bowl of chocolate could destroy the entire bowl. Because of the effects water has on chocolate, you should always make sure you stir the chocolate with a dry spoon. If you want to wash the spoon after stirring the chocolate, just […]