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Six Healthy Foods That Every Kitchen Should Have

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Six Healthy Foods That Every Kitchen Should Have

If you want to start eating healthily, you need to set yourself up for success.  The way to do that is to stock your kitchen with healthy essentials; ingredients that'll help ensure that you cook foods that are good for your bidy rather than foods that are detrimental to your health.

 

 

To help we've put together a list of healthy foods to stock up on.

Baby spinach - This ingredient is packed with iron, magnesium and vitamin A.  It's suitable for so many meals too - whether you're whipping up a smoothie, or cooking yourself a quick pasta dish.  The taste isn't over baring either.

Chia seeds - These tiny black seeds swell when mixed with liquids and can help you feel fuller for longer.  That makes them a perfect addition to your breakfast.  Add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie or porridge and you'll be able to work straight through until dinner time!

Greek yoghurt - This is delicious with some fresh toppings.  A great way to start the day for breakfast.  It's also an excellent substitute to things like butter and mayonnaise.  Don't pick this one up if you're vegan or lactose intolerant though.

Apple cider vinegar - You can use this ingredient as a dressing or add a little to your tea.  What are the benefits?  Well some say drinking apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight.  Those claims have never been proven.  What unfiltered vinegar does do though is relieve digestion and can help solve any digestive problems.

Fruits - It's an obvious one, but there are so many kitchens up and down the country without a bowl of fruit!  They're perfect for snacking (instead of chocolate biscuits) and they often act as great ingredients.  Dont be afraid to mix your fruit bowl up either.  Go for fruits you've never had before.

Nuts - If you're looking for healthy foods that'll keep you energised throughout the day, you can't go wrong with nuts.  Sure, they may be high in calories, but they're packed with protein and omega-3s too.  Just don't eat too many!

So those are our top six healthy ingredients to keep stocked in your kitchen.  Do you have a helathy ingredient you can't live without?  Let us know what it is!

 

 

Running An Energy Efficient Kitchen - Our Guide

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Running An Energy Efficient Kitchen - Our Guide

Running an energy efficient kitchen isn't just about reducing your footprint and helping the environment.  It's going to help save you money too - something we all want to do.  But how do you go about making your kitchen a more energy and money efficient place?

Here are our tips.

Keep it clean

Your kitchen should be clean at all times anyway.  It is the place you prepare everything you eat, after all.  But it's also important to keep it clean if you want to preserve energy too.  Any burnt pans need a thorough clean, plus, the reflective shine you get from a real clean helps reflect heat up to the cookware too.  The dirtier, grimier, and darker it is, the more heat it'll absorb.

Appliances matter

When fitting your kitchen out, you should look for the appliances that have been advertised as the most efficient.  There's often a mark of approval to signify that the appliance has been built with energy efficiency in mind.

Convection ovens are the go-to choice for anyone looking to save energy.  The heated air is circulated which in turn, helps reduce cooking times and the temperature required.  In fact, it's thought that you'll use approximately 20% less energy each month with these types of oven.

The cookware

In general we recommend that you always go for flat bottomed cookware.  This type allows for more contact with heating elements which then heats the pan more effectively.  Warped-bottom pots can use up to 50% more energy.

The material from which the cookware is manufactured also matters.  Pans that have copper bottoms heat quicker than regular pans, thus making them more energy efficient.

Prep

Some like to turn the oven or hob on to warm a pan while they prep veg, but this is only wasting energy.  Get all the prep done before you turn anything on.  Defrost foods in your refrigetrator before cooking too.  Just make sure they're well covered.

Those are our top four tips on how to make your kitchen more energy efficient.  If you have any other good tips, let us know!

 

What To Consider When Selecting Appliances For Commercial Kitchens

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What To Consider When Selecting Appliances For Commercial Kitchens

Commercial kitchen appliances are generally more expensive than domestic kitchen appliances.  This is primarily due to their heavy-duty nature and performance.  Restaurants, bistros and bakeries have a lengthier and higher intensity work rate.

The price of commercial appliances will reflect this.  Anyone purchasing commercial appliances should be aware of their aspects and choose the right appliance for their needs.  Here is a look at what commercial kitchens should be aware of when choosing appliances.

The Quality

All commercial kitchen appliances should adhere to relevant performance guidelines.  Such guidelines are crucial to understand the efficency and safety within the food establishment.

Commercial kitchen appliances are made of heavy-duty material so that they are able to operate for extended periods of time.  Iron or stainless steel will withstand continual use over years.

The Greater Volume

One of the more obvious differences between domestic and commercial appliances is that they are larger.  This allows food to be prepared in greater quantities.  Catering to hundreds of people is very different to catering for a family of four.

Restaurants will prepare large quantities of food simultaneously.  Selecting the appliances that will fit in the available space is also a primary consideration that businesses must consider.

The Efficiency

Commercial kitchens will consume a massive amount of power.  This power is needed for the heavy duty tasks that they perform.  All appliances must reflect the highest possible efficiency.  If not, the cost of your food production will skyrocket.

The commercial cooking oven is the best example of this.  This interior fan distributes heat evenly, producing a more uniformed cooking process.

These are the primary considerations that you'll need to take into account when choosing the right appliances for your commercial kitchen.  If you adhere to this advice then you're on your way to having a much more functional appliance, no matter the kitchen task you're undertaking.