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    Caramel Problems

    Honey as well as molasses can also be used to prevent crystallization
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    Opinions Please....

    Of course the production mngr got angry, at the end of the day it's his responsibility, and you just exposed his unsightly backside for all to see. If you were to go over the production mngr's head and report your findings to HIS boss,... well, lets just say the working atmosphere would be...
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    Oops, that opening bit about Polio was part of a deleted draft. Sorry.
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    Polio left a lot of children disabled for life. The point I wanted to make is that polio was/is a water borne disease Our industry has always had its share of those who are at the losing end of things. Fifteen years ago I opened up my chocolate biz in a brand new building. Unit next to me...
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    Ummm... so are you pro vaccine or anti vaccine? Big difference between Polio and Covid, Polio, I believe is/was a water borne disease.
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    What I learned with my catering and my chocolate business was this: If Johnny across the street is selling apples, I'm gonna sell oranges. Make something unique so that others can't beat or match you on the price. You'll never last a year if you're constantly looking over your shoulder and...
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    Looking through craigslist, Indeed, and other websites that cater to the hospitality industry I am seeing changes. Firstly, there are ALOT of employers looking for staff, some of these are hotels and large restaurant chains/groups, one group of restaurants claims to spend enormous amounts of...
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    Well yeah, but "up north" we're at 75% for first shots and 25% for second shots nationally, with some provinces having higher vaccination rates. Strangely, paul-ticians from both US and Canada are screaming for the border to open up again. What I'm more concerned about is how the hospitality...
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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    With this summer looking almost normal, my thoughts are going back to what post covid hospitality might look like in 6-9 mths from now, and Im curious as to everyone elses thoughts on this. Firstly, who has money to rebuild? The owners of the failed businesses dont, failed leases and failed...
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    How good is ICCA Dubai in making it into the pastry world?

    Lets look at your situation from another perspective: What do employers want in new hires? Invariably it's 1 Work experience 2 Ability to work well with others Schools don't really address the above, their main objective is to teach the curriculum. If you start pastry school with zero baking...
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    The decline of Canadian Dairy (among other)

    Yeah, I remember those, The western provinces tried to implement that system back in the early '80's-- people hated it and it was never brought back. I think Ontario still has this, just keep in mind those milk bags are worse than water balloons if they slip out of your grocery bag....
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    The decline of Canadian Dairy (among other)

    meh.... never have seen butter come in sticks but my complaint is that butter is still sold in 454 gr ( 1 lb) bricks and yet milk is sold by the liter. Where I work we get in two 25 kg cases of N.Zealand butter a week because its cheaper than the Cnd. butter Like the ( now defunct ) wheat...
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    Labor/help situation. A crisis?

    So I guess the big question is: Are restaurant owners evil greedy ( deleted), or are they merely conduits of what the public wants? Its true that owners who expect to stay afloat when they cant even pay themselves a salary are a big reason why the wages in this industry are so low, but the...
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    Cheesecake crusts

    Do any of you substitute some of the melted butter with eggwhite in the crust? About 10%? Give it a try...
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    Cleaning wood cutting board

    Sorry, I cant find any of your references to sanitizing cutting boards. Could you paste and copy it here? Vinegar is not accepted as a sanitizing method by any health authority in N. America. As Dr. Suzuki ( who is from Vancouver, same as me) clearly states in his disclaimer it can...
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