The little things in life....

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by shu connolly, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. shu connolly

    shu connolly

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    So I was thinking today about those little things in the kitchen that help you more than you give them credit, for me some of those things include: bamboo skewers, for checking potatoes, lighting that pesky grill that always goes out, checking that fish is cooked through, can't remember other things right now but surely you know what I'm saying, the little things in life
     
  2. coup-de-feu

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    Yeah,

    I just realized that plastic grocery bags are valuable solely for the fact that they are worthless; you can use them indiscriminately and they are always around.
     
  3. chefedb

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    Plastic bags good for dredging or coating with flour.  Place  item in bag(like chicken breast) add some flour and seasoning shake and take dredged item out of bag and then throw out the  bag  no mess no cleanup.
     
  4. foodnfoto

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    Good kitchen towels. They don't seem to wear out like hot mits or hot pads do.
     
  5. shootoo

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    4 clean towels folded up above my station before service

    Walking inside/outside and hearing the clanking of plates and a kitchen running smoothly

    The look of a finally clean line after a long, busy night

    The look of a walk in before service starts with all the bins full and labeled, ready to go

    The rep saying "I've got samples for you" lol
     
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  6. adamburgerdavis

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    Cake testers for the same reasons as the bamboo skewers, a small palette knife for spreading, flipping, and delicate handling, a Benriner mandoline for obvious reasons, a chinois for the smoothest sauces and purees, a very accurate 1000g scale for cures, marinades and such, and a sharpie that isn't taken out of your sleeve.
     
  7. rbrad

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    Uh Oh.........I was worried someone would say cake testers,there was a pretty polarizing thread on them a few months ago.Where I work chopsticks get used for everything from stirring eggs for an omelette to tossing a caesar salad.Yeah and I agree on the sharpie.
     
  8. flipflopgirl

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    Bamboo or toothpick to check your cake.

    The metal ones are worthless...too smooth to be accurate.

    If it comes back clean 9 times out of 10 (depending on the cake type) your cake will be overdone and dry as the sands of the Sahara.

    You want to start checking at the lesser recommended time ....if there are some moist crumbs (not wet batter) pull the pans.

    The carry over heat will finish the job.

    Just my 2 pennies.

    And one of my good things in life.....

    mimi

    * and foodnfoto's good thing.

    Nice, thick side towels.

    Cannot work without a stack within reach at all times.

    * One more thing....the members on CT always have your back...many, many years of experience to draw from.

    Priceless!

    m.
     
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  9. rdm magic

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    Someone actually returning your pen/lighter
     
  10. bughut

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    My close work glasses and under under-the-cupboard lighting. I'd be lost without them. Must get a chain for the glasses, 'cos i do lose them.

    My asbestos hands are invaluable, as is the microwave...For constant coffee & tea heat-ups
     
  11. bughut

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    "So I was thinking today about those little things in the kitchen that help you more than you give them credit,"

    A second opinion

    Someone who comes into work at a moments notice in an emergency

    possitive feedback
     
  12. adamburgerdavis

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    I didn't know that actually happened...

    And I don't use cake testers for cakes, they're used to check the if thick fried items are heated throughout and checking the temperature of large cuts of meat like a roast or prime rib. To each their own though.
     
  13. duckfat

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    An ice cold beer at the end of a long hot shift. Unexpected tips for the staff. My all time favorite, notes in my knife roll from my wife. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif

    Dave