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15 Non-Food Ways to Use Food Items

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/16/2021
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You might be surprised at how food can be used in non-food ways. Check out this list and find out how else you could be using common food items around the house!

Can Spices Go Bad?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/9/2021
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Could your spices be bad? Find out how long spices last and the proper way to store them and never use bland spices again!

8 Ways to Prepare your Restaurant for Major Holidays

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/2/2021
dining area with tables set for fine dining

You'll be surprised at how much goes into preparing for a major holiday event! Find out 8 things you can do to make sure your restaurant is prepared!

The Best Way to Remove Oil Stains from Clothing

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/26/2021
dark oil stain on denim top

A stray splash of oil can ruin a perfectly good piece of clothing. Learn the best way to get rid of oil stains and save your wardrobe!

Everything You Need to Know About Pizza Stone Care

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/19/2021
pizza on pizza stone

You'd be surprised at how easy a pizza stone is to take care of! Learn how to take care of your pizza stone and never order pizza again!

A Guide to Commercial Food Pans

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/15/2021
food-pan-buffet

You'd be surprised by just how useful and versatile food pans can be in the kitchen. Find out the 3 things you should consider when buying commercial food pans!

6 Types of Cookware Finishes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/12/2021
collage of cookware with variety of finishes

Did you know your cookware doesn't have to match? Different cookware finishes can meet different cooking needs in the kitchen better than a matching set. Find out which finish your cookware should have!

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Mixer

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/5/2021
countertop stand mixers in commercial kitchen

Determining the right size mixer for your restaurant, bakery, or business can be a tricky task. Take these 3 things into consideration when choosing your next mixer to find the right one for your business!

Guest Post: How to Customize a Range to Fit your Restaurant's Menu

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/29/2020
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Does your kitchen's range fit your restaurant's menu? Learn about the different commercial range top options and find the best fit for your restaurant!

Gift Giving in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/15/2020
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Instead of traditional gift exchanges, surprise loved ones by sending a holiday care package or dropping off a bag of goodies. 

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/3/2020
present box with gold glitter lid and white twine bow next to 2020 holiday gift guide in gold letters

This holiday season gift loved ones in your life with some new kitchen gadgets they'll love.

5 Ways to Still Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/17/2020
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While the holidays this year may look very different from previous years, it's still possible to celebrate regardless of where you and your loved ones are.

10 Items You Should Never Put in the Dishwasher (And 7 You Can)

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/12/2020
dishes and pot in bottom rack of dishwasher

Here are 10 items that should never be put in the dishwasher and 7 items that can.

Prevent Burnout in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/10/2020


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Don't get burnt out on cooking. Keep kitchen burnout at bay with these helpful tips!

How to Get Rid of a Stinky Kitchen Sink

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/29/2020
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You'll be surprised at how easy it is to get rid of that unpleasant smell coming from your kitchen sink. Find out how to banish bad smells from your sink for good and never have a stinky kitchen sink again!

17 Useful Cooking Substitutions to Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/15/2020
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You'll be surprised how useful it can be to know what ingredients can stand in for others when cooking. Read our list and find out what to do the next time you run out of something!

How to Change the Filter in your Refrigerator

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/13/2020
clear glass of water next to three different kinds of refrigerator filters

When was the last time you changed the filter in your refrigerator? Learn how to change your refrigerator's filter and how often experts recommend doing it!

10 Spoons Everyone Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/6/2020
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Do you know the purpose of these 10 spoons? Find out what 10 spoons everyone should know!

9 Coffee Makers Every Coffee Drinker Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/29/2020
coffee maker on countertop next to gas stovetop with two cups of coffee

If you love coffee, you should know these coffee makers. Find out how many of these coffee makers you know and add to your coffee knowledge!

The Only Cooking Utensils You Need in Your Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/22/2020
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Everyone needs a certain amount of cooking utensils in their kitchen, but it can be difficult to know which ones are essential. Check out this guide to see what utensils you need in the kitchen and which ones you don't!

The 4 Types of Commercial Dishwashers

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/17/2020
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Dishwashers are a  very important part of the overall flow of a commercial kitchen. Check out this guide and find out which type of dishwasher is best for your business!

6 Basic Forks You Need to Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/27/2020
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There are a lot of tools in the kitchen, but not all of them are necessary for everyday cooking. Check out this guide for 6 forks that everyone should know!

7 Other Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/25/2020
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Apple cider vinegar can be just as versatile as its cousin, white vinegar, in the kitchen.

How to Fix These 14 Common Cooking Mistakes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/20/2020
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The next time you find yourself making one of these cooking mistakes, try one of these solutions to fix it.

How to Sous Vide the Perfect Steak

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/18/2020
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Want to cook the perfect steak every time? Learn how to sous vide your steak and get perfection every time!

Bar Glassware 101

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/11/2020
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You'll be surprised at how many glasses there are for various alcoholic drinks. Learn more about what glasses are used for specific drinks and become your own bartender!

Choosing the Right Ice Maker for your Business

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/4/2020
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There are as many options when it comes to ice machine features as there are types of ice. Find out which ice machine is best for your restaurant or business!

Equipment Every Food Truck Needs

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/30/2020
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There are a lot of things needed when outfitting a food truck. Check out this guide to help you get started!

The Top Tools Every Grill Master Should Own

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/28/2020
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If you love to grill, you know how important having the right tools can be. Find out what tools every grill master should have and what tools you might be missing!

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Furniture for Your Restaurant

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/24/2020
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Having good outdoor furniture can be paramount for attracting customers during the warmer months. Learn how to pick the right type of outdoor furniture for your restaurant and watch your customers come back again and again. 

A Beginner's Guide to Kitchen Knives

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/22/2020
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You'll be surprised at how many different knives you can find in a kitchen. Check out this guide to see what ones you absolutely should know (and have)!

Caring for Wooden Kitchen Tools

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/8/2020
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Did you know your wooden kitchen tools could outlast your plastic ones? Find out how to properly care for your wooden cutting boards and utensils and watch them last for years to come!

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Playlist for your Restaurant

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/26/2020

While it may seem like a minor detail, what music you play in your restaurant is vastly important.

8 Ways Restaurants can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/24/2020

It's never too late to begin implementing tactics aimed at maximizing a restaurant's inventory and making it eco-friendlier.

How to Care for Copper Cookware

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/19/2020

If properly maintained, copper cookware can last for years.

10 Ways to Clean your Kitchen with Lemons

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/12/2020

Did you know lemons could be used to clean your kitchen?

When was the Last Time you Deep Cleaned your Kitchen?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/10/2020

We use the kitchen several times a day and wash dirty dishes or clean up spills, but when did you last deep clean your kitchen? 

DIY Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2020

Running out of disinfectant wipes? Make your own!

How to Wash your Face Mask

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/3/2020

You have a face mask, but how do you care for it?

How to Season your Cast Iron Cookware Like a Pro

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/29/2020

To ensure your cast iron lasts for decades, make sure your cookware is seasoned properly.

How to Avoid Food Waste

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/27/2020

Maximize the food in your kitchen and get as much mileage out of them as possible.

Basic Baker's Tools

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/20/2020

You don't need to be an expert baker to make chocolate chip cookies or banana bread, but it does help if you have a few of the right tools.

Health Tips Restaurant Goers Should Keep in Mind

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/15/2020

As restaurants begin to reopen, there are several things restaurant goers can do to help ensure their health and the health of other diners and restaurant employees. 

Keep your Employees and Customers Healthy: Tips for Restaurant Owners

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/13/2020

There are several things restaurant owners can do or implement to protect their employees and customers as restaurants begin to reopen. 

How to Help Local Businesses Right Now

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/6/2020

Local businesses and smaller organizations could use your help right now.

Guest Post: Planning and Setting up your First Restaurant--Your Comprehensive Checklist

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/29/2020

To help you become the most successful business owner we've developed a comprehensive checklist of item your restaurant needs to succeed.

What's in Season This Spring

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/17/2020

Spring is the season of new beginnings.

Get the Most Out of your Food

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/15/2020

Improperly storing your food could shorten its shelf life and raise the risk of bacteria or mold.

Create an Easter Feast at Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/8/2020

Easter this year will most likely be very different but that doesn't mean you have to skimp on celebrating with a nice meal. 

Cooking Made Easy

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/3/2020

There are several kitchen appliances that can help expedite the cooking process and keep it from feeling like a chore.

5 Cooking Tips for Those who Don't Cook

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/31/2020

Now is the perfect time to start mastering the basics. 

Same Ingredients, Multiple Meal Options

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/27/2020

If you've stocked up on a lot of staple ingredients but are now wondering what you can make so you're not eating the same meal over and over, we've come up with a few suggestions.

Equipment Every Healthcare Facility Should Have

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/25/2020

While having enough masks, gloves, and gowns is paramount for hospitals and other healthcare facilities at this time, having enough other, properly functioning equipment is equally as important. 

Restaurant Sanitation from a Restaurant Owner's Perspective

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/18/2020

There are several things you can do to promote sanitation in your establishment and fight against bacteria, viruses, and illness.

Restaurant Sanitation from a Restaurant Diner's Perspective

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/18/2020

There are several things restaurant diners can do to prevent catching bacteria, viruses, and illness when dining out. 

Energy Efficient Equipment

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/4/2020

As consumers are becoming more eco-conscious, so too are restaurant equipment manufacturers. 

Rice Cooker vs Insta Pot

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/28/2020

What is the difference between a rice cooker and an Insta Pot?

How to Choose Food and Drink Pairings

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/21/2020

Did you know there's a method to choosing food and drink pairings that compliment each other?

How to Clean your Oven

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/19/2020

The oven is one of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment. But how often do you clean it?

Galentine's Day Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/12/2020

Galentine's Day is a day to celebrate friendship with your closest gal pals.

Express your Love in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/7/2020

Instead of buying a cute teddy bear or a heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine's Day, consider doing something for your partner that they will really appreciate. 

Tea 101: Tea Around the World

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/22/2020

Drinking tea is part of almost every country's culture in the world.

10 Easy Ways to Step Up your Cooking Game in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/10/2020

Everybody can improve their skills in the kitchen--and it doesn't have to be hard or require purchasing expensive equipment.

What's in Season This Winter

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/8/2020

Knowing what is season can help lower grocery bills and can inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. 

12 Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/6/2019

If you have any cooks in your life, a new kitchen gadget makes for the perfect gift!

Thanksgiving Essentials

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/13/2019

The Thanksgiving meal is the most important part of Thanksgiving.

Five Ways to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/6/2019

Like with most meats, there are several ways to cook a turkey.

Tea 101: Loose Leaf vs Tea Bags

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/31/2019

How to prepare tea can spark debates between die-hard tea drinkers over which method is best—tea bags or loose-leaf tea. 

Tea 101: Tea Flavors

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/11/2019

Within each category of tea are endless flavor combinations.

Guide to Apples

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/9/2019

While an apple may just be an apple to some, they can actually have different suggested uses based on their variety. 

Canning 101: A Beginner's Guide to Canning

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/4/2019

While there are two methods of canning--pressurized and water bath--water bath canning is more popular.

Guide to Commercial Sinks

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/2/2019

Choosing the right sink for your commercial kitchen is just as important as simply having one since different sinks serve different purposes. 

Tea 101: Types of Tea

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/18/2019

In general, there are 6 basic types of tea from which the thousands of varieties we see in the store are made. 

What's in Season This Fall

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/13/2019

Buying produce when it's in season can help cut down on cost. 

10 Mushrooms You Should be Cooking With

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/3/2019


Mushrooms are extremely versatile as they can be added to virtually any meal for extra flavor, texture, and variety. 

Coffee 101: Coffee Around the World

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/27/2019

While Starbucks and your local coffee shops have a seemingly endless list of ways you can order your coffee, even that isn't every combination. 

10 Kitchen Gadgets for Those Who Love to Cook

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/20/2019

For the person who already loves to cook or for the curious chef just delving deeper into the world of food, here are ten items any lover of cooking will want to have in their arsenal. 

Types of Cooking Oils

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/16/2019

The world of cooking oil is experiencing a major boom. Although the new selection may seem excessive, not all oils are created equal.

Coffee 101: Coffee Grounds

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/9/2019

Coffee beans can be purchased at grocery stores or local coffee shops either ground or whole.

How to Pick a Good Watermelon

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/6/2019

The end of summer into the beginning of fall is peak watermelon time. 

Pale Ale vs. Lager: Beer Breakdown

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/2/2019

Despite pages and pages of beer options, beer actually only has two main "types"--ales and lagers. 

Guest Post: The Perfect French Fry

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/26/2019

The perfect French fry starts with the ideal frying system.

Coffee 101: Types of Roasts

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/19/2019

Coffee tastes great and may be considered an elixir for some, but there is quite the process that coffee beans go through before it reaches the mugs of the consumer. 

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/7/2019

Who doesn’t love a scoop of ice cream in the summer? Or, anytime really.

What is a Dutch Oven?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2019

They’ve been around for decades, but Dutch ovens seem to be rising in popularity once again (thanks Chrissy Teigen), but what is it and why do people swear by them? 

The Three Types of Table Settings Everyone Should Know

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/31/2019

All meals generally require the same basic utensils—plate, fork, knife, spoon, napkin, glass, etc. But the presentation of these items can not only provide a nice visual aesthetic but can also convey the formality of an event.



What Temperature Should my Wine be?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/24/2019

There's nothing quite like a nice glass of wine after a long day. But, are you storing and drinking your wine at the right temperature for optimal taste? Check out this infographic and find out! And if you like, please share it and tag JES!

What You Need for a Big Breakfast Spread

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/3/2019

Who doesn’t love a big breakfast spread with all the fixings? Especially on a beautiful weekend morning when the start of the day doesn’t have to be as hectic as the rest of the week. Depending on what you like to eat, the options are endless: poached eggs and toast, eggs with bacon or sausage, omelets, pancakes, waffles, crepes…the list could go on and on.

All About Smoothie Bars

Posted by on 7/14/2018


Smoothie bars are all the rage and have been for a few decades. They are a convenient way to get a cool drink and a serving of fruit and veggies. Popular places to have one is near a health club or in malls or on the beach. There are several different types of equipment you’ll need to start up your smoothie bar. This is a guide along with some recommendations to help you get started.


How to Know Which Timer is Right for Your Kitchen

Posted by on 6/29/2018


It’s no secret that every good chef needs a great kitchen timer to ensure a delectable meal. Whether you are a residential or commercial chef, purchasing the right kitchen timer is a priority for avoiding over or undercooked meat. The kitchen is a very serious place to be when using electricity, heat, etc. Therefore, timers are a great asset to have to keep from setting your kitchen ablaze from absent-minded cooking habits.


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