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Thanks to their smooth, flat surfaces and raised edges, cookie sheets are ideal for baking anything from chewy chocolate chip cookies to roasted vegetables. With such heavy usage, however, it's inevitable that your sheet pans may develop unsightly stains and residue build-up. To keep your health inspector happy and your food tasting its best, follow the methods below to combat grease, food particle residue, and even rust on your aluminized steel, aluminum, and non-stick cookie sheets.
Before you clean your baking sheets, you'll need to know which method will work best for your type of pan. Refer to the table below to decide which method is safe to use on your kitchen's cookie sheets.
|Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide||Yes||No||No|
|Baking soda and vinegar||Yes||Yes||No|
|Washing Soda and Cream of Tartar||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Water and Baking Soda||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Based on the type of pan you're cleaning, choose the right method below to remove unsightly residue and stains without ruining your cookie sheet.
For this method, the most important factor is time. The mixture is simply baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, but you must give it enough time to attack your pan’s food particles and grime.
While ammonia can be very effective at removing tough stains and food particles, it's important to note that this method takes the most time to complete and involves harsh chemicals that employees must take caution when using. For your safety, be sure to wear protective gloves and eye wear when handling.
Instead of replacing old baking pans, try these methods to remove damaging rust and make your sheets usable again.
Baked-on grease can be a tough mess to deal with, but the following methods for each type of sheet pan should help solve the problem.
Take the following into consideration when cleaning your kitchen's specific type of cookie sheet.
Aluminized steel is a tough material that is able to withstand rough scouring and scrubbing. For any of the methods you use, we recommend using a scouring pad, the rough side of a sponge, or steel wool. It’s important to consider that while it is effective at eliminating stains, steel wool may leave small scratch marks on your pans.
Aluminum baking sheets can be cleaned using similar methods as aluminized steel or stainless steel pans. However, you may need to use a gentler scrubber. To be sure, test the scrubber on a small section on the back of your sheet.
To preserve the integrity of the non-stick finish on your cookie sheet, do not use rough or steel scrubbers. Instead, opt for non-abrasive nylon scrubbers. Additionally, it’s recommended you first try covering the cookie sheet with wet paper towels and let the sheet soak for an hour. For minor build-up, this may be effective.
To prevent build-up of food residue, grease, or rust, consider these tips for cleaning and maintaining your cookie sheets.
Cookie sheets are a great, versatile tool to use in your commercial kitchen. Use these methods to ensure longevity and reduce replacement costs. Choose the right method above based on what supplies you already have in your kitchen, any time constraints you may have, and what type of sheet you're using.
From rooftop bars to dining patios, sunshine is sure to bring customers to your outdoor areas during the summer months. Instead of stretching your staff too thin, consider hiring seasonal help to handle the annual influx of guests. Follow these guidelines to stay on top of your busy season without compromising service or quality.
Before jumping right into the hiring process, ask yourself these questions to determine whether seasonal help is the right solution for your establishment.
Once you’ve decided that seasonal help will be beneficial for your business, there are several things to keep in mind when beginning the hiring process. Since these seasonal staff members are only on board for a few months out of the year, it would be a waste of time for you to interview, hire, and train someone who didn’t work out. Consider the following as you begin your candidate recruitment process.
Your customers won’t know the difference between temporary hires and full-time staff. Because of this, training seasonal help should be the same or very similar to the process you use to train permanent staff members. Although it’s for a shorter period of time, these temporary servers, hosts, or bartenders are being paid to represent your company name and are expected to offer the same level of customer service as full-time staff. It is recommended you train all seasonal staff members at once to save time and ensure consistency.
If you were thorough in your interview process, you should have found candidates who have good interpersonal skills and who demonstrate the ability to interact well with customers and fellow staff members. During their training period, promote the best benefits about the job to motivate and excite staff. For example, if your seasonal staff is expected to work a lot of weekend hours, remind them about the potential for great tips.
Once you’ve acquired top-notch new hires, it’s important to keep them from quitting mid-season. A sudden loss of employees can leave you understaffed and out of time to begin the hiring process over again. Along with taking the time to properly and thoroughly train seasonal hires, there are a few precautions you can take to keep staff happy during their time with your restaurant.
Having too many employees on the clock during a slow day takes away from your restaurant’s profits and can hurt your bottom line. Because of this, seasonal hiring can be advantageous for business owners during busy seasons. By keeping your business well-staffed for the busy season, your staff can adjust quickly to workload fluctuations, respond effectively to increased customer demand, and ensure customers experience shorter wait times and faster service.
Springform pans feature a removable bottom and adjustable sides meant to eliminate the risks associated with removing cakes from traditional pans.
Springform pans are a kitchen essential for producing flawlessly smooth cheesecakes, perfectly crusted tarts, or intricate ice cream cakes without damage to their tops, bottoms, or sides. Removing your product from the pan is the final step before placing your delicate treats on display, serving to the customer, or packaging them to go.
Springform pans are easy to use and can be rewarding when it comes to producing a flawless final product. Follow these easy steps to effectively use your springform pan.
Springform pans are designed primarily for use with delicate desserts such as cheesecake, ice cream cake, and bread pudding. It is recommended you choose recipes with thicker batters, as the thin batter of desserts such as flan can easily leak. Its removable sides and bottom ensure these treats stay intact while being prepared for service.
Modern bakers and restaurateurs are finding new and creative ways to put these important pans to use. For example, these pans are perfect for sweet or savory pies made with press-in crusts because they won’t stick to the sides of your pan. Or, some chefs create show-stopping specials by preparing pasta dishes such as rigatoni pie in springform pans. From cheese tarts to frozen cakes, you can make memorable presentations that are outside of the norm to impress your guests.
Due to their convenient, breakaway design, springform pans are prone to leaking. Here are a few tips to help reduce or eliminate leaking.
Most springform pan sizes have a depth of 3 inches, which can be significantly taller than traditional cake pans. The top diameter typically ranges from about 6 to 12 inches. Plus, some pans include interchangeable bottoms for maximum versatility.
You may use a traditional cake pan wrapped in aluminum foil or a disposable pan as a springform pan substitute.
While it’s best to use a springform pan with delicate baked goods such as cheesecakes or ice cream cakes, the following methods have the potential to mimic its effects. Keep in mind, however, that these may not be as reliable or produce such consistent results as using a springform pan.
If you’re in a pinch but have a traditional cake pan lying around, you may be able to get similar results by lining the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. It’s important to leave plenty of material hanging outside of the pan. This will allow you, with the help of another employee, to hold the pan down and lift the edges of the paper out from the pan. This will create a sling for your baked good and hopefully keep it intact as it’s removed from the pan. Keep in mind, however, if you are using a traditional cake pan, the size may vary and you’ll need to adjust the time or temperature of your oven.
Another option would be to bake your batter in a disposable cake pan. Again, you may need to adjust the time or temperature of your oven because these tend to be shorter in height than springform pan. With disposable pans, once your product is cooked and cooled, you can use a knife and scissors to cut the pan away from your dessert. This method, however, can be time consuming for commercial kitchens. In addition, you’ll need to stock a large number of disposable pans, which can create problems in establishments with smaller storage areas.
Springform pans feature an innovative design for effectively extracting your delicate cakes, pies, tarts, and pasta creations. Keeping your product intact from start to finish ensures an enticing and professional presentation, whether it's served right away or put on display in your bakery or restaurant.
Taking Mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day is a tradition that’s becoming more popular each year. If you own a restaurant, this holiday gives you the opportunity to bring in more customers than any other day. To help your restaurant stand out from the competition, decorate your space and offer mothers special treats that mark the occasion. From organization tips to Mother’s Day menu ideas, we’ve created a guide to help your establishment make the most of this day. Keep reading to see our Mother’s Day restaurant ideas and get inspiration for enticing promotions.
According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. With more than half the country’s population planning to dine out on Mother’s Day, your establishment needs to offer promotions that will stand out from your competition. Check out these suggestions for simple ways your restaurant can bring in more customers this Mother’s Day.
If your business typically only opens for lunch and dinner, consider opening a little earlier on Mother's Day to take advantage of the large number of diners who will be searching for a great place to eat before lunchtime. This also gives you the opportunity to serve an exclusive Mother’s Day brunch menu.
Giving your customers the opportunity to save a little money is a great way to make your business stand out. Try offering a discount for mothers’ entrees or make their entree free with the purchase of another. During your dinner service, you can offer mothers a free cocktail or dessert to complete their meals.
Prix fixe menus are not only a great way for your restaurant to maximize profits, but they also make things simpler for your guests. On a holiday that is so popular for dining out, families may eat together in big groups, and a prix fixe menu could make things easier when it comes time to pay. Plus, you can more easily prepare for a limited menu by buying fewer ingredients than usual, and your chefs can work more efficiently with fewer menu items to cook.
You can put together a gift basket or give away a gift certificate to one of the moms celebrating at your restaurant this Mother’s Day. Give each mother a ticket and announce a winner during your meal service to help your customers feel special.
For your customers, Mother’s Day is the chance to thank their mother, grandmother, or other special loved one for what she does. Your restaurant can encourage the grateful spirit of the day by donating proceeds to a charity like a local women’s shelter, hospital, or food bank. If you promote this partnership before the holiday, you may even attract more customers who appreciate your generosity to other organizations.
To make this holiday a success, you need to prepare your restaurant for a higher volume of customers. Here are our suggestions to help your establishment to stay organized for Mother’s Day.
Even though Mother’s Day is only one day, some customers may celebrate in the weeks before or after the holiday. As a result, you may need to take on some temporary staff members for the month of May. You’ll want to make sure you have enough staff coverage to maintain a smooth service.
Even if your restaurant doesn’t normally take reservations, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to accept them. This helps you anticipate how many staff members you’ll require and how much food you’ll need to prepare. Plus, many customers will like the security of having a reserved table on the busiest day of the year.
If you have any extra space that isn’t ordinarily used for seating (like a patio), you may want to set out a few extra tables for the day. Be sure not to put too many tables in your space, as this could create an unpleasant experience for your customers and your servers. Choose special place mats, tablecloths, and centerpieces to make your meal service unique for the holiday.
Planning a menu specifically for Mother’s Day is one way to help your meal service feel like a special occasion, and it can simplify the preparation process for your kitchen staff, too. If you’re unsure of what to serve in your restaurant this Mother’s Day, check out our menu suggestions below.
Now that you have a plan for how to prepare your restaurant for Mother’s Day, you need a strategy for getting the word out to potential customers.
Social media is a great tool for reaching customers on Mother’s Day and every day. If you have a sizable number of followers, posting announcements on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is an effective way to get the word out about any events you may be planning at your restaurant this Mother’s Day.
Don't worry if you haven’t built up a big social media following. Word of mouth and flyers can work just as well. In the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, have your servers encourage customers to come back for your special brunch. You can also print out flyers and hang them in a visible place inside your restaurant. If you have a good relationship with any local community groups, ask if you can post your flyers on their bulletin boards.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, make sure you don’t lose sight of the most important part: celebrating moms! Encourage your staff to take the time to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who visit your business and do your best to maintain a pleasant atmosphere, even if service becomes very busy. As you prepare for this big day, be sure to refer to our Mother’s Day restaurant ideas for inspiration and guidance.