Batch Cooking

Tip of the Week When batch cooking high risk foods containing proteins, stringent procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of the food.  Batch cooking is either when you are cooking to feed a large number of people or when you cook a large quantity, then...

Clean Plates please!

Tip of the Week Clean, sanitised plates and cutlery are a basic requirement when eating out so follow these rules to keep your dishwasher working to optimum efficiency. Key things to note are: Strip and clean your dishwasher every day The dishwasher wash cycle should...

Be ready for your EHO inspection

Tip of the Week An Environmental Health Inspection is an official check by your local authority that your kitchen is preparing and serving food safely. They need to be confident that the kitchen is managed safely and effectively. So, what does an Inspector look for...

Managing Allergens in the kitchen

Tip of the Week People could have allergies to any number of ingredients we use in our kitchen.  It is a legal requirement to declare the most common 14 allergens.   It is therefore essential that your kitchen is managed safely to avoid any cross contamination of...

Allergy Records

Tip of the Week There are 14 allergens that we are legally obliged to note in any of our dishes.  Of course, the people who eat our food could have allergies with any number of other ingredients we use in our kitchen, so it is essential we know exactly what is in the...

Top 4 HACCP Points

Tip of the Week HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points No matter how well trained your staff are, if you do not provide regular refresher training, bad habits will quickly creep in.  Keep your kitchen team updated regularly. Main 4 Critical Control...

Blue Roll

Tip of the Week If there is no blue roll in your kitchen, how are you cleaning? Good cleaning procedure during food preparation and service is to use blue roll and sanitiser.  Do not use cloths as they spread bacteria from one part of the kitchen to another (to kill...

New super food

Tip of the Week Are insects a superfood?  It certainly looks like it.  Insects are the most sustainable source of protein and are highly nutritious. From mealworms and grasshoppers to ants and crickets, over 2 billion people across the world eat insects as part of...

How Hot is Hot?

Tip of the Week Chipotle, the large US restaurant chain, is in the news again for food poisoning outbreaks. Over 600 people fell ill last month with food poisoning after eating at one of its restaurants.  The culprit was Clostridium Perfringen bacteria. Hot food...

Defrosting

Tip of the Week Defrosting Defrosting food out in the kitchen could result in a nasty case of food poisoning. This is due to the outside of the food warming to temperatures within the “Danger Zone” (between 8°C – 63°C) whilst the core of the food is still frozen.  By...