Category Archives: Food Prep

Reduce Food Waste

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Are you letting food products go to waste? Each time you toss old produce or dry products past their expiration date, your foodservice establishment is losing valuable money. Instead of throwing away your potential profits, use these techniques in your everyday practices to reduce food waste.

Track & Buy

Avoid over-purchasing perishable items, like produce and meats, which can spoil quickly. Track the usage of time-sensitive products being used on a weekly basis to determine your truck order amount.

Date & Label

While organizing your weekly truck order, date and label every product that enters your foodservice establishment. This labeling process ensures the older products will be used before the new stock.

Inspect Truck Orders

Before signing off on truck orders, check the stock not only for accuracy, but to ensure product freshness and quality. If you receive a box of half-wilted lettuce or rotten tomatoes on your truck order, your establishment’s food waste costs will rise exponentially.

Repurpose Ingredients

Minimize food waste by repurposing ingredients into creative recipes and daily specials to use products before their expiration date. If you notice an expiration date creeping up on some of your products, consider recycling the ingredients into new dishes before they spoil.

By incorporating these simple practices into your foodservice establishment’s daily routine, you can easily reduce food waste and save money.

Tea Time: Two Leaves and a Bud

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Ready to try something a little different than corporate Starbucks brewed tea? Two Leaves and a Bud may just steal your heart with their fresh, creative tea varieties. The tea company has been budding for over a decade now and specializes in its organic and fair trade tea blends. Originating in a small Colorado town, this independent tea company still keeps its quaint feel in their products with whimsical packaging, creative enough to match its multitude of tea blends.

From classic black tea to herbal blends, Two Leaves and a Bud has a tea type that everyone is sure to fall in love with from the first sip. Their tea lines feature organic blends including traditional black, green, herbal, and caffeine free. Two Leaves and a Bud even offers a variety of brewing forms to satisfy your taste buds – in sachet, loose, or paisley packaging form and available in both hot and iced varieties. Two Leaves and a Bud also has a variety pack or sampler boxes to showcase their tea blends. These multipacks are ideal for indecisive customers, gifting for clients, or those wishing to expand their tea palettes.

Additionally, Two Leaves and a Bud’s presentation boxes are perfect for sharing and adding warmth to the tea drinking experience. Instawares offers a filled presentation chest pre-stocked with various tea blends as well as an empty wood chest which can be filled with a custom blend of teas. These presentation boxes can easily showcase teas on the front counter or at the drink station in a foodservice operation. If trying to impress a client, these boxes make an excellent and professional gift that is sure to please both aesthetically and taste-wise. Include Two Leaves and a Bud products at your restaurant today to improve the taste and selection of your tea varieties.

Food Processor Hummus

Food processors are a great way to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste in any kitchen. Food processors can be used to slice, dice and mix a variety of foods and recipes. Many of the food processors come with different blades that can be switched out to fit the needs of any kitchen. One of the most popular and healthy recipes to make with a food processor is fresh hummus. Not only is this Cooking Classy recipe healthy, but it is also quick and easy! If you have a Robot Coupe food processor or any other type of food processor, try this recipe!

Roasted Garlic Hummus
1 head of garlic
2-1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 can chick peas
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp tahini
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cumin
2-3 tbsp water
Chopped fresh parsley and red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 400° - cut garlic to expose top of the cloves – drizzle with 1-1/2 tsp oil – wrap with foil and place in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes – Add chick peas, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and cumin to the food processor – mix for 2 minutes – Add remaining olive oil – add half of the cloves – mix for 1 minute – add water – mix for 2 more minutes.

Top with garnishments and enjoy!

If you don’t have a food processor, shop our wide variety at Instawares.com.