As a premier foodservice management company in Atlanta, we know how stressful the breakfast shift can be for those responsible for preparing the food in retail restaurants and cafeterias. Between the bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, gravy, biscuits, fruit smoothies and other goodies, it can be stressful. The pace can seem overwhelming at times, but we have a few “hacks” we think you’ll find useful.
Make the hectic morning shift easier and less rushed with these tips:
Cook bacon in the oven rather than the fryer. Not only can you cook more at once, your bacon will be crisper and more uniform in shape. Baked at about 400 degrees for 15 minutes, you’ll have a baking sheet full of perfect bacon. Use a wire rack so the grease runs off the bacon – even more delicious!
Speaking of bacon, pulling it apart doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Clumps, pieces that rip leaving a portion of one slice stuck to another – it’s a disaster. How to eliminate this problem? Simple. Place a rubber band around the package after rolling it up lengthwise, then stick it in the refrigerator for use the next morning. No clumps, just perfect slices that come apart easily.
Peeling oranges can be a breeze. Getting the rind off of citrus fruit can sometimes be a laborious and time-consuming chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Roll your oranges or other citrus fruit around for about 30 seconds on a hard surface, and the rind will come off like magic. This also works for juicing – and you may want to squeeze the fruit using tongs to give your hands a rest.
How do you know if your eggs are fresh? Every retail restaurant or cafeteria wants to serve the best to their customers, and fresh eggs are no exception. This simple hack makes it easy – just place your eggs in a pan of cold water. Those that float to the top should be discarded.
If you serve fruit or fruit smoothies as part of your breakfast menu, you always want fresh, ripe fruit. What if the fruit isn’t as ripe as you’d like? Simple. For pears, bananas, mangos and kiwis, just put them in a brown paper bag and roll the top of the bag down. Delicious, ripe fruit in no time.
At Gourmet Services Inc. we know how hectic and stressful it can be when you’re responsible for prepping and cooking great food on the breakfast shift. Hopefully these tips will make mornings at least a little easier!
Gourmet Services is a contract food services company in Atlanta providing services to the restaurant and concession, education, corporate dining, catering, and other industries. Contact us today for all of your foodservice management needs.