Test Kitchen

Back To Basics: Brines, Rubs, and Marinades

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What’s the difference between brines, rubs, and marinades? All impart flavor to protein but in distinct ways. Here’s a refresher on each method. Brines Heat causes proteins to denature, resulting in shrinkage and moisture loss. A brine can help mitigate these losses by enhancing juiciness. A salty marinade in which proteins are submerged, brines create more flavorful and juicier meat. ...

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Incorporating Seasonal Produce Onto Your Menu

With more consumers gravitating toward plant-based diets, fresh and seasonal produce is an ideal way to showcase creativity, technique, and innovation. To source the freshest produce, Maines supports and works with local farmers such as Tassone Farm in Cicero, New York, which is an hour and a half from headquarters, to offer some of this season’s best fruits and vegetables ...

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Ways to Kick Up Your Entree Salads

Kicked Up Salads

With the increasing focus on healthy menu offerings and produce-based options, you may want to take a look at your salad selection to make sure you have an array of tempting entrée salads that your customers can order for lunch or a light, wholesome dinner. And that doesn’t mean adding a chef salad to the menu and calling it a ...

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Heirloom Vegetables 101

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Most people think of tomatoes when they think of heirloom vegetables, but any kind of vegetable you’ve eaten has an heirloom variety. So what is an heirloom vegetable anyway? Though the exact definition can vary depending on whom you ask, generally, an heirloom vegetable is a variety that is at least 50 years old and grown from seeds passed down ...

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How to Incorporate Local Produce on Your Menu Year-Round

Key trends right now in the industry are using local, fresh ingredients and making dishes from scratch. House-made syrups, sauces and compotes are a way to incorporate local produce onto your menu year round, not just while they are in season. They can be used in a variety of places on a menu, from sauces and dessert toppings to specialty ...

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Capturing A Greater Value With Produce

One piece of advice that I consistently offer is that before making a decision, think about why it’s important to your business for the long haul. Ask yourself this about every little part of your business and you can’t go wrong. When practicing this strategy, you also help create a “story” for your business, which is the most important thing ...

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What Is Cooking a la Plancha?

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A la plancha is a type of cooking that is light, flavorful, intense, exceptionally fresh and generally regarded as healthy. Th e secret is la plancha which translates to “the griddle.” Unlike the stainless steel 350°F griddles we use in American kitchens, the plancha is usually much hotter (450°F+) wood or charcoal fired, and can be made of carbon steel, ...

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