Why Use Color Coded Knives?

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? Color coded knives are designed to help you implement food safety best practices in the kitchen! With different color handles for different types of food, this system helps teach employees to engage in safe food handling practices to prevent cross-contamination in the professional kitchen. Allergies have…

The Ultimate Baker Ruler

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The Problem: You’re in your baking lab and you’re asked to caramelize your sugar. What do you bring the temperature to? You can’t seem to remember! What do you do next? Should you pull out your phone to Google it? Or get your textbook to look it up?…

How Thermometers Work: Digital Thermometers

  Thermometers are instrumental to the cooking process.  A thermometer is a great tool to use to determine if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat!  This is part 3 of the “How Thermometers Work” series and we will explain how to use a digital thermometer! A digital thermometer has one big…

How Thermometers work: Dial Thermometers

Thermometers are instrumental in the cooking process. A thermometer is a great way to know if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat! This is the second part of “How Thermometers Work” series and we will explain how to properly use a dial thermometer! Dial thermometers are a circular device with two…

Father’s Day Gifts from CCI!

Father’s day is just around the corner so it’s time to start cooking up some ideas of what to get dad! No two fathers are the same, but there is a perfect gift out there for every dad. Some like art, some like football, some like hockey, some like cars and some like cooking! That…

How Thermometers Work: The Mercury Thermometer

Silver, beautiful, shiny, dense and poisonous, no I’m not talking about the planet. I am talking about the ever-so-useful element on the periodic table – mercury! This blog isn’t just about the element mercury, but about the thermometers that use this gorgeously silver substance. Today I will break down how these thermometers work, why they…

Temperature Rules for Safe Cooking.

Food is fantastic! I think we can all agree on that. All of the different kinds of food that you can create – it’s really an art form in a way. The look, taste, smell and touch of foods are what make it such a wonderful thing. In all this love for food nothing can…

Temperatures: The Danger Zone

  Food-borne illnesses or food poisoning to some is just an uncomfortable couple of days, to others it can be deadly. The CDC estimates roughly 1 in 6 Americans are affected by food-borne illnesses each year. To put that in perspective that is 48 million people becoming ill each year. 128,000 people are hospitalized and…

The Wooden Spoon Phenomenon: Kitchen Hacks Part 2

Through our previous two blogs we have covered The Science of a wooden spoon as well as some kitchen hacks the wooden spoon can provide. A few hacks can save you time and even your food, but why stop at just a few hacks? We went over the famous water boiling over trick as well…

The Wooden Spoon Phenomenon: Kitchen Hacks Part 1

  Wooden spoons can be used for more than just the cooking basics. Sure that’s what they are made for, but why stop at just cooking? Whether it comes down to the science of controlling water from boiling over, or to just a helpful hack of not over cooking on broil, the wooden spoon has…

The Wooden Spoon Phenomenon Part 1: The Science

Well ladies and gentleman it’s time to discuss the often unappreciated but ever-so-useful, wooden spoon.  Some people would consider the wooden spoon to be just an old culinary tool that has seen better days – for sure it is not as trendy as a silicone or nylon spoon, but I’d like to suggest otherwise. The…