Archive for November, 2010

Salt and Pepper Pots For Your Kitchen and Dinner Table

November 15th, 2010

Many of our kitchens are a slave to design. We can spend a fortune redesigning a kitchen and then sometimes let it down by the little details. Whether its those out dated saucepan sets, kitchen storage canisters or your humble salt and pepper pots. This is why for very little money you should consider changing those old, worn  and out dated, salt and pepper pots. Not only can they look out of place in your Philippe Starck designed kitchen but also can spoil a dinner party especially when everyone of your guests will probably be using them. Whether you want a shaker, seller or mill they can add that finishing style to your kitchen or dinner table.

Grinders, Shakers or Mills?

There is a variety of designs to choose from the novelty salt and pepper pots made in the shape of animals or even a couple hugging, to antique salt and pepper pots. Select the material carefully as this will affect not only how they look but also feel to the touch. Glass salt and pepper pots can become scratched and dirty very easily and chipped if dropped by accident. However one design aspect you should ensure is that they are easily identifiable. The last thing you would want is a guest getting them mixed up and spoiling their food. One universal method of telling them apart is the amount of holes in the top of a shaker. One hole for salt and multiple holes normally five for pepper. This method cannot be used if you decide upon a salt and pepper grinder and these are often transparent so you know which one is which. These have the added advantage you know when they are getting empty and need replenishing.

Keep Them Filled and Clog Free

Personally I prefer a grinder as you not only keep the salt and pepper fresher but also you have less chance of it clogging up. One trick is to put a few small grains of rice into the pots or shakers as this will absorb any moisture, although storing them in a dry place away from any heat source is essential. It can be embarrassing if  your guests can’t get anything from your shakers and there is something satisfying about grinding your own salt and pepper. If that all seems like too much hard work then consider entering the 21st century and look at the electric salt and pepper pots that are available. These normally powered by small batteries and can grind at the push of a button.

Where To Find Salt and Pepper Pots

Which ever type of salt and pepper pot you are looking for, the internet is a great place to search for the available types and designs. Amazon have a great selection from plastic to silver salt and pepper pots. You will be glad you took the time to match your condiments to your style that will help add that finishing touch to your kitchen and dinner table.

Second Hand Catering Equipment Cheap and Eco Friendly

November 5th, 2010

The worldwide economic recession is now hitting home to many people. Although we have been talking about the recession for many months it only now seems to have started to effect our everyday lives. Be it your benefits being cut, your local amenities being reduced, closed or even worst being threatened with redundancies or loosing your job. If you are affected by any of these you should look at it as an opportunity rather than a disaster. One such example is a friend of mine who recently decide to start up a catering business part time. We all have a small business inside us and sometimes the threat of leaner times is that push that puts us on the road of starting out and creating our own business. Although their not looking to make a million, large oak trees grow from small acorns.

As with all small business start ups money and budgets were very tight but they needed some industrial catering equipment to get them going. This is where I suggested they use the internet and consider second hand catering equipment.

There are normally two types of second hand catering equipment for sale that is B grade or reconditioned catering equipment:

B Grade Catering Equipment

Is normally old model equipment or ex demonstration models that maybe slightly marked and cannot be sold as new.

Reconditioned Catering Equipment

Would have previously been used but no longer required due to change of ownership or no longer required because the layout of the kitchen has been redesigned. Either way this equipment can be hygienically and  professionally restored to an almost new condition.

How Long Will Second Hand Catering Equipment Last?

Most professional catering equipment can last many years however is often moved or removed before its lifetime is reached. This actually makes second hand catering equipment very ecologically friendly as you are recycling equipment rather than purchasing new.

However the best reason for looking for a second hand catering equipment sale is the amount of money you could save. Although it may not look as new when you first buy it even new catering equipment soon loose that new lustre and you will be happy when you have saved yourself a few thousand. Fortunately my friend took my advice and soon found just what they were looking for and saved them selves a pretty penny too.