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Choosing Serving Utensils
Whether you're in the restaurant business or you own your own catering service, serving utensils can make the difference between success and failure. It doesn't matter what type of eater you are, everyone needs a simple and easy to use utensil to be able to serve food. Of course, different types of eaters demand different types of utensils. For example, if you are serving raw or lightly seasoned meat dishes, a wooden spoon is not likely to do the trick. On the other hand, if you are cooking a turkey or beef, you'll be needing a specific utensil to be able to mix and dice it, such as a sharp knife.
So if you find yourself struggling with choosing utensils, don't feel bad. It's a common occurrence. However, don't despair. There are plenty of choices available, if you just take a moment to look. The following are some of the most common serving utensils:
Whisk is probably one of the oldest and best known utensil. It has been around for centuries, and it still looks pretty good. These days, though, you will find more advanced whisk designs. For example, you can get one that comes equipped with a rotary chopping device for precise chopping, and others with various attachments designed for different types of food preparation.
A ladle is another classic utensil that is often forgotten. However, it is useful in so many ways. Not only does it come in a variety of sizes, it also comes in a wide range of designs. From plain ones to those with fancy covers, ladles can be an essential serving utensil.
A frying pan is something of a necessity for all cooks. You can cook any kind of food in them. Of course, you need one made of cast iron. They are great to use for searing steaks or for heating up pans that may have been left on the burner for a while.
These days, there is no longer just one basic type of serving utensil. You can find them in stainless steel, porcelain, and even wood. They are designed for a specific use, so you should choose wisely when making your selection. You can use them for whisking, stirring, boiling, broiling, grilling, or even baking.
Cutting boards can also double as serving utensils. You may have a hard time choosing one if you don't know what you are looking for. Many come in standard sizes, but others can be custom cut according to your taste. This makes it easy to find one that serves your purposes best.
When choosing which utensil you choose, consider the number of people who will be using it. If it is intended to be used by a staff of chefs, then you will want one with a long handle and large heel for stirring. These handles are usually made of carbon fiber and they come in a variety of colors. You can find them in polished, unpolished, and antique styles. For chefs who are preparing meals for a large group, consider one that has a back rest. It keeps the knives from getting stuck and prevents damage to the utensils.
You should also look at the material from which they are made. There are several different types of materials available. Some of the most popular ones are stainless steel, copper, and silver. The type of handle you choose will depend on your taste.
If you will be serving a lot of foods, then consider purchasing several utensils to allow for extra help when guests ask for extra courses. These can be purchased inexpensively at your local discount department store or online. You can purchase small ones for appetizers and larger sizes for main courses. Always plan your meal first, so that you can determine the right serving size. If you get a little creative, you can come up with several ways to adjust the serving size until you find one that works well for everyone.
If you are uncertain as to what serving utensils to choose, consider asking your friends and family what they use. If you do not have anyone you can ask, you can always check in your kitchen or local cookware store for suggestions. The Internet is a great resource for many things and one would not be left out if they tried to search the web for the perfect utensil. In addition, you can read a variety of reviews from other people regarding specific utensils on the Internet.
When you are ready to purchase serving utensils, it is important to know the exact measurements of how much food you plan to serve. This will ensure that your guests have enough serving utensils to eat without running out. If you purchase these in bulk, you may also save some money in the long run. It is also important to remember to buy these in bulk if you do not plan to use them all at once.