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How to Restore Cast Iron Cookware [Video]

Whether you find it at a neighbor’s garage sale or in your grandma’s attic, cast iron cookware is everywhere! It can rust and pit, but with a little care (and sometimes a lot of elbow grease) a good cast iron pan cast last for generations. In this video lesson, we take a pan recovered at a garage sale and see how easy it is to restore!

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Title photo courtesy of David Reber and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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Sharp Twin Touch Microwave Demo [Video]

Oskar Blues, in addition to being a local purveyor of some great beer, runs a 600-seat bar and restaurant down the street from their brewery in Longmont, Colorado. We traveled up the road to see how they utilize the Sharp Twin Touch microwave to keep up with the demands of a high-volume kitchen.

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How to Clean a Deep Fryer [Video]

Cleaning a deep-fryer can easily become one of the most dreaded chores in any kitchen – but if you clean it regularly not only will it be easier, but the fryer itself will work better and last longer. In this video lesson, Chris walks you through every step to restore your fryer to showroom quality!

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Waring Xtreme: Powdering Ice and Whipping Cream [Video]

We’ve seen how the Waring Xtreme performs making hot soup from scratch and blending a smoothie from frozen fruit. In this video test, we put the Waring Xtreme up against ice cubes and heavy cream to see what it can do!

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Waring Xtreme: Soup and Smoothie Test [Video]

With the launch of Waring’s new line of Xtreme blenders and the touted claims of their power and efficiency, we had to get our hands on one and test it out for ourselves. In this video, we test the Waring Xtreme against “another” food prep blender making smoothies from frozen fruit, and also see how the Waring Xtreme can make hot soup from scratch!

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What’s the Difference Between a Zester and a Microplane? [Video]

Ever wonder what the difference is between a zester and a microplane? Though the terms are often used interchangeable and they serve very similar functions, the tools themselves are quite different. Learn about them and their proper uses here!

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Transcript:

Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply, and in today’s episode I’m going to show you the difference between zesting and microplaning your citrus.

All right, here on my right, your left, we have a zester. This is made by Messermeister. Here on my left, your right, is a microplane. Let’s look at how these two differ.

Zester is you’re going to want to use these little blades in here. They look like little rings but they’re actually really sharp blades when you run them this way across your citrus. You’re going to want to hold up kind of close behind the blade to give it some leverage, and take one full stroke all the way across the lime. Notice what it does to the rind of the lime, as well as what you get out of it. Looks like little confetti strings.

Next we have a microplane. You want to try and make an even stroke across your microplane just like we did with the zester. As you rotate down the microplane you want to simultaneously rotate the citrus as well, so that way you’re not rubbing too much in one spot and getting too much of the bitter pit.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and that’s the difference between zesting and microplaning. If you’ve got any other further questions, please contact our sales floor directly or comment below, and please subscribe.

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Core an Apple [Video]

Apples are great to cook with in the summer and fall, but often removing the core can be challenging. In this video lesson, we show you how to easily core an apple, whether you need it in slices or whole!

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Transcript:

Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to core a couple summer time fruits, apples, here’s how. All right, so here’s method one of coring an apple with a  knife. Just cut it in half. Then I’m going to cut it in quarters. Pretty basic so far and even easier, come in just a bit above the core, take a little bias cut through your knife. There you go, set that aside. We got one slice there. There’s your apple.

Now I’ll show you how to core an apple with the coring tool, here by Messermeister. Might want to put your apple flat on the cutting board. You could do this in your hand, kind of dangerous. Put it flat on the board, with your coring tool you want to get the center of this hole into the center of that apple core. Once you got that lined up then you can turn it upright, and just plunge your coring tool and with a slight twist. All the way to the bottom once you feel yourself hit that board, give it a little spin … and there’s your core.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. There’s a couple methods on how to core your summer time apples. If you got any other questions, please comment below or call our sales floor directly and please subscribe.

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