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Ask Keegan: Are Baking Mats Helpful?

In this episode of Ask Keegan we asked...Are Baking Mats Helpful? Chef Keegan Gerhard demonstrates how to properly use baking mats and explains a little more about what this versatile cooking tool is made of and how to identify when it's time to pick up a new mat for your kitchen. With a resilience to high heat and an easy-to-clean design, baking mats are ...

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The Magical Combi Oven

Okay, so maybe they don't operate on real magic, but combi ovens are pretty amazing.     The real magic is found in this oven's ability to join convection and steam into one machine. Chefs can use either setting or both settings at the same time, thus making this mighty piece of equipment a 3-in-1 deal.  Available in half-size and full-size sheet pan ...

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Ask Keegan: How Do I Cut a Cake Properly?

I've often wondered, "just exactly how do I cut a cake?"After being put in charge of cutting cakes at various times in my life, I've learned that I'm not the go-to person for the task. Whenever I've been handed a knife and asked "could you?" I would reluctantly take the knife and begin as carefully as possibly. But about midway through the second slice, I always ...

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Stay Efficient with Essential Bakery Supplies

The new year is a good time to assess what types of bakery equipment and supplies can take your operation to new heights. Time to evaluate the performance of your current equipment, take a look at how your old supplies are holding up, and see what new supplies you may want to add to increase margin, traffic or plain old interest in your shop. Below are some ...

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Cooking Lesson: Tiramisu Made with Wine

So many times at work I see a person walk in with a piece of paper and I cringe. It’s either a list from a national pub or a recipe. Let’s go with the latter for right now. There’s typically a quizzical look as I offer to help. “Does it matter what wine I choose…But it calls for Burgundy and I can’t afford that…It should be good enough to drink…...

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