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Food Saver products seem to be the best for home use. The trick is to make sure you get a good seal. Make sure any sharp edges are either snipped or wrapped before vacuuming. Sometimes, when I go to the freezer to get a package, I may find the bag compromised and that's how freezer burn starts.
A long time ago someone turned me on to a mac and cheese where you don't make a sauce.   Boil macaroni, drain and rinse. Place macaroni in a buttered casserole dish. Add cubed pieces of cheese to macaroni and stir. Salt/Pepper Spoon flour over the macaroni and cheese cubes. Cut small pieces of butter and distribute on top of flour. Pour enough milk on to just cover macaroni and cheese. Put crushed potato chips or tortilla chips on top. Bake 1 hour at 350. Voila!!!
I left that all behind. It's difficult to soar like an eagle when all you have to work with are ducks......
Okay...now I'm going to take the other approach.   First welcome to ChefTalk.   Second, she's your Sous girl. She's know everything you know.    What I wouldn't have given for a Sous to step up and take charge to make my life easier.   She wants to make the schedule?  Fabulous.   She wants to send some crew home on a slow night?  Why NOT???   If she wants to take inventory and do the ordering, you should be exuberant and happy, so I think you are...
Panini's QUOTE;   I had always felt the exact same way about my career.   For years, I've always heard about the passion that drives us. I sometimes felt that this was the only industry that had an understanding for passion. So much so, it almost validated all the ( abuse ) for lack of a nicer word.   It wasn't until I semi-retired, that I diversified my efforts and invested into other professions. I can now see that there is so much more in the world to observe. All...
Hey Someday....hope you are well........Remember that new people are joining Cheftalk all the time.They don't know about old threads or the archives that saved them. Theyare just responding with some new comments
Trust your instincts. You don't say where you are in relationship to where they are.   Is there travel involved? Time and gas. 2 meals a day times 7 days times 5 weeks=70 meals.   2 adults and 2 kids?  Menus for the kids can be tricky.   You don't have to be there for all of those days so you can prep ahead and freeze some things.   Breakfast, however; to me, is a meal I believe you should be there for. What would you possible prep ahead and freeze for...
I have a plain old colander that I used a metal drill bit on to open the holes just a little bit more. Works great.
She may very well be a Sous Chef, but only there at that place.My response to this pattern where job titles are handed out with abandon without the experience and qualifications has left me confused.I went back and re-read the original thread... "Hey guys, I'm 21, female, and graduating from Culinary School next week! My current workplace is opening another concept in 5 weeks and I have been asked to be the sous chef. I feel confident about my abilities but I'm worried...
3) At any point does the pay get better or start to get benefits?   QUOTE: I'm most intimidated by the idea of burning out.  Never having a weekend off and 60 hr work weeks. Or never making it and being 40 and making $12/hr.    Have you every worked at a place with some weekends off? Or vacation time? Made a menu? What kind of places pay well? I don't really care about making a ton of money, I just want to be stable. I'm pretty low maintenance. Pay my bills and have a...
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