The Engine

While most of these e-newsletters focus on service and those directly impacting the
customer or guest, let’s peek under the hood of your restaurant hot rod for a few tips about
the area that makes it go – the kitchen. After all, the main reason people come here is to
eat!

Too often, companies don’t realize little things which make a big difference in food
quality. All too often, new fries get mixed with old fries or equipment never gets a break
or gets cleaned or maintained. Here are a few key tips to WOW the customer via the back
of house:

o Sanitation and safety — your number one priority must be to serve safe food! Miss this
one and everything else doesn’t matter.

o Avoid cool spots on the grill — many grills have a 1″ cool zone around the edge — it’s
just not as hot as the rest of the grill. Cook products there and they’re either under-cooked
or need to cook longer which impacts service times.

o Rotate the grill — don’t cook items in the exact same spot. Allow the grill to get back to
the proper temperature by rotating where you are cooking items on the grill.

o Let fryers get back to temp — keep fries or other fried items going into the fryer nonstop?
Stop! Rotate your fryers so you allow the shortening to regain the proper
temperature so the items are cooked properly and fully in the right amount of time.

o Get low-ice indicators in your self-service beverage machines — if the customer gets
their own ice and drink, get with your beverage equipment provider so they can hook up a
light (or alarm) which notifies people behind the counter that the ice is low. Fix the issue
before a customer gets inconvenienced.

o Get a Restroom Attention light — many restaurants and convenience stores have a
switch in the restroom so a customer can turn it on and notify the employees (similar to the
ice light above) that the restroom needs attention. Yes, you’ll get pranked a few times, but
can you ever check the restroom too often?

Get out there and start your engines…

Foods That Can Clear Up Bad Bacteria

Most types of Bacteria are microscopic, single-celled living organisms that are enclosed in a protective layer, commonly referred to as a cell wall. This wall protects it from the harsh effects of the environment. Bacteria are able to co-exist with other animals without causing harm to their bodies. They are classified according to shape, mode of feeding and the effects that they have on other living organisms; they could be sphere shaped, rod-shaped, spiral, harmful and helpful bacteria. Over 99% of bacteria that exist are helpful, they live the intestines of animals, where they aid in food digestion.

Bad bacteria will normally thrive in the digestive system, causing bad breath that is sometimes hard to remove. Parsley is a popular vegetable and herb that aid in food digestion while fighting bad odors that come out of the mouth. Most people use it as a breath fresher by chewing it after having had a meal, while at the same time getting some nutrients from it. The herb can also be taken as a tonic by squeezing the leaves in hot water and drinking it as it is. Other herbs in this category include; Coriander, Bergamot, Cedar wood, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Spearmint and Tarragon.

Brushing your teeth regularly, gargling mouth wash and having the dentist check up your dental health will prove to be important for your health. However, vegetables, such as carrots and fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, apples and citrus fruits will give your body the much-needed minerals, vitamins and fiber. Vitamin C also prevents bleeding of gum due to bad oral heath. The bleeding of gum is also referred to as gingivitis, a disease that eats up the tissue that support the teeth. Chewing the fiber in the foods i have mentioned above will help remove the bacteria infected plaque that builds inside your mouth.

The continuous build up of bacteria in the mouth causes bad breath. Non-commercial yogurt, one that is made with less sugar helps reduce the amount of hydrogen sulfide, plaque and bad odor in the mouth. Apart from these foods that reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, one can use antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria. Washing your hands before and after meals, avoiding unhygienic public places and maintaining general cleanliness helps to clear up bad bacteria. It calls for a parent to teach the children the importance of maintaining good hygiene and constant oral care habits in school and at home.