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Best way to reheat Prime Rib?

I have wonderful prime rib leftover from Christmas that I currently have in the freezer along with about 1/4 cup of the au jus. The piece of beef is about 2 1/2 inches thick and includes both one end cut and then the rest up to the wonderfully rare center. What would be the best way to reheat this, yet retain it as rare as possible?

Heat the au jus then place the rib in the hot sauce for a short amount of time. It will warm it but not cook it more and will help keep it very moist. Thats how they do it in restaurants.

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Posted by mark - January 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

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Do you think that a Kosher diet is better for you?

Isn’t kosher meat supposed to have no fillers?
And isn’t usually better quality, since its a higher pricing. ?
And pork and pig is usually bad for you, or at least the way we make it. Do you think keeping it out of your diet (kosher) is good for you too?

Scientific proof please? Like info about fats, fillers. Thanks

Kosher is preparation, other than no swine the food isn’t any better or worse.

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Posted by mark - January 12, 2017 at 4:16 am

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Where can I find a prime rib restaurant in Manhattan, especially in mid – Manhattan area?

I am looking for a restaurant that does prime rib, ie one of the best cuts of beef slow cooked in prime rib style.

Thanks.

I love prime rib and make a point to eating at steak houses often.

In my opinion, the best prime rib in NYC can be found at Ben Benson. (It’s not just the steak that’s good there btw, everything is excellent). It’s located on 52nd st b/w 6th & 7th.

Smith & Wollensky on 49th & 3rd also serves up a wonderful prime rib.

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Posted by mark - January 7, 2017 at 12:59 am

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How do I perfectly prepare a sirloin steak……?

I’d like one cooked medium-rare and one medium, and I’m looking for that restaurant-quality taste and texture.

I can cook it on either a George Foreman grill (which I don’t really like to use because I always manage to overcook meat on that thing), or either a cast-iron skillet or a regular non-stick pan. What should I use to season them, how high heat should I use, and how long should I cook them?

The reason you overcook with a George Foreman is that it presses the meat–somthing that restaurants do when they want to cook a steak past medium. Given the choices listed, I would use the cast iron (Outback uses a flat grill for all their steaks). At my restaurant, we only use kosher salt and fresh ground pepper for steaks. Heat the skillet over high heat with nothing in it until blazing hot. Put in the steak and cook for about 1 to 1 1/4 minutes per side (MR or Med) then remove to a warm plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil for at least five minutes–this "resting" step is critical! It makes the difference between a steak that is seared on the outside and rare in the middle and one that is perfectly cooked all the way through. TIP: cooking times may vary, depending on how hot your burner is, thickness of the pan & steak, etc. Use the "poke test" to determine doneness. While your left hand is completely relaxed, poke the ball of your left hand (near the base of your thumb) with your right index finger. How much it gives is approximately the amount that a rare cooked steak will give when you poke it. Now touch your left index finger to your left thumb and poke again in the same place. Now it will be slightly firmer–this is medium rare. Your middle finger touching your thumb will be medium, and so on down the line. Now you don’t have to know the time (other than approximately), you just need to know the firmness of the cooked steak! Enjoy!

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Posted by mark - January 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

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which is a better cut of beef? prime a or prime aaa? thanks?


I don’t think they classify beef as a or aaa. I’ve seen it classified a through e which is based on maturity. I’ve given you a link below to beef quality classifications.

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Posted by mark - December 20, 2016 at 6:05 pm

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A Career in Restaurant Management

SO YOU WANT A CAREER AS A RESTAURANT MANAGER?

Even if you’re currently a restaurant’s resident dishwasher, it is still very possible for you to climb the ladder to the very top with hard work, persistence and the right set of skills. A lot of restaurant operators seek people who already have ample experience in nearly all restaurant duties, so if you’ve been rotating on different tasks for the past months or years, you already have one foot in the door.

However, given the present times, most owners are eyeing potential candidates who have formal qualifications to fill supervisory and managerial roles in the company. While experience also carries a lot of weight, job opportunities are likely to be more open and better if you have an associate or bachelor’s degree to your name, particularly those that have something to do with restaurant and institutional food service management.

Understanding Your Work Conditions

A restaurant manager’s daily life is often very hectic and subject to high levels of pressure. Thus, a considerable amount of resilience, stamina and physical, mental and emotional endurance is required of you. Since evenings and weekends are the most busy times for restaurants, you should be prepared to work during late nights and weekends. It is not uncommon for restaurant managers to work for around 50 to 60 hours per week, and you will most likely be the first to arrive and the last to leave everyday.

A restaurant manager’s work hours and job nature are also highly intermittent, as you might have to fill in for an absent employee, no matter what his job designation is, at the last minute. Hence, it is very important that you know all the restaurant’s operations inside out and from top to bottom, as being a restaurant manager does not just mean sitting behind a nice desk and making chitchat with customers. There will be times that you will have to perform all sorts of “dirty work”.

The pressures of making sure everything is in order almost always happen simultaneously with a number of other responsibilities. Whenever there are problems, it will be your duty as restaurant manager to seek a solution with the least possible disruptions to other operations, particularly in the serving of customers. This can be further aggravated by uncooperative and stubborn staff, as well as irate clients. You have to have a lot of patience for this job if you want to pull through sanely and in one piece.

Duties of a Restaurant Manager

A restaurant manager’s daily duties are not to be underestimated. Apart from the usual tasks of selecting what to place on the menu and determining each of their prices, ensuring quality service and proper food preparation and the efficient utilization of supplies, taking responsibility for the rising number of human resource and administrative tasks are also part of the job description.

Typically, the management team is composed of a general manager, one or two assistant managers (depending on the size of the place) and one executive chef, who takes charged of all kitchen operations. Often, in the case of small restaurants, the manager and the executive chef is just one person. In the case of major fast food chains, there are a number of assistant managers to supervise the different shifts.

All of the members of the managerial team should expect to be working from the moment the restaurant opens until it closes at all days of operation. Because a manager is responsible for all, he does not have the liberty to just skip work because he doesn’t feel like going. Restaurant management, though accompanied by considerable perks, is a full service job that requires full time commitment.

Managing the Menu and Supplies

It is a restaurant manager’s job to determine menu items. This is often doen with the help of the executive chef and will be decided on based on the past popularity of certain meals and the likely number of customers who will patronize it. Sometimes, a new dish is introduced in order to accommodate and avoid the wastage of unserved food. How the menu is arranged also depends on what raw ingredients are in season or simply for the sake of variety and novelty.

Managers also review each dish to find out how much it costs to prepare them, taking into consideration certain overhead expenses, to know what price best represents its value. Items on the meu should also be done ahead of time so managers can estimate what supplies are needed and when these should be bought and delivered. Upon delivery, it is the manager’s duty to check the content and evaluate their quality, particularly the meats, fruits, vegetables, fish, baked items and poultry.

Grocery items are not the only supplies that should be monitored. Tableware, linens, cooking supplies, furniture and cleaning materials should also be checked regularly. Waste disposal and pest control should be addressed, as well.

Hiring the Right People

How smoothly a restaurant runs depends a lot on the people who work there. That’s why it is important that managers hire the right people for the job. It is the manager’s responsibility to explain the company’s rules and regulations to all staff members and to provide the training necessary. Employee work schedules are also under his jurisdiction.

Because restaurants at peak hours are considered one of the most stressful working environments in the business world, managers should be able to exercise maximum grace under pressure and handle problems with the least disturbance.

Administrative Duties

While majority of administrative functions are handled by the bookkeeper, managers should also know how there are run, particularly for smaller restaurants where he might have to do the job himself. Issue like work hours and staff wages, tax and licensing paperwork, payroll, supply and equipment purchases and other disbursements fall under this category. Given a highly technological business environment today, managers will also need to learn how to operate computerized point of sale systems to increase productivity and efficiency. POS systems can help minimize the workload by automatically talling sales, supplies and ranking which dishes on the menu are the most popular among clients.

Training to be a Restaurant Manager

Given the multitude of responsibilities managers face each day, it is important that he is well equipped to handle the job. Colleges and universities offer two to four-year programs on restaurant related subjects like food technology, nutrition, food planning and preparation, accounting, even restaurant and hotel management itself.

The demands of the times today do not only call for a vast experience on the business, but also the adequate formal and technical know-how in order to grow safely with the changes and industry advances.

To further bolster you chances of becoming a restaurant manager, you might want to acquire a certification as a Foodservice Management Professional from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. This can be obtained after you’ve successfully completed a series of food service management related courses, passed a written test, and met certain minimum requirements pertaining to performance and experience.

Josh Stone
http://www.articlesbase.com/careers-articles/a-career-in-restaurant-management-55247.html

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Posted by mark - December 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm

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where do you guys buy your meats? legs of lamb, beef steak etc,’?

We have been going to Coles and Woolies and buying fillet steak not the cheap rump or stuff, and legs of lamb for $20 and getting them home cooking them (searing not stewing steaks) (cooking roasts at 180 for at least 2 hours) and they are tough like rubber. We had a bbq with family and spent considerable money for a pre chrissy get together.

Such a rip off and such bad quality. I know most of the stuff sold in supermarkets is mutton not actual lamb. I have heard about market farmers where you can order farm fresh produce online. Has anyone done this if so what are the good places/companies and how much does it cost? I am assuming its more.

Thanks merry Christmas everyone!
Wow one person actually gave me some half decent info. Nobody gave me a website except her and even if i wanted to buy from there I am not in that area. BTW First guy its not a forum for you to be telling me I overcook food. Its the butchers fault for selling shite food. At astronomical prices.

I buy the organic beef & lamb from Woolworth’s & sometimes I order free range lamb online from farmer dave http://www.farmerdavedirect.com/ His lamb is beautiful, I usually get a leg of lamb & butterfly it so it is flat, marinade it in olive oil, garlic, sea salt & rosemary overnight & cook it on a hot bbq.

I really recommend buying organic & free range meat, the taste & quality is far superior & if better for the environment & your body.

I would also suggest you slow cook your beef & lamb, I have never had a roast go rubbery. Seal them first in a hot pan & place in an oven at 250c then turn down to 150c after 20 minutes. for about a 3kg roast you would slow cook for 2.5-3 hours (I recommend using a meat thermometer to test when its cooked.

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Posted by mark - December 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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Can’t think of any meals for the week?

Maybe a few of you have some suggestions because i always come home from the store with the same things. I’m not too picky, as long as the dish has a good amount of meat in it. And i don’t mind cooking meals that are worth the quality. Any suggestions?

Here are some things I have cooked in the last couple weeks
maybe it will give you an idea.

grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini with onions,
minute steaks, egg plant au gratin
baked orange roughy, fried potatoes, aspargus
homemade chicken pot pie
chinese cheeseburgers
smoked sausage
mexican layer dip (its a meal)

This is so good, I use broccoli instead of mixed vege.

CHICKEN POT PIE

1 can veg-all mixed vegetables
1 can cream of potato soup
1 can cream chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 or 2 large chicken breast cut into chunks
salt and pepper to taste
2 9-inch deep dish unbaked pie crust

Saute chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil for about 3 minute until light brown, add chicken to the first 4 ingredients.
Mix together and pour into pie crust. Put top crust on pie, cut 4 slits in the crust. Brush with beaten egg wash.

Bake on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 45 minutes

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Posted by mark - December 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

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Great Prime rib in the bay area?

Have already tried House of prime rib and Broadway Prime.
Beef its whats for dinner!!!
Thanks for the advise.

Sundance Steak House in Palo Alto. It’s on El Camino, across the street from Stanford University.

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Posted by mark - November 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

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Baron of Beef compared to Prime Rib???

We are planning an awards banquet and went out for price quotes for the catering. One client proposed serving Baron of Beef instead of Prime Rib to save money. I’m not sure that I have ever had this cut, but they told us it compares to Prime Rib. Does anyone have any experience with this cut versus Prime Rib? Would it be a mistake to "downgrade" to baron of beef to save money?

BARON OF BEEF: A descriptive name of bone-in beef round items from IMPS/NAMP 160 to 166B that are generally of large size and used for roasting. Also referred to as Steamship Round.

“PRIME” RIB: Generic description that refers to a bone-in or boneless beef rib roast. As a generic description, it does not refer to the quality grade of the roast.

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Posted by mark - November 26, 2016 at 4:54 am

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