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Managing a staff canteen

Many organisations find running their staff canteen to be an arduous and time consuming chore. If you aren't in the business of food service it can be complicated to work out exactly what to serve each day to offer tasty but healthy meals while sticking to a budget. Often it's just as easy and cost effective to outsource the running of a canteen to a food services company that specialises in these sorts of tasks. This blog discusses some of the pros and cons of running your staff canteen in-house compared to outsourcing the operations to a specialist company. I hope it's useful other business owners and adminstrators.




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3 Korean BBQ Meat Grilling Tips

by Annie Howard

If you're about to try a Korean BBQ for the first time, then there is a chance you'll have to cook your own meat. While some restaurants will grill meat for you at the table, some simply give you a heated grill and let you cook the meat yourself.

While this can seem daunting initially, it's actually fun to cook food as you eat it. These three tips may help make your first BBQ a good experience.

1. Flip Your Meat Wisely 

Grilling meat at a Korean BBQ involves a mix of making sure that the meat is cooked without drying it out so that it becomes tough. Usually, you do this by judiciously flipping the meat from one side to the other to get an even cook.

While some people flip chunks of meat like crazy, you may want to hold back a little here. The meat will be cooked through if you flip it over lots of times, but you may lose some taste benefits. For example, if you leave the meat grilling on one side for a while, then the meat and its fat crisp up and become more flavourful. A good tip is to wait to turn the meat over until you see moisture start to form on the top. This is a good time to flip as you'll retain moisture in the meat, so it won't dry out while keeping all the crispy benefits.

2. Stop Cooked Meat From Drying Out

You may get to the stage where you've cooked all the meat on your grill, but you can't eat it all at once. If you leave the meat on the grill, it will continue to cook. So, the last few pieces you eat may not be as tender as the first ones you wolfed down. They may be dry and tough. To avoid this, move cooked meat to the side of the grill once it is done the way you want it. This part of the grill will keep the meat warm but, as the heat will be less intense here, the meat is less likely to overcook.

3. Switch Grills if You Need to

If you're grilling for a few people, then your grill will pick up the residue of the things you cook first. This residue may burn on the grill, making anything you cook later less tasty. If this happens, ask your waiter for a new grill. They'll usually happily switch grills over to give you a clean cooking surface. Bear in mind that the restaurant you choose will give you tips and help if you're a first-time Korean BBQ user. Don't be afraid for ask for help or for a waiter to grill for you if you aren't confident giving this a go yourself.