Why Carnaroli Rice Should Be Your First Choice for Risotto

Why Carnaroli Rice Should Be Your First Choice for Risotto

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Carnaroli Rice Should Be Your First Choice for Risotto Carnaroli rice originates from the northern provinces of Italy and should be your first choice when it’s time to make delicious risotto. Both Arborio and Carnaroli rice are commonly used for this famed dish since they are high starch rice varieties that easily absorb liquid. Carnaroli in particular can absorb a large amount of liquid without causing the rice to overcook. This results in a creamy texture that is the defining feature of a premium risotto. Carnaroli is considered to be the king of rice in Italy and can be found in pantries across the nation. If you have yet to perfect your risotto and haven’t tried this type of rice, it’s time to give it a try now. Even if you’re following a recipe that calls for Arborio, try substituting Carnaroli in its place. Why Carnaroli? Here are some of the main reasons why this rice should be used in your next risotto versus the Arborio rice that you’re probably already used to: Firmer texture = creamier risotto Starch content is higher Hard to overcook Longer grains that keep their shape More forgiving when mistakes are made Carnaroli rice is not something that you’ll find easily on the shelves in your local grocery store. Your best bet is to order it online and it is definitely worth the effort to place an order. You’ll notice a remarkable difference in your risotto once you start using this rice. If you’re looking for high-quality Carnaroli rice at wholesale pricing, please visit our site at epicureal.com. We offer gourmet ingredients to chefs across North America that truly appreciate the difference quality makes. When it’s time to step up your risotto and bring it to the next level, this is the one ingredient you need to make it happen. We are Epicureal, wholesale gourmet specialty ingredients for chefs and...

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Explore the Many Health Benefits of Vanilla Beans

Explore the Many Health Benefits of Vanilla Beans

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While we all know that vanilla beans add the perfect flavour to many of our favorite dishes, did you also know that they are good for you? The aroma and the taste of vanilla beans are only rivaled by the health benefits they provide. Here are some of the most noteworthy health advantages of eating beans on a regular basis: Lower cholesterol – Vanilla beans can help lower the cholesterol levels in the body. Anyone that is at high risk for a stroke or heart disease should consume them regularly. Arthritis – Studies have shown that gout, arthritis and a number of other conditions that are inflammatory in nature can be alleviated with this food. Antioxidants – Vanilla beans have high levels of antioxidants that prevent the tissue and cells in the body from breaking down. They also eliminate the free radicals that can destroy cells while at the same time stimulating the regrowth of healthy cells. Vitamins and minerals – These beans contain zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. They also contain a number of B vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. Metabolism – Vanilla beans can also help with weight loss since they can increase the efficiency of your metabolism and decrease the appetite. Analgesic properties – Reach for these beans when you need relief from a cold, respiratory infections, sore throats and coughs. Vanilla beans contain antibacterial properties that can help fight infections. A mixture of warm water and vanilla coats the throat and can provide much-wanted relief when you’re suffering from a sore throat. This is just another reason why vanilla beans should always be in ample supply in your pantry. If you regularly cook with vanilla beans and need to order them in large quantities, please visit our website at epicureal.com to learn more about our wholesale pricing for bulk orders. At Epicureal, we specialize in wholesale gourmet specialty ingredients for chefs and...

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Candied Mint Fragments

Candied Mint Fragments

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Candied Mint Fragments Delight your senses while decorating your favourite meals and desserts with candied mint fragments. They are a French delicacy and these delightful mints feature a delicious and  fresh minty taste that is absolutely enjoyable. They can be consumed on their own, used as a garnish or they can be the star of a dessert as a main ingredient. No matter what you use them for, you’ll love our mint fragments that burst to life once they meet the taste buds. These candied mints are a beautiful vibrant green that taste both sweet and minty. They have been soaked carefully in a sugar syrup and then covered in sugar. They are then air dried to keep their hard texture and offer an amazing crunch to food when it’s needed the most. Use these candied mints the next time you prepare a mint-flavoured ice cream or add them to your favourite cupcake and cake recipes to add another level of depth to the desserts. Place them in a dish and put them in the middle of the table when company arrives. The mint fragments add an elegant statement to any kitchen or dining room table. Offer these candied mints as an after dinner breath freshener if you’ve been cooking with garlic. Place them on top of any type of dessert creation you’ve made at Christmas as a bright green garnish. They can also be sprinkled on top of a roast pork or beef after the meat has been cooked. If you’re currently operating a restaurant or another type of fine dining establishment and want to serve the best to your customers, please contact us through our website at epicureal.com to learn more about our candied mint fragments. For your convenience, they are offered in bulk quantities at wholesale prices and are delivered directly to your door. At Epicureal, we specialize in wholesale gourmet specialty ingredients for chefs and...

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Why Customers Are Demanding Wholesome Gourmet Food

Why Customers Are Demanding Wholesome Gourmet Food

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

If you are marketing and branding your restaurant as a gourmet establishment and offering wholesome food choices to your patrons, they will be expecting the best in terms of the ingredients used. The trend towards gourmet food has stepped up a notch thanks to social media and the photos of food that are being shared amongst users every day. It’s a Lifestyle Gourmet food has become a lifestyle and today’s consumers want to enjoy their food to its utmost potential. When your restaurant can enhance this type of lifestyle by understanding what foodies want and need the most, you’ll be encouraging more customers to enter your doors. Healthy Food Trends For example, oe of the latest trends in foods has been avocado toast. This is a healthy and delicious food choice and this trend demonstrates how consumers are currently looking at food. Consumers now want taste combined with healthy choices and they are willing to share their experiences with others. High Quality Food When you hear that a food is gourmet, it is automatically associated with high quality. Consumers expect that the food they order will meet the highest standards possible – many people are willing to pay a higher price for great food that is also healthy. Gourmet food has become an experience all of its own and part of today’s lifestyle. You can brand your restaurant as the go-to dining establishment in town where the highest quality is expected and delivered. We can help you meet these high expectations by providing you with the quality gourmet ingredients you need for your dishes. Take a look at our selection of premium products at epicureal.com or contact us today to learn more about our wholesale bulk order...

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Vanilla in the Kitchen Isn’t Just for Cooking!

Vanilla in the Kitchen Isn’t Just for Cooking!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Any chef that is worth his salt always has a bottle of vanilla extract by his side to create amazing dishes and desserts. Vanilla extract also comes in handy in a variety of ways when you keep it in your kitchen. Here are a few uses for vanilla that you may not have heard of before and we know you going to love them! Keep Your Fridge Fresh It can be difficult to get rid of unwanted odors in the refrigerator even after a thorough scrubbing. You can remove these lingering bad odors, however, by wiping down the fridge with some vanilla extract. You can then prolong the scent by soaking a cotton ball with the vanilla and then placing it in the fridge. Bug Repellent While humans love the beautiful smell of vanilla, many bugs hate it. You can place cotton balls that have been soaked in vanilla in strategic spots around the kitchen and you can also add a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vanilla to your skin while cooking to keep blackflies and mosquitoes at bay. Minor Kitchen Burns As a chef, you’ve certainly experienced your share of minor burns in the kitchen before. You can reach for your bottle of vanilla extract the next time you accidentally grab onto something hot by accident or feel a grease splatter against your skin. Vanilla extract contains alcohol and as it evaporates it naturally cools down the burn. Vanilla extract is something that every chef should have stocked in his pantry. If you require large amounts of this extract and are looking for high quality, premium vanilla with wholesale pricing, visit our site at epicureal.com. We supply restaurants across North America with vanilla and we look forward to doing business with you as...

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Discover the Sweet, Fruity Taste of Ancho Chili Powder

Discover the Sweet, Fruity Taste of Ancho Chili Powder

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Discover the Sweet, Fruity Taste of Ancho Chili Powder   Ancho offers a milder version of heat than other chilies with a fruity, sweet taste with an earthy undertone. Derived from poblano chilies, they provide the heat you want in a dish without the strong heat that you’d find in regular chili powder. This powder can be used in a number of different Mexican dishes and can also be sprinkled onto popcorn, pizza, vegetables, pasta, baked potatoes and much more. There are distinct differences that come up when you compare traditional chili powder to ancho powder. Poblano peppers place quite low on the Scoville heat scale at about 1000 – 1,500 SHU. The heat in many chili powders comes from hot peppers or jalapenos, with the mildest jalapeno reading at 2,500 SHU. When it comes to preparing your dishes, this heat factor makes quite a difference. Substituting regular chili powder for ancho powder in a recipe is never a good idea. It will completely change the flavour of the food as well as influence its heat factor. If you are operating a restaurant or another fine dining establishment, you’ll need to be serving the exact heat that your customers are expecting. Ancho powder delivers a mild to medium heat that is appreciated by many. Mexican food restaurants should especially take note of the high quality powders we offer for a variety of custom dishes. When it comes to delivering the cultural essence of your food, you’ll want to use only the best ingredients that reflect the tradition of your establishment. At Epicureal we offer quality gourmet ingredients that you can use to help step up the level of your dishes. Find this dried poblano in the exact quantity you are looking for in bulk amounts, which may include skids, crates or even truckloads. Browse through our website at epicureal.com or contact Qualifirst, our wholesale distributor, at 1 (800) 206-1177 for more information about wholesale pricing on bulk purchases. You can order gourmet ingredients today and began serving your customers better tasting meals this...

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