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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The Role of Liquid Rennet in Cheese Making

The Role of Liquid Rennet in Cheese Making

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

The Role of Liquid Rennet in Cheese Making Liquid rennet is one of the must-have ingredients for chefs dedicated to making their own cheese. It’s a historically key part of the entire cheese making experience, but what does it involve? Rennet consists of enzymes from the stomach of a calf and is added once the milk is acidified so that the liquid separates and the milk proteins form curds. The type of cheese you plan on making will dictate how much liquid rennet is required. Some cheese has a curd that is firmer than others, such as gouda or Canadian swiss, and every type of cheese will have its own curd requirements. There are also environmental influences that can affect the amount required, such as the time of the year when the cheese is made. Liquid rennet is the preferred type of rennet of distinguished chefs across the world. While it is also available in powder or tablet form and even sets the milk in the same way, liquid is favoured as it can be measured more precisely. To see the best results from your cheese recipe, liquid is always the best choice for your rennet. Many restaurants have become famous for their specialty cheeses made on-site that simply cannot be rivaled by any cheese manufacturers. The love and attention that is given to these homemade creations can be tasted immediately and are appreciated by customers. When it comes to homemade specialty cheese, your guests will notice the difference. If you are serving cheese created in your own food establishment, Epicureal has you covered for liquid rennet in bulk quantities, along with wholesale pricing for other bulk ingredients to chefs and restaurants across North America. Contact us today for more details on products or quotes, or contact our distributor Qualifirst Foods Inc and order...

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Use Gourmet Rice to Attract More Customers

Use Gourmet Rice to Attract More Customers

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Use Gourmet Rice to Attract More Customers If you own a restaurant and haven’t yet experimented with gourmet rice you may want to give it a try. A side of gourmet rice can complement a meal perfectly and when incorporated into a main dish can add a brand new flavour sensation. Here are just a few of the many rice options we offer at Epicureal that shouldn’t be missed! Organic White Jasmine Rice White Jasmine rice is a fragrant rice with a nutty flavour that boasts a mildly sticky yet tender texture once it has been cooked. It is a gluten-free, wheat free, vegan and organic rice that contains protein and a low calorie count. Use this rice to create casseroles, stir fries, desserts and salads and enjoy the special fragrance it will distribute direct from the cooking pot to the rest of the kitchen. Risotto Rice If you’ve been hunting for the perfect rice to add to your next risotto, look no further. This rice has been infused with exotic saffron, and has the starch content necessary to absorb enough liquid to make your risotto perfect. Make your next risotto dish appealing and tasty by using this rice, which is the rice of choice of distinguished chefs across the country. With its subtle saffron taste, this rice can also be used as a substitute for plain white rice in just about any dish. Extra-Large Fancy Wild Rice Wild rice, while not really a rice but rather a marsh grass, will bring your next Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas stuffing up to a brand-new level. It’s also perfect for casseroles, soups, salads and pilafs with its nutty and earthy taste. Jade Pearl Rice Jade pearl rice can add a variety of colour to any main dish that calls for rice as an ingredient. It has a light green colour and a slight bamboo flavour. Use it for sushi or in any main dish that calls for rice when you want colour enhancement and a different flavour and texture. Your customers will be delighted with the beautiful colour, aroma and flavour that this rice provides. To see our other gourmet rice options please visit epicureal.com or call our distributor Qualifirst directly at 1 (800) 206-1177. We can ship bulk quantities and offer wholesale pricing on our gourmet rice to our...

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Purchase Wholesale Vanilla for Restaurants

Purchase Wholesale Vanilla for Restaurants

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Bulk vanilla beans, seeds, extracts, powders, and pastes are a necessity for any type of bakery or restaurant environment. Do your sweet treats and savoury dishes a favour and purchase our bulk premium vanilla products to keep the costs down without having to sacrifice quality. Here are just some of the quality vanilla products we have available to order: 2 Count Vanilla Bean Tubes Enjoy the pure taste of vanilla as it was meant to be – straight from the bean itself. The beans can be extracted easily from the tubes with a paring knife and can be used in a number of dessert recipes ranging from vanilla ice cream to pound cake. They also make a great taste sensation in savoury dishes such as salsas and marinades. Bourbon Vanilla Bean Powder When you are preparing a special dish that needs vanilla flavouring but the colour of the cake or frosting must be preserved, reach for this vanilla bean powder. It’s light and fine and is a perfect addition to homemade cakes. To spice up your mornings add some of the powder into your first coffee of the day. Vanilla Extract 2 Fold Enjoy the world-class taste of vanilla in this double strength extract that is a favourite amongst professional bakers and chefs. This vanilla really packs a punch and is perfect for fruit smoothies, ice cream and baked goods of all kinds. Once you taste the rich flavour of this amazing extract you may never want to go back to the regular strength extract again. Vanilla Extract with Seeds This extract contains crushed seeds that are infused directly into the extract to provide the most flavour possible. Use it in your favourite savoury dishes, your baked goods, add it to coffee or even blend the extract into your fruit smoothies to raise the bar of your favourite recipes. Vanilla Paste with Seeds If you don’t have the time to scrape out vanilla beans to get the seeds, then order this vanilla paste. This is an authentic concentrate derived from ground seeds and beans and from pure vanilla extract. Enjoy the same quality you’d expect from vanilla beans in this delicious paste. As with all types of foods, not all vanilla extract, beans and seeds are equal. It all comes down to the flavour and at Epicureal we take pride in offering only the best-of-the-best vanilla to our restaurant and food establishment clients. Buy wholesale vanilla in bulk quantities and enjoy the difference that quality really makes. Visit our site for wholesale gourmet specialty ingredients for chefs & restaurants. Or contact our main distributor Qualifirst at 1-800-206-1177 for more...

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Shop Gourmet Specialty Ingredients for Chefs and Restaurants

Shop Gourmet Specialty Ingredients for Chefs and Restaurants

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

If you have a fine appreciation for food and expect more from a meal than simply the energy it provides, you’ll want to take a look at gourmet special ingredients that can define a dish. When your taste buds are searching for more, look at the ingredients that you are currently using to prepare your food. Standard, run-of-the-mill grocery store ingredients may leave your dishes faltering and you’ll need to rise to new levels with your basic ingredients in order to see and taste a different. If you’re addicted to food channels and love to browse through food magazines, you’re likely running into hard to find ingredients. When you reach this stage of the game with your cooking, it’s time to look at other avenues to source your food products. At Epicureal we are on your side when it comes to providing the best quality ingredients at a price that you can afford. We are considered to be the best gourmet shop in Canada by many chefs and here you will find a variety of esoteric ingredients from food vendors that are passionate about their products.  You’ll find a wide range of gourmet foods that will allow you to break free from the regular cooking you may now be doing. You’ll be able to enter a brand-new world where ingredients come together as one to form brand-new taste sensations that you’ve never experienced before. Whether you’re a budding chef working in the comfort of your own kitchen or a restaurant chef that is preparing meals for hundreds of people per night, you’ll find exactly what you need at Epicureal. As a home chef, you’ll be able to purchase high-quality food items at a reasonable price while restaurant chefs can purchase their required ingredients in bulk. Foods that are deliciously prepared will make you hungry even when you have just finished eating. If preparing food is your passion and you want more out of your dishes, please visit our website or give us a call today at 1 (800) 206-1177. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about food and we’ll let you know how premium ingredients can bring your cooking up to a brand-new taste and presentation...

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3 Ways to Use Candied Fruit

3 Ways to Use Candied Fruit

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Candied fruit can liven up your baking, make your drinks come alive, be added to a food tray and they are great to eat on their own. Candied fruit has been around for a number of years but not a lot of people take the time to make it since it can be a delicate and time-consuming job. Fast forward to the present and we are able to purchase candied fruit that has already been made for us. The wonder of technology gives us the opportunity to enjoy this type of fruit without having to spend hours in the kitchen making it. If you love candied fruit and everything that it has to offer, here are 3 popular ways to use it: Add Pizzazz to Your Cakes Have you ever wondered why some cakes just look better than others and are presented so well? A lot of at-home chefs and restaurant chefs use candied fruit as the finishing touch on top of a cake. Candied ginger, lemon and orange peels resting graciously on top of an orange, lemon, vanilla or chocolate cake just make this baked good look so much better. Candied fruit can also be added in individual pieces to the top of cupcakes to make them sparkle. The next time you make a lemon loaf or a banana loaf, you can also place candied fruit on top of it as an edible, decorative addition. When you want to improve the presentation of any of your baked goods, turn to candied fruit. Add to Your Drinks When your guests arrive for dinner during the hot summer months, add a piece of candied fruit to the lip of the glass to make the drink look more appealing. When you’re serving a batch of lemonade out by the pool, a candied fruit can make this tart drink even more enjoyable. This fruit can be added to any drink and if you want to add a little something to your glass of plain water, just drop a piece of this candy right into it! Candied Fruit on Serving Trays When you have a tray full of delicious food, use candied fruit as a decorative item on the tray. It will add colour and variety to any type of food tray. When sandwiches are going to be served at a function, place candied fruit around them to add to the overall presentation. You can also let people know that this fruit is edible and once people start tasting it, they’ll certainly be reaching for more. Candied fruit can be used in a variety of different ways and when you’re looking for the best fruit available, turn to Epicureal. Our ingredients outperform the competition because quality is always a priority. When you’re looking for the best and second-best won’t do, visit our website at http://epicureal.com to see our wide assortment of quality...

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