Beyond Breakfast: Oatmeal’s Other Uses with Restaurant Equipment

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

As you may already know, it’s National Oatmeal Month!  It’s time to break out your restaurant equipment and explore the wide world of oatmeal.  As a breakfast dish, it makes for a great start to the day, since it takes longer to digest and makes you feel fuller for longer.  Additionally, it is full of B vitamins and calcium, and may lower your risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.  There are plenty of ways to get creative with this great grain using your restaurant equipment.  Last week we showed you a breakfast recipe as an excellent example of how to prepare delicious oatmeal-oriented dishes, and you may also remember a holiday pie that incorporated oatmeal for a nice crunch.  Here are two more unique recipes that include oatmeal to cook up on your restaurant equipment.  Happy National Oatmeal Month from ShortOrder!

Peanut ‘N’ Jelly Muffin Cake

This food doesn’t know which meal it should belong to.  Is it a muffin?  A cake?  A sandwich?  Quaker Oats files it under “breakfast,” so we will too, but this unusual treat would also make a great snack cooked up in your restaurant equipment.

TOPPING

  • 1/3  cup oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/4  cup all-purpose flour
  • 2  tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. stick margarine or butter, softened

 

CAKE

  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 cup oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/2  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2  cup grape, strawberry, or raspberry jelly

 

Heat restaurant equipment oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch round metal cake pan with cooking spray.

For topping, combine oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut in peanut butter and softened margarine with two knives or fingertips until mixture is crumbly; set aside.

For cake, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; mix well. In small bowl, combine milk, melted margarine, egg and vanilla; blend well. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not over mix!) Pour into pan. Spoon jelly by teaspoonfuls randomly over batter. Crumble reserved topping evenly over batter.

In restaurant equipment oven, bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Cut into wedges; serve warm.

(Recipe via quakeroats.com)

Quaker Health Soup

This recipe is actually from a book of Quaker Oatmeal recipes from 1910!  The book promoted ways to incorporate oats into a daily diet.  It looks like the power of subliminal advertising isn’t just for the 21st century.  Here is the recipe for “Quaker Health Soup”:

Bring 6 cups highly-seasoned white stock to boiling point; add 1/2 cup oats and simmer one hour; rub through sieve and strain through one thickness of cheese cloth; add 2 cups scalded milk and bind with 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. flour cooked together; bring to boiling point; add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

(Recipe via monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com)

Now Serving – JANUARY – Ideas to Increase Your Revenue in the New Year & It’s National Oatmeal Month

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

January 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 49
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Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is 2013!? I can’t. I feel like as you get older the time goes by faster and faster. Now that we are a couple of weeks in to the new year, how are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? We will not judge you if you have already slipped. Resolutions aren’t always the easiest to keep. I like to take time and reflect on the past year, and think about what changes I can make to do things better for the following year. I rarely set black and white “resolutions”. Fireworks

This morning we had our annual meeting of how we can make things better for you, our great customers, in 2013. A few things that you should see happening around ShortOrder.com in 2013: a new, even more user-friendly look to the site, a wider variety of payment options for your orders, and useful videos for our products. Drop us a line on our Facebook page if you have any other suggestions for us.

Don’t forget about our great clearance section that carries scratched and dented, and discontinued products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty. Another way to save money with ShortOrder.com is by submitting a product review for any of our products. We give away $50 to a random reviewer. We didn’t have any submissions in December. JUST THINK if you would have submitted a review, you would have been our winner!

In this month’s issue: Simple ways to generate more income for your restaurant, an easy recipe to celebrate National Oatmeal Month, and our Featured Products: a Scotsman ice machine, a Panasonic microwave, and a Beverage-Air sandwich prep station.

Remember, we have created this newsletter for you! If there is anything you’d like to know more about – give us a shout!

We would always love to hear from you!

Stay Warm!

Meghan Jarrell

 

New Year, New Ideas

Simple Ways to Generate More Income

Starting a new year is always a good time to take a step back and evaluate your revenue. The restaurant industry tends to fluctuate up and down. In a recent blog on etundra, Riding the Waves: 5 Ways to Boost Your Revenue, Andrew Call highlights some simple changes you can make to help build your business.

First, cut food costs. Establish a report to narrow down the ten foods that you spend the most on each month. Talk to your distributors, or shop around for a new one that can save you money on those products. Remember, that buying in bulk can often save money in the long run as well.

Second, give your employees the power to make you money. They are the face of your restaurant, and have the ability to make, or break a customer’s experience. Clip ArtContinually have ongoing trainings, to update and review procedures with them, and to set goals. Provide your employees with incentives to perform well. Happy customers usually buy more, and return in the future.

Third, educate yourself on your restaurant equipment. It will save you unnecessary expenses if you can service and maintain the equipment yourself. Labor and repair costs can add up quickly. Use your resources including the manufacturer’s customer service line to attempt to fix something on your own, before calling a technician.

Fourth, be sure that you are utilizing today’s technology. It is now 2013! Customers are more often going to the world wide web to look up information such as menu’s, deals, reviews, etc… before even stepping out of the house. You don’t want to miss out on business from being behind the times. Be sure to get involved in the conversation, including social media outlets, digital newsletters, and even text messages sharing daily specials.

Lastly, diversify your income. Your revenue can become monotonous, and when you least expect it, it could drop. Be prepared by changing things up a bit. You can add retail items such as hats and t-shirts. You can offer take-out or delivery, if you don’t already do so. You can also start catering special events. It is necessary to be aware of the changing ways of the industry. Be flexible with your ideas and business practice. It might not hurt to re-evaluate the way you have always done something, and to try something new, after all, it is a new year!

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Featured Recipe

Baked Oatmeal

Whip up this quick recipe from tasteofhome.com in honor of National Oatmeal Month

Yield: 9 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups quick-cooking oats
  • I Cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted
  • Additional Milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 9×9 pan
  2. In large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In separate bowl whisk eggs, milk and butter together
  4. Stir into oat mixture until blended
  5. Spoon into pan, bake for 40-45 min or until set. Serve warm with milk

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