The Benefits Of Pac’N’Vac Containers & Pressdome Covers

Pressdome and PacNVac Image

If you work in a professional catering establishment, you will probably be only too aware of how much food can be wasted over the course of a year. Although in isolation wasted food may not seem to amount to much, it can soon add up to thousands and thousands of pounds.

One solution to this is careful food portioning, which can actually make a huge difference to a business’ costs, but another method that affects your customers less is to use vacuum storage containers and covers.

At Bonzer, we only stock the best professional kitchen equipment and are huge fans of the Pac’n’Vac and Pressdome ranges, so in this article, we take a look at the advantages that both of these fantastic products have to offer.

Pac’n’Vac

Pac’n’Vac set up their company in response to the expansion of their local council tip and the additional sites planned for nearby greenfield areas. Furthermore, in the UK where Pac’n’Vac are based, we throw away over 15 million tonnes of food each year and 50% of this comes from our homes. Food waste and packaging contributes to 32% of total waste collection, even though 48% of this could be recycled, so Pac’n’Vac decided to create products that are designed to prolong the life of food, whilst being made from recyclable and sustainable packaging.

Pac ‘n ‘Vac container features

PacNVac Product Image

 

Pac’n’Vac’s containers work by using their patented vacuum valve system which expels air and inhibits microorganism growth, providing a far more sterile environment than airtight seals can offer. All you have to do is close the lid and press on the vacuum lever to remove the excess air.

They have been scientifically proven by PHE to keep food fresh for up to eight days longer, and as they cost the same as standard storage containers, they soon pay for themselves through the reduction in wasted food. In 2014, they were the proud winner in Caterer magazine’s Best Food Preparation Equipment category.

With Pac’n’Vac, you can save money by buying food in larger quantities as you know it will last for longer, and can maximise efficiency by preparing food ahead of time. Marinating food works very well as the vacuum that is created opens up the pores of the food, so the time it takes to marinate is reduced.

The containers themselves are made in the UK from high quality opaque BPA free polypropylene, and both they and their product packaging are recyclable and have a low carbon footprint. They are freezer, microwave (with the vacuum lever open), and dishwasher safe (with the vacuum lever closed) and can tolerate temperatures of up to 100°C.

Pac’n’Vac containers can be conveniently stacked on top of each other and come with an optional ‘Day Dot’ indicator which you can set to display either the day of the month that they were stored on, or the day when they should be used by. This can be easily removed for cleaning.

They are fully compliant with Environmental Health regulations and are come with HACCP colour coded lids in six different colours to prevent cross contamination. These are:

Red – raw meat
Green – fruit and salad
White – dairy and bakery
Yellow – cooked meat
Brown – vegetables
Blue – raw fish

Pac’n’Vac versions

At Bonzer, we stock both the Pac’N’Vac Gastronorm and Pac’n’Vac standard versions. Both share the same excellent features the only difference being that the Gastronorm containers have support wings on their sides. All containers are 100mm deep and are available in ⅓ (3.5L), ⅙ (1.5L), and 1/9 (0.8L) sizes.

 

Pressdome

The Pressdome is an invention of United Home Technologies, who specialise in vacuum food sealers.
Similarly to Pac’n’Vac, the company was formed by a group of young engineering friends who were disappointed by how quickly food spoils and how much disposable plastic was clogging their local landfill sites. For this reason they designed the Pressdome, which has since become extremely popular within the catering industry.

Features of the Pressdome

Pressdome product image

 

The Pressdome enables you to keep food fresh for up to three times longer and can be sealed directly onto plates, platters, bowls, skillets, counter tops, and cutting boards. Using its patented, powerful built in vacuum pump and a leak proof elastomer seal, Pressdome provides a vacuum seal when placed over food and pumped. It can also be placed over food on any smooth surface to provide an airtight seal during food preparation.

Requiring just one gentle press, with no electricity or extra equipment needed, the Pressdome allows you to prepare meals in advance, keep them warm for up to an hour, and easily transport them, so is very popular with establishments such as hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and hospitals. It eliminates the need for cling film and saves money on both food and disposable plastics.

Similarly to the Pac ‘n ‘Vac containers, Pressdome has a builtin DateDial™ which allows you to keep track of food freshness, and the vacuum created opens up the pores in food so marinating takes as little as fifteen minutes. It has been certified by some of the world’s top food laboratories TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH and SGS SA.

Build quality

Pressdome is made from commercial grade scratch resistant plastic and is BPA free. Multiple Pressdomes can be safely stacked on top of each other to save space and they are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe (pull up the pump to release the vacuum seal first). It has been durability tested for over 20,000 vacuum pumps and operates at temperatures ranging from 30°C (22°F) to 85°C (185°F);short term 40°C (40°F) to 120°C (250°F).

With the savings made on potentially wasted food, the Pressdome pays for itself in less than a month.

At Bonzer, we stock four different models of the Pressdome the Classic Junior , Classic Junior Tall, classic Universal , and Classic Jumbo so every situation in your kitchen is covered.
Why not start saving food, money, and the environment today by investing in these ingenious containers and covers. Both the Pac’n’Vac and Pressdome come with a one year warranty, so there’s really no excuse not to try them out.

If you are interested in finding out more about these products, please send us an email to sales@mitchellcooper.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.

 

Bonzer’s New Heritage Range Cocktail Strainers

Bonzer Heritage Collection

 

Since the 1930’s, Bonzer has been leading the way in the cocktail industry and even inventing new bar equipment in the process, such as the Hawthorne Strainer and the Twisted Bar Spoon style. In our latest advancement in the field of cocktail equipment, we are proud to announce our brand new Heritage Range Cocktail Strainers.
The Heritage Range consists of four cocktail strainers which are designed with performance and style in mind, namely: the Hawthorne Strainer, Fine Strainer, Julep Strainer, and the Sprung Julep Strainer. Here, we take a look at the individual features of each of the strainers and examine how they can be used to their fullest to make perfect cocktails every time.

Bonzer Two Ear Heritage Hawthorne Strainer

Bonzer Heritage Hawthorne Strainer

 

The Bonzer Two Ear Heritage Hawthorne Strainer is the ideal all round cocktail strainer and is a refinement of the industry standard Hawthorne Strainer that Bonzer first invented. Its weight is evenly balanced and its distinctive ‘Devil Horn’ shaped prongs or ‘ears’ rest on the mixing tin for a firm and tight fit. It has an antique style spring which helps it to stay snug and also prevents any ice overspill. Made in the UK, this strainer is highly durable and is the result of years of refinement.

Bonzer Heritage Sprung Julep Strainer

Bonzer Heritage Sprung Julep Strainer

 

The Bonzer Heritage Sprung Julep Strainer makes it easy to quickly switch between drinks, and its antique style spring provides a rigid fit that ensures ice cannot escape. As this strainer has no ears, you can strain directly from the glass, and it works best when creating drinks which are stirred and not shaken. Back in their aviation heyday, Bonzer provided the official barware for Concorde , and a similar strainer was a permanent guest aboard all their flights, ensuring its passengers were suitably well looked after and relaxed. This flexible and efficient strainer is still lovingly made in the UK.

Bonzer Heritage Julep Strainer

Bonzer Heritage Julep Strainer

 

The Bonzer Heritage Julep Strainer is perfect for throwing drinks, as it features a unique ridge design which allows for more control when pouring. Its one piece design ensures it is both hygienic and durable, and will be your bartender’s best friend for years to come.

Bonzer Heritage Fine Strainer

Bonzer Heritage Fine Strainer

 

The Heritage Fine Strainer has a wide collar and a fine mesh, which has been designed for straining drinks that have been shaken. The round base of the mesh means the flow won’t be impeded by a buildup of waste, so nothing gets in the way of your creation.

Bonzer Heritage Strainer Set

Bonzer Heritage Strainers Set

 

The complete Bonzer Heritage Strainer Set provides even the most adventurous bartender with the tools they need to create all types of classic and modern cocktails. Whatever drinks are requested, you can be sure that the Heritage range offers a complete practical solution that will look after your customers and your bar for many years to come.

Various finishes available

Available Finishes

All Heritage Strainers are available in a choice of four finishes: gold, copper, silver, and stainless steel.
Gold : gold is known for its ability to never tarnish, and these gold plated strainers will last a lifetime, but will also give your bar the look of luxury that can set it apart from the competition.
Copper : the copper strainers are copper plated and are perfect for fashionable establishments which want their barware to stand out from the crowd, while still keeping a sense of authenticity.
Silver : our silver strainers are electroplated with nickel silver and so remain hard wearing, whilst retaining that feeling of premium, old fashioned class.
Stainless steel : these strainers are made from food grade 304 stainless steel and as such are dishwasher safe and designed to withstand even the most busy of commercial establishments.

Which cocktail strainer is right for you?

The Heritage Range includes strainers for all types of mixology, however each has its own advantages and limitations when making cocktails.

In general, Hawthorne strainers tend to be most suitable when using mixing tins, but are harder to clean then Julep strainers.

Hawthorne Strainer

Julep strainers usually work best when using cocktail glasses rather than tins. The are easier to control and easier to clean, but can be slower to use.

Julep Strainer

Fine mesh strainers are best used when you need to create a perfectly smooth cocktail.

Fine Strainer

You’ll probably find a use for each of these in your bar, so why not buy the Strainer Set and find your own personal favourite!

Designed with your business in mind.

We created the Heritage Range so that establishments could have a set of tools that covered all manner of cocktails. Each strainer is unique in design and function, but they all share some similar features.

All Heritage Strainers feature a curved and comfortable ergonomically designed handle, which allows you to use whatever straining method you prefer. Furthermore, the wide handle provides the perfect space for branding that will be seen clearly by your customers, and will be uniform across the range.Strainer Set

Should you so desire, we can brand your products using screen printing, pad printing, etching, engraving, or impact branding.
All Heritage Strainers come in retail packaging, either boxed individually, or as part of a full set.

Form and function combined

Our years of experience have allowed us to understand the exact needs of the professional mixologist, so we designed these strainers with you in mind. As you are no doubt aware, the appearance of an establishment is often judged as much as the quality of the cocktails it produces, and with the Heritage Range, you can be sure your customers will have a positive first impression and will feel in expert hands.

So, if you’re appetite has been whetted and you would like to find out more about our Heritage Range Cocktail Strainers, please email us at sales@mitchellcooper.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.

 

 

Which Is The Best Commercial Gelato Machine For You?

Ice Creams

Gelato is currently as popular as it’s ever been, with creative ice cream parlours, gelato bars, and restaurants constantly competing with each other to produce new, original, and experimental flavours. Of course, this is not just another summer fad and gelato has actually been in vogue since ancient Roman times, when it was made using snow and ice from the mountaintops and then refrigerated under the ground!
As well as being an eternal favourite with customers, the margins on gelato are also popular with proprietors, and fortunately it is a food that is easy to keep fresh for weeks at a time. There are many different types of gelato makers available, but for commercial establishments, certain makes and models outshine the rest. At Bonzer, we only sell gelato equipment and gelato machines that have passed our rigorous industry standards for performance, functionality, and results, and so here we review our favourite models and highlight the best features that each has to offer, in order of price and capacity.

Nemox Gelato Pro 2500 SP

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The Nemox Gelato Pro 2500 SP is the most compact commercial ice cream machine that we sell and is ideal for smaller establishments that need to produce limited quantities of gelato. It is a counter mounted design which produces up to 1 kg (1 quart) of delicious gelato in approximately 20 minutes. It features both a fixed 18/10 stainless steel bowl as well as a removeable bowl with a plastic lid, which saves valuable time as you can remove it and make another preparation with the fixed bowl immediately.The removable bowl is very easy to clean and can also be put in the freezer.
The unit itself is made from stainless steel, as is the blade which also has removable scrapers. It is suitable for long work cycles and has an automatic reset thermostat, as well as a magnetic safety device which ensures that the paddle will instantly stop when the lid is lifted. Furthermore, it has a density controlled switch which immediately stops when the gelato mix is ready.
It can accommodate 1.4 litres of gelato base mix and can produce approximately 4.5 litres of gelato per hour. The list price of the unit is £1663.23.

Nemox Gelato 5K SC

Nemox Gelato 5K SC FPMX0395

 

The Nemox Gelato 5K SC is one of the most popular gelato makers for commercial establishments, as it produces high quality gelato quickly and easily. It is an air cooled counter top unit that has a continuous operating function, so can make many different flavours in a short space of time.
The body and mixer blade are constructed from stainless steel and the blade comes with replaceable inserts. Just like the Pro 2500 SP, it features a magnetic safety device for the lid, a density controlled switch, and has a large opening so adding ingredients isn’t a messy affair. Moreover, it features an inbuilt drainage system which allows for fast and simple cleaning of the entire unit.
The 5K SC has an ingredients capacity of 1.75 litres and takes approximately 15 minutes per batch, so it can produce about 7 litres per hour. It’s list price is £2595.78.

Nemox Gelato 6K Crea

Nemox Gelato 6K Crea FPMX0391

 

The Nemox Gelato 6K Crea is a robust counter top gelato machine, fitted with a stainless steel adjustable blade and scrapers. The blade has a variable speed control of between 55 and 115 RPM. The unit benefits from intelligent software which automatically controls the unit and has four production programs (Gelato Classico, SemiSoft Ice Cream, Granita, and Shock Freezing), so you can leave the unit alone to make the ice cream while you busy yourself elsewhere in the kitchen.
The gelato maker has a large opening which allows for mess free addition of ingredients and has an easy to clean drainage system. It also comes with an optional paddle for processing granita. The 6K Crea can hold a maximum ingredients volume of 2.5 litres and takes about 15 minutes per batch of gelato, so can produce approximately 10 litres per hour. It has a list price of £3958.33.

Nemox Gelato 12k

Nemox Gelato 12K FPMX0401

 

The Nemox Gelato 12K is a floor standing and very powerful aircooled commercial ice cream maker, complete with many advanced features. It has a frontal product extraction system and a paddle with adjustable scrapers which has a variable rotation speed of 60 – 130 RPM.
The extraction and mixing of gelato is controlled by an electronic inverter, and with a large opening for easy addition of ingredients and the same magnetic safety device featured across our other Nemox Gelato machines, the 12K takes care of the ice cream production so you can focus your efforts elsewhere.
The Gelato 12K takes up to 3.5 litres of ingredients and takes approximately 12 minutes per batch of ice cream, so can produce about 17.5 litres per hour. It has a list price of £6024.18.

Nemox Gelato 5+5K Twin Crea

Nemox Gelato 5+5K FPMX0399

 

The Nemox Gelato 5+5K Twin Crea is our largest and most expensive floorstanding gelato maker. Similarly to the 6K model, the Twin Crea’s functions are controlled by advanced software and it has the same four production programs (Gelato Classico, SemiSoft Ice Cream, Granita, and Shock Freezing). It features the magnetic safety device, a stainless steel blade with adjustable scrapers, a large opening for inserting ingredients, and an optional paddle for granita processing.
The unit is a real powerhouse and is ideal for large, busy establishments as it has an easy to clean drain valve and can accommodate up to 1.75 + 1.75 litres of ingredients. It takes around 15 minutes per batch and produces about 14 litres per hour. The unit’s list price is £6425.18.

Calculate your margin and ROI

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These Gelato makers produce exceptional quality gelato and ice cream which will no doubt impress your customers and have them coming back for more again and again. Very healthy margins can be made and although they are top of the range machines, it doesn’t take long for them to pay for themselves. For this reason, we have created our new Ice Cream Margin & Return On Investment Calculator.
All you need to do to use the calculator is enter in your chosen ingredients, the container size, the container price, and the amount of mixture used, and the Calculator will tell you what your profit margin will be in advance.

Additionally, it will determine exactly how many sales you will need to make at this rate in order to recoup your investment. Judging by how fast gelato tends to sell, we estimate that it will only be a matter of days or weeks at the most, before your gelato maker has completely paid for itself.
So if you would like to find out more about our Gelato machines and how they can help to entice more customers into your establishment, please feel free to email sales@mitchellcooper.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.
In the meantime, why not have a go with our Ice Cream Margin & Return On Investment Calculator and discover how you could be both saving and making money at the same time.

5 Of The Healthiest Juices Imaginable

The juicing fad is well and truly upon us with celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Aniston all swearing by the stuff. Juice can give your body an energy boost, it can improve your skin and help you lose weight. So far, it’s the classic fad diet story, but there is a real feeling that this one is going to stick around. With all the sugars, fats and other bad things we put into our body, we really do need a steady source of nutrients and vitamins, and juice is a great way of quickly and easily getting them into our system.

There’s a fair bit of science that goes behind why juice is so good for you, but the basic explanation is that by drinking fruit and vegetables in liquid form you are able to easily digest all of the nutrients, seeing as they are now free of the usual fibre that slows down the digestion process. The only thing you need to know now is what should you put into your juice or smoothie, so here’s five of Bonzer’s favourites.

Pineapple Detox

Pineapple is great for detoxifying the liver. As it’s full of fibre when eaten naturally, it can take a while to digest, but in a juice with some celery and ginger it’s the king of detox and a real boost for the digestive system, making it recommended for anyone who suffers from bloating or IBS. It’s also great for joints and bones, as well as for improving circulation.

If you find it hard to find pineapples or don’t particularly like them then a whole grapefruit or fresh lemon or lime juice can be used in its place.

To make the juice simply prepare the pineapple by slicing off the ends, followed by slicing off the skin and cutting out any spiky brown dots – known as ‘eyes’. Then chop all the ingredients into decent-sized chunks and throw them into your blender or masticator. If the smoothie is too thick to blend just add a small amount of water.

½ large ripe pineapple
2 celery stalks, plus leaves to garnish
2.5cm fresh root ginger

pineapple-juiceWake-Up Juice

There are many juice recipes intended to give you an early morning boost, but few are as good as this one. This one is packed full of nutrients and is great for skin health – thanks to the spinach, mango and spirulina – and boosting the immune system. This is largely down to the coconut water, which contains a natural antiviral called lauric acid, and the linseeds, which are a wonderful anti-inflammatory.

If you don’t like spinach in your juice you could try adding combinations of avocado, celery, parsley or cucumber instead.

To make the juice simply chop all of the ingredients, removing the stones from the nectarine and mango, into fairly large pieces and blend in a juicer.

handful of spinach leaves
1 nectarine
½ mango
125ml water
250ml coconut water
1 tbsp ground linseeds
1 tsp spirulina

green-smoothieCalifornia Cleanse

This is another great juice for detoxifying the body, as well as giving it a boost of energy despite having a very low calorie count. Celery and carrots are great for the body, the former great for reducing pain while the latter is known to improve skin and eye health. Along with nitrate-heavy beetroot – a natural cleanser – and the digestive powers of fennel you will feel tip-top after taking this one for a few days.

Directions are simple to make this one. Just chuck everything into the blender – though you might want to give everything a quick wash first – and then blend for around 30 seconds until all of the ingredients have mixed.

2 carrots
2 celery sticks
1 small beetroot
½ fennel
½ apple (cored, if desired)
3 parsley sprigs
8 ice cubes

The Cold Buster

If you are prone to getting colds and flu – or are currently suffering from those conditions – then give this one a try. It will give your immune system a heavy boost. The berries here are great for circulation and full of nutrients, the lemon juice will give you a hit of vitamin C and the banana will regulate blood pressure, with the pak choi (pictured below) offering a good source of nitrates.

Pak choiTo serve simply blend all ingredients together in a juicer.

NB: If you like to have a constant supply of lemon or lime juice to help build up your immune system, think about buying a Bonzer Citrus Juicer.

1 bunch pak choi (or use spinach or kale if pak choi is hard to find)
1 banana
125g frozen raspberries
125g frozen blueberries
350ml water
Lemon or lime juice

Morning Choco Smoothie

If nothing yet has sounded that palatable we are sure you’ll get behind this last one. Using milk as a base – though we recommend trying soy milk or nut milk instead for a healthier option – this one is great for joints and bones, the heart and circulation, and can even help with anxiety.

Nut milks like almond milk and cashew milk are great alternatives to standard milk and are ridiculously easy to make. To make your own nut milk just blitz 600ml water with 200g nuts and you’re done. It can even taste good in a cup of tea and could be a good alternative if you suffer from IBS and other stomach problems which milk can sometimes exacerbate.

To make the smoothie just blend all ingredients together in the juicer.

250ml milk, soy milk, almond milk or cashew milk
1 banana
2 tablespoons cacao
2 teaspoons honey

Getting A Juicer

If that’s got you in the mood for buying a juicer then have a look at the high-quality juicers we offer at Bonzer:

Omega Masticating Juicer: Available from bonzer.co.uk/omega-masticating-juicer/en

omega-juicer-masticatorOmega Food and Bar Blender (Available from bonzer.co.uk/1-hp-food-bar-blender/en)

omega-300-blenderOmega Vertical Juicer (Available from bonzer.co.uk/omega-vertical-juicer/en)

omega-3hp-blender

How To Make The Perfect Easy Valentine’s Day Meal For Two

Red heart and kitchen cooking utensil on stainless steel rack. Copy space.

February has finally arrived and with it comes the annual excitement and mild anxiety of preparing for Valentine’s Day! Why not show your other half how much you care, by creating your very own valentine masterpiece?

Here at Bonzer, we believe in keeping things simple and of high quality, so we have done the hard work for you and compiled our guide on how to make the perfect easy Valentine’s Day dinner. So why not impress your other half by creating this simple yet stylish meal? You can always say you thought it up – we promise we won’t tell!

Our Valentine’s Day menu is as follows:

Rose-scented Champagne cocktail

Scallops with chorizo

Filet mignon with red wine sauce

Mocha fondant chocolate puddings

So, if you’re appetite has been whetted and you’ve got your kitchen tools at the ready, let’s get down to making this romantic meal for two.

Rose-scented Champagne cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Dry rosé Champagne
  • Rose-scented vodka
  • Rose petals
  • 2 Demerara sugar cubes

Directions:

The first step is to decide how much you love your partner! If you are truly devoted, you might like to create the rose-scented vodka yourself, but if you don’t have the time it can be easily purchased. To make it yourself, take the petals from around three roses (you should already have these if you’re a valentine pro!), put them into a bottle of vodka and leave in a dark place for as many days as you have available.

  1. Add 1 Demerara sugar cube into a Champagne glass.
  2. Add 1 tsp rose-scented vodka.
  3. Pour in the dry rosé Champagne to suit and stir and crush the sugar with a mixing spoon.
  4. Garnish with rose petals.

You don’t even need a cocktail shaker for this one. See, we said this would be simple! Now let’s move up a level.

Scallops with chorizo

Ingredients:

  • 200g scallops
  • 50g of chorizo sausage
  • Juice of a quarter of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Cut the chorizo into 2-3mm slices.
  2. Heat a heavy frying pan and dry-fry the chorizo on a medium heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Place the chorizo to one side and fry the scallops in the same pan for 1 minute each side.
  4. Add the chorizo to the pan, squeeze the lemon juice with a lemon squeezer, then cook for a few seconds and serve.

Very quick and easy to prepare and thoroughly mouth-watering. Next, let’s move on to the main course.

Filet mignon with red wine reduction

Ingredients:

  • 2 filet mignon steaks – up to 2 inches thick
  • Canola oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • Salt and black pepper

Directions:

Tip: You may have bought pre-cut filet mignon medallions from your butcher, but if you have the whole tenderloin, you can butterly it first and create heart shaped medallions if you’re feeling particularly romantic! Also, aim to cook with a wine that you both enjoy to drink. It is Valentine’s Day after all, so treat yourselves!

  1. Trim the filet mignon steaks.
  2. Once at room temperature, dry the meat with paper towels, coat with oil and then add salt.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan on high heat, for about a minute.
  4. Place the steaks in the pan and reduce the heat down to a medium setting.
  5. Sear the steaks for between 3-6 minutes, depending on their thickness (2 inches plus is thick).
  6. Turn them over and cook for another 2-5 minutes, depending on how well you like your steak done.
  7. Remove from the pan, loosely place in tin foil and allow to rest while you make the sauce.
  8. Pour the wine into the frying pan and turn the heat up to high.
  9. Heat for about 10 minutes until about 75% of it has been reduced.
  10. Pour the juice from the steaks into the pan with the wine.
  11. Turn off the heat and allow to rest.
  12. When the wine has stopped bubbling, slowly add the butter until melted.
  13. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve the sauce with the steak and your own choice of vegetable accompaniments.

That was easy, if slightly more complex. Finally, let’s tackle the dessert.

Mocha fondant chocolate puddings

Ingredients:

  • 50g dark chocolate (ideally over 70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 tsp good quality instant coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g butter
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 25g sifted plain flour

Directions:

  1. Weigh out your ingredients.
  2. Butter 3 small metal moulds and line the bottoms with a circle of parchment.
  3. Dissolve the coffee in 1 tsp of boiling water and allow to cool.
  4. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a pan with the butter.
  5. Beat the eggs and sugar in a blender, until you have a thick, foamy mix, 3 times its original size.
  6. Add the chocolate and coffee to the egg and sugar mix and whisk together briefly.
  7. Sieve the flour and briefly beat until mixed.
  8. Put the moulds onto a baking sheet and pour in the mixture (not quite to their top).
  9. Place the baking sheet in the centre of a preheated oven at 200°C/gas mark 6 (180°C for a fan-assisted oven) and cook for around 8 minutes until they are set and easily removable.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, before carefully serving.
  11. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or your favourite accompaniment of choice!

As you may have noticed, the above dessert recipe serves three, but these are so good, we’re sure you’ll want to cuddle up and share the third with your loved one anyway.

If you’re after a few interesting drinks to serve during the evening you should also check out our Valentine’s Day Cocktail Guide, a great accompaniment to our Valentine’s Meal.

Should you require any baking equipment, bar equipment or kitchen utensils, we have all the professional kitchen equipment you need to create a Valentine’s Day hit.

So, if you would like to buy some cooking equipment for your valentine meal, or if you have any questions for us, please email us or call us on 01825 765 511.

If you found this article helpful, you might like to view our other recent articles:

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Guide

5 Bonzer Products We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

Year In Review: Bonzer’s Highlights Of 2014

5 Bonzer Products We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

Recently we looked at some of the products that made a big impact in 2014. Now, we want to look forward and take a look at the products that we’re most excited about in 2015, including brand new ranges (PressDome, Nemox Gelato) and fresh versions of classic products (Bonzer Heritage Barware, Bonzer Portioners). So, without further ado, here are five Bonzer products to keep an eye out for over the next 12 months:

1. Bonzer Heritage Barware

We are always looking to build on our range of barware products. In 2014 we released four brand new Barware Kits as well as unique items like the Coolbar Glass Froster, Aladin 007 Cocktail Smoker and Ice Ball Mould. In 2015 we are going to start the year by launching our Heritage Barware range in April. The range will consist of four strainers and will take its design influence from previous and current Bonzer barware products, offering a uniform appearance and shared handle design. They will be packaged in craft cartons with large black images of the products printed on the front.

Here’s a sneak peek of the range:

 The Heritage Range Stainless Steel2. Pac ‘n’ Vac Storage Containers

Fresh from winning the Food Preparation Equipment Award at last year’s The Caterer’s Product Excellence Awards, we are expecting a big year for our Pac ‘n’ Vac range of vacuum storage containers. Available in a variety of sizes and guaranteed to keep your food fresh for longer, the containers are being picked up by customers both UK and overseas, with recent new fans including The Restaurant Group (Frankie & Benny’s / Garfunkel’s) adding them to their kitchens.

pac-n-vac-storage-containers

3. Nemox Gelato

We exclusively launched the Nemox Gelato in the UK last year and are very happy to see its popularity grow. Dubbed “the ice cream machine of the future”, it’s a product that can deliver artisan-crafted ice cream for even the most discerning of diners.

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4. Bonzer PressDome

The Bonzer PressDome is a brand new product for 2015. A range of vacuum lid covers that form a strong seal to retain both freshness and heat. They are proving extremely popular in the healthcare industry, with both hospitals and care homes seeing how they help them deliver better quality food.

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5. Bonzer Portioners

More and more businesses in the bar and catering industries are looking at portion control as a way of reducing costs. This is one area where we were ahead of the curve. Our Portioners have been around for some time now, and offer a great way for catering businesses to reduce costs by using measured portions.

In May we will be launching a new range of Portioners to complement our current range.

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