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March 17, 2022

Filter Coffee 101: Brewing Methods and Everything Else You Need to Know

Coffee is no longer just coffee anymore. Today, we know it by many names: a cuppa joe, java, jitter juice, morning jolt, cupped lightning, and many more. More than that, specialty shops and baristas are continuously reinventing our favorite morning drink to the point of evolution. From ready-to-drink mixes to espresso shots, coffee has become many things – with each one catering to people’s different preferences and tastes. And one of these variants is called filter coffee or drip coffee. As the name suggests, this type of coffee (or method of brewing coffee) entails pouring water over ground coffee beans. After a while, the resulting liquid is allowed to drip into a cup and served hot, like your favorite lly coffee in Saudi Arabia. Here, we’ll teach you all about filter coffees, including the brewing methods and different things you need to make that perfect cup of delicious morning jolt. 2 Methods of Filter Coffee Brewing Also called “pour-over coffee,” you can make filter coffee using two different methods: 1. Flow-Through This is the traditional method of making drip coffee. The mechanics are just as they sound – you let water flow through the coffee grounds and catch the dripping brown juice in a cup. Although disposable coffee filters can be used to make flow-through coffee, some brewer models incorporate this method into their mechanism. One example is the elegant Chemex, which uses a double-bonded paper filter to get that clean, crisp coffee flavor. 2. Immersion Immersion is a method of coffee brewing where both coffee and water come in contact freely within the same space before being filtered. Though uncommon, this method has been used to brew full-bodied coffee using an Aeropress, French press, and V60. 6 More Things You Need to Know About Filter Coffee Besides the coffee brewing method, it also pays to learn the six important things necessary to get your desired flavor and body in a filter coffee, including: 1. The Gear You don’t need that full barista coffee collection while you’re still learning the ropes of brewing. A few essential tools should suffice to get a good, consistent quality of pour-over coffee. These include: A burr grinder A slow-pouring kettle A gram scale Thermometer (if your kettle doesn’t have a built-in temperature display) 2. The Grind Different methods of brewing require varying levels of coffee bean coarseness. This means knowing the right grind to use for your methodology and equipment will help you get the best possible outcome. Using your burr grinder, you can get the coarser coffee grounds required for the flow-through brewed coffee using a Chemex. But if you prefer a more full-bodied coffee, use the immersion brewing method (via a V60 and Aeropress) with finer coffee grounds. 3. The Ratio How much water is needed to brew the perfect drip coffee? If we’re talking specialty coffee standards, you should stick between a 1:15 and 1:17 coffee-to-water ratio. Of course, you can always adjust this according to your taste and create your very own signature coffee recipe. Just remember that even the slightest adjustment can drastically affect the flavor and body of your caffeinated drink. 4. The Water The quality of water used in brewing is crucial not only to achieve the correct flavor and boldness but also in keeping your equipment and tools in good condition. While you don’t need to have your own in-line water filtration, the water you use for coffee brewing must be clean and free of colors, odors, and off-flavors. It also must have the following ideal chemical make-up: pH level – neutral (neither basic nor acidic) Dissolved mineral content – about 150 milligrams per liter Hardness – 4 grains Sodium content – about 10 milligrams per liter Total alkalinity – 40 milligrams per liter 5. The Temperature Coffee can be brewed at any temperature. (There’s even something called a “cold brew.”) Because of this, there’s not a single universally applicable ideal temperature for brewing – just some recommendations by different organizations. Below are a few popular examples: Near boiling: 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit (90.5 to 96 degrees Celsius) Boiling: 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius) Hot: 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius) What coffee experts agree on is the importance of temperature stability. No matter what temperature you decide , the brewer must stay within the same temperature range throughout the process. This is why preheating your brewer is necessary, as it helps prevent sudden heat loss. 6. The Brew Time Brew time describes the duration at which the ground coffee and water are in contact. It is also affected by the method of brewing and the equipment used. In general, brewing time can be determined by considering the following factors: Size of the grind: The coarser the coffee, the more permeable it is. The grind size can reduce or increase the time it needs to be in water for flavor extraction. The coffee filter permeability: This depends on the filter’s thickness and the size of its pores. The filter creping and inside ridges on the brewer’s wall: These allow airflow in an upward direction outside the filter, increasing its permeability. The coffee bed saturation: This also affects permeability and is probably why drip coffee is allowed to bloom. For example, a Chemex brewer used for flow-through filter coffee brewing requires four to five minutes for six-, eight-, or 10-cup batches. For V60, brewing can be anywhere between three minutes to six minutes for 400-milliliter to one-liter brews. Perfecting the Brew Drip or filter coffee offers a convenient alternative to traditional coffee brewing. Whether you want a full-bodied cuppa joe or a clean and crisp beverage, this article can help you advance your knowledge of perfecting the brew. As one of the most reputable beverage companies in Saudi Arabia, we can help you get all the supplies you need for that perfect cup of filter coffee.
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February 14, 2022

Know Your Meat: A Commercial Kitchen’s Quick Guide to Veal Cuts

Although the veal industry has faced changes in the United States market, it remains a popular choice outside the country, especially in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Veal is one of the most nutrient-rich meats for consumption in the world, after all. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a three-ounce serving of cooked and trimmed veal offers more than ten percent of the daily required niacin, zinc, protein, and vitamins B6 and B12 for an average person. The B-vitamins provide an energy boost, while zinc plays a critical role in immunity and cognitive growth and development. This article covers meat cuts, how to best serve them, and everything a commercial kitchen needs to know about the meat, from veal suppliers in the UAE. What is veal? Veal is a kind of meat taken from a young cow, raised through 16 to 18 weeks old. A veal calf can weigh up to 450 pounds and is usually male. Male dairy calves are preferred over females because the latter serve as dairy cows that continue to produce milk and breed more calves. Only a small percentage of males are raised to maturity for the purpose of breeding. Veal calves are raised differently from other beef sources – inside group pens where they can stand, stretch, groom, and lie down naturally instead of enclosed boxes. They are also housed indoors to protect against the weather and ensure that they are regularly cleaned, fed, and given water. 5 Veal Cuts and What They’re Best For Veal remains a favorite choice for chefs and home cooks alike because of its flavorful meat and lower caloric content than regular beef. It also has a more delicate texture that makes for a wonderful steak. Below is a quick rundown of some of the most common veal cuts and what they’re best used for, according to meat suppliers in Dubai: 1. Chuck Extending from the neck to the fifth rib, the chuck is one of the tastiest cuts because of its thickness. Since it includes the shoulder blade, it also offers added flavors from the connective tissues that keep the meat moist and thickens stews. However, chuck veal can be tougher than other cuts that get less muscle movement. Best for: Fricassee of veal Veal chuck boiled with vegetables in a broth and flavored with egg yolk and cream makes for a hearty stew. The fricassee left on the stove for hours to cook can also gradually fill the kitchen and the rest of your restaurant with appealing aromas that will draw more people in. Experts recommend cooking chuck veal with low-key flavors, like creamy sauces with sage, dill, and white pepper. 2. Neck and Clod Neck and clod veal cuts offer more flavor than others, though they require longer cooking times. They are also relatively less expensive. Clod veal can be cut without the bone to cook piccata in place of veal tenderloin. With its relatively high collagen and fat content, this part of the veal can also be minced for burger patties. Generally, all veal meat is still milder and more tender than beef. Best for: Stews and casseroles Neck and clod have enticing flavors and a smooth mouthfeel, thanks to the collagen, fat, bone, and marrow they come with. When boned, this cut can also be minced or ground and made into burger patties. 3. Ribeye Considered the finest, most tender front part of the veal, ribeye marbles wonderfully and is an excellent choice for grilling or frying. However, it has less fat content than beef, which means you have to be careful not to overcook it. Otherwise, you will have a grainy or dry steak. Best for: Roasting, frying, or grilling Ribeye can be roasted as a whole in the oven or as slices in a pan. It can be marbled over the grill with the bone included. 4. Chops Also called “short loin,” veal chops are among the most tender and expensive veal cuts on the market. This cut covers meat from the thirteenth (last) rib down to the small of the back. It has excellent texture, though not as much flavor as the tougher cuts. It also has less fat than beef, so it’s best cooked rare to avoid drying out the meat. Best for: Frying Tender, crispy fried chops are best served with Italian seasoning, with juicy tomatoes and vegetables. Fry it with white pepper, salt, and butter (or olive oil) to retain its natural flavors. Chops can also be grilled, though you may miss out on the added fat from frying. Since it’s lean meat, you’ll want to fry and bread this veal cut. 5. Sirloin Another tender cut of veal, the sirloin is best roasted with the layer of fat intact. However, veal meat in these parts is less tender than the short loin because of the major muscle movement, though they make up for it with the added flavor. Best for: Roasting or frying Try to roast one piece inside an oven and serve it cut into elegant, equally sized steak slices. You can also fry it in thin slices but do it very quickly as the meat dries out fast when overheated. Know Your Meat In-depth knowledge of the meat you use for your commercial kitchen can do wonders for your menu and restaurant as a whole. Make sure you’re well-versed in veal cuts with the help of this article and reach out to us for your meat requirements.
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January 31, 2022

St. Pierre Debuts In The UAE Foodservice Market With Bidfood UAE

We are excited to announce the news of our distribution agreement with St. Pierre, America's number one brioche brand and the fastest-growing bakery brand in the UK. Bidfood UAE will now supply St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns to the foodservice sector nationwide and will launch St. Pierre Seeded Brioche Burger Buns and St Pierre Sliced Brioche Loaf from March 2022.   St Pierre Groupe is an international market leader in the bakery sector with a brand portfolio that includes St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood. St Pierre Bakery offers a range of European baked delights – from tasty brioche loaves and rolls to delicious Belgian waffles and French crepes – to help make every day magnifique. The company provides bakery products to the global retail and wholesale markets as well as the hospitality industry to the UK, USA, UAE and Europe. Their products are sold in more than 35,000 stores worldwide.     Commenting, Hisham Al Jamil, Bidfood Middle East CEO said, “We are delighted to partner with St. Pierre, a brand whose quality and excellence lives up to the reputation. It is well-aligned with Bidfood UAE’s mission to provide distribution solutions that meet our customers’ unique needs by delivering top quality products, innovative brands and superior service. This partnership will allow us to respond to increasing demand for bakery products in the UAE, further strengthening our foodservice offering in the region.”   Mark Frossell, Commercial Manager for St Pierre, said, “Our expansion into the foodservice sector with Bidfood UAE is part of our mission to help make premium, quality products accessible to everyone. Taste is key in bakery – purchase drivers start with the flavour and independent taste tests consistently place our brioche ahead of competitors for texture, appearance and flavour. That’s key to every audience, regardless of the context in which they come to experience the St Pierre brand, but it’s especially important to foodservice operators who rely on consistent product quality. Offering a superior product means we can elevate meals and deliver an experience that helps to make ‘everyday’ magnifique."    We are glad to be part of this journey with St. Pierre Groupe and look forward to serving the UAE market with the #1 best brioche burger bun.     
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January 10, 2022 | 12:00 PM

Bidfood Secures Exclusive Foodservice Distributorship For JING™ Tea In The UAE

We are excited to announce our distributorship agreement with JING™ Tea to supply the rarest and most exceptional tea products in the United Arab Emirates. JING™ Tea is the first tea brand in the ever-expanding portfolio of Bidfood UAE and Bidfood KSA; with plans to further extend its regional partnership in the Sultanate of Oman.   Hisham Al Jamil, Bidfood Middle East CEO said, “Our partnership with JING™ Tea is a significant milestone as we work to diversify and grow our sustainable products portfolio in a way that responds to ever-changing market and consumer needs. JING™ Tea’s commitment to provide a high-quality tea experience is perfectly aligned with Bidfood Middle East’s mission to deliver excellence and value throughout our industry leading foodservice and support services. With this new partnership, we look forward to further strengthening our solid base, distribution network and market share in the region’s dynamic foodservice industry.”    According to recent statistics released by the Market Data Forecast, the Middle East and Africa tea market is worth $6.73 billion in 2021 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% to reach $7.88 billion by 2026*.  Bidfood plans to cater to the growing awareness and demand for luxury tea in the region by leveraging its value-added distribution network.     Catherine Archer, CEO, JING Tea, said: “We take pride in our partnership approach, providing not only the best teas possible from our personal relationships developed with our master tea makers but also by working with our customers to deliver against their individual needs- from a wide range of handmade teaware and ability to create bespoke service styles to our word-class training and tailored support for their teams. We look forward to partnering with BIDFOOD and bringing more exceptional tea experiences to the UAE.”   JING was founded to enable people to access the highest quality, distinctive teas and enjoy the most fulfilling tea-drinking experiences. JING™ sources teas from single gardens and master tea makers to ensure that they not only wow the senses with their clarity and purity, but also enable the people and places behind them to thrive.     JING’s focus on quality and service means they have been selected by some of the world’s greatest tastemakers. They proudly work with some of the world’s leading restaurants- with over 100 Michelin stars between them, as well as partnering with inspiring chefs and are enjoyed in some of the world’s most loved and respected hotels.   We look forward to a great partnership together. 
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November 17, 2021

5 Practical Changes to Healthify Your Restaurant Menu

Nearly all restaurants have something healthy to offer on their menu. Some of the well-known restaurant chains with guilt-free dishes you can indulge in are Chipotle, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Subway, and The Cheesecake Factory. Since even big, global restaurant chains are constantly looking for ways to incorporate healthier dishes in their menus, if you own a food business, it’s crucial to follow this trend. Doing so allows you to cater to health-conscious customers who are always willing to pay more to enjoy healthy meals. Making changes to your menu also enables you to offer more nourishing dishes that appeal to both health-conscious customers and those who want to expand their palates. All these can translate into an increase in your sales and profits and ensure you stay on par with the competition. Easy Ways to Make Your Restaurant Menu Healthier Making your menu healthier may sound challenging. However, there are simple and practical steps you can take to make these changes. Bidfood, one of the top food suppliers in Dubai, shares the below five easy tips that can help your restaurant have a healthier menu: 1. Introduce healthy substitutes. Before modifying the content of your menu, you need to make some changes in the kitchen to ensure you can serve up healthier dishes and back up your claims. An easy way to start is to replace the unhealthy ingredients you usually use with healthier ones. If you use sunflower, canola, or any type of vegetable oil, switch to healthier ones, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Also, serve salads with olive oil and vinegar instead of creamy, fatty dressings. If you use sour cream in some dishes, switch to Greek yogurt, which contains less sugar and more protein. Instead of offering white rice exclusively, start offering brown and cauliflower rice as healthy alternatives. Also, start making sugar swaps. Instead of using refined sugars in your desserts and sweet beverages, opt for natural sweeteners such as organic honey, dates, or monk fruit. These changes may not be huge, but they’ll help you get on the right track to having healthier menus. 2. Serve leaner cuts of meat. If different types of meat are staples in your menu, you can make these dishes healthier by choosing leaner cuts. For beef, flank, sirloin, tenderloin, top round, and eye round are some of the leanest cuts since these have lower fat content. On the other hand, loin chop, boneless ham, tenderloin, and top loin roast are the leanest cuts of pork. For chicken, breast and drumstick are the leanest cuts. You can cut their fat and calorie content in half by serving them skinless. You can also make your meat dishes even healthier by skipping unnecessary fats like butter and cream when preparing and cooking lean cuts. Add more seafood dishes to your menu. Fish and shellfish are nutritious since they are excellent sources of omega-3, vitamins B and D, iron, and protein. However, the average person does not eat the recommended servings of fatty fish and shellfish per week, which means they are losing out on a lot of nutrients. You can turn things around by serving more seafood in your restaurant. Use both wild-caught and farm-raised fish and shellfish in your new dishes or add them to tweak your current offerings. If you want to use frozen seafood, choose products that are responsibly sourced. Make sure you also prepare your seafood using healthy cooking methods, such as broiling, grilling, or baking. 4. Reduce portions. Reducing portion sizes is one of the best strategies you can try to help people lower their risk for obesity and other diet-related diseases. It is also an effective way to reduce food waste. Try to cut your serving portions in half. You can offer the smaller portion sizes at lower prices suitable for one person and the usual ones at their regular prices, which two or more customers can share. If you choose to serve smaller portions only, be prepared to deal with some negative reactions. You can minimize and manage those by highlighting the nutrient quality and great flavor each dish provides. Also, focus on enhancing the dining experience so your customers can enjoy themselves when they visit your restaurant. 5. Offer more healthy beverages. Sugary and carbonated drinks are unhealthy for various reasons. To have a completely healthier menu, add more fresh juices and smoothies. Fresh juices and smoothies are popular menu items since they are refreshing, especially during the summer. In cities like Dubai, where the weather is hot nearly all year-round, you’ll have additional offerings that are sure to sell. Since you’ll use fresh fruits and veggies, you’ll be able to serve beverages that are tasty, nutritious, and low-calorie at the same time. Make use of both seasonal and year-round fresh fruits and vegetables for your healthy beverages. Again, always use natural sweeteners, such as honey and dates, to give these drinks flavor. Lastly, don’t forget to highlight your healthy alternatives to sugary fizzy drinks, such as water, brewed coffee, and tea. Aside from serving plain drinking water, work with your sparkling water suppliers to find out what other water products you can add to your beverage menu. Sparkling water is an excellent option since it makes this natural, healthy beverage less boring to drink. Also, when served plain, coffee, and tea are actually calorie-free beverages and are excellent healthy options since they contain antioxidants and flavonoids that are good for your health. With these tips, you can have healthier food and beverage offerings and more varied menu items that will satisfy your loyal and new customers. You can get more ideas on how to improve your restaurant menu by visiting our blog page.
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November 03, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Diwali 2021 at Bidfood UAE

A very Happy Diwali from all of us at the Bidfood family to you and yours!           Earlier today, our entire team of Bidfoodies in the UAE came together to celebrate Diwali with pomp and splendour!    Diwali is known across the world as the "Festival of Lights", and is one of the major festivals celebrated across India. Earlier today, the office was brought to life as we learned about the Festival of Lights and its symbolism - the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.   To add to the excitement, various members of our team were dressed in Indian traditional wear and prepared a table full of food, ready to share a hearty Indian breakfast with the rest of the Bidfood UAE team.      We are proud to be part of an organization where we are encouraged to celebrate our culture, uniqueness and diversity and look forward to growing and learning about each other's traditions together.  
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