Month: April 2021

Biodegradable bakery assets

first_imgTri-Star (Enfield, Middlesex), is claiming to supply the world’s first ever clear biodegradable sandwich wedge. Available nationally, the product is both biodegradable and biocompostable.The specially formulated material used to make the wedges is manufactured from polylactic acid (PLA), derived from dextrose obtained from corn starch. The material, which is safe for all types of food, is strong and lightweight and is said to biodegrade in a matter of weeks under the right conditions.last_img

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Ingredients watch

first_imgAthol Bruce, area sales manager, of Unifine Food and Bake Ingredients:Flavours are used for several reasons, such as to replace naturally available raw materials, to mask products and maybe to enhance or cover up a reaction that has happened in the baking process. They are also used to add innovative new flavours to ranges and to standardise the end product in taste. For instance, with fruit fillings, real fruit can dramatically vary in taste.Flavour also helps create perception, such as health. A fruity flavour will appear to be more healthy to a consumer than a rich chocolate, toffee flavour. More retailers are looking to reduce sugar, fat and salt, which subsequently have an effect on the feel and texture of the product. Flavours can help to overcome such problems. Cake butter for instance has a distinct flavour, so if removed the flavour is removed, but flavours can compensate for this.Healthy can still be tasty. Golden syrup is one that we have produced recently. People are reducing the amount of sugar they put into flap-jacks, sponge puddings and cake mixes, but they still want the flavour. The same has been done with products such as maple syrup, butter, caramel, toffee and bun spice, which is usually made with oil.Trends also show that flavours are being used to add value to bakery products. If you take a standard cookie and add a walnut flavour, it gives it a more premium image.l Each month, British Baker will be asking a leading industry figure to focus on the uses of different ingredients in bakinglast_img read more

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Top toasters: Krusty’s rotating toaster

first_imgDebate raged on one blogging site recently about the merits of this amateur inventor’s solution to that age-old riddle: how do you toast your bread evenly? This beautifully illustrated idea involves an electric motor to turn the centre shaft, and “the slow rotation of the gear shaft produces a more evenly toasted piece of bread.” Comments included:Col: Did you get a five-year-old to do those drawings?Middleli: There really is no beginning to your talents.Edward: Krusty’s idea would have small electric motors in a hot environment… prognosis… I’m out!!last_img

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Resignation cake

first_imgStep forward a certain Neil Berrett from San Francisco, who is the genius behind this job resignation letter, printed on a cake. The cake, posted on image-sharing website Flickr, reads: “Dear Mr Bowers, During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim. However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen… Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27. Sincerely, W Neil Berrett.”Now, if only those UK businesses making swathes of job cuts could be persuaded to issue redundancy letters on cakes, we’d all be laughing.last_img

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Minimum wage to rise from October

first_imgThe National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise to £5.80 per hour from October, for workers aged 22 and over, the government has announced this week. It is a 7p increase per hour on the current rate of £5.73 – a rise of 1.2%.For 18- to 22-year-olds the rate will increase by 6p to £4.83, and by 4p to £3.57 for 16- and 17-year-olds.Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers, said the increase “won’t do craft bakeries any good at all”, and favours a freeze on wage increases during the recession. “So many bakeries are really feeling the results of the recession; it’s absolutely crazy,” she added.The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has also said an NMW freeze would have been more helpful for businesses. “We pressed for a freeze to the minimum wage because of the severity of the downturn and the daily loss of jobs,” said director general of BCC, David Frost.“We are pleased that the increase is only a modest one, and it shows that the Low Pay Commission and the government have largely understood the seriousness of the situation.”The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) however, has welcomed the hourly rate change. John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, said: “This moderate increase recognises that many businesses are struggling, and helps protect jobs at a time of rising unemployment.”From October 2010, the top NMW rate will be extended to include 21-year-olds.last_img read more

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Plenty of sacks appeal

first_imgEmergency services were recently called to a Tesco store in Ryde after reports of a suspicious white powder emanating from a bag, wrote the Isle of Wight County Press. The police, hazardous material firefighters and ambulance crews leapt into action, only for it to transpire that this anthrax-alike substance was actually a sack of bread additive. (The Real Bread Campaign get about a bit, don’t they?)With a back-story as rich as that, this distinguished bag would no doubt be a valued addition to the world’s only flour sack museum. Yes, we repair to Germany, for the second week running, where Stop the Week has found a kindred spirit in Volkmar Wywiol, the owner of flour improvers supplier Mühlenchemie, who masterminded this bonkers venture.The Sackotheque, located at the museum in Ahrensburg, houses 1,925 sacks from 115 countries and is calling for people to send it more flour sacks, with a prize going to the sender of the 2,010th sack. “Over 100” visitors have flocked from around the world to witness this eccentric collection. According to its organisers, “One miller visiting the museum even had tears of emotion in his eyes when he saw his sack in the exhibition.” Wince.Stop the Week can only do this so much justice, so we turn your attentions to the museum website, which asks but fails to convincingly answer the well-anticipcated query, “Should flour sacks be in museums?” Here we learn that the curators are doing “pioneering work” into the symbolism of bread sack motifs; at the museum you will “wonder at the white silence inside a flour sack”; and that old mills used to feature gargoyle “bran pukers”, which puked bran from their gobs.l See: www.flour-art-museum.de/englishlast_img read more

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Double win for CakeyPigg’s wedding cakes

first_imgCakeyPigg Originals has scooped the Sponsors Choice award at this year’s Ice the Cake wedding cake awards.The Berkshire cake designer took the top prize in the category, in addition to a Highly Commended in the Most Beautifully Bespoke category, at an awards ceremony at the Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa. The competition saw 4,000 nominations and 21 wedding supplier finalists enter this year.Jennifer Wong, creative director at CakeyPigg Originals, said: “The awards ceremony was like the most fabulous wedding party, which was very fitting considering it was attended by some of the best wedding suppliers in the UK. When I heard that CakeyPigg Originals had won I was absolutely stunned. It’s been a fabulous cakey year and winning this award is literally the icing on the cake.”Sue Page, Ice the Cake founder, said at the awards ceremony: “The Sponsors Choice award was created especially as we felt that the standard was so high in all of the finalists and we wanted you to know that we recognise the hard work and dedication each and every one of you give to your individual businesses.”last_img read more

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Mishawaka leaf pick-up set for week of April 20

first_imgIndianaLocalNews TAGSAprilleafMishawakapick-upStreet Department Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp The snow has long since melted, which means you may need your leaves picked up once again.The Mishawaka Street Department plans to provide a one-week leaf pick-up beginning Monday, April 20. It will last through Friday, April 24.Mishawaka residents should rake leaves to their curbside, and plan for them to be picked up the day before their regular trash pick-up day.Leaves should be free of branches, twigs, stones or other foreign objects.For questions, call the Mishawaka Central Services office at (574) 258-1660.center_img Mishawaka leaf pick-up set for week of April 20 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – April 10, 2020 0 301 Previous articleBBB of Northern Indiana looking for donors to help them connect medical heroes with mealsNext articleUSPS taking steps to protect customers, workers during pandemic Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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BMV extends branch hours prior to primary election

first_img Pinterest BMV extends branch hours prior to primary election By Brooklyne Beatty – May 27, 2020 0 388 IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook TAGSbmvbureau of motor vehiclesextendshoursIndianaJune 1June 2primary election WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is extending its branch hours for the upcoming primary election.Branches will be open on Monday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 2 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Appointments are not required for these two days, but service is limited to only issuing new, amended, renewed or replacement ID cards and driver’s licenses for voting purposes. All other BMV services are not available June 1 and 2.Appointments will resume on June 3 and will be required for all transactions.The CDC has implemented the following guidelines for all BMV branches:All customers and employees should leave 6 feet of space between themselves and others.Hands should be washed and sanitized frequently.Masks are required for customer-facing employees and are strongly recommended for customersLobby chairs will be positioned at least 6 feet apart.The number of customers permitted in the branch at one time will vary by location. Once the permitted number is reached, the next customer will be asked to wait outside. Sidewalks will be marked as necessary with appropriate spacing.Frequently touched items will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes between each customer.Plexiglas barriers will be cleaned a minimum of twice a day.All branches will be cleaned the evening of June 1, 2020 and June 2, 2020.Individuals who hold a driver’s license or ID card that has expired after the last General Election (November 6, 2018) may use the expired card as proof of identification for voting purposes.For details, visit IN.gov/BMV. Twitter Facebook Previous articleMan, 20, arrested for murder, attempted robbery in connection with teen boy’s deathNext articleSpecial storm debris pickup underway in South Bend Brooklyne Beatty Google+ WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

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Medflight called to crash in Elkhart County, infant flown to hospital

first_img Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – August 21, 2020 0 452 WhatsApp Medflight called to crash in Elkhart County, infant flown to hospital Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest (95.3 MNC) Medflight was called to a crash in Elkhart County Thursday after an infant was ejected from a bicycle.The crash happened on County Road 13 north of County Road 142.A Chevrolet passenger car was traveling northbound when it rear-ended a bicyclist heading in the same direction.A 10-month-old infant was riding passenger on the bicycle, and was ejected upon impact. Police report the child was conscious and breathing, but was flown via Medflight to a Fort Wayne hospital for evaluation.The bicyclist and the driver of the vehicle were both uninjured.center_img TAGS10-monthbabybicycleCounty Road 13County Road 142crashejectedElkhart CountyIndianainfantmedflight Facebook Twitter Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, August 24-28Next articleOne killed, another injured, in Elkhart County crash Thursday Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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