Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Walk-In

In a small hallway, behind the dishwasher pit, is the cold domicile of all the ingredients at Il Bottaccio. From the farmer's hands to our shelves are the fruits and vegetables that come in almost daily. You'll find stocks, sauces, tomato juice, and herbs. Then in the back there are jams and jellies, chocolate ganaches, and vanilla creams. This walk in refrigerator is one of the most important parts of the kitchen. It must constantly be cleaned, organized, and checked so that ingredients are always fresh and not going bad. I usually spend at least 10 or 15 minutes in the walk-in each day rearranging so that new shipments have a place to go as soon as they come in. I also have to follow a strict protocol so that food is placed safely throughout the refrigerator. Basically it is arranged so if one shelf drips into the next, the food will still be safe to eat. It's a fascinating hodge podge of food. Everything you could ever think of from passion fruit to Red Bull lives in this igloo. It is also a nice escape when the heat of the kitchen is too much to handle!

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