The Pros and Cons of Having Standardized Recipes

Standardized recipes is a concept that isn’t new to the world of cooking. Almost all every restaurant you will come across follows a standard way of preparing their dishes from the ingredients used, the proportions, the time used to cook, the way of plating, and other technical elements of the dish. Many households have adapted the concept of using standardized recipes in their kitchens, even if it’s just simple recipes.

Kitchens and restaurants that follow standardized recipes create a uniform way of things in the kitchen be it something tangible or intangible. There are still restaurants that do not benchmark any standardized recipes for certain reasons. The standardization of recipes isn’t perfect, and just like any other concept, it has its pros and cons which we are going to talk about. Let’s start with the pros of standardized recipes.

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1.) The quality of the food is consistent – Restaurants always have to make sure that the food they are serving their customers is of utmost quality and they have to make this possible with every dish that they prepare. By creating a standard recipe, you can work on the quality of a certain dish and by following that recipe you can ensure that the food quality remains the same for every prepared dish.

2.) Reduces the amount of excess food leftovers – Standardized recipes tailor everything about the dish including the proportions or servings of the dish. By controlling the proportions, the cooks can make use of the right amount of ingredients and serve the customers with the right amount of food. This is important in classy restaurants that use standard recipes that serve small servings.

3.) Cuts down the costs of the kitchen – Because the amount of ingredients used and the servings is controlled, the kitchen can also determine how much of a certain ingredient is needed when restocking. Because of this, the restaurant doesn’t need to buy too many helping reduce the costs of the restaurant increasing their revenue.

Now that we have talked about a few advantages of having standardized recipes, let’s take a look into a couple of the cons that one can expect when working with such recipes.

1.) It can be time consuming at times – There are times when a kitchen in the restaurant gets very busy and every second has to be maximized. Because of this, there might not be enough room to constantly look into the recipe and check for the right amount of ingredients, the right cooking time, etc. Very skilled chefs rely on their instincts when working with the technical elements of a recipe.

2.) One can come up with better variations of a recipe – When one uses a standard recipe very often, it starts to become boring. Some chefs like to create their own variations of a recipe and add their own creativity into it. This can help spark something fresh in the kitchen.

So those were some of the pros and cons of using a standardized recipe in the kitchen or restaurant. One can agree that having one is useful, but when the time comes, some rules can be broken.

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Understanding the Function of Home Automation

Do you know what home automation is? You have probably heard of that term while going around shopping for gadgets and appliances or while reading some tech article online. Basically the idea of home automation is to allow the gadgets, devices, and appliances to synchronize with each other while being connected through a network and system which allows you to operate them remotely through a control device and be able to monitor them even while out of the house all using your smart phone.

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The basic tech of home automation isn’t new, you can find it in your Christmas lights that can be plugged and set to a certain lighting pattern. Today, many tech companies and manufacturers have developed that tech going beyond pretty lights and produce products that are useful in our household. All this makes one feel like we are already living in the future, and while we were so used to be involved in operating our devices and appliances, one can only wonder how home automation works.

To help you get a better perspective, try to think of home automation like our own body. In a way, how our body functions is amazing and the same basic principle is being used in a home automation system. As humans, we have senses and once these are activated signal from our brain facilitate our muscles as to how to react. An example of this would be you dodging an incoming object. You saw it and your brain forced your body to dodge. This process involved thee stages, information, processing, and reaction.

The same thing applies with home automation systems, the programming of the devices process information given to it so that it may react or perform a specific action. First the gadget or device has to be supplied with information to process. This is where sensors come in. You can find that a lot of the appliances (lighting, security, temperature) in our household are fitted with sensors to make it home automated.

The sensors connected to the different devices act as its senses and the entire home automation system is like the nervous system transmitting data to the central control or your smart phone and tablet. Let’s focus on the HVAC system for you to understand how the system works. Once you have set the optimum temperature for your home using your phone, the system will try to maintain that temperature. This is done by sensing the temperature inside the house and the sensors send that data so that the HVAC system can make the right adjustments.

As mentioned, there is a central control which is the brain of the home automation system and this comes in the form of the hub. Through the hub, the entire system and network is completed allowing all the different gadgets and devices to connect to each other including the sensors. You can know what is going on in your home by connecting the hub to your smart phone allowing you to monitor everything and make any desired adjustments.

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