by Chef Magazine staff

This article is the Bottom Line Solutions online exclusive for the January 2009 issue.

Making butter sauce from scratch can be a labor-intensive and finicky process. To assist the busy (and budget-minded) chef, Land O’Lakes Foodservice has introduced Butter Sauce Base, a versatile heat-and-serve base. Unlike frozen or refrigerated solid sauces that lack the flavor, quality and flexibility of traditional butter sauce, Butter Sauce Base is a refrigerated liquid made with real Land O'Lakes butter that features the rich flavor and mouth-feel of from-scratch sauce. Because it’s flavor-neutral, it can easily be used as a speed-scratch start for a chef's savory or sweet signature sauces. While scratch sauce can break easily if it gets too hot, too cold or overstirred, Butter Sauce Base has excellent hot-hold stability, with the ability to be heated, reheated and microwaved without breaking. This base also accepts a considerable amount of acid or fat without breaking or curdling. It can be flavored on a batch-and-hold or made-to-order basis, minimizing waste and maximizing opportunities. For more information, visit, or call (800) 328-1322.

Dole Foodservice has introduced Chef-Ready Cuts, fresh frozen fruit pre-cut into cubes, dices and slices. The available products are pineapple cubes, mango cubes, diced peaches, diced strawberries and sliced strawberries. Dole developed Chef-Ready Cuts as time-saving ingredients for hardworking chefs. Across all menu segments and day parts, Dole Chef-Ready Cuts deliver fresh fruit flavor and versatility in an ultra-convenient, ready-to-use form. With customers demanding healthier menu options, Dole Chef-Ready Cuts offer 100-percent real fruit with all the fresh fruit benefits (naturally sweet, nutritious and an excellent source of Vitamin C). Available year-round, Dole Chef-Ready Cuts pour from the pouch to: serve as instant toppings and mix-ins; enhance fruit salsas, sauces, salads and desserts; or create menu signatures. For more information, visit, or call (800) 723-9868.

The Bonewerks Culinarte 100-percent pure, all-natural glace line provides chefs with a consistent, flavorful product that will save time, energy, space and money. The glace products are made from oven roasting the freshest bones, then simmering them for hours with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices. All products are made from first-draw stocks that are reduced and then blast-frozen to maintain the freshness. Express your culinary creativity with bases that are free of salt, wheat, gluten, added gelatin, artificial coloring, dairy and extracts. The glace line uses only a single species of bones—veal, chicken (roasted or blanched), white Peking duck, lamb, pork and lobster, as well as a vegetarian mirepoix—perfect for everything from from soups to risottos or to simply enhancing signature sauces. For more information, visit, or call (800) 542-3032.

Pepperidge Farm's puff pastry delivers chef quality in the European tradition without the need for costly labor or special equipment to achieve the delicate layers. The versatility can convenience of the products will enhance both your sweet and savory presentations. Puff pastry sheets are prerolled , ready to be shaped, filled and baked. Also available are puff pastry shells and mini shells for dessert and appetizer presentations. For more information, visit or