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    How to Store Gourmet Tea and Coffee

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Maintain the integrity and flavor of your gourmet tea and coffee by properly storing it in between uses. This guide gives you some important tips on the right way to store these gourmet products:

    Put It on the Shelf

    Most coffee experts agree that the ideal way to store your ground coffee or whole coffee beans is on a self in the pantry. If possible, place the coffee inside of an airtight container where it will stay safe from light, heat, and moisture. If you do not have a separate container, you can use the bag in which the coffee came as long as you make sure that it is completely closed.

    Use Tin or Aluminum Containers for Tea

    It is important to also place your tea into an airtight container, but you want to avoid plastic, which can give leave the tea with a bad taste. Instead, put your loose-leaf tea into a tin or aluminum container and place it away from light, heat, and moisture. A dark, dry cupboard is usually the perfect location for your tea. Do not store flavored tea with plan kinds of tea or the taste could transfer and ruin both types.

    It Is Okay to Freeze Coffee You Are Not Using

    If you stocked up on gourmet coffee, you can put some of it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. Place the coffee beans in an airtight container and into the freezer. You should not freeze them for more than a month, and when you take them out, be sure to thaw them and use them within two weeks for optimal flavor.

    Order your gourmet coffee and tea from Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods to taste some of the best options from around the world. Whether you want to include them in a gift basket or just save them for yourself, we bring you flavors you will not soon forget. Call (281) 493-3663 to learn more.

    Deciding Between Buffet Platters and Sit Down Entrees

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The party caterer offers you a variety of options with which to make your next event a success. Deciding whether a buffet platter or sit-down entrees are best for you depends largely on the type of event you plan to throw. Use the following tips to choose the right kind of catering:

    Think About Your Table Settings

    If you are short on space, you might not have room for huge, elaborate table settings. When trying to decide on the kind of catering for your event, think about your table settings. If you serve food buffet style, you do not have to worry about finding space for your serving dishes or save some room for people to pass dishes.

    Consider the Mood You Want to Convey

    Sit-down dinners often feel more formal than buffet-style meals. You can create a seating chart that clearly lists where each guest should sit upon arrival. If you want a more casual, friendly feeling for your event, you might want to consider a buffet. This allows everyone to get up and mingle as they fill their plates with some delicious catering options.

    Think About the Food You Want to Serve

    At a sit-down dinner, your guests usually order a specific dish from a set menu. Buffets give your guests a bigger opportunity to sample a few different styles of food. If you want to have an eclectic menu with plenty of great food options, you should opt for the buffet. If you prefer to only have a small menu, though, a sit-down dinner is your best bet.

    No matter what kind of catering you want for your next party, Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods is here for you. As one of Houston’s top catering companies, we give you the selection you need to keep your guests completely satisfied. To learn more about our catering services or gift baskets, visit us online or call (281) 493-3663.

    What Is a Wine's Terroir?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The flavor of a fine wine is one of the most complex sensations a person can experience and describe. If you are just getting into the world of fine wines, you may feel overwhelmed at the unfamiliar terminology you hear. Terroir is a term that is widely used to describe wine, but is often used incorrectly. Essentially, terroir refers to how a region’s climate, soil, terrain, and tradition affect the taste of a wine. Certain regions have a reputation for having more terroir than others. For example, South Africa has very old granitic soil, which retains heat and reduces the acid in very acidic wine grapes. Terroir may account for differences in the same kinds of wine, such as the differences between a Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley versus one made in Bordeaux. 

    Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods is Houston’s premier destination for specialty food items and an incredible selection of fine wines. Contact us at (281) 493-3663 to learn about the new arrivals in our wine department, and don’t forget to ask about our daily deals on beautiful bottles of wine. 

    Tips for At-Home Wine Storage

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Tasting a fine wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but the way you store a wine can greatly affect how much enjoyment you get out of the bottle. Watch this video for helpful tips on how to store wine at home. 

    Bottles of wine should be stored horizontally whenever possible so that some wine always remains in contact with the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out and shrinking, which can allow air in, causing the wine to oxidize. Avoid storing wine on top of your refrigerator, as it’s often too warm up there to keep the bottle in good taste. You may want to consider investing in a small wine refrigerator to keep your bottles at a constant temperature and humidity.

    The experts in the wine department at Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods can help you select the perfect bottles to give as a gift or to build up your wine collection at home. Call us at (281) 493-3663 or visit us online to learn more about our selection of fine wines, catering options, and gift baskets. 

    How We Detect Sweet and Salty Flavors

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Did you know that humans can detect five distinct basic tastes? Everything you put into your mouth can fall under the category of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or umami, which is a savory flavor. Some people tend to favor sweeter tastes, while others prefer a salty snack to arrive in a gift basket. There are still other people who like combining the two tastes, which is why it’s a good idea to give a gift basket with a variety of flavors. Keep reading to learn more about how humans detect sweet and salty flavors.

    Salty

    Salt contains high levels of sodium, which is an essential ion that is used throughout the body. Salty foods are appealing to some people, but scientists believe that humans’ taste systems have evolved to make foods that are excessively salty unappealing. This is because too much sodium can be bad for your health. The tongue used to be mapped into different sections, and salty tastes were thought to be perceived on the front edge. However, more recent research has shown that humans can perceive any kind of taste anywhere there are taste receptors on the tongue. While a person’s choice between salty or sweet foods often comes down to a matter of simple preference, craving salty foods could mean that you’re dehydrated, fatigued, or stressed out.

    Sweet

    Sweet tastes come in a variety of packages, from fruits to candies and even certain vegetables. Much like salty foods, it’s a matter of personal preference as to how much sweetness someone likes. One person might only drink her coffee black, while someone else needs at least three packets of sugar to down a cup. Genetics, age, and experience all factor into taste preferences, though it’s not uncommon for someone to have a “sweet tooth”—no matter how old he or she may be. If you crave sugary foods, it could indicate similar issues to a salt craving, including dehydration, stress, and fatigue.

    No matter what you crave, Leibman’s Wine & Fine Foods of Houston has the snacks to keep you satisfied. Call us at (281) 493-3663 to inquire about ordering a gift basket for a friend, family member, or business associate. You can also order one for your own office, so you and your coworkers can enjoy our sweet and salty snacks!

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