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  • The Latest Sweepstakes from Mission!

    Our latest Sweepstakes is for one of the new and hot  Bodum Coffee Presses {You've probably seen these at Starbucks but we stock them now too!!}

    Rules: 1. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. For complete rules visit the Mission Restaurant Supply Official Sweepstakes Rules Page. 2. Entries will be accepted from now until 12:00 noon (Central Time) on Cyber Monday, November 28th. 3. One winner will be selected at random from all entries on this post and announced on the blog at 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Monday the 28th! How To Enter:
    • Leave a comment on this post telling us what color you would most like to receive: Black, Red, or Green!
    Also, be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. Read more about the Bodum French Press Coffee Maker here.» NOTE: Neither Bodum, Facebook, or Twitter are affiliated with this Sweepstakes.
  • Catering with Convenience

    Catering is one of the most difficult foodservice businesses to operate, for a number of reasons. Preparing food that has to be transported before serving, all while maintaining safe temperatures, is no easy task. Unlike the controlled and repetitive nature of a restaurant operation, the variety of circumstances in which caterers find themselves makes it difficult to maintain high standards of food quality and service. Investing in the right catering supplies to transport your loot is of paramount importance to the success of your operation.
     

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    At Mission we have a number of Transport Carriers, from Insulated Food Pan Carriers to Ice Caddies, Insulated Bags, and Insulated Beverage Dispensers, that make transporting menu items easy and secure.   

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    No matter what you're planning on bringing to the event, the name of the game is convenience, and our products at MissionRS.com  will help you achieve just that.   

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     Whether you're keeping food items hot or cold, our carriers are designed to make the process a simple and convenient one. Our Insulated Food Carriers come in a number of different designs to suit your every need. Here are some factors to take into consideration before buying a carrier:  
    • Capacity - How much are you moving? - Choose from 12 qt, 20 qt, 24 qt, 60 qt...
    • Load Direction - Top, front, or end-load? - How will you be storing your product and loading and unloading it? There are a number of different configurations...
    • Color - Choosing a color for your food carriers is a purely personal choice, but remember that it should reflect you and your business. We have a number of colors available, some in stock and others available for us to Special Order for you.
    If you are booking up for the Holiday Season, make sure you invest in some of this transportation gear so that you deliver the best and work efficiently. If you have any questions regarding what carrier best suits the needs of your business, please drop us a line at 800-319-0690 and we will gladly help find something for you!
  • Holiday Season Necessities

     

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have all the supplies you need for both the kitchen and the dining area to make it a memorable one. Check out our ideas:
    1. Keep food hot and ready to serve with our 8 qt economy chafer. This chafing dish set includes a full size water pan, 2-1/2 inch deep full size food pan, chafing dish cover, stand and two fuel cell holders. For only $29.99 it can be yours!
    2. This 18 qt electric roaster oven fits up to an 18 lbs turkey! This convenient countertop unit is perfect for everyday home use, particularly for this Thanksgiving/Holiday Season!
    3. If you're looking to step things up a notch without being overly fancy, snatch up one of our gorgeous serving trays. Great for serving drinks, appetizers, and small bites to family and friends.
    4. When entertaining with a large group of people, prepping before the party is the key to success. Having ingredients out and in their appropriate place is important, as is having all your beverages iced down and easily accessible. Our stainless steel double wall beverage tubs are both attractive and useful for carrying a large number of sodas, waters, wines, and more. These investment pieces are great for year round use, but they are particularly handy around the Holiday Season.  
    5. Roasting Pans are some of the best tools in the kitchen. Roast veggies, chicken, turkey, and everything in between with our heavy-duty roasting pans, great for professionals or home cooks!
    6. Shake up your favorite drinks with our array of cocktail shakers and serve up in style with a large selection of quality glassware. From beautiful martini glasses to champagne flutes and everything in between, we have it all right here at MissionRS.com!
  • Holiday Prep : Is Your Restaurant Ready?

    Photo Courtesy of www.gospellyfe.com

    The Holiday Season is underway and for restaurants, caterers, and others in the foodservice industry, this is a busy time of year. Here are some tips for sprucing up your daily operation and making a memory for your customers that's both merry and bright.
    • Atmosphere is undoubtedly one of the best ways to set the tone. Pay attention to your lighting, the kind of music that's being played, and the overall feel of your establishment. Changing the decor in subtle ways can also be a nice way to ready your restaurant for the Holiday Season. Fall colored tablecloths or seasonal flower arrangments, jewel-toned votives for the Holidays, all of these things are simple ideas for sprucing up your look. Remember, a little goes a long way, and well thought out details, like the aforementioned, can leave a pleasant memory in the minds of your customers. - Shop Tablecloths - Shop Votives
     
    • Send a holiday email reminding customers about a special offer. This is a great way to keep your restaurant in the back of their mind. Offering gift cards year-round, but particularly through the Holiday Season, can be a great way to add a little more to your bottom line while also providing the customer with an easy gift idea.
     
    • If your restaurant caters to seasonal products and thus a changing menu, emphasize the kinds of Holiday menu items being featured through emails and flyers. Once your customers see what you're doing, word of mouth will take care of the rest. *Since everyone has different beliefs, it's important to be sensitive to Holiday terminology like Merry Christmas. Staying neutral is key.
      Read more on Holiday Preparedness: Surviving the Holiday Rush: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/surviving-the-holiday-rush/ Holiday Table Settings: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-table-settings/ Holiday Catering: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-catering/ Holiday Martinis: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-martinis/
  • Pumpkin Waffles...with a punch!

    With Autumn now in full swing, restaurant menus and home meals alike are changing their focus towards more seasonal dishes. One of the staples of many an Autumn food is the Pumpkin. Make a satisfying Fall breakfast with this spin-off of the classic, and if you're feeling adventurious, venture out and make your scrumptious Pumpkin Waffles in the shape of a Fleur de Lis or Texas state with our best-selling waffle makers!

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    The Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker:

    Pumpkin Waffles Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 large eggs, separated 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted Vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron or cooking spray What You'll Need: Waffle Maker (Have you seen our Texas or Fleur de Lis shaped waffle makers?) Mixing Bowl Wire Whip Fine Sieve What You Do 1. Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron. Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined. 2. In a mixing bowl whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks (as in, far softer than the over-beaten whites you'll see in my picture above). Fold them gently into the waffle batter, until just combined. 3. Brush waffle iron lightly with oil and spoon batter into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions. 4. Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp. Make more waffles!! Enjoy!    Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen!
  • Restaurant Supplies For Your Home!

    A recent trend in home kitchens has been the incorporation of commercial-grade equipment. From ovens to refrigerators to mixers, more and more people have been buying restaurant equipment for home use. The reasons for this are plain, as commercial kitchen equipment is extremely versatile and reliable compared to most residential appliances. Though commercial appliances certainly cost more than their residential counterparts, they can often save money in the long run as they're likely to last much longer. In addition, the minimalist steel look of these appliances is classic and never goes out of style. If you want to prepare food like a pro, or if you simply enjoy cooking and as a result spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, commercial restaurant supplies might be just the answer for you. One popular addition to many homes is a commercial refrigerator. Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may want to consider either a regular commercial refrigerator along with a commercial freezer separate, or a dual-temp unit that combines them like a normal residential model. The dual-temp units are large, many of them offering around 40-50 cubic feet. One of the best models on the market for home use is the True T-49DT. This is a dual-temperature refrigerator/freezer model, and offers a massive amount of storage space, 23 cubic feet on each side for a total of 46 cubic feet. It also features a diagnostic system with dial controls to ensure full and accurate controllability of internal temperatures. Beyond this, it's built like a tank with an attractive stainless steel exterior and vinyl-coated aluminum interior. True also guarantees the T-49DT's door hinges and torsion closure system for life. Other commercial restaurant supplies that have grown in popularity for home use are commercial-grade blenders. Vita-Mix blenders have set the standard in the restaurant industry thanks to their durability, performance and high-quality construction. They offer a complete line of blenders from lower-capacity models with a more limited range of speeds to the king of all commercial blenders, the Vitamix 1502 PBS. The 1502 PBS features an incredible 93 mixing speeds, precise ice portioning, the ability to mix up to four drinks at a single time and all with the simplicity of one button operation. While it may be overkill for some home users, it will certainly earn you bragging rights in the kitchen. Vita-mix is one of those brands though that is an industry standard, and has set the bar for quality in blenders for decades. Regardless of your needs and budget, they offer a machine that will suit you perfectly, and any one of their blenders is an excellent choice that will provide years of operation. In fact, it's not uncommon to see vintage Vita-mix blenders as old as the 1940s still selling for hundreds of dollars online as fully functional machines. The purchase of a Vita-mix is truly a great lifetime investment. Of course, one of the restaurant supplies you'll see in the home kitchen of any true foodie is a commercial range. For controllability, style and reliability you simply can't beat a quality commercial range. There is an astounding selection on the market, offering nearly every unit size and burner configuration you can imagine. Another option that is popular is an integrated oven, which isn't hard to find. Many home users though, prefer to buy just the range so it can be incorporated into a custom countertop or kitchen island, and buy an oven separately. One thing that all of these units have in common is heavy-duty stainless steel construction and gas burners that offer great control. If you do decide to buy a separate oven, there are many great models that will suit your needs. A commercial convection oven makes a great addition to a home kitchen, and can be found in a variety of sizes and configurations. There are countertop units that are a bit smaller, but perfect when hoping to save space. If you have extra room, you can buy a model that stands alone, either on a stand or stacking with separate compartments. One of the best convection ovens out there for home use is made by Garland/US Range; the SDG-2. It's large, featuring a stand-alone configuration with two compartments. It is capable of a temperature range of 200F - 500F in just 60 minutes. It also features electric spark ignition and a two speed .75 horsepower fan motor. It's truly an excellent oven for any discerning chef! One of the fundamental stations at any restaurant or home kitchen is the sink. Most of the time, for residential use, a one-compartment sink is plenty, although many times you will need a 2-compartment option. Our stainless sinks are NSF approved and come in all different price points. View our selection here. 
  • Why Buy Online?

    Shop at MissionRS.com  for convenience, great service, and unparalleled quality! 

    If you've been in the restaurant business for any time at all, there's a good chance you have a fairly reliable source for your restaurant supplies. Or perhaps you're starting out in the industry, hoping to open your first successful establishment. Regardless of how long you've been working in the hospitality field, though, it pays to consider some fresh ideas concerning your equipment and supplies. Good equipment and a full stock of supplies are essential to operating a successful restaurant, cafe, or bar. Because of the fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry, an efficient operation can suddenly find itself in a bad way if something breaks, or supplies begin to run out. You can't afford to turn customers away, or inconvenience them because something went wrong in the kitchen, and thus, you want to be sure you're on top of your ordering. On the other hand, you want to save money, and balancing your budget while maintaining a well-stocked house can be tricky. When you buy restaurant equipment online, it's possible to get the supplies you need at a price lower than you thought possible. Increasingly, online restaurant suppliers are becoming a mainstream force for providing some of the best prices and deals on restaurant equipment and supplies. At MissionRS.com, you'll always be able to speak to someone live on the phone who can walk you through your options, providing great service every step of the way.  We also have an online, comprehensive catalog that you can peruse at your leisure. Call us at 1-800-319-0690! Finally, you want to be sure that when you buy restaurant equipment, you buy the highest quality items possible. While the quality of rarely-used home appliances may not matter as much, restaurant appliances are a different story. The rigors of use endured by equipment in a restaurant, cafe, coffeehouse, or bar are great compared to residential appliances, and you want to be confident that the equipment you're buying is going to last for years to come. Having to repair or replace your equipment early is a cost that can seriously affect your bottom line, not to mention the opportunity coast of lost business if you have to close for repairs! MissionRS.com is home to hundreds of trusted foodservice manufacturers and our prices are some of the most competitive on the market. This profound commitment to trustworthy merchandise coupled with our team devotion to top-notch customer service, makes MissionRS.com the place to shop for Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, online.
  • The Best Commercial Baking Supplies at the Best Price

     

    Your bakery might have a great staff, but without great equipment and supplies, it will be difficult to sustain as a viable business. There are certain baking supplies that every good bakery needs, and they can be found online for an excellent price.
    1. One of the most essential baking supplies for any commercial operation is a floor mixer. Although there are many types of commercial mixers on the market in various sizes, a serious baking operation should invest in a floor model, as you'll presumably be doing large batches of product eventually, even if your needs are being met by a smaller model now. An additional benefit to the size of a floor mixer is that they can accommodate 50 lb. bags of flour, cake mix, cookie mix or whatever ingredients you'll need. Invest in a quality mixer as you'll use it often and you need one that can last you for many years into the future! Shop Mixers!
    2. Another supply you'll likely get a great deal of use from is a set of commercial baking pans. These also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it's good to buy a large selection. There are certain specialty pans that you may never need, but be sure to stock up on the basics. The most essential pans for every baker are cake pans, muffin pans, pie pans and sheet pans. It's important that you have a good stock of all of these. If you can build up a large supply of pans, you can use them in rotating shifts to improve productivity. For instance, if you're preparing something that requires proofing, you can be proofing one batch of dough already laid out on pans while another batch is in the oven or cooling on your other set of pans. Or, you can set up multiple sets of pans before close one night to be baked in the morning, saving time. Shop Baking Pans!
    3. Of course, you're going to need something to move all of these pans around on, which is why several bun pan racks need to be on your list of baking supplies to buy! These tall racks are extremely handy and just might see more use than any other piece of equipment in your kitchen. You will use them to transport your pans from place to place in the kitchen, and they're great for proofing dough or storing baked goods as well.  Make sure to buy covers for all of them too. This seems like a minor detail but they come in very handy for keeping your products free of debris while they're on the rack. Often, bakers will just use large plastic bags as covers. While this is fine in a pinch, it's a bad habit as it's wasteful and expensive in the long run. The pan covers are quite affordable, and many of them are insulated, which comes in very handy for controlling the temperature of your baked goods. Shop Bun Pan Racks!
    4. While you'll be able to proof some types of dough simply by putting them on a bun pan rack in a warm area, other types will require an actual heat source. For this, you should buy at least one heated cabinet. These can be bought with a solid or glass door, depending on your needs. They're quite versatile though, and can be used for many kitchen tasks. Besides proofing, you can use your heated cabinet for keeping baked goods warm while transporting to a bakery case in the front of your house. Shop Holding/Proofing Cabinets!
    5. In addition to all of these supplies, there are a variety of other smaller items you'll need. Many of these depend on your bakery in particular, but can include things like pastry cutters, pie markers, rolling pins, spatulas and sifters. If in doubt, buy as many of these types of common bakery items as you can. Some items you may not see a use for immediately, but you'll need them at some point, and it's better to have them on hand than to be rushing around at the last minute searching your local supermarket for an inferior residential version. Several good kitchen timers are also a great idea. Although some ovens have built-in timers, it's better to set two just in case one of them fails. Or, you can set one a bit earlier to remind yourself to check it. This is especially important when familiarizing yourself with new equipment, or attempting a new recipe where you may be unsure of the exact baking time necessary. Shop all other Baking Supplies!
  • Hunting Season Must-Haves

    Hunting season is almost here! Whether you're a seasoned hunter or a first-timer, processing your own deer is a project worth undertaking. Venison meat processing at home is a great way to save money and when you have the right supplies, it's easy. The first thing you'll need if you hope to process your own venison is a good set of hunting knives. You'll use these quite a bit when preparing meat, so it's smart to buy a high-quality set. One excellent choice is the "HS5600-4 Hunter's Knife Set" made by the respected manufacturer, Mundial Knives. This set includes three different high-carbon stainless steel knives; 3.25-inch camping knife, a 6-inch curved boning knife, and an 8-inch steak knife. It also includes a matching 10-inch sharpening stone, which is a must for keeping your knives in the best shape possible. This is a well-made and very versatile set, and works great for cleaning other meats, as well as fish. Another item you'll want for venison meat processing is a meat tenderizer. A multi-blade handheld meat tenderizer is perfect for venison steaks, and can reduce cooking time drastically. If you want to prepare perfect, tender cuts of meat, it's a good item to have on hand. The Jaccard Super-3 is an excellent and affordable choice. It features 48 surgical stainless steel blades, stainless steel actuating columns and it's dishwasher safe! One of the most essential items for venison meat processing is a quality meat grinder. These are necessary for making ground venison for burgers, chili, burritos and many other dishes. A meat grinder will also be exceptionally handy for making chopped steak. There are several different types of grinders available, as well as general food processors with meat cutting and grinding attachments. One of the most basic, but sturdy grinders on the market is the Jayhawk Sales 22. This is a manual tabletop grinder, and manages to be both affordable as well as extremely durable. It's ideal if you plan to do a limited amount of meat grinding, as its capacity is limited compared to electric models. It will, however, provide years of trouble-free service. If you plan to take on a larger quantity of meat processing, you should consider stepping up to an electric model. Compared to a manual model, a commercial-grade electric grinder will process much faster with less effort from the operator. One of the best values in commercial electric meat grinders is the Vollrath 40743 model. It has a 100v motor, two grinder plates, a number 12 hub and is capable of processing 220 pounds of meat per hour! In addition, the Vollrath includes a stainless steel pan and other accessories such as a stuffer and funnel. It's a reliable model that can handle the rigors of commercial production, but is affordable enough for residential purchase. Another option for meat cutting and grinding is to buy a commercial food processor that is capable of heavy-duty meat processing. The Univex PM91 is a strong contender in this field in terms of quality and value. While it costs more than the Vollrath processor, it's also much more versatile due to its design and different attachments. The Univex PM91 uses a 1inch wide Poly-V belt system driven by a 1 HP motor, and is high-powered enough to process an incredible amount of food very quickly. The benefit of this model over a regular meat grinder is that by using different attachments, it can also slice vegetables, shred cheese, and cut meats in various ways beyond simple grinding. Because it's a heavy-duty commercial model, it can do all of this at a speed far beyond any consumer-grade processor. It's also extremely sturdy, built from heavy-duty stainless steel. If you really want to take your food production to the next level, it's hard to beat the PM91. Finally, don't forget about storing all of this meat! Other important purchases you should consider are a vacuum packaging machine, and if you don't already have one, a large chest freezer. For vacuum packaging, consider another great Vollrath product, the Vollrath 40858 Vacuum Packaging Machine. It's efficient and durable, and can extend the storage life of your food considerably. For a freezer, make sure you buy one that is large enough to handle a great volume of meat. The Arctic Air CF20 is a good choice in this area, constructed of steel and offering 20 cubic feet of storage. It also features heavy-duty casters that make it easy to move, and uses environmentally friendly 134A refrigerant.
  • Upside Down Apple Pie

    As the temperatures drop and Fall begins to show its true colors, sometimes the best comfort food at the end of a long day is something warm and satisfying. That's where this Upside Down Apple Pie comes into play. The recipe originated from The Noble Pig Blog but it was submitted to us (along with the delicious photo!) by a loyal Facebook fan. We can't wait to try this dessert rich in comfort and made with love. Ingredients: 6 Tablespoons butter, melted & divided 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2 refrigerated pie crusts 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup all purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & cut into 1/2" slices What You Need: Measurers Pie Plate Mixing Bowl Spatula Apple Corer Bake Sheet (and a big appetite!) What You Do: Coat a deep-dish pie plate with nonstick cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Coat the paper with cooking spray also. In a small bowl combine 4 Tablespoons of melted butter, brown sugar and pecans. Mix well and spread evenly over the bottom of the pie plate, on top of the parchment. Place one of the crusts in the pie plate, pressing it firmly against the nut mixture and up the sides of the plate. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of melted butter. Mix well. Add the apples in and toss gently to coat. Spoon into the pie crust. Place the second crust over the apple mixture. Trim and fold the edges together to seal and cut some slits in the top of the crust for venting. Bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until crust is golden brown in a 375 degree oven. (Mine took 1-1/4 hours in the bottom third of my oven.) Make sure to place a cookie sheet on the bottom oven rack to catch any drips from the pie. Let the pie cool for 5 minutes and then place a plate that is larger than the pie on top of it and flip it over. Use oven gloves as it will still be hot. Remove the pie plate and gently lift the paper. Allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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