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  • Can Openers

    These days we live in a culture where canned goods constitute many of our food ingredients. Can openers, as a result, have an enormous presence in both restaurants and residential communities. At MissionRS.com we stock a large number of can openers ranging in size, price, and function to suit your every need. Commercial Can Openers Commercial Kitchens require equipment and supplies that can withstand the rigors of heavy usage on a day to day basis. Our commercial can openers do just that and they are able to open volumes of industrial-sized cans with ease and optimal efficiency. We have electric can openers that can open anywhere from 50 to 100 cans a day, and table or wall-mount varieties suitable for different sized cans. Made of a durable, heavy-duty stainless steel construction and outfitted with many different features, including rust resistant arbors, knife replacements, removable and reversible blade assemblies, and NSF approvals, these can openers are built to perform.  The majority of our commercial can openers are made in Burlington, Vermont by Edlund, a company that has invested its reputation in making easy to use, easy to clean can openers for the foodservice industry. A customer favorite for commercial use is the Edlund-1 Model. A comparable model to the Edlund table-mounted can openers is this Table-Mount variety by MissionRS Mfg. Lots of different options are available to you with great price points to match. Residential Can Openers: Almost every residential kitchen has the need for a can opener, but the size necessary for day-in-day-out use isn't as demanding as a commercial application. At MissionRS.com we have a big selection of functional home can openers, from the steel, can punch varieties to the fancier OXO Easy Grip and the all-in-one corkscrew and can-bottle opener model. All of our residential options are affordable, easy to use, and they perform efficiently for light home use.

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  • Lemon Bars

    When Citrus abounds, there's nothing better than making a fresh, citrusy dessert like Lemon Bars! This recipe is our absolute favorite: it's easy and took no time to make- we hope you enjoy! (NOTE: This would probably be delicious with any kind of citrus- grapefruit, lime, blood orange, clementine- the sky is the limit!)

      What You Do: To make crust:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner's sugar
    • Cut in butter until combined and crumbly.
    • Press mixture into bottom of pan.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
    To make topping:
    • While crust is baking, prepare topping.
    • In a larger bowl, add sugar, flour, and baking powder.
    • Then add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice.
    • Mix well and pour on top of warm baked crust.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
    • When cool, dust with confectioner's sugar and refrigerate.
    • Cut into bars and enjoy them cold!
    What You'll Need: Crust: 1 cup butter 1 3/4 cup flour 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar (plus more for dusting) Topping: 1 1/2 cup plain sugar 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 4 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup lemon juice Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan Mission Must-Haves for this Recipe: Measurers Wire Whisks and Mixing Bowls Food Pan Lemon Squeezer Mesh Strainer (for sifting powdered sugar) Thanks to Bakerella for the great recipe inspiration! Shop at MissionRS.com for all your culinary supplies & needs!
  • Ideal Bar Refrigeration

    Every beverage, whether alcoholic or not, has an ideal temperature, and most bars and restaurants never learn them all. After a long day in the sun, few things taste as refreshing as an ice-cold lager, but even among beers there should be a varying scale of temperatures.

    • Beer. Bar refrigeration is often set at a standard temperature for all beers: close to freezing or at least frosting. Though some beers might be better served warmer (at 45F or higher) so as to bring out all the flavors, most people  will agree that beer is best when its lightly frosted. 
    • Wine. The rule of thumb to keep red wines at room temperature and whites in a refrigerator was developed centuries ago, when "room temperature" meant in a drafty, medieval hall. When a wine is served too cold it restricts the flavors of the wine, while warmth just makes it taste like alcohol. For bar refrigeration standards, reds should generally be served at 60F, whites just a tad cooler at 55F. 
    • Water. Backpackers returning from Europe will often complain about the lack of ice cubes throughout the continent. Water is served not hot but warm over there, and Americans like their drinks frigid. Nutritionists say drinking at a natural temperature is best for your body, and only glacier water occurs as naturally cold as Americans prefer. To promote proper absorption and to keep the taste buds from numbing, water, like white wine, should be served at a cool (not cold!) 55F.
     

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    Call us at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at info@missionrs.com and we will get back to you!

  • Buying the Best Food Slicers for Your Cafe

     

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      If you own or operate a lunch cafe, deli or coffee shop, you probably have a pressing need for a quality slicer. Whether slicing meats, cheeses or vegetables, a good slicer is key to running an efficient and successful cafe. Of course, the differences between makes and models on the market are vast, and it's often hard to know which one to choose for your operation. If you want to ensure that your cafe is operating at its peak, you need to find food slicers that are optimized for your particular kitchen. 

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      One of the major distinguishing factors of commercial food slicers is whether they are manually or automatically operated. On an automatically operated slicer, the food surface will automatically reciprocate as fast as you want it to., which can mean incredible time savings when slicing large volumes of ingredients. If you're opening a deli or a sandwich shop and you plan to cut your own meats, then an automatic slicer is the route to go. Compared to a manually operated slicer, you'll see an astounding difference in the time it takes to complete slicing tasks. Of course, automatic models are more expensive than their manually-driven counterparts but it's up to you to determine whether the amount of time saved is worth the extra investment in the equipment. 

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      Another difference you'll find between models of commercial food slicers is whether they are belt-driven or gear-driven. Again, there is a cost difference between the two, and the volume of work you'll be using the slicer for will be a determining factor in which model you choose. The advantages of a gear-driven slicer are mainly in terms of reliability and maintenance. The belts that power a belt-driven slicer should require almost no maintenance other than regular cleanings and a bit of oil from time to time. If you're doing a high volume of slicing on a daily basis, the extra cost of a gear-driven slicer will be worth it to you in the long run. 

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      Lastly, consider the power of your food slicer's motor. There are a variety of motors that you'll find in commercial slicers, and you need to choose a model with enough power for your needs. The motor's power will affect the speed of its operation, as well as the slicer's longevity and reliability. You want to buy a slicer with a large enough motor so that it's not straining to keep up day after day. After all, this extra stress could lead to a breakdown after extended periods of use.  We have a BIG selection of commercial food slicers available on MissionRS.com, some of which qualify for FREE SHIPPING! Visit our selection today and thank you for choosing Mission Restaurant Supply! 

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  • Hobart Corporation

    In the foodservice industry, there are hundreds of brands that constantly compete against one another for quality, price, and the best reputation in the field. This competitive spirit is no new story, but throughout the years, certain brands like Hobart, have carved their own niche in the industry that's helped them stand apart. Hobart has been a mainstay in the foodservice industry for over 100 years. The company is committed to excellence, premier quality, and industrial innovation, and they have a global presence in the industry with over 200 locations worldwide, including manufacturing plants in the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Hobart's line of equipment ranges from food prep to warewashing. We are thrilled to now have Hobart products up on MissionRS.com! Choose from commercial meat grinders, heavy-duty slicers, countertop mixers, and more! Get FREE SHIPPING on any Hobart you order through MissionRS.com!  Shop today!

    The Hobart Vision

    "Our vision is to lead the foodservice and retail equipment industry through technical innovation, operational excellence, superior customer service and unsurpassed value."

    Core Values

    • Excellence...
    In all aspects of our operations and business. This excellence must be achieved internally and externally and as compared to industry peers and global pacesetters.
    • Innovation and enterprising initiatives...
    That encourage creativity and add value throughout the organization, for our customers, employees and for our shareholders.
    • Customer satisfaction...
    Putting the reciprocal relationship with our customers first to ensure that we surpass expectations and become the supplier of choice in the markets where we compete.
    • Teamwork and accountability...
    Within each individual work group and across the organization. Our leaders must demonstrate fair and balanced management, the capability to inspire and guide employee development, and the wisdom and confidence to support achievement and success by others.
    • Ethical behavior...
    Demonstrating integrity in all our interactions, both personal and professional. To learn more about Hobart, visit their website!
  • Shop for Less

    Every restaurant needs a wide variety of supplies in order to operate. If you manage or own an eating establishment, you're probably not only concerned with getting the supplies you need, but you want to get them at a great price as well. If you're saavy though, you can procure all the supplies you need while still trimming your budget. In today's trying economy, cutting costs can help you not only stay afloat, but even surpass your competition. If you're buying supplies for a restaurant, there are a few things you can do to keep your costs low.

    When buying restaurant supplies, it's important that you're willing to think outside the box if you want to trim your budget. Of course, there is a fine line between cutting costs and cutting quality, and you don't want to compromise your staff's efficiency or your customers' experience by skimping on supplies. This is an area where Internet commerce has helped restaurateurs immensely. Thanks to the growth of online suppliers, it's now possible to buy the same supplies you've been getting  from your local supplier at a fraction of the cost. If you think buying online means sacrificing service, think again! Often, you can get even better service from an online supplier with features such as instant online chat  with a friendly service representative. At MissionRS.com, we are available through chat, by phone, or via email!! If you're hoping to purchase restaurant supplies while saving money, there is another area you might not have considered. If you're a fast food/faster-service establishment, or serve large portions, you likely use a high volume of disposables. In many cases, the types of disposables you use can be optimized to allow for a significant savings in the long run. Assess the types of food that your customers are buying for takeaway. Many restaurants have fallen into the habit of over-packaging their takeaway order, and many could save money by simply making this packaging more efficient. Finally, when buying supplies for a restaurant, make sure you buy high-quality items. While it seems counter-intuitive to spend more money hoping to lower costs, it really does work out to greater savings in the long run if you focus on buying quality supplies that will last. The reason for this is that replacing equipment and supplies, even low-cost ones, can quickly cause your spending to get out of control. Buy supplies and equipment that are built to last, and you'll see your expenditures drop in the long term.

    Shop for Less at MissionRS.com!

  • Commercial Food Mixer Buying Guide

    Like any big piece of commercial restaurant equipment, buying a commercial-grade food mixer is a large investment. Blenders and mixers are an indispensable tool in any restaurant kitchen. Not only do they mix, but when outfitted with different mixer attachments, they can grind, chop, slice, and more. Ultimately you want to make sure you make the right decision long term and that the unit you choose will help make your business's daily operation a success. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have a selection of quality floor, countertop, and hand mixers. Deciding what the best choice is, given all the options, is often a daunting and overwhelming process. Cost for most everyone is one of the most important factors. Oftentimes, spending that extra dollar on a top-notch piece of equipment will pay off in the long haul because it means you're committed to quality and better warranty terms and service options. However, we understand that price is an important factor for everyone, and that's why we carry great lines at all different price points and for all different applications. Making careful calculation of the pros and cons when deciding on a new commercial-grade piece of equipment is paramount to the future success of your operation. Let us help you find what you need for your business.

    Manufacturer

    A good place to start when choosing a piece of commercial equipment, in this case a food mixer, is the manufacturer. Every manufacturer has its own, distinctive features, and knowing what these are might sway your decision favorably.  Furthermore, having trust in the history and performance behind the brand can help instill confidence in your decision. Here are some of the top mixer manufacturers available here at MissionRS.com: Hobart: Hobart is the grandfather of commercial mixers. In fact, the brand actually came up with the idea of a mixer in 1908 and they have been developing ever since. Here's an excerpt straight from their site: " In 1908 a Hobart engineer named Herbert Johnson was watching a baker mix bread dough with a metal spoon. Instinctively he knew this simple mechanical action could be performed more efficiently and consistently by a machine driven by a motor. By 1915, the Hobart 80-quart mixer had replaced the metal spoon in bakeries across the country. A century after Herbert Johnson invented it, the Hobart mixer is the most popular and trusted brand in the foodservice and food retail industry." Univex: Since 1948, Univex has been manufacturing commercial mixers with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Here are some words from the company: "All Univex mixers feature our unique hybrid drive system that lets you choose from four standard operating speeds or any speed in between...even while the mixer is running. They also come standard with a durable stainless-steel bowl that won't rust out or lose its finish, a #12 attachment hub for adding food-processing attachments, and an ingredient chute for easily adding ingredients to the bowl while the mixer is running." Waring: For the past 75 years, Waring has made a name in the industry for manufacturing quality immersion blenders, complete with s/s removable shafts and comfortable, ergonomic handles that can "power through any task." Waring has distinguished itself from other manufacturers by having both commercial and consumer-driven lines. Robot Coupe: For the past 30 years, this Jackson, Mississippi company has become a standard in the foodservice industry, and they proudly state that they are "the inventor and world leader of food processors" on their website. Robot Coupe's heavy-duty immersion blenders, found on MissionRS.com, not only allow for a number of tasks from mixing, blending, emulsifying, and pureeing, but the removable s/s knife and mixer blade assemblies make cleanliness and sanitation a key priority and positive attribute. You know you're buying quality from a trusted, American manufacturer when you purchase a Robot Coupe.

    Size

    The next factor to take into consideration is the type and size of mixer that'll best suit your needs. If you're operating a bakery, a pizzeria, or a restaurant where large volumes of dough, sauces, and more are needed constantly and in large volume, buying a large, heavy-duty, floor mixer is probably the best option for you. Conversely, if you are cranking out minimal volume of the aforementioned things or if you don't have the need for a mixer every day, a countertop or stick mixer might be the better option. Floor Mixers are probably the most popular type of mixer in a commercial setting due to their high powered nature and the large quart capacities they're able to undertake. Floor mixers have the power to mix a large amount of product in a very short amount of time, thus cutting labor costs and making food prep easier on a daily basis. Depending on your establishment and how much you are going to be preparing, a floor mixer might be the best investment for you. Our floor mixers range from 20 qt to 60 qt holding capacities.  These model types are ideal for cafeterias, caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and much more. Avoid the hassle of machinery breaking down and not doing its job efficiently day after day by purchasing a unit you know you can trust and that you are sure can handle the volume of food production your business requires. Shop Floor Mixers Here!   Countertop Mixers are a great choice for a vast array of uses and businesses, from small bakeries and coffee shops to smaller restaurant kitchens. Our countertop mixers available at Mission Restaurant Supply come in 7 qt, 10 qt, and 20 qt capacities and they feature gear-driven motors with heavy-duty exterior construction. Countertop mixers maximize space by being off the floor and on the tabletop. These models normally come outfitted with a spatula, a wire whisk, and a dough hook attachment with the stainless steel bowl, and some include a feed chute as well as a splash guard. Though much smaller than the robust floor mixers, our countertop mixers are all commercial-grade and they are built to handle the rigors of a commercial kitchen. However, these countertop models are also popular among our serious home chefs who constantly seek out quality and commercial-grade products for their home kitchens. Shop Countertop Mixers Here!   Hand Mixers Just like the grandiose floor mixers or the smaller, yet still robust countertop units, Hand mixers (otherwise known as stick mixers or immersion blenders) are a tool for food prep that mixes large quantities of soups, stew, sauces, and more. It differs from the floor and countertop varieties because it is a hand held device that has a built in motor, a long shaft, and a blade that is able to mix, chop, and emulsify at a high speed. One of the most important things to ensure when buying a hand mixer is that the size of the mixer will meet the size of the task at hand. The shaft should be long enough to mix thoroughly through the deepest part of your pot, and our range of shaft sizes from 7 inches to 29 inches, allows you to pick freely.  Furthermore, ensure that you pick the right power motor for your daily operation. If you will be blending heavy duty sauces, stews, and more, make sure you get a mixer with an adequate wattage so that the motor doesn't quit or overheat. The larger the job, the larger the motor you'll need and vice versa. Many of our models have a removable whisk assembly so that you can have that added feature if applicable to your needs. Also pay attention to whether or not the unit is single speed or if it has a variable speed feature. Variable speed is a major bonus that allows for greater mixing results. Contact our staff of friendly customer service agents today for guidance on which hand mixer is the right choice for you. Shop Hand Mixers Here!

    Cost

    At the end of the day, price is a factor that everyone considers before making a sale. Our mixers cover all different price points, and now it's easier to understand why. Our most expensive mixers are extremely heavy-duty, and they are built to handle all the rigors and the consistent, daily usage of a booming commercial kitchen. Our least expensive are your basic stick mixers that could be used both in the back of the house and in your own home.  Doing the research is often the hardest part when investing in commercial restaurant equipment, but we are here to help break down the details for you. Remember that investing in a quality manufacturer you can trust is important, and remember to think about the future of your establishment and to take into account potential growth that could increase the demands of your mixer down the road. Price is important as well and make sure you look at all your options before jumping into an investment- there could be an alternate, less expensive option that meets the demands of your business to a tee. Visit us online at Missionrs.com to find the right unit for you or call us today at 1-800-319-0690 and let us help you!

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  • Gear up for Halloween

    Here at Mission Restaurant Supply we are always on the hunt for great, new recipes that are easy to make and delicious. When a holiday like Halloween comes around, it's especially fun to try new things. The weather is slowly cooling down and we have our feelers out to try scrumptious, satisfying foods that are best suited for cold weather. Here are some on our must-try list: Perfect Pumpkin Bread Pumpkins are abounding this time of year and there are delicious ways to incorporate this plump gourd into more than just decoration. This Pumpkin Bread recipe is too easy for words. It makes a great breakfast bread when served slightly warm and it's great for a mid-day snack. The nutmeg and rich pumpkin make for the perfect mix of fall flavors. We made a few loaves for the office break room last Fall and it was a big hit!   Spicy Pumpkin Soup This Pumpkin Soup is something we are very excited about trying. It looks creamy, hot, satisfying, and we think it would be the perfect meal to warm up with on a blustery, Fall day. Recipe and photo courtesy of Simply Recipes. Ingredients
    • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
    • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 2 teaspoons curry powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
    • 5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)**
    • 2 cups of milk
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    What You Do 1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more. 2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. 3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan. 4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt. Serves 8- enjoy! Halloween Cupcakes Next, we are bringing you some  creepy crawler Halloween cupcakes, thanks to the fabulous baking blog, Bakerella. Rather than a recipe, we're giving you some decoration inspiration. The nice thing about cupcakes is the sky's the limit for decoration. Furthermore, you can make the baking process an easy one by buying the boxed mix and following the simple 1.2.3. directions there. (Buying red velvet cake for Halloween treats is our fav!) The photo here and at the top show just a handful of fun ways you can decorate your Halloween cupcakes. The trick is to buy lots of different icings and colored candies so that you can be creative with your designs. Check out all of our bakeware at Mission Restaurant Supply, including our non-stick cupcake pans! "The Fall Freeze" Some of the country's favorite blenders come from the Vitamix brand, a customer favorite here at MissionRS.com. The folks over at Vitamix were kind enough to offer up a great recipe for the season:: The Fall Freeze. This iced pumpkin drink sounds delicious- what do you think? Check out all of our Vitamix blenders on MissionRS.com!   Ingredients Prepare Frozen Pumpkin Cubes
    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) apple juice
    • 1 15 ounce (450 ml) can pumpkin
    1. Place apple juice and pumpkin into the Vitamix container and secure lid.  2. Select Variable 1.  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.  4. Blend for 10 seconds to mix. Spoon by tablespoons into an ice cube tray and freeze.  When Frozen Pumpkin Cubes are Ready
    • 8 ounces (240 g) vanilla yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons (28 g) brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 tray pumpkin cubes
    1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container and secure lid.  2. Select Variable 1.  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.  4. Use tamper to press ingredients into the blades while processing. In 30-60 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form in the mixture.  5. Stop machine. Do not overmix or melting will occur. Serve immediately & Enjoy! Sounds delish!

     

    What will you be preparing this Halloween?

  • Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is under way! For those that aren't familiar we suggest reading our quick guide! In a nutshell, Oktoberfest is a 17 day annual Bavarian Beer Festival, dating back to 1810. With very few exceptions (due to war, illness, etc.), Oktoberfest takes place once a year from late September to usually the first weekend in October.

    Munich is the birthplace of this gargantuan, historic celebration, but cities all over the world have emulated the festival and carried on some of the traditions for themselves. The main tradition here is Bavarian food and beer, and of course, all the history behind Bavaria's culture. Here is some fun trivia and a few products from MissionRS.com for all the  lovers out there!

    How did Oktoberfest start?

    Oktoberfest first started on October 12th, 1810 as a way to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. As a way of celebrating their marriage, the Bavarian people stood in front of the city gates to take in the royal event. Horse races ended the celebration and agricultural fairs ensued in the years to come.

    Why is it internationally celebrated?

    Oktoberfest today is the largest beer festival in the world! What started in its early years as small beer stands for visitors to have a quick drink while taking in the agricultural shows, horse races, and more, has become an international celebration of Bavarian cuisine, beer, history, and customs.

    What's the traditional dress?

    Men and young boys generally wear lederhosen (britches made of leather) and the ladies wear dirndls (the official dress of Southern Germany). This way of dress has not gone out of style in Bavaria!

    Why is Oktoberfest mostly in September- not October?

    This question is asked by most, but the answer is that the weather in Munich is more favorable for festival conditions in September rather than October.

    What do you eat at Oktoberfest?

    German food is very distinctive, and during Oktoberfest it is all about the classics. For example, Bratwurst with sauerkraut, weis wurst (a white sausage traditionally served with a sweet mustard), knodels (or dumplings) and soft pretzels- festival food! And, most importantly, lots and lots of good, German beer!

    What makes drinking beer on Oktoberfest different from any other day?

    The brew made for Oktoberfest is stronger than normal German beer. The Oktoberfest beer has approximately a 5.8%-6.3% alcohol content and higher sugar than traditional German beer, which has low sugar and approximately 5.2% alcohol.

    What do you drink from at Oktoberfest?

    A German Mass, otherwise known as an Oktoberfest beer stein!

    What else can you expect?

    Dancing on tables, joyful singing, lots of camaraderie, and the merriment that comes with celebrating this old tradition. Oh, and did we mention there are approximately 14 tents, each capable of seating anywhere from 4,000 to 11,000 people, and each with its own distinctive characteristic (certain food sold, type of music playing, etc.)
  • A Guide to Buying Commercial Microwaves

    As any restaurant professional knows, the equipment you stock your establishment with matters a great deal when it comes to running your business efficiently. When your staff has to deal with faulty equipment, it slows them down, which causes them to be unable to provide the great customer experience you strive for. Unlike home food preparation equipment, the appliances you use in a restaurant setting must be high-powered, and built to withstand an incredible amount of use, day in and day out. This is especially true of complicated appliances such as microwaves. When you buy commercial microwaves for your restaurant, you want to know that they can provide years of trouble-free service. The commercial microwaves on the market today all have several commonalities and several major differences. Commercial units that you'll be considering will all be higher powered than residential models, which allows them to heat food much faster. Commercial microwaves will also feature all stainless-steel exteriors, which makes for easier cleanup and a much lower chance of wearing out or becoming damaged in the fast-paced commercial kitchen environment. There are some major differences in models though, and which one you choose is highly dependent upon your restaurant's individual needs. The Panasonic NE-1024 is a 1000 watt commercial microwave w/ dial timer. Just $166.79 The Panasonic NE-3280 is a 3200 watt commercial microwave, steamer, and rethermalizer with 5 power levels and 16 programmable memory pads. $3549

     SIZE First, you'll need to determine the size of the commercial microwaves you're considering purchasing. There are models on the market in many different sizes, and you need to assess your individual requirements. Consider first what kind of counter space you have available, and then consider what types of dishes you'll be heating in it. Unless you're a smaller or lower-volume establishment, odds are that your kitchen will need more than one microwave. Consider buying units of different sizes for different uses. For instance, you might have a smaller unit for your prep area that's used exclusively for heating sauces and small side dishes. Then, you can have a larger unit that's meant for heating larger dishes or defrosting large packages of ingredients. POWER Another consideration you need to pay attention to is the cooking power of your commercial microwaves. These units are available in a variety of power ratings, and the amount of power your microwave generates is the biggest factor in determining how fast it will be able to heat food. This is an area where it is critical to know what types of foods you'll be heating, and for what purposes. For example, if you're planning to defrost large portions of frozen meats or vegetables, you're going to need a microwave with a fairly large power rating. Otherwise, it's simply going to take too long to accomplish this task. Not only will this slow down your staff and affect the overall efficiency of your operation, but  you could run into some problems with your ingredients being outside of the safe temperature zones for too long a period. On the other hand, if you're selecting a unit that's going to be used primarily for heating small side dishes and sauces, then you don't need or want a unit that's overpowered. Instead, choose something with a lower power rating. This will save you money, counter space, and reduce the risk of overheating your dishes. PRICE Finally, you want to know that you're purchasing your commercial microwaves at a price that is fair, and getting great service from your equipment dealer. In the past, restaurateurs purchased their equipment from local restaurant supply dealers at a physical location. Now, thanks to the Internet, it's no longer necessary to deal only with your local suppliers. You can often save money, and even get much better service by shopping online. With the money you can save, you might want to consider upgrading to even better equipment. After all, the restaurant equipment you buy will ultimately affect your bottom line! To Browse our selection of Commercial Microwaves at Missionrs.com, click here!

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