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  • 3 Ways To Care For Stainless Steel

    cia-kitchen Picture via atpearl.com taken at The Culinary Institute of America- San Antonio
    Stainless steel is a staple in foodservice kitchens, and when properly looked after, it can be found shining everywhere from your countertops to the sinkswork tables, refrigeration, and the cooking and ware washing equipment. There are a number of reasons for this prevalence, but mostly, stainless steel is used throughout because it is very durable, safe for food preparation, resists corrosion more so than other materials (resist is the key word here) and it is nonporous, so moisture, bacteria and other harmful remnants can't easily seep into the material. However, contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can stain and even rust if not properly maintained. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel surfaces in the back of the house so you get rust-free service for years:
    1. Always use soft cloths, rags and sponges when cleaning the surfaces of your countertops, sink wells, and your stainless steel equipment. Abrasive brushes, scrapers and steel wool can quickly scratch and damage the thin film shield that protects the steel, creating a better opportunity for rust to form. Also, it is a general tip that you should clean going with the grain line. Usually, you can see  which way the grain of the steel is going and it's best to polish going with- not against- that line.
    2. Be sure to clean your stainless surfaces regularly and use the right sanitizing cleaners, keeping in mind the recommended concentration of your cleaner. Cleaning solutions like alkaline and alkaline-chlorinated cleaners should be used whereas traditional chloride solutions are advised against. High chlorine content is not recommended for stainless steel cleaning as it will eventually pit and rust the steel surface. If you do use chlorinated cleaners, be sure to check the concentration and strength, and then rinse it off quickly, before wiping down and drying the stainless surface.
    3. Hard water is one of the hardest things on stainless steel (no pun intended). Many foodservice establishments know this all too well and have equipped their water supply with  filtration systems to soften the water by sifting through some of the harsh chemicals that result in deposits, spots, and eventually, rust. Furthermore, hard water when heated can leave deposits on your steel surfaces which will eat through the protective film, causing rust, once again. Knowing this, it's important to keep water from standing on surfaces and wipe down moisture whenever you can.
  • 5 Reasons You Should Invest In A Garland Restaurant Range

    Untitled-7 Every restaurant and commercial kitchen relies on a powerful cook line that can fulfill its duties and keep up with the rigors of daily use. Every so often a brand comes along that takes this simple principle and exceeds the customer expectation, both aesthetically and functionally. With Garland Restaurant Ranges, your business can achieve just that. A model of durability, style, high performance and versatility, the Garland Restaurant Ranges are a must for the operator looking for unparalleled performance. Here are 5 points that show how Garland stands out amongst the rest:


    1. LARGER COOK TOP = GREATER PRODUCTIVITY

    With 27 inches of cooktop depth, the Garland Restaurant Range has the largest cooking surface in the industry which means you can do more at any one time. Will hold six 12 inch pots easily!


    2. UNIQUE BURNER CONFIGURATION = MORE CONCENTRATED HEAT

    Garland uses two-piece Starfire Pro Burners which pack 33,000 BTUs of power in a concentrated configuration, giving you the most precise heat and burner efficiency.


    3. LARGE, PORCELAIN OVEN  =  INCREASED COOKING PERFORMANCE & VARIETY

    As a chef you need the maximum space possible to get your tasks done. With Garland's restaurant ranges, you can benefit from the extra large oven which holds standard full size sheet pans in both directions. More versatility, better user experience. The oven features a fully-lined porcelain interior with a 38,000 BTU cast iron "H" burner that recovers quickly and retains heat for the best temperature management and consistent cooking performance. So whether you are baking, roasting, or something in between, the Garland ovens will provide a "Best In Class" usability for all your cooking demands.


    4. ACCESSIBLE GRATES, BURNERS & CRUMB TRAYS = EASY MAINTENANCE

    As anyone in the restaurant industry can relate, maintenance is a key factor in upholding the integrity of your kitchen equipment. Given the time restraints in a daily working environment, finding equipment that is simple and easy to maintain is paramount and will actually increase the likelihood that maintenance is being adhered to. With Garland's Restaurant Ranges there are a number of factors that simplify maintenance, including the easily-handled, removable split grates, the two-piece burners which are easily accessible and cleaned, pilot lights which are kept outside of the spill zone, therefore minimizing mess, and fully sealed crumb trays which are quick and simple to remove for emptying.


    5. CUSTOM CONFIGURATION = GREATER MENU CREATIVITY

    Whether it's a salamander broiler, a griddle, a raised griddle-broiler, or back guards, Garland manufacturers their ranges to fit your needs and the needs of those who've worked long and hard in this industry. By configuring your range with other equipment, your menu creativity and possibilities are endless, and you can efficiently maximize your workspace on the cook line.  


    Have questions? Please call us at 800-318-0690 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM Central Standard Time and we'd be more than happy to answer your questions!

    Want to learn more about Garland? This blog details the five key principles of trust behind the Garland has created as a player in the foodservice industry.
  • Why Buy Hoshizaki From Mission?

    Untitled-14 The restaurant business is one that requires a great deal of trust; trust in your vision, trust in your kitchen equipment and supplies to work well, and ultimately, trust in the people you work with, like your equipment and supply dealer. Which is why it is a top priority for us at Mission Restaurant Supply to establish this trust with people like you and businesses like yours. We do this by nurturing relationships with the brands that we represent, forging lasting partnerships that allow us to stand behind our products and offer them to you with complete confidence in their construction and performance capabilities. One such brand that the Mission Team has spent a great deal of time working with is Hoshizaki. As one of the world's most revered leaders in commercial refrigeration equipment, Hoshizaki is a brand that we genuinely believe can help your business succeed. Here are a small handful of reasons why you should trust Mission as your dealer for your next Hoshizaki investment.
    • For over 20 years, Mission and Hoshizaki have maintained a partnership that continues to flourish, resulting in more businesses that are getting their Hoshizaki right here at Mission.
    • Did You Know? Mission Restaurant Supply is the largest distributor of Hoshizaki products in America with a wholesale distributorship in Houston, Texas? We are honored to have the unique opportunity to offer this brand to your business at competitive wholesale prices. Don't see the model you're looking for on our website? Call us at 800-319-0690 today and we will do what we can do get it ordered for you!
    • Mission is an authorized service agent for Hoshizaki products. Our licensed service technicians in San Antonio, Austin, McAllen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi are able to help within the allocated territory should you need maintenance. For those outside of our allocated territories, it should be of comfort to you that Mission is authorized for technical service work on all Hoshizaki. Our team knows the "ins & outs" of this equipment to minimize the headaches for you.
    • When you find the Hoshizaki unit you're looking for we will ship it to you for free! That's right: Free Shipping on all Hoshizaki to a commercial address.
    • Last but not least, when you are considering a Hoshizaki for your business, our sales team here at Mission Restaurant Supply will be able to help you find the best unit for your needs. Our team prides itself on being well-educated and informed on the latest additions to the line so we can help you get the perfect fit for your refrigeration specifications.
    With Hoshizaki's increasingly popular line of commercial series, upright, reach-in refrigerators and freezers, there is yet another reason to invest in the brand. Here are a few reasons you should consider Hoshizaki Reach-Ins for your business. Untitled-12  
    • Patented, Ducted Air Flow Design Permeates Throughout The Cabinet
    • Stainless Steel Exterior Is Both Durable + Corrosion Resistant
    • Shipped Pre-Installed with 4 Inch Casters for easy Roll-In Installation through Standard Door Openings
    • Hoshi Reach In's Have Passed The Most Stringent Tests, Earning Ratings and Certifications Such As ANSI, Energy Star, NSF, UL, and ETL
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    • 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty with 5 Years on the Compressor & Condenser
    • 2-3/8 Inch Eco-Friendly Foam Insulation Throughout Both The Doors AND The Cabinet Ensures Temperatures Are Efficiently Maintained and Locked In
    • ABS-Lined Interior Keeps Temperatures Inside Cool and Prevents Rusting, Denting, And Overall Wear & Tear.
    • Ergonomic Doors Are Field Reversible!
    • Industrial Shelves Adjustable in 1 Inch Increments For Storage Versatility
    • Snap-In Gasket Easily Removed For Simple Cleaning
    Invest in a Hoshizaki this Year and Don't Hesitate to Call Us for Help, Assistance & Any Questions You May Have at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 6:30 PM CST.
  • Insinkerator Garbage Disposals

    8   As all of you in the food service industry know, the dish room and its subsequent operation is paramount to the success and efficiency of your business. As such, having an adequate garbage disposal system is key. This is where Insinkerator comes in. This food waste management brand continues to be a customer favorite and an industry favorite for providing disposals that run continuously, grind wasted food efficiently, while providing considerable labor savings for your business. Why Buy A Commercial Garbage Disposal?
    • Reduce Labor Cost
    • Increase Efficiency
    • Improve Sanitation
    As this video shows, there are a number of "Do's and Dont's" when it comes to operating your disposer. Here are a few of the key tips to remember: 1 2 3 6   Commercial Disposals are an investment but they are absolutely necessary for food service businesses of all sizes, from large hospitals and schools, to small restaurants, and they are most often found at soiled dishtables or by vegetable preparation areas for quick easy disposal and clean up. There are a number of different sizes and motor capacities that you can choose from, depending upon the scale of your business. What Size Disposal Do I Need? For 100 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-75
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-50
    For 100-150 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-100
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-75
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-50
    • Pot Sink: SS-50
    For 150-175 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-125
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-100
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-50
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-150
    For 175-200 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-150
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-150
    For 200-300 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-200
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: S-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 300-750 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-300
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 750-1500 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-500
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-300
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-150
    • Pot Sink: SS-150
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 1500 meals and up, please contact a Mission Restaurant Supply Sales Representative at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6:30 PM (CST) and someone will happily assist you in finding the right disposal for your needs. If you don't see the model number listed here on the Commercial Disposal page of our website, please contact us at quote@missionrs.com or call us at the number above and we would be happy to quote you!
  • Crown Verity Patio Heaters

    Untitled-11 On the first fall morning, to the cold wind of a winter's day, to the last stretch of chilly spring evenings, Patio Heaters help keep a warm ambiance and atmosphere wherever and whenver you need it most. Whether you're hoping to extend the lifespan of your patio seating or you are entertaining outdoors most of the year, having a Patio Heater will ensure that everyone is comfortable. Industry-favorite, Crown Verity, manufacturers an assortment of Patio Heaters designed for a wide array of uses. They are known for building durable, efficient, and most importantly, safe heaters that can be used in a myriad of settings. The brand prides themselves on using quality materials, like 16 gauge aluminum and all 304 s/s fasteners in addition to a slew of a other features and benefits that help them stand apart. Here are a few of the key, defining features that have given Crown Verity its leading status in the industry:
    • Biggest Reflectors On The Market:  Crown Verity's oversized reflectors are made of a durable, 16 gauge aluminum that won't bend or break.
    • Efficient: These patio heaters will consume 20-25% less propane than competitive models.
    • Wide Selection:  Once you've decided on Crown Verity for your investment, the next step is choosing between the many options they have available, including natural gas or propane, and what finish you desire, from antique bronze to silver vain, and stainless steel.
    • Efficient Conical Burner Design: Every Crown Verity Patio Heater has a conical burner with a stainless steel burner head construction that is significantly  more efficient than a vertical burner design.
    • Quality Control: Every patio heater that leaves the Crown Verity facility has been pre-fired and tested before packaging to ensure that everything is working just properly. In addition, all heaters are 85% assembled when shipped, so with just a few simple steps, you can be on your way to immediate use!
    • Ease of Use: Crown Verity makes all their heaters to be easy to operate. All ignitors are simple to light, and safe, most importantly.
    • Safety: One of the key safety features of Crown Verity's Patio Heaters is the Anti-Tilt Switch, which shuts off burners and the subsequent flare-ups from fuel in the event that the heater  tips.
    • Mobility: Extra large casters and an oversized wheel base enhance the strength  and the stability of these units while making them easy to move from Point A to Point B. For the rental service or catering company that goes from venue to venue, this is a crucial asset to Crown Verity! 
    • Large Tank Compartments: Crown Verity Tank Compartments can hold up to a 30 pound tank so you don't have to worry about changing out the fuel source as frequently as you would with competitive models.
    infa-red_heater_straight_on_glow_0 If you're looking for something a little different, why not consider the CV-EH-1500 Infrared Indoor- Outdoor Heater by the brand. The CV-EH-1500 Infrared Heater is portable, energy efficient, and easily mobile for all uses, both indoors and out. Below are the key assets that come with an investment in the CV-EH-1500.
    • It Doesn't Heat The Air: That's right. This portable patio heater heats the object beneath it (whether it be you or a chair), not simply the air.
    • Efficient: This unit is equipped with a highly efficient halogen lamp that will  put off the most heat with the least amount of energy consumption.
    • Weather Proof: Unlike many patio heaters on the market today, this Crown Verity unit is not impacted by the wine and it features a water proof casing to keep moisure out.
    • Easy Mobility: The CV-EH-1500 Infrared Heater by Crown Verity measures just 17.5'' long and weighs just 5 pounds for easy transport and maneuverability wherever you may need it. It also has two adjustable rods on either end so you can position the heating element in whichever way you desire.
    • Indoor or Outdoor Use: The Crown Verity Insta-Heat is one of the most popular heating options on the market today thanks to its extreme versatility. All you need is a 120 Volt outlet and you are in business!
    • No UV Rays or Emissions: Enough said! This efficient heater uses simple, safe heat.
    • Accessories: The Insta-Heat comes equipped with a 16 foot cord and a mounting bracket which is optional for use on a wall or with the (optional) stand. Other accessories include the remote control which allows you to turn the heat up or down from a distance.
    Just Think Of The Possibilities With These Heaters: Customers across the nation have used these on patios, in clubs, stadiums, arenas, within the rental industry, in churches, for valet parking stations, and beyond. To get more information on the Patio Heaters please call us at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6:30 PM CST.
  • 2014 Price Increases

    Every year the market prepares for new products and services which result in price increases by our manufacturers. This list is here for you to reference the brands on our site that are raising their prices with the arrival of 2014: Untitled-2   SHOP AT MISSIONRS.COM TODAY AND PLEASE CALL US TO SPEAK TO A SALES REPRESENTATIVE WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6:30 PM CST.
  • True® Commitment To Sustainability

    In recent years, the foodservice industry has been "going green" thanks to the implementation of more and more sustainable practices. Our leading commercial refrigeration brand, True Manufacturing, is a great case study of this commitment to sustainability. Over their 65 year history, this family-owned company has made significant, meaningful steps to minimize their carbon footprint while leading the way for green innovation in the foodservice industry. They've done this by utilizing not only energy efficient practices (i.e. using recycled composite materials) but also by pushing advanced technology to update their refrigeration systems as a whole.   true
      Here are the ways True is making a difference:
    • The Ecomate® insulated blowing agent used in their boxes has zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and zero GWP (Global Warming Potential)
    • True uses a closed loop water system to conserve water
    • They use recycled composite materials
    • True's reversing condenser fan motor ensures that the condensers are free from dirt and debris which equates to optimal condenser performance, colder holding temperatures and better overall efficiency on your investment
    • True Equipment meets RoHS compliance ("Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances") in electrical equipment (Hazard substances like lead, mercury and cadmium have been reduced by 99%)
    From 2013 compared to 2000, True has reduced its footprint in the following ways:
    • Reduced water usage by 40% per square foot
    • 100% of all scrap metal was recycled
    • Natural gas consumption was reduced by 60% per square foot
    • CO2 release was reduced by 136,000 metric tons
    • 99.97% reduction in TRI (toxic release inventory)
    • Water usage was reduced by 50% per square foot
    True is an ENERGY STAR® Partner for Commercial Refrigeration and they continue to meet & exceed DOE (Department of Energy) and CEC (California Energy Commission) requirements. If you'd like to read more about the ways True Manufacturing is reducing their carbon footprint on the environment, click here!
  • All Your Commercial Catering Essentials

    istock Like every new season, the holidays bring with it a renewed excitement for entertaining. With all the events that are starting to pick up, just as they do with the first of spring, summer, and fall, there is much to be done to get your catering business in order. Below are some of the essentials to get you ready & on your way:istock
    • One of the most essential items for caterers large and small is the trusty insulated pan carrier for safe transporting of food from one place to the next. Since most catered foods are prepared away from your client's site, having a durable, efficient, and food safe place to transport food is imperative. Our Cambro "Camcarriers" are made of a highly durable, double-walled polyethylene that won't break, rust, or dent. These units are available in all different sizes, colors, and capacities, and they are designed to keep your food temperatures at 135°F or higher, or at 41°F or lower. (Remember this article on the Temperature Danger Zone?) Convenient beverage dispensing is also paramount to a well-catered event. These insulated beverage dispensers keep your drinks at the right temperature and make for easy transport.
    • Having plenty of ice on hand, whether it be for keeping drinks iced down or separate for serving with drinks, is very important, as is the way in which it is stored. Ice caddies, or mobile ice bins, are the ideal way to move large volumes of ice safely and efficiently- get yours today, and don't forget about investing in a dependable commercial ice machine!
    • Chafing Dishes are a mainstay in the world of catering and they make serving foods at maintainable, safe temperatures both elegant and dependable. At Mission we have an assorted array of chafing dishes for commercial or home use, and they range in style, aesthetic, and price point, so you can find a natural fit for your business interests. (Make sure to buy your chafer fuel as well!)
    • Portable Cooking Equipment like Commercial Outdoor Grills & Griddles are designed for caterers doing lots of on-site, mobile food preparation. Crown Verity makes the highest quality, moveable, outdoor griddles and grills on the market with 6-7 minute high temperature pre-heat times, and they come fully assembled and crated for the most convenience. They are also equipped with oversized traction wheels for easy maneuverability by one person in all different outdoor settings. Choose between many different sizes, styles, and accessories to get the ultimate grilling experience for your catering needs.
    • Disposables are often a big consumable for the catering industry, from food pans to aluminum foil to dinnerware. At Mission Restaurant Supply you will find a selection of bulk disposable products that will make life easier for the next catered event.
    • Banquet Carts are essential to the large-volume catering company for two reasons: mobility and hot food holding over a period of time. With mobile banquet carts like the ones we have online by Alto-Shaam and other food service brands, you can rest assured that supplies can be easily transported and food can be properly maintained until ready to serve.
    • Portable Buffet Units and Portable Bar Service are two other essentials that make serving food and beverages more streamlined and organized for your catering staff.
    • There are many, many smallwares that make up a well-stocked catering kitchen, from elegant linens to flatware and cookware, not to mention all of the equipment that goes into preparing these foods, like Combi Ovens which maximize space and multi-task to bring you more efficiency and menu versatility all in one space-saving footprint.
    • Having adequate refrigeration is key to every catering business as refrigerated and frozen storage is crucial to keeping ingredients fresh, safe, and ready. At MissionRS.com you will find a wide selection of commercial Refrigerators and commercial Freezers in all sizes.
    To learn more about what kind of equipment and supplies you'll need for your catering business please call our friendly staff at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM for assistance.
  • Tips For Using & Caring For Your Texas Waffle Maker

    Untitled-3 Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not make it Texas-sized? At Mission Restaurant Supply your very own Texas Waffle Maker awaits you. This best-selling, non-commercial waffle maker has been a best-seller on the site for years and it makes delicious, golden waffles with every use. Here are some tips for getting the best use out of your investment:   Operating Tips For Your New Texas Waffle Maker:
    • Before use, it's always important to season your non-stick cooking surfaces. Open the waffle and season the griddles with cooking oil using a paper towel. Wipe off excess oil and discard the first waffle or two, which will more than likely be oily.
    • The operating light will turn on when the waffle is plugged in and begins to heat up. After about 5 minutes, the light will turn off, telling you the griddle is nice and hot, and ready for your mix! The light will stay off and the griddle will stay hot as long as the unit is plugged in.
    • Use roughly 2/3 cup of pancake or waffle mix per baking cycle! Once poured on the griddle plate, the ready light will turn on and you can close it lightly. *Be sure not to push it tightly closed as the waffle will need to steam and rise as it cooks. When the waffle is ready the ready light will turn off.
    • Cleaning your Texas Waffle Maker is very easy and should be done after the unit has completely cooled off. Do not clean the waffle maker when it is still hot. This Texas Waffle Maker cooks fast thanks to its 800 watt grill plates, and it should be completely cool so you don't burn yourself in the process, or warp the elements. When it's cool, simply wipe down the grill plates with a damp sponge of soft cloth and do the same with the outside of the waffle maker. Avoid using abrasive elements to scrub and resist from applying chemical cleaners directly on the unit.
      Toppings To Try:
    • Eggs
    • Fruit
    • Bacon
    • Jam
    • Nuts
    • Syrup & Honey
    Untitled-2   texas-box Ready to purchase your own? Head on over to the website to pick up a Texas Waffle Maker for your own kitchen and feel free to give our sales team a call at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, with any questions!
  • The Anatomy Of A Dormont Gas Hose

    Untitled-2 "Behind every piece of gas cooking equipment is a high quality, code compliant gas connector designed to provide maximum operation, mobility, cleanliness and safety for your equipment and kitchen." - Dormont


    In a nut shell, the truth is that a kitchen can't function without safe, flexible gas connections. Outfitting your commercial cooking equipment with the right tools for gas safety starts with one name: Dormont. (To read more about the importance of gas safety, we recommend reading this helpful article.) For over 50 years, Dormont has been manufacturing gas hoses that are designed for the commercial industry and credit is given to them for actually introducing the first moveable-grade gas connector. At the heart of this innovation is the brand's iconic Blue Hose, which is found in many of our gas connection kits. Dormont's Blue Hose is an absolute essential for the foodservice operator looking for the best connector for their gas-powered kitchen equipment. As you can see in the diagram below by Dormont, the Blue Hose is designed to withstand the rigors of commercial use and is engineered to deliver the best safety, sanitation, and efficiency to your venue. The Dormont Blue Hose is a moveable-grade connector meaning that it is designed for strength and with use with equipment that is caster-mounted or subject to mobility.  Below is  a diagram provided by the brand that showcases the key features and benefits of the Blue Hose:
      Untitled-1   Other cool tidbits about Dormont Gas Hoses?
    • Every Dormont Hose is Made in the USA
    • Every Connector is 100% Leak Tested
    To purchase a Dormont hose visit our Gas Connector page and feel free to call our sales team at 800-319-0690 to find out the right size hose for your equipment.

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