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  • Food Slicers

    Because food slicers require relatively little exertion or dexterity, using a third-party vendor to prepare meat and cheeses can be needlessly costly. Food slicers start at just $90, with top-of-the-line models in the three thousand dollar range. But with the added expenses charged by third-party delis, with any regular use, the machines can quickly pay for themselves.  Most restaurants that specialize in sandwiches purchase and use food slicers as a staple piece of equipment, but even small cafés can economically invest in one. Meats and cheeses purchased in large, bulk blocks cost immensely less than prepared cold cuts, and by lowering an ingredient's budget so significantly, your profit margin will expand as well. Though it might be used less, perhaps only weekly, slicers are durable machines, so that over the period of months they will incrementally lower expenses while remaining in near-mint condition. Over years, their increase to a small business's profits can be immense.

    The operation of food slicers, too, requires little to no specialization. With a little practice, any and every employee can work them, and without excessive liability. Additional blades in the workplace may seem to be magnified risk, but modern slicers have a minimally exposed area of danger; any injuries would almost need to be intentional. No one manager would then need to operate the slicer. Every employee could quickly learn the machine during general training demos, increasing the self-sufficiency of a business without a dramatic increase to its workers' responsibilities.

    Shop Food Slicers at Mission Restaurant Supply! Need some assistance finding the right slicer for your business? Email us at order@missionrs.com or give us a call at 1-800-319-0690.
  • Watermelon & Serrano Chili Salad

    Memorial Day is this weekend and what better way to turn up the heat than by grilling? Well, we'll tell you. We've found the perfect side dish to your meat or fish entree that is equally refreshing as it is spicy and flavorful. {Not to mention its main ingredient captures the very essence of summer.} This Watermelon and Serrano Chili Salad is juicy and sweet with a nice kick of heat, and it's sure to get things fired up for your Memorial Day Weekend. Ingredients: 1/2 Watermelon (6-7 cups) 2 serrano chili peppers 1.5 tsp lime zest 1.5 freshly squeezed lime juice 2 tbsp rice vinegar 2 green onions handful mint (1/3 cup chopped) small handful cilantro (1/4 cup chopped) salt and pepper to taste What You'll Need: Mixing Bowl & Whisk  Knives & Cutting Board Juicer {for extracting lime juice} Measurers Zester What You Do: 1. Cut chilis in half and scoop out the seeds and membranes 2. Finely chop the chilis until minced 3. In a small bowl, zest and juice the limes, and add the rice vinegar. 4. Add the de-seeded chilis to the bowl and season with salt and pepper { You can be generous with the salt because you'll be seasoning the watermelons as well, not just the dressing.} 5. Whisk the dressing together, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator so the peppers can marinate. 6. Cut green and white rind off the watermelon and then cut the watermelon into 1 inch cubes. 7. Chop up the mint and cilantro, waiting to add it until right before the dish is served {Otherwise, it will wilt...} 8. In a mixing bowl, add the dressing over the watermelon and add chopped mint leaves and cilantro to the top. Salt and Pepper if needed. 9. Mix gently and serve immediately. Enjoy! We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend- be safe! Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Choosy Beggars
  • Bar Supplies for Cleaning

    While they may never be ordered by a customer, of all the bar supplies you may get for your business, cleaning materials may be the most important. People notice the cleanliness of an eating space before they order, and the quality of the floors and tables often determine whether or not they return. No owner will contend, then, that air fresheners and paper towels may be neglected during stock and inventory, but deciding the types and amounts to buy can be complicated.  Storerooms have a very limited space, and managers must often deliberate what bulk materials and ingredients should be kept on hand. Food, drinks, and dinnerware should always fill the most shelves and floor area, but none of those materials will matter in a filthy business. Cleaning supplies have to occupy storage space as well, but when even brooms come in a dozen varieties, extensive purchases can fill the largest of areas. When taking inventory, it's important to know how much and how frequently a material is used. Dust mops need to be replaced regularly, but depending on the floor space, they can remain usable for a month, which would make keeping a dozen extras on hand excessive. Similarly, certain upholstery like leather requires special towelettes for upkeep, but these will be needed less than window cleaners and sanitation tablets; these can be purchased and stored as needed. The biggest danger in encountering so many specialty products is to buy one of everything, just to be prepared. This might be a wise tactic for a maid service industry but rarely a restaurant. The key to these products is the modifier "specialty," and for most general businesses, one generic brand or tool will suffice in functionality. Cleaning supplies and storage of them should be a priority, but careful, tactical purchases will ensure that many more of the true products of a business may be kept stocked and available. Shop for all your Janitorial Supplies at Mission Restaurant Supply! Need Disposable Janitorial Supplies? We've got it too!
  • Using Disposable Dinnerware

    For street vendors and pizzerias, disposable dishware is a basic staple, but how much should other restaurants invest in the materials? From placemats to food pans, nearly every utensil or baking supply is available in a disposable form, which sometimes is more practical than a more permanent piece. Knowing which version is more economically and personally advantageous to a business is an individual decision that changes for everyone. A few tips, though, can help determine when and how an owner should supply disposable products.  1. Carry out: Even if a restaurant has a dining area that most customers use, certain products like drinks and large meals are not often finished in one sitting. Providing a to-go container in addition to a ceramic plate or hard tray requires a disposable product and a dishwasher. Observing and documenting eating habits for just one week can provide a clear picture on whether or not such double-provisions are the average. If so, switching entirely to disposable containers can save both time and money. 2. Environmental impact: Many restaurants now are able to market themselves as environmentally-conscious, which can appeal to both customers' interest and personal business integrity. Styrofoam containers are less expensive but notoriously slow to decay into the earth, and providing them may deter customers with green convictions. Foam will always be a staple of restaurant supplies, but the additional cost of biodegradable containers may be worth retaining certain clientele. This will mostly be determined by your location and your target market (for example, a greasy burger joint versus an organic vegetarian restaurant). 3. Trash monitoring: Not all customers read "Do not discard _____" signs, and a lot of silverware and trays can escape from your business by means of the garbage can. Watch what goes into your trash. If too many plates, baskets, and spoons are being tossed anyway, switching entirely to disposable dinnerware may be wise.

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  • Plumbing Restaurant Equipment

    Almost every business has plumbing, but during renovations and maintenance, it can be one of the most important but neglected realms of restaurant equipment. A faucet seems ageless, a grease trap eternal, but proper upkeep and testing of these plumbing supplies and fixtures is essential to maintaining the sources and uses of water--the lifeblood of any restaurant.                                     Especially in colder regions, winter power outages can drop the temperature of buildings below freezing, putting even the pipes on stainless steel utility sinks at risk to burst. A small drop in water pressure can render any rinse unit completely useless. General wear and calcium buildup also ages and corrodes faucets and the cogs in large utility dishwashers. Every restaurant, café, or deli depends heavily on cleanliness, both for health codes and practicality: a malfunctioning sink can cripple an eatery by stockpiling dirty dishes, and without any source of water, cooking and brewing become impossible in a matter of minutes. The key safeguard against such a paralyzed business is simple servicing to test the proper functioning of plumbing equipment. Old water filters and disposals in particular have a high likelihood of sudden breakdown, so an investment in more modern machines might be a wise one. Otherwise, keeping spare parts like spindles and replacement valves on hand can be an inexpensive prevention technique. But the most important action is simply not to ignore plumbing. Refrigerators and ranges may be used more consciously, but the fixtures supplying water are indispensable to an operative business. Shop all plumbing supplies and equipment at Mission Restaurant Supply!

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