Author Archives: Sallie Lewis

  • How Long Will It Keep?

    Need a refresher on food storage and refrigeration? Our handy dandy infographic will get you up to speed on the best food safety practices for storing and refrigerating foods. 

  • A Guide To Kitchen Thermometers


    One of a chef's greatest tools can fit right in the palm of their hand or clip straight onto an apron pocket. Thermometers are a case study of simple efficiency and their place in the kitchen is indisputable. These significant tools manage myriad temperatures in the back of the house - be it the storage temperature of your food or the actual temperature of food before it's plated and served to a customer. Temperature is key to food safety as bacteria grows furtively all around us - including in the food we eat. Controlling bacteria levels comes down to controlling food temperature, and having thermometers on hand encourages the constant use and maintenance of food safety practices. In today's market, thermometers are available in all shapes, sizes, and levels of technology. In this guide you will find a basic break down of the most commonly used thermometers in the kitchen landscape.

    Meat Thermometers:

    When cooking poultry or meat, it's important to have a meat thermometer on hand to gauge internal temperatures and the thoroughness of cooking. These thermometers, which generally have a long 5 to 8 inch probe and smaller temperature ranges, are often inserted into meat prior to cooking and left inside throughout the cooking process. Serving an undercooked chicken or piece of meat to a customer is one way to pass foodborne illnesses on to your patrons. Having a dependable meat thermometer is an added precaution to make sure you don't do this. Meat thermometers ultimately allow you to measure whether your meat is cooked through, meaning that the temperature is high enough to have killed off harmful bacteria. Texture and color alone aren't enough to determine whether a piece of meat is "done;" with the use of a meat thermometer you can rest assured you're serving meat that is both safe and delicious.

    Pocket Thermometers:

    These lightweight thermometers are carried by chefs to quickly check the temperatures of everything from casseroles to meat dishes. Outfitted with a thin probe, pocket thermometers allow you to quickly pierce and penetrate the interior of the dish. Many times, pocket thermometers come with plastic sleeves to protect the probe from germs and cross contamination.

    Oven Thermometers:

    Oven thermometers are usually constructed of stainless steel or other heat resistant materials given the high temperatures they're exposed to daily. These units are designed to measure the temperature of the oven's cooking cavity, and the faces often have enlarged, bold numbers and colored cooking zones for quick easy reading. While some models stand on the floor of the cavity, others hang from inside the oven, and some can do both, like this Comark model.

    Deep Fry Thermometers:

    Similar to oven thermometers, deep fry thermometers have high temperature ranges to upwards of 600ºF. Deep Fry Thermometers allow you to closely monitor the temperature of your oil prior to frying chicken, fish, or something in between. Doing so ensures that food isn't saturated or burned from overheated oil.

    Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometers:

    Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometers are essential tools for your cold storage units, ensuring food is being held at the right temperatures. Though most refrigeration units have digital temperature readings on them, having a back up thermometer inside the cooler gives you added security and backup precision. Our simple, lightweight options hang conveniently inside the refrigerator or freezer and are a low cost solution for all commercial applications.

    Candy Thermometers:

    Candy Thermometers help end users who are making homemade candies and other sweets using melted chocolate, caramel, and sugar. These simple thermometers monitor heat and keep sugary substances from burning. They generally have high temperature ranges with long probes.

    Specialty Thermometers:

    Specialty Thermometers are a bit different than your standard analog or digital counterparts as they can use infrared lasers to monitor temperatures amongst other technical tools. Our selection online takes all the guesswork out of cooking thanks to their quick, precise temperature readings!

  • Save Time, Labor and Money With Pacojet

    Be it chocolate, watches or something in between, Switzerland has long been associated with quality, so it’s only fitting that the country is also home to Pacojet, one of the foodservice industry’s most respected, quality manufacturers. Saber Rejbe is the Executive Pastry Chef at Advanced Gourmet and Pacojet in Greensboro, North Carolina. Below we learn a little more about him and the product line that is used in over 40,000 kitchens worldwide.

    Chef Saber Rejbi of Advanced Gourmet and Pacojet. Chef Saber Rejbi of Advanced Gourmet and Pacojet.


    Chef Saber Rejbe is a Parisian native who went to pastry school in France before working for many fine dining restaurants and five star hotels - such as the esteemed Hotel Crillon - in the City of Light. It was in these venues that he got his start using Pacojet. “I can probably say I’ve been using Pacojet every day for the last 8 years,” he said adding, “I seem to discover a new way of using the Pacojet every day.”  As a professional chef in his own right, Saber firmly believes that the Pacojet will inspires chefs to create new tastes, sensations, and signature dishes for every course, while improving the bottom line in restaurants of all sizes.


    Pacotizing enables chefs to 'micro-purée' fresh and deep-frozen foods into ice creams, sorbets, soups, sauces and ultra-light mousses -- all without thawing. It’s a unique process of spinning a food product at a high speed of 2,000 rpm. This shaves an ultra fine layer off the frozen product with each revolution, creating a fine, creamy serving in just 20 seconds! 

    Pacotizing 101 Pacotizing 101


    In a nutshell, the Pacojet 2 (PJ2) is an upgraded version of the Pacojet 1 (PJ1). The PJ1 is 22 years old and after years of listening to chefs around the world, the company has added some exciting new features in the PJ2. One such new feature is the interactive touch screen complete with illustrated, intuitive icons with more customization options.  (BONUS: The PJ2 also comes with an international recipe book complete with 75 basic recipes and 50 recipes from a fan club of chefs using Pacojet around the world!) 

    The Pacojet is a complete system that will allow you to create any type of frozen application (sweet/savory/raw/vegan) but it will also work as a superior machine for processing fresh food and whipping.

    • Frozen Applications: For frozen foods such as ice cream or sorbet, simply fill the beaker to the fill line with your ingredients and a liquid, cover with the lid, and let it freeze for 24 hours using a regular freezer (see illustration above) or 3 hours with a blast freezer. The Pacojet 2 also has an overfill rescue function that senses and recovers overfilled beaker contents automatically without the need to thaw. Freezing the beaker locks in freshness and aromas. Attach the blade with the splash guard to the Pacojet. When the beaker is frozen solid, remove the lid and attach the beaker using the beaker holder to the Pacojet, then choose the number of servings or portions you desire or pacotize the whole beaker without thawing! It’s quick and simple. As soon as the pacotizing is complete, remove the beaker and your product is ready-to-serve, while retaining the most intense flavors, natural colors and vital nutrients. If you have leftover frozen product in the beakers, simply flatten the product and put the lid back on and return to the freezer for future use.
    • Non-Frozen Applications: The Coupe Set attachments enable the Pacojet to be used as a cutter, mincer, mixer, blender or whipper to process foodstuffs in their fresh state without having to freeze them first. Fish, meat, herbs, fruits, vegetables and spices or cream, egg whites, milk, etc. are simply filled into a Pacojet beaker (if desired, together with other ingredients and seasonings) and processed directly using the appropriate attachment for the texture desired. Then press start! 
    Before (bottom) and After (top) Pacotizing Before (bottom) and After (top) Pacotizing


    The Pacojet has three tiers to choose from, with the only major difference being the quantity of accessories that comes with each of them.

    • The Basic System comes with the Pacojet Machine, a Pacotizing Blade, a Spray Guard, 2 Beakers and Lids, 1 Outer Protective Beaker, 1 Chrome Spatula, 1 Recipe Book and 1 Cleaning Kit.

    • The Advanced System comes with everything the Basic System has, but it has 6 Beakers instead of 2 and a Coupe Set. The Coupe Set comes with three additional blades for non-frozen applications: a 2-blade cutter for coarse textures (e.g. steak tartare), a 4-blade cutter for fine textures (e.g. terrines/pates), and a whipping disc (for whip cream, egg whites and milkshakes). These blades generally allow for chopping, dicing, or pureeing non frozen foods from produce to meats and fish.

    • The Super System comes with everything the Advanced System has with the addition of 4 beakers for a total of 10. It also comes with a Gold Blade which is hardened with titanium-nitride. The Super System is recommended for the chef that has never used Pacojet before. It has all the accessories – including the coupe set – to start working in any size or any kind of application.


    As simple as 1-2-3. The touch screen on the PJ2 shows a 3-step cleaning process, which Chef Saber recommends running at the end of the work day. From the screen you’ll see 3 steps: Cleaning, Sanitizing and Rinsing; each step takes just 1 minute. “If you do that you will maintain the quality of the Pacojet for many years,” he said. Additionally, all the beakers are dishwasher safe.

    The Pacojet 2 The Pacojet 2


     Pacojet is used in restaurants and fine dining institutions all over the world, yet it has also found a home in many niche markets: 

    • Catering Companies and Country Clubs: Chefs that need to travel with their equipment greatly benefit from the Pacojet. “They love using it for ice cream because they can bring the Pacojet with them to any location – just plug and play,” said Chef Saber. (The PJ2 weights 35-pounds.)
    • Bakeries: Bakeries use a lot of whipped cream. With the Pacojet you can pacotize 1 liter of whipped cream in less than 1 minute. Just put the heavy cream in the empty beaker and push start. When you come back to the unit the whipped cream will be ready for use.
    • Bars: Mixologists are also fans of the Pacojet for use in making some of their specialty cocktails, such as Granita, slushy Margaritas, Daiquiris, Pina Coladas, and more.

    • Retirement Homes: Many residents in retirement homes have difficulty swallowing, particularly with dense foods, such as meat. Chef Saber’s experience with Pacojet in retirement homes has been extraordinarily beneficial. “The chef micro-purees the meat and puts it into a mold (chicken or steak mold) and they freeze the mold,” said Chef Saber. “When the meat is frozen it keeps the shape of the mold then you cook it and it’s ready to serve,” he added. Preparing the meat this way also makes it very easy to cut.
    • Raw/ Vegan Communities: Pacojet is a popular go-to for the raw and vegan community, which is rife in states like California. Pacojet enables chefs to do more with their raw menus, even making raw ice creams and raw cheeses, to name a few. For raw ice cream, simply put nuts and coconut oil into the beaker, freeze and pacotize without heating the product. All those raw ingredients will turn into a micro-pureed, creamy ice cream that’s ready to be enjoyed.


    •  Saving Time: The Pacojet prepares individual portions (approximately 3.5 fluid ounces) in 20 seconds and a whole beaker worth of food product in less than 4 minutes! In just one hour the Pacojet will produce 15 liters of sorbet/ ice cream in 15 different flavors or 150 portions of soup in 15 varieties. Also, your staff can prepare beakers ahead of time for the entire week, and best yet, there's no need to strain, puree, or remove peels from the food product prior to pacotizing. Pacojet will pacotize cores, peels, skins and more into micro particles so there is no need to throw them away or waste your time removing them.

    • Eliminating Food Waste: Because the Pacojet has a built-in portion system it only pacotizes the amount of food you tell it to. The remainder of food stays frozen in the beaker and can be put back in the freezer for later use. All the Pacojet beakers are hygienic so no oxidation or contamination occurs. 

    • Saving Money: The Pacojet will improve your bottom line and pay for itself in less than 3 months! Check out this ROI chart:4x6 PJ Profit Card front

    • Saving Space: The Pacojet's compact countertop design (Depth Width Height: 19.7'' x 14.2'' x 7.9'') makes it great for all kitchens, though there’s no limit to the number of beakers that can be added with each unit.


    The new Pacojet 2 units come with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor plus a 5-year warranty on the motor. The warranty must be activated when you register the unit on, which takes just a few minutes!


    Pacojet service is also available through Advanced Gourmet for yearly maintenance or any other service needs.


    Aside from talking with one of our specialists, Chef Saber is always willing to help you learn more about the new Pacojet 2. “Every customer is different and every customer has different requests,” he said. “We are really here to help and listen to every new project.”

    Call us at Mission at 1-800-319-0690 or contact Chef Saber at 1-877-648-7084! We're open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM Central Standard Time.

  • How To Throw a Memorial Day BBQ + Facebook Giveaway!

    Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer and what better way to celebrate the season than with a big outdoor BBQ? We have a few ideas for throwing an event of this nature including how you can continually please your guests and customers {while making life a little easier on yourself in the process.} Throwing a proper BBQ begins with having all the right tools to facilitate the Grill. We have a big selection of grilling tools from big, heavy duty equipment and Lodge cast iron skillets to all the small necessities in between, like scrapers, basting brushes, aprons, tongs, tenderizers and tool sets. Have you seen our Memorial Day Facebook Giveaway? The 3 piece Outset BBQ tool set (shown; right) is one of our best-sellers and perfect for all your grilling needs. Winners announced May 27! One of the negatives that come with grilling food for a crowd of people is the mess that's made in the process.  Make life a little easier on yourself by using Disposables and loading up on trash bags, paper napkins, and plates and utensils that you can simply throw away. Another way that hosting a BBQ can become instantly easier for you is by letting some of the cookware do the work. That's where we come in. Whether you're making potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or serving healthy sides like green beans or broccoli, keep your dishes warm and ready to serve the whole event long with our Chafing Dishes. We've got a big variety for you to choose from, starting with basic economy lines to ornate silver and copper plated selections. We even have the Chafing Fuel that'll keep the food hot and your guests happy. Want to add a little Patriotic flare to your venue? It is Memorial Day after all! We've got custom-made Tablecloths and linen napkins in solid red, white, and blue, and we even have patriotic prints to choose from as well. Add a pop of color and commemorate the Holiday by turning to the details... Add a little heat to the party by serving up something unexpected. Our Jalapeno Grillers never cease to please when they're used for serving up delicious stuffed peppers. We even have a Jalapeno corer that'll de-seed the peppers and get them ready for stuffing! Whether you're catering a party or simply cooking out in your back yard our new Tiki Torches add a lot of pizzazz to the venue and the overall ambiance. Check out our different styles here. Need some assistance? We can help out! Call us at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at

    Happy Summer!

  • The Endura Grease Interceptor


    The foodservice industry has long been faced with the issue of grease management, and more generally, how to properly manage waste in commercial establishments and applications. Finding a way to combat this problem has been an ongoing struggle for years. That's why we are excited to offer a valid solution to the problem at hand:: The Endura Grease Interceptor. "Designed and injection molded in high performance thermoplastic, the Endura Grease Interceptor provides food service professionals with a proven, reliable and cost effective means of managing the grease produced in their establishments before it can cause an often expensive and very unpleasant problem."  At just 1/3 of the weight of a metal grease interceptor, the Endura thermoplastic grease interceptor is easy to transport, install, and clean, due in large part to its light weight nature. Though these interceptors are light weight, they are built with a heavy duty durability, complete with seamless construction that prohibits leaking. It's also perfectly suitable for the most extreme commercial circumstances. How so? The Endura Grease Interceptor is able to operate continuously at temperatures of 220 degrees F while supporting roughly 440 lbs of load. We have 3 different sizes to choose from: 20 GPM with 70 lbs Grease Capacity, 35 GPM with 115 lbs Grease Capacity, and 50 GPM with a 122 lbs Grease Capacity, all of which have a 440 lbs surface load capacity. Best yet, it's easy to clean with its Quick-Connect latching system that allows for easy access and entry, contrary to the traditional bolted lid that you find on other models. *These units can be installed on the floor, semi-recessed, or fully-recessed in the floor. They also have versatile connections allowing for easy use with existing plumbing systems.* One of the qualities that makes the Endura Grease Interceptor stand out is the unique, Patented Baffle System. The interior baffle was constructed to slow the flow of grease and to maximize the efficiency of grease separation- between 93% and 97% (PRI test certification)! It has an award winning Flow Control Device (FCD) that's a crucial part of the Endura design, and its cleanout lid allows for easy access in the event of blockage. Another quality that makes the Endura Interceptor a popular favorite is the airtight seal made up of silicone foam that keeps offensive odors from escaping and spreading throughout the workplace. If you aren't convinced already that the Endura is the answer to all your grease management problems, consider the incredible warranty offer that's available with its purchase. Endura provides a 10 year warranty period that guarantees your Endura won't rust, warp or peel. We think the innovative design and strength of Endura makes it a great option for the food service industry. Have questions? Call us toll free at 800-319-0690 or email us at .
  • Mother's Day Gift Guide

    We're just under a week away from Mother's Day and it's not too late to get a last minute gift! Whether your mom likes to cook or if she simply likes to collect kitchen accessories, we have a range of gift ideas in this quick, last minute gift guide: FOOD PREP KITCHEN GADGETS Food prep has never been easier with these great Joseph and Joseph "Slice & Store" cutting boards. Simply use the cutting board and store your knife on the side when finished. We have a range of colors from pink to green and charcoal gray. A slight variation of the aforementioned cutting boards are our "Chop to Pot" boards which have flexible hinges that make moving  diced food straight to the pot an easy ordeal. Simply squeeze the handle and transport. These innovative cutting boards are available in orange, blue, pink, green, red, and black and they are Dishwasher safe. BAR SETS Keeping your bar supplies consistently well stocked-whether at home or in a commercial setting- is  something that we all know is hard to do. From glassware to bar gadgets there's always updating to be done. Our popular Home and Professional 6-Piece Bar Set allows you to stock up on all the essentials in no time. Not to mention it makes a GREAT gift for the cocktail aficionado in your life. BREAKFAST MADE EASY Breakfast has never looked so good thanks to our best-selling Texas- Shaped Waffle Maker. This durable waffle maker is easy to use and makes delicious waffles time and time again.   QUALITY FIRST Let's face it- our mothers deserve only the best in life so that's why we have a full page on our website with "Only the Best" products on the market. From heavy duty silver serving utensils to fine glassware, we've got a great selection of mother's day- worthy gifts. ENTERTAINING GURU If your mother is an avid entertainer we know just the thing for her: Proteak! This line has gorgeous wood products from teak cutting boards to butcher blocks, both of which make the perfect display for antipasti and appetizers such as meats and cheeses. Available in a number of shapes and sizes, each board is unique and has its own grain and distinct aesthetic. Another staple for the entertaining enthusiast is the chafing dish. We have a vast, new selection of high-end chafing dishes, some in silver plate and others in copper, that will jazz up your event in no time. Not to mention these high quality chafers would make for the perfect gift!



    You can also check out our "Gifts for Her" page!

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  • Dining Al Fresco

    With the renewal of spring each year comes the transition from indoor dining to dining outdoors on patios where the weather can be enjoyed. Commercial and residential settings alike look forward to this transition and we have everything you need to make the move a smooth and stylish one. AMBIANCE: Whether you are running a restaurant or throwing a private party, we all know that ambiance is KEY. Sometimes, the best ambiance rests in the smallest details... Candles: We have a huge variety of Hollowick candles and votives that bring a nice touch and appealing ambiance to any venue, indoor or outdoor. Tiki Torches: If you haven't seen our blog on our NEW outdoor lighting fixtures, read it here now. We have wonderful bamboo and wicker torches that add a special something to any event or venue. TEMPERATURE: Comfort is important when you're entertaining outdoors... Outdoor Patio Heaters: If you are a caterer with a year round market for outdoor parties and events or if you own a restaurant that has outdoor seating all year long, our Patio Heaters are a great investment. If you are an avid party planner, these fixtures work just as well for residential use. Our outdoor patio heaters stay in use on the party circuit often times year round... Because somewhere out there even summer nights can be chilly. For us Texans, we can only wish... UPDATE YOUR VENUE WITH STYLE: Create a defined look by investing in good furniture and dress up your tables with our quality tablecloths and tableware. Tablecloths: Dramatically upscale your look by investing in our quality Tablecloths all made special to order. We have a large variety of fabrics, colors, and patterns for you to choose from-there's something for every season.... Restaurant Furniture: When designing a venue there are so many details that go into making your vision come to life. Some of the biggest details are the Furniture you choose. Browse through our selection of restaurant furniture online and if you can't find what you're looking for call us. We'll help you find what you need. Tableware: Dining outdoors in the summertime lends itself to more experimentation and different varieties of Tableware. For China we have everything from your plain white to bright saffron yellows, greens, red, and flowered Venetian prints. From china to glasses to flatware, get a fresh start and add new selections for a new season... For all the other little details, shop online with us or call a representative today at . We are happy to assist you. Have a question? Email us at
  • Tiki Time

    Whether you own a restaurant or plan on throwing an outdoor party at home, creating a nice, relaxing ambiance is one of the key factors to pleasing your audience. One of the best ways to approach this is by making sure your lighting is just right. We are excited to now stock a variety of Tiki Torches, manufactured by our reputable Hollowick brand, that are perfect for setting the mood in both residential and commercial settings. These torches are hand crafted from natural bamboo and wicker materials and the angled metal pole makes for easy placement in a variety of settings.  You can choose from a number of styles including the Islander, the Mediterranean, or the Polynesian, all of which bring a soft light, nice ambiance, and a dramatic touch to your venue. These styles come in sets of 6 each. We also have the open-flame Heritage model which is a bit more dramatic and gives off a bigger flame. Our stock also comes complete with snuffer cap and refillable metal fuel canisters. Looking for Tiki Fuel? We've got it right here along with a selection of Citronella insect repellant.
  • Summertime Supplies

    With a steady increase in the temperatures here in South-Central Texas, we can't help but get our minds on delightful summertime notions: BBQ's, outdoor parties, catering, refreshing drinks, updated menus at your favorite restaurants, and much more! Whether you own/manage a restaurant, a bar, or any other kind of venue that will be working to serve others food and drink, we've got a big selection of items that will help you prepare and get ready for the season: COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION With the rising temperatures comes the need for ice and reliable refrigeration. If you're looking to invest in a new ice machine or refrigerated equipment, think ahead and invest sooner rather than later to avoid any mid-summertime disasters. We have a large selection of options to choose from-don't miss out! We offer free shipping to commercial addresses on all of our trusted True Manufacturing equipment. Shop our Commercial Refrigeration Today! BBQ BOUND Summertime and BBQs go hand in hand. We have great gift ideas for the Grill Master in your life and we stock a wide range of grill-worthy products from basting brushes, portable stoves, jalapeno grillers, poultry shears, grill brushes, meat tenderizers, wood planks, BBQ tool sets and much more! We now also stock Disposable Dinnerware to make the clean-up a piece of cake.   CATERING CRAZE Caterers are constantly working during summertime madness in helping people create effective parties for every occasion. We have a full section on our website dedicated to catering supplies. We've got all your insulated transport bags and pan carriers, ice caddies, beverage dispensers, a huge selection of chafing dishes at every price point and style, attractive hammered steel party buckets, serving trays, chocolate fountains, and even portable cooking equipment. Shop all your catering needs before the summer rush! BEVERAGE BAR When it comes to barware, Mission has all you'd ever need and more. Each recurring summertime the heat drives bar and drink sales up. We have quality bar refrigeration along with top-notch commercial frozen drink machines and bar blenders that will keep your summer bar tabs soaring. We also have a large selection of glassware at all different price points to suit your every need.   CHANGING MENUS Many restaurants cater to a changing menu or at least to daily specials that promote the season's freshest and tastiest cuisine. With summer comes the influx of fresh, new foods and seasonal products that allow for a lot of creativity and experimentation for daily specials . If you own a restaurant you can promote these special dishes using our affordable tabletop card and sign holders. If we can help you answer any questions or find the product you're looking for, don't hesitate to call us at 800-319-0690 or email us at and a sales associate will assist you!
  • A Cinco de Mayo Recipe

    With Cinco de Mayo less than two weeks away, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for some good Mexican food. Guacamole is one of those foods that makes its way onto almost every Mexican entrée dish and can be served as a side, an appetizer, or simply to add a touch of color for presentation purposes. It's a versatile "go-to." Not to mention it is easy to make, works wonderfully in a variety of settings, and is delicious and satisfying. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here's What You'll Need: 2-3 ripe avocados 1 medium sized lime, juiced 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro ¼ red onion, finely diced Salt and Pepper (to taste) (If you like yours on the spicier side add in a touch of serrano chili!) Here's What You Do: 1. In a mixing bowl, mash the avocados with a fork and squeeze in the lime juice. 2. Add in the red onion and salt and pepper to taste. 3. Last, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and store chilled until ready to serve. If you're looking for a truly authentic presentation, check out our molcajetes for sale here!

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