Author Archives: Sallie Lewis

  • Mundial Knives

    Most aspiring and professional chefs {and home cooks for that matter} will agree that having sharp, efficient knives in the kitchen is of the utmost importance. At Mission we have a wide variety of knives and cutlery options to choose from. Today we are spotlighting Mundial for its state of the art manufacturing, superior quality, and competitive pricing. When holding two knives up side by side, it's hard to determine what edge will cut better, and overall, what knife is more efficient. This global brand has set itself-and it's knives-apart for a few key reasons:
    1. Unlike most competitors, Mundial knives have handles that are implied by injection molding. Ultimately, the handle is fused to the shank of the blade, creating a tighter seam while diminishing the chance for microbial bacteria to slip through.
    2. Mundial runs all their knives through a quality control progam at the CATRA testing lab in Sheffield, England. A slew of rigorous and sophisticated tests are performed on the product from start to finish during the manufacturing process. Perhaps the procedure with the most telling results is the Cutting Edge Retention Test. What is the Cutting Edge Retention Test? It is performed by running the knife back and forth for 60 strokes over thin paper. A measurement is then taken of the depth of the resulting slice. Mundial measured 489 mm while competitors got 101 mm and 286 mm. Needless to say, Mundial was the overwhelming winner.
    3. Mundial has made it their mission to be proactive for food safety procedures and precautions. This can be seen in two arenas:
      • The Anti-Microbial Agent: Mundial is now stamping an anti-microbial agent into all of their poly-handled products.
      • Food Safe Color-Coated Items: Mundial has created color-coated knives to prevent cross-contamination and food borne illness in the workplace. They are ideal for many different commercial and institutional settings, like schools and hospitals.
    Since the early 1930s Mundial has created a state of the art product that continues to dominate the marketplace for its excellence and superior quality manufacturing. You know when you buy Mundial you are buying a product that is fit to perform, and to last.   Browse through Mission's selection of Mundial Have you seen our Knife Buying Guide???
  • Freshen Up For Valentine's + A Quick Gift Guide

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Mother's Day will be coming down the pipe before we know it. It's not too late to stock up on essentials for your business {or gifts for the ones you love!} Stop by one of our showrooms or shop online  to get all your last minute necessities. From the floral business to the restaurant industry and everywhere in between, we want to help make the upcoming holiday and 2011 all it can be. Here are a few tips to help you find what you need: RESTAURANT BUSINESS: Whether you need to update your dining area supplies or you need to invest in fresh equipment, Mission Restaurant Supply is here to get your kitchen up to par. Prepare for the mad dash that is Valentine's Day {and beyond} by sprucing up your dining scene with our glass Hollowick candles and our wide variety of crisp tablecloths.      FLORAL BUSINESS: This is a big time of year for those of you in the floral business. With Valentine's just under a week away and Mother's Day coming up in May, there's no time like the present to invest in quality products that will boost sales, maximize space, and keep your customers happy. It's not too late to get your True Refrigeration Floral Coolers. With our Free Shipping special, you are undoubtedly making a great deal, and when you invest in True Refrigeration, you're investing in dependability and top-notch construction. This is a purchase that will keep on giving throughout the years...  

    GIFT IDEAS:   Below are a few festive gift ideas & don't forget to check out our  Gift Guide page on the website!!

    Pink Colander: Our Reston Lloyd colanders come in a plethora of colors and are a customer favorite.Red Chop to Pot Cutting Boards: These bendable cutting boards have hinges that make getting all your ingredients into the pot an easy task. When the handle is squeezed the board folds into a chute, allowing for easy transportation from Chop to Pot! These are dishwasher safe and available in different colors & sizes.    These great non-stick paring knives continue to fly off our shelves. Available in a number of colors, they make for a great gift doubled with the Chop to Pot Boards!   Professional & Home 6 Piece Bar Set: This great 6-piece bar set is your ideal tool kit for shaking up the finest cocktails. At only $29.95 this is an ideal gift that will update your bar and make you and that special someone a Cocktail Aficionado in no time.  

    Have you seen our blog on Celebratory Cocktail Recipes???    

    Wine BucketChampagne GlassesFinding the right gift can be hard- sometimes it's wise to go back to the basics.  We recommend gifting that special someone with a bottle of champagne, our great steel wine bucket, and some fresh champagne glasses {you can never have enough!} We have all different price points to choose from... Cheers!
  • Food Safety 101: Leftovers

    One of the easiest ways to acquire a foodborne illness is by not properly handling leftovers. There are a few age old rules that should always be applied whenever leftover food is in the picture. Here'a quick refresher: When In Doubt Throw It Out! What many people don't realize is that when leftovers aren't properly handled, they can pose a serious threat to your health. A general word to the wise is to throw away any food that is left uncovered for two hours or more. Why, you may ask? This is because harmful bacteria can seep into your food when left out between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That's a wide range!  This goes to show that bacteria is constantly roaming in the air, and although you may think your food is fine given that it doesn't smell, look different, or taste bad, it is more than likely contaminated and bacteria-infested if left out in the open. Moral of the story: When in doubt, throw it out. Cleanliness One of the best tips that we can give when handling leftovers is to wash your hands and keep all your utensils and countertops sanitized. Cleanliness and proper handling are crucial to keeping your food safe. You will want to sort your food by type into clean containers, leak-proof plastic bags, or wrap in foil, so as to not cross-contaminate. Dividing your leftovers into several segments and placing in small containers helps the food to cool faster, thus discouraging bacterial growth. Our clear Rubbermaid food boxes are the perfect store-all & they are freezer-safe! One of our best tools for quickly cooling down bulk foods like chili and big stews/soups is the Rapi-Cool which helps cool food quickly from the inside out, thus making storage easier and more efficient. Refrigerator & Freezer Storage: If you plan on eating your leftovers in the near future, the refrigerator is where they should be stored, preferably on the bottom shelf to avoid any leaking or dripping to food underneath. You can put everything from cold dishes to hot sides or soups straight into the refrigerator; just remember to divide it up so that you get the temperature down fast. It is a general rule of thumb that most refrigerated leftovers should be consumed within 2-4 days, just to ensure freshness. One important factor many people don't pay much attention to is the temperature within your refrigerator. You want to be sure your refrigerator is properly set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as bacteria can make its way in if it is any warmer. Our precise refrigerator thermometers will help you ensure this safety measure. If you know you aren't going to eat your leftovers right away, your best bet is to freeze them, as this keeps everything bacteria-free and safe for an extended period of time. I was always taught to put a piece of tape on the container with the date so you can remember how long it's been since the food has been stored away. Once you are ready to eat your frozen leftovers, make sure you defrost them in the refrigerator or the microwave- not on your counter or in room temperature! The crucial point is bringing the temperature down safely, and you can easily do this by using one of our food thermometers.  Microwaving Leftovers:  If you want to defrost your leftovers quickly, you can pop them into the microwave. It is always wise to cover the food loosely with plastic wrap when doing so to ensure a thorough heating process throughout the food. Use caution when uncovering as the steam can be very hot. Covering with plastic wrap helps ensure that any harmful bacteria is annihilated and the food is cooked all the way through. Next, let the food stand two minutes and using a clean food thermometer, make sure that the product has a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good indicator that you are safe from harmful substances. We hope this quick guide helped to answer some of your questions or simply refreshed your memory on how to properly handle leftovers and practice food safety. Bon Appétit!
  • Chinese New Year Food Superstitions

    The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the "Lunar New Year" or the "Spring Festival" has an immense significance and symbolism to the Chinese people. As feasts are made to honor past relatives and to usher in a new year, deciding the kinds of food to make plays a key role. Below are some foods that are widely eaten during the Chinese New Year that have interesting superstitions behind them. There are also a few that people stay away from to escape bad luck and misfortune.... Oranges & Tangerines: Symbolic of wealth and good fortune you will often see big bowls of these fruits to show off one's good luck. If the leaves are still attached, they also represent fertility. Melons & Pomelos: These large round fruits are symbolic of family and the wholeness and togetherness of families Chicken: Like the aforementioned fruits, chicken is symbolic of family and togetherness along with unity and prosperity. Remember to keep the feet and the head on when cooking! Fish: A whole steamed fish (eyes and all) is regularly served and signifies abundance. "Yu" is the Chinese word for fish and translates to "plenty" meaning that families are sustained in the future.  Noodles: Represent longevity in life and therefore they shouldn't be cut before serving! Turnips: In Chinese, turnips are called "cai tou" meaning "good luck" Egg Rolls: The Chinese belief is that when fried, these rolls look like "golden bars," representing good fortune. Duck: Fidelity Eggs: Fertility Shrimp:  Good luck Dumplings: Many families insert a golden coin into one of the hundreds of dumplings made during their celebration. Whoever bites into the golden dumpling is said to have immense wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Pomegranates: These red fruits are symbolic of happiness, thus driving away evil spirits. The seeds also play a part, symbolizing abundance and fertility. Foods to Avoid: Squid: Be very cautious if squid, known as "Yow Yu" is served to you during the Chinese New Year. It symbolically foreshadows that you will be fired in the coming year. White Foods: Although white can mean purity, white foods like tofu are mostly avoided during the 15 day festival, as white can also symbolize bad luck and even death.
  • Chinese New Year Pork Dumplings

    The Chinese New Year is one of China's most culturally significant holidays and celebrations are currently underway to ring in The Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition, much of which includes cooking traditional Chinese dishes and uniting whole families together to remember their ancestors and deceased family over a home-cooked meal.  Since we at Mission are always interested in the culinary side of these occasions, we dug around and found a few dishes that are customarily made during this 15 day festival. In addition, we have provided links to our website with some of the Asian cookware that will be necessary to make these meals. Check back every so often for a new Asian recipe/ tid bit regarding Asian cooking. Homemade Pork Dumplings Original recipe yield: 100 dumplings Ingredients: 100 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers 1 3/4 pounds ground pork 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 4 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1 egg, beaten 5 cups finely shredded Chinese cabbage Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg and cabbage. Stir until well mixed.   2. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling onto each wonton skin. Moisten edges with water and fold edges over to form a triangle shape. Roll edges slightly to seal in filling. Set dumplings aside on a lightly floured surface until ready to cook. 3. To Cook: Steam dumplings in a covered bamboo or metal steamer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately with soy sauce or sauce or your choosing. What You'll Need: Asian Steamer (Bamboo or Metal) Large Mixing Bowl Measurers Cutting Board & Knife (For prep work) Chopsticks, Soy Sauce Bottle, other Asian servers and utensils Recipe Courtesy of Allrecipes.com
  • 2011 NAFEM Show

    This week at Mission Restaurant Supply, we are gearing up for the NAFEM trade show that takes place February 10-12th in Orlando, Florida. {NAFEM is short for The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.} Every two years, this organization puts on an enormous trade show bringing over 500 manufacturers and 20,000 foodservice professionals to learn about the newest products out on the market. From food preparation to table service, storage, and cooking, it spotlights a wide range of equipment and supply solutions. Furthermore, the NAFEM show is a great educational experience with product galleries and informational sessions available, while it's also an excellent networking opportunity. In Orlando, you can personally meet the movers and the shakers that make this industry so dynamic and innovative. We are also looking forward to the What's Hot What's Cool product gallery which spotlights products in a specialized arena of the foodservice industry from energy efficiency to food safety, eco-friendliness and labor savings, to name a few. The NAFEM executives said it best: "The NAFEM Show brings together our exhibitor's best, so you can bring the best to your business." We're looking forward to seeing the show while striving to be the best we can possibly be for you. For more information on this week's convention visit the NAFEM Website or email us at order@missionrs.com. Photo Courtesy of The NAFEM Show Website
  • Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

    This would be the perfect pizza to make for an impromptu dinner and would make great leftovers the next day! Not only does it sound delicious (hello mozzarella and prosciutto!) but it looks like a low maintenance, no hassle, easy dish that will satisfy Steelers and Packers fans alike. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 Whole Pizza Crust {Click here for a basic, homemade pizza crust recipe.} Olive Oil, for Drizzling 1 whole Large Red Onion, Halved and Thinly Sliced 1/4 cups Brown Sugar Kosher Salt To Taste Parmesan Cheese, Grated 10 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced 8 slices Proscuitto (More to Taste) You'll Also Need: Rolling Pin Sheet Pan Tongs Fry Pan Pizza Cutter & Server Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and brown sugar and toss/stir for a few minutes until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside. 3. Roll out pizza dough to a rectangular shape. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt, followed by the parmesan. 4. Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over top of the mozzarella. Lay slices of prosciutto over the onions 5. Bake between 15 and 17 minutes in the lower half of the oven or until crust is golden brown. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Recipe and Photo Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Blog by Ree Drummond
  • Super Bowl Party Guide

    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, most of us can count on watching the Steelers and the Packers duke it out from the comfort of our homes. Half of the fun is staying tuned for the next commercial break, right? Without a doubt, Super Bowl weekend is synonymous with celebration, so we've put together a quick guide of all the essentials for throwing a successful party. You'll want to have lots of food, plenty of drinks, and a nice presentation. Prepare to be Super Bowl happy: CHAFING DISH: Whether you are serving up burgers, enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, or any other hot dishes, our economy chafers are the way to go. At just $32.95 you can have a warm meal and be stress free. (Don't forget the Sterno Fuel!)

                                                   

     

      

       PROTEAK BOARDS: Good snacks and a nice presentation go a long way. Our wooden teak boards are perfect for cheeses, salamis, olives, and just about anything else you want to serve. Men and women alike are drawn to these Proteak boards for their great quality and rustic appeal.

     

     

     

      PARTY TUBS:  With our hammered metal party buckets, you can store all your mixers and drinks in style. These double-walled tubs are great looking and come in handy for parties left and right.

     

                                                       

     

     JALAPENO GRILLERS: Grilling goes hand in hand with Super Bowl weekend. Our jalapeno grillers are truly one of the greatest tools for making spicy, flavorful, stuffed peppers with little to no hassle. Pop it on the grill or in the oven and you've got delicious appetizers perfect for a day of football. Make sure to get all the seeds out with our Chili Twisters. Don't know how to prepare these peppers? Download this quick guide for a step-by-step lesson!

     

     

  • "Lemmy" Cake

    This delcious lemon cake recipe was a childhood staple of mine. A favorite for birthdays, parties, and other causes of celebration, it is light, delicious, and the slight taste of citrus will get you ready for warmer weather. Cake Ingredients: 1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix 1 cup Apricot Nectar ½ cup sugar 4 eggs 2/3 cup vegetable oil Berries (optional)  Glaze Ingredients: 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice What You'll Need: Bundt Cake Pan Batter Bowl or Mixing Bowl Mixer Sieve or Sifter Cake Stand (For a nice presentation...) Instructions:
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10'' tube pan or Bundt pan.
    2. Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
    3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes.
    4. Once cooked, invert onto serving plate and pour glaze over cake while still warm.
    NOTE: Pierce the top of the cake with a fork prior to glazing that way the glaze can soak in.       5.    Sift powdered sugar over the top, garnish with berries and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of the Houston Junior League Cookbook.
  • Ice Making 101

    Hoshizaki is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial ice equipment. Here are Mission Restaurant Supply, Hoshizaki is a brand that we continue to be enthusiastic about for its dependability, sustainability, and reliability. Watch this video from the brand's corporate website to become more acquainted with their products and company credentials: WATCH THIS VIDEO To browse through our whole selection of Hoshizaki ice equipment and refrigeration, click here.

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