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  • Introducing Portacool®

    The Portacool Islander is designed for patios, thanks to a small footprint and tower design. The Portacool Islander is designed for patios, thanks to a small footprint and tower design.

    In the Southern United States, where the temperatures are hot almost year-round, cool air is a cause for celebration. In many trades and businesses,  having cool temperatures to work in is essential and can actually boost efficiency and productivity. Portacool® recognized a need in the market for an economical, effective cooling system that could be used in locations and businesses of all shapes and sizes. And so they went to work designing a solution. In 1990, they created the first portable evaporative cooler. Today, 25 years later,  Portacool® is a growing global leader with distributors in 56 countries and in all 50 U.S. states. The company is headquartered in the town of Central, Texas, roughly 20 miles west of Louisiana where the conditions are hot and humid. Their products are a favorite to industries of all types (see more below!) and investing in one brings a breath of fresh air to any working environment. Learn a little more about the brand with these commonly asked questions:

    Why Should I Buy A Portacool® Cooler?

    For comfort, first off. If you're working in an industry or any place that is without A/C, the Portacool® evaporative coolers are made for you, designed to keep the space surrounding cool no matter the outside temperature. Secondly, for productivity. According to a study on Portacool's website, you risk a 16.6% decrease in productivity at temperatures of 92 degrees or higher.

    What Temperatures Are Ideal For Portacool® Coolers?

    Portacool® units will bring the temperatures down in nearly every environment, making the conditions more cool and comfortable. However, for optimal performance, the temperature should be 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher with a relative humidity of below 75%.

    Who Benefits?

    Just about everyone! Here are a few industries and places that use Portacool® daily:

    1. Agriculture: Barns, Stables
    2. Aviation: Hangars, Repairs
    3. Automotive: Garages, Dealerships
    4. Military: Mess Halls, Training Areas
    5. Restaurant / Event: Outdoor Dining or Parties, Amusement Parks, Tents
    6. Home: Garages, Patios, Decks
    7. Sports Venues: Gyms, Workout Rooms
    Plus any business with warehouse facilities!

    Will It Mist?

    Unlike a misting system, these units use evaporation to emit cool air, keeping excess moisture to a minimum.

    So What Is Evaporative Cooling?

    Evaporative Cooling 101. Evaporative Cooling 101, courtesy of Portacool

    As you can see in the graphic above, evaporative cooling is essentially the cooling of air with water. This is how it works:  water is consistently spread over a cooling media (the brown figure above.) Air sifts through this media via negative fan pressure, and evaporation occurs when the air meets water. When water evaporates, the air it comes in contact with lowers in temperature. There's a cooling sensation that occurs, very much like the feeling one gets when climbing out of a swimming pool. 

    Are Chemicals Used?

    No. Unlike an air conditioner, Portacool's evaporative coolers do not use chemicals or refrigerants to cool down the air.

    How Hard Is It To Assemble?

    One of the great perks of buying a Portacool® Cooler is that it's ready to use straight from the box. NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED!

    What Options Do I Have?

    Lots! There are a number of models to choose from depending on your needs. The largest unit will cool up to 4,000 square feet and there are smaller units designed for smaller spaces. Models such as the heavy-duty Hurricane 3600 have a unique airflow pattern designed to reach farther distances while the Cyclone 1000's small footprint can be easily used in residential spaces.

    Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM Central Standard Time. We look forward to helping you!

  • Introducing Paragon Products

    Who doesn't love a little extra profit at the end of the day? Concessions - whether it be snow cones, hot dogs, or tubs of popcorn -  are a great way to add a little more to your bottom line, not to mention they are a satisfying treat that everyone can enjoy. One of the latest brands to come to MissionRS.com is Paragon, a professional concession equipment and supply manufacturer. Below are a few quick things you should know before enjoying their products!

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    AMERICAN MADE

    Paragon is an American manufacturer that designs and manufacturers all of their products right here in the U.S.A. (In the town of Nevada in Central Iowa, to be exact.) The only exception to this is their Yeti cooler, but otherwise, every purchase is an American investment! 

    FAMILY OWNED FOR OVER 40 YEARS

    That's right! In addition to being an American company, Paragon has been family owned since Day 1. They began making popcorn machines over forty years ago and have transformed into a one stop shop for all your concession equipment and supply needs.

    COOL TIDBITS

    Paragon was the world's first manufacturer to introduce a  4 oz popcorn machine! Today, the bestseller, which is priced at $356, is a customer favorite for home theaters and residential use! (Of course, they also have much larger poppers and popcorn machine stands in a number of colors.)

    The 4 oz Popper by Paragon The 4 oz Popper by Paragon

    "DON'T BE THE LARGEST, JUST BE THE BEST."

    Their motto carries through in the entire ethos of the company, from the technology employed, to the materials used, and the dedicated, local employees that work at the business. In this way, every product can be purchased with confidence.

    AFFORDABILITY

    Given their commitment to quality and American manufacturing, it's refreshing to see such competitive, low prices across the product line! The company prides themselves on building solid, user-friendly, and safe equipment at prices that won't break the bank. What's not to love?

    PRODUCT VERSATILITY

    One of the biggest perks of Paragon is that they have something for every concession size and application. Whether it's a hot dog steamer, a snow cone ice shaver, cotton candy machines, pump-action warmers, condiment servers, LED signs, or steam table pans, there is something to satisfy your needs. At MissionRS.com you will find a large assortment of Paragon's concession equipment in varying capacities, in addition to a large array of their supplies, all of which will complement your set up! Be sure to check out the Mighty Corn Dog ParaFryer 3000, the compact, portable fryer that can cook 12 corn dogs at a time!

    The Mighty Corn Dog Parafryer 3000. The Mighty Corn Dog ParaFryer 3000.

    WARRANTY

    Most Paragon products have a 3-year parts warranty, although others have a 5-year offering!

    Should you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM! We'd love to chat with you!

  • The Origins of the Dishwasher

    There are certain tools that are ubiquitous in commercial and residential kitchens today, and dishwashers are one of them. With all the technology available to end users, it's relatively easy to find a unit that will save space, deliver a quick, deep clean, and do so with conscious energy and water usage. But that wasn't always the case.
    The dishwasher, like all things, developed out of a curiosity and a desire to fix a problem. The following blog will uncover its history and show how far it has come over the years.

    dishwasher L.A. Alexander's patent drawing from 1865
    When was the first dishwasher made?

    In 1850, a man named Joel Houghton created a patent for a device that is now credited with being the origin of the American dishwasher. It was a hand cranked wooden tool that sprayed water on dishes, but was known for its slowness and inefficiency. There was another patent created in 1865 by L.A. Alexander, yet that model turned out to be largely inefficient as well.

    The Cochrane Dishwashing Machine The Cochrane Dishwasher
    So who created the first functional, practical design?

    Josephine Cochrane was a wealthy Illinois socialite born to a family of engineers. An avid entertainer, Cochrane noticed that her family's fine china, which dated back to the 17th century, was chipping after perpetual hand washing. As a result, in 1886, she decided to come up with a design that would eliminate the problem. She measured out all of her china and  manipulated wire racks to keep the dishes in place. These compartments were then set into a wooden wheel, which rested in a copper boiler filled with hot water. With a crank or the activation of a small motor, the wheel would turn, splashing the hot water onto the dishes. Word of her design spread fast. After getting a patent and going into production, she decided to formally debut her Cochrane dishwasher at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. While there, she won the highest prize for her design's durability, adaptability, and mechanical construction. Soon, restaurants and hotels were buying it up. Cochrane then started the Garis-Cochrane Manufacturing Company which would eventually become KitchenAid, and later, Whirlpool.


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    Then what?

    Until her death in 1913, Cochrane continued to update her dishwasher designs, adding centrifugal pumps, drains, revolving washing systems, and other features that have carried over into modern day equipment. At the turn of the century, various other innovators and engineers worked to create a more efficient dishwashing system, utilizing plungers, dish cradling techniques, and propellers, to name a few. They also began to utilize sprays of water, an early version of water jets, which are commonplace in dishwashing equipment today.


    What were some of the challenges the dishwasher faced over the years?

    Commercial Dishwashers are one of the largest energy and water consumers in the back of the house. Water was a huge obstacle in the evolution of dishwashers, and even still, it is a key issue for manufacturers when designing new models. The large size of early dishwashers was also something that people had to deal with, and manufacturers today continue to strategize how to maximize output while minimizing the physical footprint. The introduction of detergents in the mid 1900s replaced the fatty soaps priorly used for cleaning. These helped usher in an easier, quicker, more efficient means for washing dishes.

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    What features do modern commercial dishwashers have today?


    Since Cochrane's inception all those years ago, manufacturers like Hobart and CMA to name a few have been creating new standards of innovation and excellence in the dishwashing industry. Modern day commercial dishwashers are loaded with features and benefits, sleek aesthetics, and water + energy saving designs thanks to ventless technology, Energy Star ratings, and more. It's also easier than ever to find machines that cater to a wide range of dishwashing needs, from delicate glassware to heavy, grimy pots and pans, and for all different dish volumes.  Machines today are also quieter in operation, more conservative spatially, while utilizing strict sanitation elements, like high heat cycles that ensure the deepest clean. There are also more sizes and models to choose from than ever, including conveyor dishmachines, door-type dishmachinesundercounters, and glasswashers.


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  • Thinking About Buying an Alto-Shaam?

    In today's restaurants, hotels, hospitals and institutions, the kitchen is the heart and soul of the workplace. Never has there been such technologically advanced equipment and innovative tools to keep operators productive, efficient, and meticulously precise in the back of the house. Brands like Alto-Shaam have been pioneers in this movement, engineering and manufacturing equipment that is boldly innovative, and yet easy to operate. Furthermore, in this age of ecological awareness, Alto-Shaam continues to create equipment that is conscious of its footprint, while saving time, energy and costs for the end user.

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    Can You Give Me A Quick Thumbnail Sketch Of Alto Shaam's Story?

    Alto-Shaam's founder, Jerry Maahs, entered the industry as one of the first Chicken Delight franchise units in the 1950s. As the chain expanded to home delivery, Maahs sought out a way to keep food hot, particularly in the wintertime. By the 1960s, Maahs learned about thermal heating cables. He discovered that when wrapped around the oven cavity, they provided gentle, even heat to the product within it. This led to the introduction of Halo Heat, which nearly sixty years later is a staple to the brand's product line today. And so, in many ways, Alto-Shaam's beginnings were driven by innovation. By the 1970s, Alto-Shaam introduced their Cook & Hold ovens which provide low temperature overnight cooking. By the 1980s, the brand had moved beyond low temperature cooking and introduced Combi Ovens to their line, becoming one of the first U.S. manufacturers of this type of equipment. Today, Jerry's son and daughter run the company and continue to take Alto-Shaam to the forefront of the industry.

    The AS-250 Countertop Cook & Hold Oven. The AS-250 Countertop Cook & Hold Oven.

    What Does Alto-Shaam Manufacture?

    Alto-Shaam manufactures a full line of commercial kitchen equipment with products thatcook, hold, serve & more. Below is a break down of the most popular equipment:

    A full list of Alto-Shaam's product line. A full list of Alto-Shaam's product line.

    Why Should I Buy Ovens, Chillers, Rotisseries, From Alto-Shaam Over Another Brand?

    There's a reason that people all over the world have Alto-Shaam equipment in their kitchens. First is the quality manufacturing, the technological innovation, and the versatile design. Alto-Shaam units can cook, hold, display and chill, to name  a few. For nearly 60 years, the brand has been pioneering solutions for commercial kitchens and helping to create profitable businesses. (Should you need some more convincing, take a look at the long list of equipment awards and Best In Class ratings that the brand is honored with year after year.) Though more expensive upfront than other options, the food created from an Alto-Shaam is better tasting, not to mention the equipment is designed with eco-efficiency in mind. Their products will save you considerably in the years after your investment. Alto-Shaam's product line helps operators and end users re-imagine performance. It helps them to elevate their menus and to meet the demands of their market. Each unit is equipped with unparalleled innovation and technology for consistent, flavorful results time after time.

    The 500-2D Electric Warming Drawer The 500-2D Electric Warming Drawer

    Why Should I Buy Alto-Shaam From Mission?

    Mission has been a partner in the foodservice industry since 1988. Our tenure over the years has allowed us to secure strong partnerships with manufacturers like Alto-Shaam. In addition to having the most competitive prices on the market, we also offer Free Shipping and financing on all of the Alto-Shaam on our website. 

    The 750-TH/III Cook & Hold Oven. The 750-TH/III Slow Cook & Hold Electric Oven.

    Is Alto-Shaam "Green?"

    Alto-Shaam's commitment to the environment reaches far back, way before the waves of "green" thinking were mainstream. In the 1960s,  Alto-Shaam's founder, Jerry Maahs, innovated the brand's 'Halo-Heat' technology. This essentially replaces the convention of fan-driven heat with a slow, motionless, low-temperature heat in the oven cavity. The result is a cooking process that doesn't dry out or shrink the food or zap it of its flavor. Instead, it retains moisture, naturally tenderizes meats, locks in flavors, plus a whole lot more. Today, this innovation is ubiquitous to the brand. And while it may result in better tasting food, it also results in energy efficiency. Alto-Shaam has found that excessive water and energy aren't required to make quality food, and so by efficiently using the two resources, they can control not only the quality of their menu, but also their bottom line. Alto-Shaam's Cook & Hold Ovens can cook a load of food overnight for less than $1 of electricity. Best yet, because these ovens have such low emissions, they don't require a hood. (A hood generally costs $2 per hour when in operation, which can quickly turn into $30 per day savings!) The bottom line: The company is committed to sustainability in all of their products.

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    What Markets Can I Find Alto-Shaam In?

    Casinos, universities, catering companies and banquets, hotels, full service restaurants, quick service and fast casual restaurants, correctional facilities, K-12, convenience stores, supermarkets, and more. Alto-Shaam has a huge product selection ranging in size and task and can be found in all different foodservice businesses, large and small. 

    Let us help you find an Alto-Shaam solution for your kitchen. Our team of commercial kitchen experts are available by phone from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM Central Standard Time. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you find the right unit for your business.

  • Food Processing Made Simple With Robot Coupe

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    One of the biggest time savers in any kitchen large or small is a food processor. These powerhouses are known and respected across the industry for their extreme time and labor saving capabilities and consistent results. Robot Coupe has made a name for itself in the foodservice industry by manufacturing food processors that exude quality and reliability while delivering great returns on your investment. Perhaps the most popular of their machines is the R2N. Here's everything you need to know about this time-saving unit:


    1. Two In One: The R2N food processor comes with both a 3 quart cutter bowl and a continuous feed vegetable preparation attachment, each designed to fit on one single motor base. The design team at Robot Coupe recognized the importance of maximizing the different preparations common to most foodservice businesses and accomplishing those preparations with one unit. So when you purchase an R2N Food Processor, you're essentially getting two units in one: a bowl unit and a continuous feed unit.
    2. Ergonomics: There are a number of ergonomic attributes on the R2N that make operation easier and more convenient for the end user. For instance, the polycarbonate cutting bowl has a lid designed to quickly add additional ingredients and/or liquids while processing.
    3. Precision: The Robot Coupe R2N has a pulse function/button on the front of the unit that will deliver that extra control and precision-driven performance that you expect from your foodservice equipment.
    4. Versatility: Chopping, grinding, kneading, mixing, pureeing.... these are just a few tasks that can be quickly tackled with a Robot Coupe food processor. The R2N comes standard with a patented stainless steel "S" blade and 2 discs, a 4 mm slicer and a 2 mm grater, which will cover a large range of preparation tasks. However, there are also many add-ons that will make your unit more versatile and will offer different cutting capabilities for your menu demands. (See #9)
    5. Time-Saver: Did you know that in under two minutes this food processor can whip up a homemade bowl of mayonnaise, a steak tartare, or a fruit compote (to name a few)? The investment will pay for itself thanks to the sheer speed in which it gets work done day after day
    6. Sturdiness: The R2N food processor is equipped with a heavy-duty industrial induction motor that is engineered for durability and reliability in rigorous commercial applications. The direct-driven motor is also built on ball bearings for silent operation without vibration, and because there are no belts or brushes, maintenance is minimal! So whether you're preparing ten meals a day or hundreds, Robot Coupe food processors will get the job done.
    7. Space-Saving: The R2N features a slim, compact design that is invaluable for commercial kitchens, which are notoriously short on space. At just over 8 inches wide, the R2N will fit just about anywhere on your countertop, without sacrificing any additional space.
    8. Applications: Robot Coupe's ubiquity to the foodservice market is testament to its quality and proven success in the workplace. Commercial kitchens everywhere, from schools, to hospitals, catering businesses, and restaurants large and small, trust Robot Coupe to deliver high performances and consistent results, while helping to streamline the daily operations, thereby saving time.
    9. Additional Options: In addition to the two discs that come standard with your R2N purchase, there are over 20 discs that can be purchased additionally to add to the range of cuts and techniques out there. There are also two different blades that can be purchased including a coarse serrated "S" blade, used to knead and grind, and a fine serrated "S" blade, which is used to chop fine, leafy produce. Finally, there are also different bowl types available for you, including a clear polycarbonate, a grey polycarbonate and a stainless steel option.
    10. ETL & UL LISTED: This Robot Coupe food processor is ETL and UL listed meaning it has met the rigorous safety specifications set by two of the industry's largest and most respected certifying and testing agencies.
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    Invest in a machine that has transformed the foodservice industry and saved operators significant time and money over the years. Should you have any questions or if you simply want to learn more, please call us at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM (CST) and let one of our agents help you! Many of our Robot Coupe machines are now also available for financing!
  • FAQ: Floral Coolers

    Screen shot 2015-01-07 at 2.02.44 PMFresh flowers are a timeless gesture, and they are seen in many different foodservice applications, from hotels to catered banquets, convenience stores and hospitals. As a florist, having adequate floral coolers is vital to prolonging the freshness of their inventory and maximizing profits. Ensuring you get the most life out of each cut flower and arrangement begins with the floral cooler- not to mention the aesthetics of displaying your arrangements in a sleek cooler can help boost sales. Despite their physical similarity, floral coolers are different than your standard commercial cooler counterparts. Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about them:

    WHAT MAKES A FLORAL COOLER DIFFERENT FROM A COMMERCIAL GLASS DOOR REFRIGERATOR?

    Though they may look the same from the outside, it's the inside that makes floral coolers different from commercial food or beverage coolers. Temperature, humidity and airflow are all important factors in maintaining the lifespan and freshness of flowers, and these three things- along with the cooling mechanism that controls them- comprise the biggest differences between a floral cooler and a glass door food or beverage cooler. Since food and drinks are more dense than flowers, a standard commercial refrigerator is designed to quickly cool them down, without much regard for humidity. Conversely, the specially-engineered cooling systems in floral coolers are designed with temperature and humidity in mind.

    WHAT HUMIDITY LEVEL AND TEMPERATURE IS NECESSARY TO KEEP FLOWERS FRESH?

    Floral coolers are designed to hold the humidity within the cabinet at a higher level than a standard glass door refrigerator; the optimum humidity level is 95%, the minimum is 80%. This humidity is strategic, as it decreases the amount of moisture the flowers may lose to the surrounding air, thereby prolonging their vase life and keeping them from wilting, dehydrating, and burning out prematurely. Floral coolers also have a baffled air flow which ensures adequate circulation at low velocities, which is less harsh than the higher velocity, fan-driven airflow in a standard commercial cooler. Temperature is another important factor to the lifespan of fresh flowers. Because of their low density, flowers react to temperature changes very quickly. Therefore, floral coolers are designed to hold the temperatures inside the cabinet at 35º F - slightly lower than a normal commercial cooler- and precision is key.

    I FOUND A COMMERCIAL UNIT THAT'S ALSO MARKETED FOR FLOWERS- DO I TRUST IT?

    Oftentimes, operators make the mistake of buying a unit from someone who says they've converted the system for flowers. Be very wary of these claims. As was aforementioned, the refrigeration systems in floral coolers are designed with certain differences than their commercial cooler counterparts that are vital to the flower's life and freshness, not to mention your sales and profit. Making the necessary changes to a refrigeration system that can handle flower specifications can be very costly.

    HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?

    Like any piece of refrigeration, floral coolers require some maintenance, but if well taken care of, they should last for many years. Make sure you have proper airflow around the cooler and keep the refrigeration unit free of dust. Having a small, hanging thermometer on the inside of the cooler is a smart, inexpensive back-up that will help you better regulate any unexpected temperature changes that occur.

    Do you have more questions? Call one of our team members today at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM (CST). We'd be happy to help you find the right unit for your business.

  • Jaxpro Economy Floor Fryers

    Finding a fryer that is durable, efficient, versatile and capable of keeping up with commercial demand can often be an expensive challenge. Thankfully, there's now a option that will save you money without sacrificing on quality. Jaxpro's New Free Standing Floor Fryers are loaded with value-added features and benefits that will bring power, efficiency, and reliable performance to your kitchen. Starting at just $579, these fryers also have a great, low price, making them accessible to all different kinds of businesses and budgets.

    jaxpro-f340ng-fryer_2Here are the top 10 things you need to know about these affordable, efficient Jaxpro Fryers:

    1. The Jaxpro F-340 and F-450 fryers are free standing 3 and 4 tube fryers in 40 and 50 pound capacities. They're both available in natural gas and propane, depending upon your utility needs!
    2. The frying tank is made of a peened stainless steel with smoothed welds and it has an efficient 30,000 BTU Heat Exchange Tubes with high heat baffles, a cool zone, and a 1.25-inch full port drain valve.
    3. These fryers have a 200 pound shipping weight and are constructed of heavy-duty, durable  materials, including: a full stainless steel front, top ledge, header, and door. The sides and back are made of a high grade G90 galvanized steel.
    4. The stainless steel door is supported with a welded magnet and a reversible door handle for extra strength and durability. The doors on commercial equipment are often one of the first things to weaken, and thankfully, these are outfitted to stay strong with time and use.
    5. Included with each Jaxpro fryer are two fry baskets made of a nickel chrome wire mesh  with red plastic coated handles. A double rod stainless steel basket holder (pictured above) makes for easy placement of the baskets above and outside of the tank.
    6. A wide temperature range of 200 to 400 F is accessible thanks to the 1 millivolt thermostat by Invensys. 
    7. For extra security precautions, these fryers have a back up Hi Limit control, which shuts down the fryer if shortening exceeds the maximum temperature, so you can rest assured you're safe and keeping accidents to a minimum.
    8. These Jaxpro fryers come with 6 inch, adjustable legs upon purchase, though casters are available as an accessory should you prefer them.
    9. With your purchase, you will get a one year parts and labor warranty!
    10. ETL Listed to ensure compliance with the industry's safety standards!
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    Other Important Considerations:
    • The F-340 and F-450 are for commercial installation only and are NOT intended for home use. It's also important to have an adequate ventilation and fire suppression system in place before operating any kind of cooking equipment such as these fryers.
    • Need a gas hose or kit? These require a 3/4 inch NPT (19mm) rear gas connection.
    • Fryers require a 6 inch clearance on the sides and rear plus a 16 inch minimal clearance to open top burner units or any open flames.
    • A combination valve with pressure regulator is provided with this unit (Natural Gas 4'', Propane 10'')
    Do you have any questions? We'd love to help you find the right fryer for your business or address any questions you may have. Call us at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, Central Standard Time. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Commercial Range Buying Guide

    Most chefs would agree that the range is the heart of the kitchen. Commercial ranges are built to handle a multitude of tasks in a compact, space-saving footprint. From sauteeing, grilling, stir-frying, boiling, simmering and braising, ranges are built to handle all kinds of cooking tasks thanks to their different cooktop configurations. It's about maximizing space and performance in one piece of equipment. Virtually every commercial kitchen serving hot food, from small restaurants to large hospitals and schools, is going to need a range, yet each place will have its own needs. Here are a few steps and considerations to keep in mind when shopping for one of your own:


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    1. What Type & Size?
      The type of range you get is going to be directly related to the size of your restaurant and how many meals you'll be preparing per day. The size of the range will depend on how much space you have to work with in your kitchen and how much power and cooktop space will be needed to satisfy the daily requirements at your restaurant.
      1. Heavy-Duty Ranges: If you're operating a kitchen that is putting out more than 250 meals per day, such as a large hospital, school or casino, a heavy-duty range might be the best option for you. These ranges have high energy outputs (upwards of 35,000 BTU per burner) and are designed with the specific intent to do high volume cooking all day long. They are built with durable, heavy-duty stainless steel and are designed to accommodate large pots and pans. These ranges are often seen connected with other heavy-duty ranges to form a long battery of cooktops.
      2. Restaurant Ranges: For restaurants large and small, a commercial restaurant range is the industry standard. These stand-alone ranges are designed to keep up in the commercial sector and they have plenty of BTUs for the day-to-day. Restaurant ranges also tend to be less expensive than their heavy-duty counterparts and they come in a wide variety of sizes varying in 12'' increments, from 12'', 24'', 36'', 48'', 60'' and 72'' widths to fit your unique size restrictions.
      3. Specialty Ranges: Oftentimes, there are needs for a more specialty range. Stock pot ranges are one example and are most commonly used to heat up large, heavy pots full of liquid, which is why they have a lower height. Induction ranges are another commonly seen specialty range which are growing in popularity in the foodservice market today.

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    2. Menu + Cooktop Configuration
      Deciding on a cooktop configuration is your opportunity to determine how much of your menu will rely on a range with different cooking surfaces. From basic burners to griddles, there are numerous options out there that should be considered based on the kinds of items that appear on your menu, like eggs and hot sandwiches. There are also add-on broiler options that can be found on many commercial ranges, so you can have a cheesemelter or a salamander mounted on your range to nicely finish off your dishes.
      1. Open Burner: The most common of the cooktop options, the open gas burner offers the operator a direct open flame that can be used with pots and pans to achieve all kinds of results, from boiling to stir-frying. The BTU of each burner ranges per manufacturer, though most can give off from 20,000 to 35,000 BTUs each.
      2. Griddle: The smooth, flat griddle surface is another commonality on commercial ranges and adds a different dimension to your cooktop. If your menu includes breakfast, the griddle option will be key to cooking up eggs, pancakes and more.
      3. Combination: Perhaps your menu calls for both burners and griddle space. In that case, you can get the most flexibility all on one cooktop. Commercial range manufacturers like Garland and Southbend have numerous design options to choose from.

    3. Hood Codes
      Knowing how much space you have under your exhaust hood is a key factor in determining range size. Most code requires that your hood extend at least six inches on either side of your range. So if you have a 60'' hood, the largest range you could have would be 48 inches wide. It's extremely important to check with your local health and safety codes to determine the specifications in your area.

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    4. Utilities
      Determining what utilities are available in your venue is crucial to knowing range you will need.
      1. Gas vs. Electric : Whether your kitchen has gas or electric utilities, there are range options to suit your set-up. Gas ranges are the most commonly used in commercial kitchens and they're reliant on a flow of natural gas or liquid propane gas from the utility source to the equipment via a gas connection hose. Having the right sized hose is imperative to ensuring your range is fed with the proper amount of gas. When gas is not available, electric ranges are, and knowing the voltage requirements at your hook up is key. Talk to a Mission Restaurant Supply agent to make sure you have the right unit!

    5. Other Considerations
      1. Casters: Casters are a nice alternative to legs on a commercial range for their easy mobility so you can clean behind the range in those grimy, hard-to-reach areas. (These grimy, hard-to-reach areas also happen to be one of a health inspectors frequently watched areas.)
      2. Ovens \ Storage Space: Most ranges today have an oven cavity below the cooktop, and for larger models, there are often more than one to maximize your baking space. Other models have storage spaces in lieu or in conjunction with an oven, offering room to store pots, sheet pans and more.

    If you need any help or have any questions about replacing an old range or buying a new one, please call us at 1-800-319-0690 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM Central Standard Time. One of our agents would be happy to help you find the right commercial range for your business.
  • 10 Reasons To Love The MSO35 Steamer Oven by Menumaster

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    The MSO35 MenuMaster Steamer Oven is a high quality solution for all your large volume steaming needs. This heavy-duty unit not only simplifies steaming but its diversity will make it a dependable favorite in the back of the house. Here are 10 things to know about the MSO35:

    1. Space-Saving Design. The 1.6 cubic foot interior cavity can hold 2 full size amber food pans, each 4 inches deep, so you can get the most output out of each cycle without overusing precious countertop space.
    2. Speed. The MSO35 is 4X faster than a traditional steamer, retaining food quality and keeping  meats tender and vegetables crisp.
    3. Low cost. Depending on your frequency of use, this unit can operate on less than $1 of energy per day.
    4. Power. 3500 Watts plus 11 power levels for great results no matter whether you're dealing with frozen, refrigerated or fresh product. 
    5. No plumbing or vent hood necessary. Enough said.
    6. Easy maintenance. The magnetic front air filter is easily removable for cleaning and you will be alerted with a clean filter reminder. The interior and exterior are both constructed of stainless steel.
    7. Programmability.  The MSO35 has 10 programmable memory pads plus a USB port for standard flash drives that will update your menu items in seconds. Up to 100 programmable menu items can be used to ensure consistent results and streamline operations.
    8. It is ETL Listed.
    9. The transparent, drop down door and interior lighting allows you to check on your product without disrupting the cook cycle.
    10. Demand. The MSO steamer oven can be used in just about any large volume setting, from fast casual restaurants to grocery stores, buffets, healthcare facilities, schools, cafeterias, stadiums and more.
  • 3 Thoughts About Robot Coupe

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    In every commercial kitchen, time is of the essence. That's why Robot Coupe USA has made it their mission to make products that will save time in the back of the house. Here are a few things to know about this industry favorite brand:


    1. Before Robot Coupe came out with their food processors and food preparation equipment, chefs around the world were using manual labor to cut, slice, grate and shred their vegetables and other menu ingredients. Talk about labor intensive! When the Robot Coupe processor came on the market, it revolutionized the way this tedious work was done and saved operators a tremendous amount of time and money. It continues to do so today.

    2. You may wonder why the Robot Coupe name is synonymous with commercial food processors in the USA. This is because Robot Coupe USA was the actual company that formally introduced the commercial food processor to North America! The brand Robot Coupe was started in the well known gastronomic region of France called Burgundy nearly forty years ago. 3 men from Jackson, Mississippi saw the Robot Coupe French food processor in a restaurant in New Orleans and decided that America needed it too. They, in conjunction with Robot Coupe France, started Robot Coupe USA and began their voyage. By traveling from seminar to seminar, convention to convention, and show to show across America, the Robot Coupe USA team became the first company to demonstrate how their product could save people drastic preparation time in their kitchens. Today, the brand continues to be the "Standard of the Industry" for commercial food processing and food preparation equipment. 

    3. The Robot Coupe name can be found in all facets of the foodservice industry, both large and small. From hospitals to cruise ships, restaurants, hotels, correctional facilities and more, there is no application that Robot Coupe can't handle. Robot Coupe USA is based in Jackson, Mississippi and their quality control, attention to service and dedication to education and innovation keeps them at the forefront of the foodservice industry.

    Think you have a need for a Robot Coupe? Feel free to call us at 1-800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM and let us help you find the right unit for your venue!

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