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  • Sprucing Up Your Dining Area...

    The art of maintaining a restaurant is in large part how you deliver your product and your services while it's also about how you create a memory in the mind of your customer that keeps them coming back. Setting a good ambiance and having all the essential supplies and equipment will keep your guests not only satisfied but loyal to your business. At MissionRS.com we have an entire page devoted to tabletop supplies and all the necessities that go into keeping the front of the house properly stocked and ready to go.

     

    Fine or casual dining, full service or buffet, every type of food service needs dinnerware and glassware. Mission Restaurant Supply offers a great selection of dining area supplies to serve your food and beverages. Our salad and soup bowls are available in plastic, ceramic or wood, and our plates for salads and main courses come in many eye-catching colors. Also available are plastic or woven wood baskets to serve casual fare, and ramekins for dipping sauces or small portions. Don't forget dessert! We offer small bowls in a variety of styles, both metal and plastic, to enhance the appearance of any dessert you may offer.  Glasses and flatware can be expensive, but they don't have to be. Mission Restaurant supply offers many styles of flatware made of durable stainless steel to suit any budget. We also provide plastic tumblers to help you cut costs on replacing broken glasses. We have many colors and styles to choose from, but the quality and endurance of each piece never varies.

    For the tabletop, our selection of dining area supplies includes squeeze bottles, sugar caddies, syrup dispensers, shakers and pourers in nearly any color and material you need. Whether your business is casual or formal, a few candles can greatly enhance the atmosphere. We offer votives and candles by Hollowick at affordable prices to help you set the mood.

    Mission Restaurant Supply also offers many solutions for the self-serve style business.  Our line of buffet tables and serving utensils are priced to help you succeed, and made to withstand use by hungry guests. From cafeteria trays to cup dispensers, look no further than our line of dining area supplies.

     Your wait staff is without a doubt "the face" of your dining area and they should represent your vision and your restaurant well. Making sure they have the right supplies is very important. We offer aprons, check presenters, order pads, slides, table crumbers, and so much more to ease communication between the guests, servers, and kitchen to increase efficiency and your day-to-day operation.

     

    Check out all of our Dining Area Supplies and don't hesitate to call us with any questions at 800-319-0690. Get your restaurant into tip-top shape and success will surely follow.
  • Fits Like A Glove...

    In the restaurant industry there's an enormous amount of time spent prepping the food: chopping, julienning, grinding, dicing- you name it- your kitchen staff is spending valuable time in the preparation phase making sure that the ingredients are ready and prepared accordingly. Undoubtedly, the single most important tool to make all of this happen, aside from cutlery, is your hands. Unfortunately, we have all been in a situation where a cooking-related accident ensues- burns, cuts, they are an inevitable part of working in the kitchen at one point in time. Accidents Happen!      One way that you and your staff can take precautionary measures to ensure cuts and kitchen-related injuries are kept at bay is by investing in gloves. And not just any gloves, we're talking Cut-Resistant gloves. At MissionRS.com, we have a few different styles in various sizes to ensure an accurate fit and proper application.     

     

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         Another crucial precaution for all of your restaurant staff to take is staying educated on cross contamination and food safety. Gloves play a role in this practice as well.   

     

    Food Code 2005 forbids bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. This is where disposable gloves come in handy. Disposable gloves are extremely economical and are ideal for prep work of any kind. However, it is critical to remember proper glove usage to avoid cross contamination and foodborne illness. 

    (Want to learn more? Read some great literature on proper glove usage here and here.) 

    We have a selection of disposable polyethylene gloves online that are ideal for safe food handling and which are to be thrown away after using. Made with a component that complies with FDA regulations for food contact, these gloves feature a sheer-gauge 1 mil poly film which provides a sense of touch that is close to the bare hand. They can also be worn on either hand, they're available in various sizes, and they are packed in a case of 100.   

       

         

    Below is an interesting excerpt from Professionalequipment.com     

    "According to the Ansell Edmont manufacturing website: The average insurance compensation for OSHA recordable hand and finger injuries is approximately $3856.00. The average medical payment is approximately $2600.00. There are approximately 439,000 disabling hand and finger injuries a year, which equates to an annual cumulative cost in the millions."  Moral of the story is to take the necessary precautions and invest in gloves for your staff! Make sure to stay educated on proper glove usage as well. 

    What are you waiting for? Start Shopping! 

  • Maintenance Techniques For Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    The food service industry relies heavily on dependable commercial refrigeration to chill and store food safely. A refrigerator malfunction or breakdown can cause spoilage and a massive disturbance to your day-to-day routine, leading to lost time and ultimately, lost revenue. As an owner of commercial refrigeration equipment, it is necessary to know the basics of maintenance to reduce the risk of costly problems now and in the future. How to Maintain Commercial Refrigerators Many problems can be avoided by maintaining regular equipment inspections. The constant use of commercial refrigeration equipment brings with it the potential for errors that can be spotted during a visual inspection. Therefore, it's important to be consistent in your maintenance routines, picking up signs of a problem early and rectifying the issue before it worsens. This dilgence and consistency will pay off in the future and save you a significant amount of funds down the line. Clean Condenser Coils Since every refrigerator uses compressors and condensers, the coils must be cleaned regularly to achieve the correct operating temperature. A coil brush is the tool that is used to remove hair, dust, dirt or other debris that clogs the coils, making it more difficult to maintain accurate temperatures. Condenser coils should be cleaned once each month to help extend the operating life of your commercial refrigerators.

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    Check for Drain Clogs The defrost setting for refrigeration systems is what keeps ice from forming inside the doors and on food products. A clogged drainage hose can prevent proper defrosting and cause water leakage. Most commercial refrigeration units have a rear access panel; this allows you to easily get to the drainage hose. This should be checked regularly to keep clogs from causing motor or electrical damage. Fix Cracked Gaskets The gaskets used inside of commercial refrigeration units create a tight seal when the door is closed, but they can crack and wear over time. This allows cold air to dissipate, forcing the compressor and condenser units to work harder. Leaking door gaskets are a common cause of failure to hold correct temperature in commercial refrigerators. The gaskets have a retaining clip that should be unscrewed to allow the gasket to be removed. Inspecting the gasket will reveal any cracks or holes. A new gasket should be installed if defects are found. Commercial refrigerators will have a long, useful life when properly maintained with routine inspections and accurate maintenance techniques. Have more questions regarding your commercial refrigerator maintenance? Call us at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com
  • Essential Bar Supplies and Equipment

    With the New Year comes new reasons to celebrate, and most importantly, a fresh start. In the foodservice world, this means getting your kitchen and your bar amped up so that customers new and old will flock to you and remain loyal patrons. Get your establishment to that level by outfitting your bar with the essential supplies so that you are ready for the crowds. Being prepared can help increase production and eliminate delays. Furthermore, your bartenders can work best when adequate, professional tools are supplied. Need a run down on some of the most common and important things you will need? Here are some ideas: Essential Bar Equipment and Supplies We have a large array of Bar Refrigeration, the nucleus of any bar scene, from bottle coolers, direct draw beer dispensers, and back bar coolers in all different configurations. This refrigeration equipment is imperative to your day-in-day-out operation. Having everything you need, from glasses, bottles, and  garnishes properly stored at the right temperatures and within arm's reach is both expected by your patrons and necessary for your bartenders and staff to increase output and diminish wait times. For years we have been outfitting bars across the country with dependable refrigeration from True, Turbo Air and Metalfrio, to name a few. Our price point varies from higher end models to some very reasonably priced units, but every item is priced competitively and we do our best to offer additional bonuses like Free Shipping when it applies or discounts whenever possible. When managing a bar, it is a fact of life that things, particularly glassware, is going to break. Glassware makes all the difference when serving up specialty drinks, and replacing such is an important task to stay on top of. Visit our glassware page to order more and get a feel for the different styles available to you through MissionRS.com! Commercial Blenders and Bar Supplies Making mixed drinks and other tantalizing beverages takes having the right tools. Shakers, strainers, the right glassware, all of these things go into making some of your bar menu's most popular beverages. However, one of the most important pieces of bar equipment you can invest in is a quality blender. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have a wide array of blenders to meet your every need, and we carry models by many different manufacturers, including Vitamix, Hamilton Beach, and Waring. The commercial durability and powerful blending motors ensure that cocktails are blended thoroughly and to your customers' content.  Make sure to have spare parts on hand to help you avoid delays, should components fail! In the Market for a Blender? Read this blog to refresh on all the basics! Bar Sinks and Mats Proper sanitization is not only required but imperative to every public establishment, particularly in the foodservice industry. Many of our products on MissionRS.com revolve around the importance of food safety, (have you seen our Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies Page?) and manufacturers all around the country are cranking out new and innovative products to keep your establishment in tip-top-shape. We have an extensive supply of single, dual and triple bay sinks online by manufacturers like Krowne Metal and Regency to make washing your bar utensils and supplies easier and also more regimented. These stainless steel sinks are built to last and are scratch-resistant. Need a new sink? Shop our selection here. We also have a large selection of bar mats and mesh liners, which as any bar owner/manager knows, helps to eliminate messes from incorrect pours and spillage on your expensive bar top. Our selection is easy to clean, easy to use, and is a must-have for your business. Shop liners and mats here! *Want more educational material on Food Safety? Check out some of our previous articles: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5Additional Bar Equipment and Supplies When it comes to bar supplies, there are so many things, many of which are essentials, that help make your bar profitable and efficient. Liquor pourers are great cost control devices. Bottle openers, ashtrays, serving trays and money maids help keep the bar operating as usual and with ease.  A good supply of spoons and additional equipment like muddlers and jiggers allow error-free drink making and mixing as well. The list goes on and on... Thinking about updating your bar? Check out all of our Bar Supplies here.
  • The Cocktail Aficionado's Guide to Glasses

    A great cocktail deserves a great glass, don't you think? A martini may still be a martini if you drink it straight from the shaker, but it lacks the grace and class provided by a proper martini glass. In our opinion, this is true of all cocktails. The difference between a good drink and a great drink is sometimes as simple as the cocktail glass in which it is served. The fluted style of a squall invites the drinker to enjoy something with a little umbrella in it. The large mouth of a margarita glass speaks of laughter. The delicacy of fine champagne is accentuated by the slender flute it is most often served in. The copper mugs make the Moscow mule. The list goes on and on...

     Simpler cocktails, such as rum and coke or gin and tonic, look much more appealing in a proper rocks glass than they would in a tin cup. The rocks style cocktail glass also provides room for the garnishes which often accompany these simple types of cocktails. A taller rocks glass is perfect for a Bloody Mary, allowing room for a full pickle spear or celery stalk to rest submerged in your drink.  Rocks glasses are often heavy bottomed, making their liquids more difficult to spill. Once called Tom Collins glasses, this style has spread in popularity due to its versatile uses and its simplicity. 

    For more upscale drinks, a stemmed, V-shaped glass is a great choice. Also known as a martini glass, these vessels are made of a thinner glass. This thin glass can be quickly cooled when filled with ice water, as the bartender mixes and shakes the drink. Once the cold liquid is poured, the glass helps keep the temperature of the drink cold without ice watering it down and spoiling the flavor of the liquors. A cosmopolitan glass has this same shape, but no stem. This allows the drinker to imbibe without many worries of spilling. Aside from being functional, these cocktail glasses provide an aesthetic of class and poise for the drinker.

    Some cocktail glasses are made for specific drinks. Brandy is served in a snifter, which is meant to be held in the palm of one's hand. The drinker's body heat warms the liquid, while the more enclosed lip prevents aromas from escaping. Wine glasses are made with similar thought behind them. A red wine glass has a wider, bowl-like shape. This allows for better oxidation of the wine. It may be held by the bowl if the drinker wishes to warm the wine a bit in a chilly environment. A white wine glass is elongated to preserve the temperature of the liquid within, and is held by the stem for the same reason. Both types of wine glasses are clear for a better view of the colors of the wine therein. Shop Wine Glasses!

    A well-rounded supply of cocktail glasses should not forget the beer lovers of the world. A traditional beer mug is equipped with a handle to prevent one's body heat from changing the temperature. Pouring beer from a bottle or can to a glass allows the head to bloom, improving the flavor. Pilsner glasses act much as a champagne flute. The bubbles of a light beer are visible to one's eye, while the gasses are mostly trapped within the fluted style. Other, heavier beers may call for a goblet or a schooner, which just so happens to be one of our best sellers here at MissionRS.com. 

     Regardless of the type of drink you serve, be it liquor, beer, or wine, the moral of the story is that the right glass affects the experience, without a doubt. A proper supply of cocktail glasses will help keep your bar stocked for all different occasions and varying drinks. Get started on your Glassware Shopping- check out our full selection of glassware here! Cheers!
  • Supplies for the Home Baker

    Professional and home bakers trust Mission Restaurant Supply for reliable, dependable, and affordable baking supplies. We keep all the basics stocked, from bake pans to rolling pins, spatulas to decorating supplies, because we understand that serious bakers need tools they can rely on for consistently delicious and beautiful results. After all, baking is a science as well as an art and the tools used play a large role in the outcome.

    In the world of baking, precision is everything, that's why we sell quality items from only the most trusted manufacturers in the foodservice industry. Though many of these items are commercial grade and fit for heavy, commercial kitchen use, many of our items are also perfectly suitable for your home! For instance, our angled measuring cups by Oxo, a popular favorite, will allow you to accurately and consistently measure liquids and solids with ease. (Shop for Measurers here.)One of the most used kitchen supplies in both residential and commercial kitchens is the mixing bowl. We have an extensive selection of stainless steel bowls on MissionRS.com that will stand the test of time- choose from a shiny, polished bowl or a more heavy-duty brushed stainless steel variety.

    We also have wire whips in all different sizes, or we have a selection of electric countertop mixers (here, here, here) for the more avid baker who's looking for a tool that will both last and get the job done. For the baker of cakes, we have pans available which come with their own covers to minimize dirty dishes and make for easy storage. (Shop our Square pan with lid and our Rectangular pan with lid.)

    If you are looking for a little more flair when you serve, try an attractive cake stand with a clear lid. Your homemade cake is a product of hard work and love, and deserves to be displayed as such. Shop cake stands!

    Mission Restaurant Supply also offers unique baking supplies for those who love the smell of fresh baked cookies. Aside from cookie cutters, we have a great cookie press online! With several options for shapes and designs, a cookie press can speed up the process of holiday baking while delivering unique shapes to make your cookies stand out.

    Show your finished baked goods even more love with imaginative decoration! Mission Restaurant Supply offers several baking supplies to make this process as easy as it is fun. A fine set of frosting tubes helps you create perfect piping, flawless flowers, or any design you can imagine. We sell tube sets in quantities from twelve to fifty-five, so you can purchase just what you need for that perfect frosting design. Shop for Decorating Supplies!

  • Grilling up the Greatest

    It's that time of year again! Football games are in full swing, and the big game is nearing. Given all this, we can be sure that dive bars and restaurants with TVs will be packed with loyal fans, while personal parties at home will be gearing up as well. One of the best ways to please your customers or guests  is to offer some good grub , most often achieved by grilling. Grilling is a labor of love--love for the food, for those about to eat the food, and for the fire itself. While it can be done over nothing more than an open fire pit, grilling is often made easier and more enjoyable with proper grilling tools. 

    For example, in order to to prep the meat you'll need a meat tenderizer, and to maneuver the meat once on the grill, you'll need some tools (from tongs to turners. ) 

     

     

    Why a meat tenderizer? Overnight marinating can improve the flavor and texture of both softer and tougher meats. A tenderizer creates tiny holes which allow your lovingly crafted marinade to seep inside the meat, infusing it with flavors. We provide professional tenderizers with the ability to reduce your cooking time and improve the texture of meat varieties. Our larger tenderizer can reduce your cooking time by up to 40 percent, and is equipped with 48 surgical steel blades to create cooking channels in even the thickest piece of meat. We also offer a more compact tenderizer for smaller spaces or smaller portions. Need knives? At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have an extensive display of cutlery by various manufacturers, like Mundial and Forschner, and great sets like this 9 piece all-purpose knife set by Berghoff

     Further customization of a meal necessitates more advanced grilling tools. A meat grinder allows the creation of sausages, patties, or ground meats of any combination you choose. If you are looking to make your own sausages, you can now do so either at your business or home and well below supermarket costs with the help of a meat grinder.  Add peppers and spices, and taste the wonderful difference of homemade. We have a vast selection of electric meat grinders and manual models. (We also have a hunting knife set that is great for processing.) 

     Meats aren't the only food best enjoyed after careful cooking over an open flame. Grilled vegetables are a nice departure from the traditional steamed or boiled preparation. Our handy Fire Wire  tool is a customer favorite. This flexible grilling skewer is made of 100% food grade stainless steel and allows you to create shish kabobs or simply grill vegetables with ease. Mission Restaurant Supply also offers grilling tools for perfectly prepared peppers. Our jalapeño griller is great for keeping hot peppers off the grill directly, creating toasted skins but soft, flavorful insides. It is also versatile, and can be used for any softer vegetable you wish to grill. Hotter peppers, such as members of the Chile family, can achieve a near inedible spiciness if cooked with their seeds still inside them. Don't forget the pepper twister for easy de-seeding! Available in red and green as well! 

    A portable butane stove can save you the hassle of grilling outside, perhaps when weather conditions are poor, or if you just want the convenience of grilling indoors while still maintaining that fire-grilled flavor. Our countertop unit, by Mr BBQ is great for a smaller kitchen as it takes up very little space and can be stored away when finished using. The Mr. BBQ portable stove comes equipped with a hard case for easy transportation and protection. At home or away, for friends or for yourself, Mission Restaurant Supply offers the grilling tools you need to create fire-roasted meals.  We also have a big selection of Scotch Brite griddle cleaning supplies, a great aluminum grill scraper, (check out this small grill scraper as well!), along with lots of other great cleaning items and grill accessories to choose from! All our products are built to last, and priced affordably. Whether you own a restaurant or you tackle the grill from your backyard, our tools will help you succeed! Check out tons of other great options for your next football party- disposable compartment plates for easy clean ups, party barrels, beer schooners, blenders and more great items for both commercial kitchens and bustling residential party scenes!
  • In the Market for a Blender?

    Blenders have been used for decades to mix drinks and food products both quickly and efficiently. Their reliability and fast operation has made commercial blenders a must have and a mainstay in the foodservice industry over the years. There are differences in the construction and performance of every blender, which can be major or minor. Understanding these differences and how to purchase a model that is right for you will guarantee errorless blending in your bar.   Differences in Commercial Blenders   There are three main elements to consider before buying commercial blenders: Construction, Controls, and Blade Types + Motor Strength. Hamilton Beach, Waring and Vitamix are the top manufacturers of bar equipment and supplies online at MissionRS.com. This quick guide will tell you what you should look for.   1. Construction   When buying a new blender, the quality of the materials used will more than likely determine how long the machine will last. The more inexpensive models are constructed with a plastic exterior and a simple container. While these blenders are functional, they are not as durable as models that are made from stainless steel. The frequency of use along with what you're blending will determine what type of construction that you need; if you're shopping for a commercial use in a bar, restaurant, or smoothie shop, you need to opt for a more heavy-duty blender, while a smaller service restaurant or bar with less usage could handle a simpler model.  

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      2. Digital or Manual Controls   The next element to consider when buying a new blender is what kind of control features you'd like to have. You have a choice between push buttons or a digital keypad. Both versions work equally well. Each motor is shielded to reduce operating noise when each button is selected. Digital keypad blenders offer a more convenient way to prepare drinks on a timed circuit compared to manually pressing buttons and checking the mixed contents for proper blending.  

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      3. Blade Types and Motor Strength  

    Lastly, understanding what kind of blade type and motor strength you need will help you make the right choice for your business. The quality of the blades is what ultimately gives you the finished blended product. The more inexpensive models are built with motors that are a few notches down in the strength department, and therefore may not be able to successfully handle certain tasks, like chopping an entire container full of ice, for example. Some of the more expensive units have stronger motors and more power to efficiently chop ice and solid foods. Which bar blenders you'll need mostly depends on how fast drinks need to be made and what level of quality is acceptable for your restaurant or bar's production. 

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    Browse through our selection of commercial food blenders & bar blenders at MissionRS.com!   If you have questions on finding the right unit for your business, please call us at 800-319-0690 and one of our sales reps will be happy to help you! You may also send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will reach out to you with a list of options.

  • Food Pan Sizes

    In this business, there's a lot of lingo and technical detail that goes into much of the supplies and equipment necessary to run a foodservice establishment. We have had some loyal customers rightfully ask about some of these details, and so we decided to clear up one of the most frequently asked questions. Surprisingly {or not so surprisingly} the subject revolves around food pans and the breakdown of their sizes. On MissionRS.com, we have a large number of different-sized food pans {full size, 1/2 size, all the way down to 1/9th sized pans}. A standard full size food pan is approximately 12" x 20", so half size pans are 12" x 10", one third size pans are 12" x 6.67", one fourth size pans are 6" x 10", one sixth size pans are 6" x 6.67", and one ninth size pans are 4" x 6.67". A fellow employee found this chart that has helped all of us, and many customers, better visualize the differences:

    Need more assistance? Give us a ring at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will get back to you shortly.   Image Credits

  • Buying Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    No restaurant or caterer can cook safely without proper refrigeration. Maintaining food temperatures with refrigerators and commercial freezers guarantees your food is kept as fresh as possible, which is paramount to food quality, your customer's experience, and ultimately, your success. There are several top restaurant equipment manufacturers who make quality products built to perfectly chill or freeze food. However, buying a new refrigerator or commercial freezer that is right for you takes an understanding of the varieties and features available. Check out our quick guide for a helpful walk-through. Commercial Refrigeration by Traulsen, Turbo Air, True and Hoshizaki

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    A pass-thru refrigerator will give you access to your food products from the front and the rear. Both single- and dual-door models are available, along with extra shelves to store cheeses, wine, food, and other products used in culinary creation. Refrigerated bakery cases and deli cases allow you to promote your goods to the public in an attractive manner. These are used most often to refrigerate pies, desserts or pastries after preparation. {Dry, non-refrigerated bakery display cases are also available online.} Reach-in refrigerators are one of the most commonly-used types of restaurant equipment. This type of refrigeration is useful for keeping food products cold while granting easy access during fast-paced preparation. Under-counter refrigerators can be used with prep tables, or positioned on the kitchen line for easy access to refrigerated foods without taking up any valuable countertop space. The wide interior and storage racks make it easy to store foods inside. Explore all the other refrigeration options online, including glass door merchandisers, milk coolers, floral cases, worktop, refrigerated sushi displays, and pizza prep tables to name a few! Commercial Freezers by True, Arctic Air, Turbo Air and Metalfrio

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    Commercial chests make it easy to retrieve items quickly while not delaying food preparation. These chests can be stored directly on the line, or in prep areas. This commercial freezer, which is easy to clean and maintain, is sure to keep your food frozen, while being a reliable option for your day-to-day needs. Under-counter freezers, like the refrigeration units, are a convenient way to keep food at the correct temperature. With the added bonus of a usable workspace on top, these commercial freezers offer plenty of storage without taking up valuable kitchen space.

    Glass door freezers are the perfect restaurant equipment for storing produce, milk or other foods that need to be monitored for quality and loss prevention.

    Other options available may include worktop freezers, countertop freezers, ice cream dipping cabinets, ice merchandisers, and the ever-popular solid door reach-in freezers. Knowing what models to choose will allow you to customize a solution to fit into the needs of your business. Don't hestitate to call us if we can help you with the buying process or if we can answer any questions you may have. One of our foodservice experts would be glad to walk you through our list of manufacturers and models available. Call us today at 800-319-0690 or email us at info@missionrs.com

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