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  • 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
  • 6 Uses for Chafing Dishes

    Every experienced caterer knows that high quality catering supplies help produce amazing meals for catered events. Though Disposable supplies are often the most handy, they don't give the presentation that most clients require when meals are served. Professional chafing dishes are some of the most versatile pieces of restaurant equipment, and are essential for many catering jobs.

     

    6 Unique Chafing Dish Uses 1. Maintaining Food Temperature Preparing food in advance and transporting it to a third party location to be served does not have to be worrisome. Chafing dishes have been used for centuries as a reliable way to keep food warm. Every caterer needs high quality catering supplies, including chafing dishes. 2. Serving Fondues or Sauces A chafing dish is a great way to present and serve sauces, marinades and desserts that need consistent temperature for self-serving conditions. Fondue must be kept at the right temperature to avoid clumping, this is a staple at most catered events for instant application on desserts. A quality chafing dish is the most effective and aesthetically pleasing way to serve this dessert to a large group of people. 3. Seafood Presentations When properly displayed, seafood can attract even the most diehard meat lovers. The depth and size of chafing dishes allows for various types of seafood entrees or appetizers to be arranged in a unique way that will appeal to partygoers. 4. Elegant Salad Displays Party guests may give salads a second glance when they are presented in a unique way. This can be a simple, yet elegant way to remind people that there is more to salad than just lettuce. A large chafing dish filled with ice is the perfect way to keep salads chilled, eliminating the need for additional catering supplies. 5. Bun Warmer Guests often expect to have hot sandwiches served at catered events. Putting buns in a chafer and allowing them to steam and stay warm offers an easy, sophisticated way to keep buns and rolls fresh. 6. Buffet Serving Your catering company may not have the budget to hire extra staff. Allowing guests to serve themselves is easy when you use chafing dishes for buffet meals. The wide base, cool handles, and optional roll top cover provide safe and easy serving. Browse our selection of elegant chafing dishes- both commercial and consumer-friendly and please drop us a line at 800-319-0690 if we can assist you in any way!
  • Your Internet Source for Wholesale Restaurant Equipment

    Your restaurant or catering business is only as good as the equipment you use to prepare your menu. High quality restaurant equipment will last a lifetime and contribute to your culinary success. Since every penny of your restaurant investment counts, buying your equipment wholesale allows you to put more money into your expanding business. Commercial equipment is built to provide you with durability and reliability. Our buying power gives us the ability to make lasting relationships with the best suppliers in the world. This dedication gives you the lowest prices and biggest inventory for commercial restaurant equipment. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment All food products need proper refrigeration according to health laws in every state. Some of the top commercial refrigeration equipment suppliers include True, Traulsen, Metalfrio and Turbo Air. Accurate refrigeration keeps your food products at the optimal temperature to help you eliminate spoilage costs from your food budget. Commercial Ranges Food is cooked to the perfect temperature with reliable commercial ranges. You may need a small stockpot range, a range with griddle or a full restaurant range. Choosing quality ranges and accessories made by Vulcan, Garland, Southbend and Comstock-Castle offers you durability and performance. Commercial Fryers Fried foods are often a staple for restaurant and catering menus, especially in the South. Countertop fryers, floor fryers, baskets and filters help you to achieve perfectly fried foods using reliable frying equipment. Top manufacturers like Vollrath, Waring and Comstock-Castle offer both electric and gas fryers. Countertop Restaurant Equipment Not all food production takes place on ranges or by using fryers. Countertop equipment plays a big role in producing the quality of food your customers deserve. Commercial microwaves, panini presses, griddles, warmers, steamers and food slicers help you to create perfection in your finished dishes. Buying your commercial restaurant equipment online at MissionRS.com is fast and easy. You should not have to pay high retail prices for quality equipment. You have at your fingertips the equipment and supplies that help to make your restaurant or catering business a success. Now, what are you waiting for, Start Shopping!
  • Holiday Gift Guide UNDER $60!

       

    With the holidays quickly approaching, we can be sure that shopping malls will be packed full with swarming crowds, and people will be shopping smart by looking for the best deals available. This holiday season you can skip the traffic jammed malls and save money when you order one of our "gifts under $60" online. These gifts are some of the most coveted items on MissionRS.com, and lucky for you, the price is right.         Texas Waffle Maker   Oh, the joys our Texas Waffle Maker brings. Customers all over the nation have been buying up this unique waffle maker and the results are fabulous time and time again. For only $48.75 it can be yours! BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS ITEM FOR $1.25.                   Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker    This hot, new item, manufactured by our friends who brought us the Texas Waffle Maker, is a Fleur de Lis variety. Perfectly suited for Saints fans {and the whole state of Louisiana for that matter} and anyone you know who may be a so called francophile. This Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker yields beautiful results and is a crowd pleaser every time. BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS PRODUCT FOR $1.25.                 Proteak Boards   If you're looking for a gift for the grill master/cheese lover/host/hostess extraordinaire, our Proteak cutting boards are the perfect choice. These environmentally friendly teak-wood boards are a beautiful accent for any kitchen. They work perfectly for slicing steaks thanks to the ingrained juice canal and they make a delightful presentation for a cheese board, or any other number of appetizers. Each board is unique and has its own look with ranging teak colors and different shapes, sizes, and details.  Get yours here!      Portable Butane Stove  For the lover of all things outdoors, this Portable Butane Stove set is a must. 30,000 BTUs are packed into this 1-burner range and it comes neatly packed in a hard carrying case. The stove operates on 8-ounce butane fuel cans, available at any sporting goods store. At only $36.95 a pop, this would make a great gift for the outdoorsman in your life. Get yours here!                   

    Epicurean "Milk Jug" Cutting Board Before you raise your eyebrows on this one, consider this: 100% recycled, 100% recyclable, eco-friendly, Dishwasher safe, BPA Free... These great new cutting boards by the brand Epicurean is one of the hottest things on the market right now, and we understand why! As soon as we saw these durable cutting boards made from recycled milk jugs, we were sold. The milk jug is unexpectedly the perfect material for cutting upon for its durability and heavy-duty texture. These boards come in two different sizes, in both green and red, and they are great for residential kitchens, particularly for those home cooks you know who look for innovative products that are resourceful, different, unique, and effective. Prices range from $14.95-$17.95- view here!

      9 Piece Knife Set by Berghoff Cutlery is one of the most important and most used kitchen tools in the book. It's important- whether you are a home cook or a professional chef- to have high quality cutlery that stays sharp and efficient in your day-to-day cooking routine. This Knife Set by Berghoff is made of high carbon stainless steel and each is individually sharpened and tested for quality. This Berghoff 1309057 Knife Set includes a 8 inch meat cleaver, 8 inch carving knife, 3-1/3 inch paring knife, 6 inch boning knife, 5-1/2 inch utility knife, scissors, and 8 inch sharpener with a black nylon folding bag. Having all these different tools in one safe carrying case makes it easier to take care of the items collectively, and for $59.55, it would make an impressive gift for any cooking aficionado. Check it out here!      The Fire Wire     One of our newest items on MissionRS.com, the Fire Wire is a revolutionary tool for the grill master in your life. Grilling veggies, meats, creating shishkabobs, you name it- the whole process just got easier with a little help from the Fire Wire. For only $9.95, this flexible grilling skewer can be yours.Made of 100% food grade stainless steel, this skewer allows you to place your skewer on the grill in any direction needed. And once one side is cooked you can simply use the "cool to touch" tips to remove the skewer from the grill and turn it to the other side. Impress friends and family at your next barbecue with the Flexible Grilling Skewer from Fire Wire. This item makes a great gift! Get yours here and watch a video demonstration!          Case of Libbey Wine Glasses Most wine aficionados, restaurateurs, and home chefs know that the life of stemware isn't a long one. Glasses break, it is an inevitable fact of life. This Christmas stock up on a fresh case of these beautiful wine glasses by Libbey. Perfect for a chilled white or rose or a big, robust red, these glasses are versatile, elegant, and would be the perfect addition to your home or business. For only $35.07, these glasses can be yours- and they are ready to ship today!
  • Holiday Baking Essentials

     

    With Thanksgiving next week and December just 2 weeks away, we can be sure of one thing: Your baking supplies are resurfacing and they'll be getting some heavy use, are we right? If you need a few fresh supplies, look no further than this Holiday Baking Guide. We have smallwares that are your everyday basics {often the most important to have on hand} and some new supplies that might just make your holiday season a little merrier. Order quickly because time is running out! Decorating Supplies Whether you're icing cookies or you're decorating a gingerbread house, our Decorating Supplies sets by Ateco are a great investment. We have boxed sets with a slew of different pastry tip assortments or you can buy the pastry bags and tips separately! View Decorating Supplies. Bake Pans One of the basic, most fundamental baking tools is the bake pan. We have a big assortment of Cake Pans, Bundt Cake Pans, Sheet Pans, Muffin Pans, Pie Pans, and more for all your baking needs. Accessories Sometimes, when it comes to baking, it's all the little accessories that make a big difference and come to the rescue in the kitchen. We're talking quality stainless mixing bowls, batter bowls, pastry cutters (to make light and fluffy pastries, sieves and sifters, scrapers and spatulas (to get the last morsel from your mixing bowl), pastry brushes, rolling pins, and whire whips! Special Holiday Items We have a special, new cookie cutter set plus a few old classics that are the perfect tools for making cheerful, spirited holiday cookies. If you're in a bind you can make these cookies and wrap them in a little tissue and tie with ribbon for a nice gift for friends and loved ones. Our new Christmas cookie cutter set by Fox Run comes with 4 festive shapes (Angel, Holly, Snowman and a Bell) and they're only $2.95! Jazz up your favorite cookie or shortbread recipe and get into the Holiday Spirit. Snatch these up! This reversible Holiday cookie cutter set comes with 8 shapes, 4 winter-inspired and 4 holiday-inspired on either side of the panel. Best yet, they release the dough easily and with little hassle, and they are easy to clean- just pop it in some warm soapy water. You can enjoy this cookie cutter combo all winter long. Shop our Reversible Holiday Cookie Cutter Set!   This Cookie Press and Decorating Set is a customer favorite! Neatly packed in a convenient storage box, this baking tool is great for pressing fresh cookie dough into seasonal shapes and then decorating them with the pastry tips included in the box! Other goodies await including decorating tips and recipes! This makes a great gift for the baker-friend in your life, and for only $24.75 it's hard to say no! Shop the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press and Decorating Set!
  • Catering with Convenience

    Catering is one of the most difficult foodservice businesses to operate, for a number of reasons. Preparing food that has to be transported before serving, all while maintaining safe temperatures, is no easy task. Unlike the controlled and repetitive nature of a restaurant operation, the variety of circumstances in which caterers find themselves makes it difficult to maintain high standards of food quality and service. Investing in the right catering supplies to transport your loot is of paramount importance to the success of your operation.
     

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    At Mission we have a number of Transport Carriers, from Insulated Food Pan Carriers to Ice Caddies, Insulated Bags, and Insulated Beverage Dispensers, that make transporting menu items easy and secure.   

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    No matter what you're planning on bringing to the event, the name of the game is convenience, and our products at MissionRS.com  will help you achieve just that.   

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     Whether you're keeping food items hot or cold, our carriers are designed to make the process a simple and convenient one. Our Insulated Food Carriers come in a number of different designs to suit your every need. Here are some factors to take into consideration before buying a carrier:  
    • Capacity - How much are you moving? - Choose from 12 qt, 20 qt, 24 qt, 60 qt...
    • Load Direction - Top, front, or end-load? - How will you be storing your product and loading and unloading it? There are a number of different configurations...
    • Color - Choosing a color for your food carriers is a purely personal choice, but remember that it should reflect you and your business. We have a number of colors available, some in stock and others available for us to Special Order for you.
    If you are booking up for the Holiday Season, make sure you invest in some of this transportation gear so that you deliver the best and work efficiently. If you have any questions regarding what carrier best suits the needs of your business, please drop us a line at 800-319-0690 and we will gladly help find something for you!
  • Holiday Season Necessities

     

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have all the supplies you need for both the kitchen and the dining area to make it a memorable one. Check out our ideas:
    1. Keep food hot and ready to serve with our 8 qt economy chafer. This chafing dish set includes a full size water pan, 2-1/2 inch deep full size food pan, chafing dish cover, stand and two fuel cell holders. For only $29.99 it can be yours!
    2. This 18 qt electric roaster oven fits up to an 18 lbs turkey! This convenient countertop unit is perfect for everyday home use, particularly for this Thanksgiving/Holiday Season!
    3. If you're looking to step things up a notch without being overly fancy, snatch up one of our gorgeous serving trays. Great for serving drinks, appetizers, and small bites to family and friends.
    4. When entertaining with a large group of people, prepping before the party is the key to success. Having ingredients out and in their appropriate place is important, as is having all your beverages iced down and easily accessible. Our stainless steel double wall beverage tubs are both attractive and useful for carrying a large number of sodas, waters, wines, and more. These investment pieces are great for year round use, but they are particularly handy around the Holiday Season.  
    5. Roasting Pans are some of the best tools in the kitchen. Roast veggies, chicken, turkey, and everything in between with our heavy-duty roasting pans, great for professionals or home cooks!
    6. Shake up your favorite drinks with our array of cocktail shakers and serve up in style with a large selection of quality glassware. From beautiful martini glasses to champagne flutes and everything in between, we have it all right here at MissionRS.com!
  • Holiday Prep : Is Your Restaurant Ready?

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    The Holiday Season is underway and for restaurants, caterers, and others in the foodservice industry, this is a busy time of year. Here are some tips for sprucing up your daily operation and making a memory for your customers that's both merry and bright.
    • Atmosphere is undoubtedly one of the best ways to set the tone. Pay attention to your lighting, the kind of music that's being played, and the overall feel of your establishment. Changing the decor in subtle ways can also be a nice way to ready your restaurant for the Holiday Season. Fall colored tablecloths or seasonal flower arrangments, jewel-toned votives for the Holidays, all of these things are simple ideas for sprucing up your look. Remember, a little goes a long way, and well thought out details, like the aforementioned, can leave a pleasant memory in the minds of your customers. - Shop Tablecloths - Shop Votives
     
    • Send a holiday email reminding customers about a special offer. This is a great way to keep your restaurant in the back of their mind. Offering gift cards year-round, but particularly through the Holiday Season, can be a great way to add a little more to your bottom line while also providing the customer with an easy gift idea.
     
    • If your restaurant caters to seasonal products and thus a changing menu, emphasize the kinds of Holiday menu items being featured through emails and flyers. Once your customers see what you're doing, word of mouth will take care of the rest. *Since everyone has different beliefs, it's important to be sensitive to Holiday terminology like Merry Christmas. Staying neutral is key.
      Read more on Holiday Preparedness: Surviving the Holiday Rush: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/surviving-the-holiday-rush/ Holiday Table Settings: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-table-settings/ Holiday Catering: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-catering/ Holiday Martinis: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-martinis/
  • Why Buy Online?

    Shop at MissionRS.com  for convenience, great service, and unparalleled quality! 

    If you've been in the restaurant business for any time at all, there's a good chance you have a fairly reliable source for your restaurant supplies. Or perhaps you're starting out in the industry, hoping to open your first successful establishment. Regardless of how long you've been working in the hospitality field, though, it pays to consider some fresh ideas concerning your equipment and supplies. Good equipment and a full stock of supplies are essential to operating a successful restaurant, cafe, or bar. Because of the fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry, an efficient operation can suddenly find itself in a bad way if something breaks, or supplies begin to run out. You can't afford to turn customers away, or inconvenience them because something went wrong in the kitchen, and thus, you want to be sure you're on top of your ordering. On the other hand, you want to save money, and balancing your budget while maintaining a well-stocked house can be tricky. When you buy restaurant equipment online, it's possible to get the supplies you need at a price lower than you thought possible. Increasingly, online restaurant suppliers are becoming a mainstream force for providing some of the best prices and deals on restaurant equipment and supplies. At MissionRS.com, you'll always be able to speak to someone live on the phone who can walk you through your options, providing great service every step of the way.  We also have an online, comprehensive catalog that you can peruse at your leisure. Call us at 1-800-319-0690! Finally, you want to be sure that when you buy restaurant equipment, you buy the highest quality items possible. While the quality of rarely-used home appliances may not matter as much, restaurant appliances are a different story. The rigors of use endured by equipment in a restaurant, cafe, coffeehouse, or bar are great compared to residential appliances, and you want to be confident that the equipment you're buying is going to last for years to come. Having to repair or replace your equipment early is a cost that can seriously affect your bottom line, not to mention the opportunity coast of lost business if you have to close for repairs! MissionRS.com is home to hundreds of trusted foodservice manufacturers and our prices are some of the most competitive on the market. This profound commitment to trustworthy merchandise coupled with our team devotion to top-notch customer service, makes MissionRS.com the place to shop for Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, online.

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