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  • Why Your Business Needs Traulsen Refrigeration

    Commercial Refrigeration is a saturated marketplace filled with quality brands and products. For customers in the market to buy a new piece of refrigeration the choice can often be an overwhelming one. By now you've heard us confess our love for manufacturers like True, Hoshizaki and Turbo Air, but one line we encourage you to learn more about is Traulsen. Do you want the longest life out of your unit and the largest return on your investment? Traulsen may be the perfect fit for you.traulsen Manufactured in the heart of Ft Worth, Texas, this line has been creating refrigeration solutions since 1938, and their promise to bring quality to the industry has never wavered. One of the ways Traulsen has gained many loyal advocates is by explaining the difference between the price of purchase and the price of ownership with a Traulsen unit. The chart below details this difference: Traulsen Refrigeration As you can see, although a Traulsen refrigerator or freezer will cost you more up front, it will actually save you money throughout the course of its lifespan. The reason for this harks back to the brand's commitment to quality. Quality Materials, Quality Design, Quality Operation, and Quality Control. Below are a few of the key design elements that make Traulsen one of the most respected refrigeration brands in the world. Untitled-2
    1. The Quality of Stainless: Stainless steel is the ideal and most widely used material for the foodservice industry, mainly for its durability, easy-to-clean nature, and its industrial aesthetic. By making an all stainless cabinet from the interior to the exterior along with every part in between, Traulsen units will last for longer without wavering in performance or reliability. Stainless steel also transfers temperature a lot faster than plastic or vinyl. Cutting out all the plastic pieces that are so often found in other refrigeration brands will ensure quality and easy upkeep year after year.
    2. The Traulsen Air Flow: Unlike other manuacturers who push cold air from the top down or from the back to the front, Traulsen has designed their cabinets with air ducts that help move cold air in a circular motion. This engineered air flow will blow across then down so cold air can fill from the bottom up, shelf by shelf by shelf. This air flow design will lengthen the life of your compressor and ensure the most thorough temperatures no matter where food is placed in the cabinet.
    3. Why Top Mount Refrigeration? The debate between whether top mount versus bottom mount refrigeration is better continues on with the ultimate consensus being that it is a subjective matter of opinion for the end user. Traulsen, however, continues to stand by their philosophy of having top mount refrigeration for multiple reasons. The first is that it is simply easier to access for preventative maintenance operations and service. Though bottom mount might seem easier, it is actually much harder to reach the interior of the refrigeration system when on your back amidst dirt, grime, and limited visibility. Second, because the evaporator, condenser and compressor are all located high up off the ground, you-the end user- won't have to worry as much about dirt and grime getting sucked into the system, which is often the case with bottom mount units whose fans and motors are located right above the floor. And third, because the refrigeration system is located up top, it is not eating up useable space in the interior of the cabinet, unlike the bottom mount conterparts on the market. (Traulsen claims you will have 15-20% more usable storage space in their boxes than bottom mount units by competitive brands.)
    4. The Best Insulation: Traulsen is the only brand of its kind that ensures a minimum thickness of 2 inches of insulation in their refrigeration. This insulation is 100% foamed in place for the best temperature maintenance and control.
    5. Free Freight On Everything! In addition to the brand's generous Free Freight offer, there is also a Free Liftgate service offered for any Traulsen unit you buy under 72''.
    What's not to love? Invest in the G Series by Traulsen and get the longest product life and the best return on your investment! Have questions? We are here to help. Call us at 800-319-0690 from Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM (CST) to speak to someone on our team.
  • Water Filtration :: Why You Should Invest

    One of the best investments that your restaurant business can make is buying proper water filtration  for your commercial ice machine. The importance of an adequate filtration system is one of the biggest understatements in the foodservice industry. Understanding how water filtration can help, by ensuring longer running times and a healthier, longer life for your machine, makes this purchase a no brainer. Water filters can be used with other pieces of equipment dealing with water, like steamers, but for the purpose of this post, we are focusing on its importance when used with commercial ice equipment. Untitled-3 Perhaps the best way to begin is by reiterating the fact that ice is food and it should be treated as such, with proper food safety practices and precautions.  At Mission Restaurant Supply we strongly believe in the importance of water filtration and below we will tell you why: As time wears on, so does the water within your ice machine that is frozen to make ice. Water, in its natural form, carries with it impurities and minerals that will build-up within your machine in the form of lime and scale. (Find out more about that here!) This build-up creates a blockage, much like cholesterol does within an artery, and it makes it harder for the water to pass through. This inherently makes the machine have to work harder and it raises the operating temperatures of the unit which can do irreversible damage to the machine. By investing in a water filtration system, the impurities within the incoming water can be captured and sifted out before the water runs through the interior of the machine. Thus, no lime, no scale, and better operation all around. Without this water filtration system, the ice formed with the unfiltered water will eventually have a a foul smell and a discolored appearance. Talk about leaving a bad taste in you customer's mouth!  For your customer (and yourself) this is an undeniable turn off and an obvious indication that maintenance is not being adhered to. Investing in one of our Water Filters will do the following:
    • Filter Dirt and Sediment from the incoming water
    • Eliminate bad tastes and odors from the impure water
    • Inhibit lime scale accumulation
    • Prolong the life of your investment
    Invest in a Water Filtration System (or get a replacement cartridge for your existing set-up) and start seeing clearer,  cleaner results, along with better operating performance. Have questions on which filter you need? Call us at 800-319-0690 and let us find you the right fit!
  • How Inviting Is Your Dining Room?

    Untitled-2 What makes a dining experience memorable for you? The question is subjective to every diner- it could be a great waiter or waitress, attention to the minute details, a fantastic dish, delicious wine- but one thing that almost always is consistent is lighting. As a restaurateur, having a warm glow and soft light on your diners' tables is a great way to leave a lasting memory in the minds of your customers. It sets the tone, enhances the ambiance, and creates a relaxed, romantic mood that will better the dining experience. At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a huge selection of votives, tea lights and candle lights by Hollowick, a company that has been creating beautiful lighting for the foodservice industry since 1971! The product selection is reminiscent of a large treasure trove of jewel-colored votives and lamps that will bring your tables to life. There are a number of options and choosing can oftentimes be overwhelming, which is why we've broken down the different finishes along with some of the top-selling styles so that you will have a clear idea of the different designs available.  Untitled-2   1   Which will you choose? Shop through the extensive selection of Candles and Votives by Hollowick at Mission Restaurant Supply and achieve a warm, inviting ambiance at your dining establishment. Want to spruce up the dining room at home? These candles are also a best-seller for our fans outside of the foodservice industry!
  • The Importance of Gas Connection Safety

    Untitled-1 copy In the foodservice industry the importance of safety when using gas-operated equipment is paramount. Having a heavy-duty gas connection hose that will not only meet code but withstand the rigors of commercial use is therefore an essential part of your kitchen safety and should be a conscious part of your design considerations. (Unfortunately, this small- yet very important detail- is a specification people often forget about until the site inspector comes to your facility.)
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    At Mission Restaurant Supply, we carry Dormont Gas Connection Hoses which comply with the latest standards in the industry. Recently, flexible commercial gas connection hoses have come to be "the norm" and regarded as the best option for your gas equipment, as opposed to the traditional hard, rigid connections of the past. There are a few key reasons for this:

    Why Use A Flexible Gas Connection Hose?
    • The flexibility of the design makes hooking up your gas-operated appliances from the rear connection to the gas piping much easier, not to mention much closer to the wall. With a rigid hose, there is not as much maneuverability and equipment is restricted from getting close to the wall.
    • Dormont's Flexible Gas Connection Hoses are certified by NSF International where as Rigid Hoses are not.
    • Cleanability is essential throughout your foodservice facility and this couldn't be more true than in greasy, flammable areas (i.e. by your gas-operated cooking equipment.) With a flexible gas connection hose, a range or gas- powered unit on casters can be mobile for thorough cleaning and maintenance underneath and around the unit.
    • Dormont's Flexible Gas Hoses meet updated codes, including ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16: Connectors for Moveable Gas Appliances and CAN/CSA B149.1: Natural Gas and Propane Installation

       

    Too often, a new restaurant or foodservice facility will be designed without giving much consideration to the gas connection hoses required for operation. This small yet necessary specification item is essentially the way to "feed" your gas-powered equipment, and at Mission, we like to stress the importance of investing in a quality "feed tube" to make sure your equipment operates at its best. Dormont's commercial gas connection hoses and kits are a great investment that will complement your equipment. We also have recently added a few T&S Brass gas hoses to our product offering which are another wonderful option for you. Untitled-1 T&S Brass engineers the internal component of the hose to be ultra flexible and durable, putting less stress on the connection. It is woven with a stainless steel mesh which reinforces the strength and the integrity of the construction where it is then blanketed with an extruded coating. All of the fittings are high quality brass as well to ensure the best quality at every point of connection.   To verify the size of the gas inlet and the length that your equipment needs, check the manufacturer specification sheet for more details or call one of our team members at Mission (800-319-0690) - we'd be glad to help!
  • Testing Agencies In Foodservice

    In the foodservice industry, product safety is a key component of day-to-day business. Ensuring that your restaurant or commercial kitchen is equipped with tools that will do their job safely and with maximum efficiency is an important consideration for anyone buying foodservice equipment. Fortunately, there are testing and certification agencies in place that identify the most safe and efficient options out there for you. These agencies test product after product, running them through their stringent testing procedures to uncover not only the best performers in operator safety but food safety, santitation and overall energy efficiency. Below are some of the largest foodservice agencies to know of with their corresponding product certification marks to look for when making your next investment.   NSF International :: The Public Health and Safety Company,™

    NSF National Sanitation Foundation International

    "NSF", which stands for National Sanitation Foundation, is an agency that is dedicated to protecting the environment and  public health safety across a wide range of industries and products. In the foodservice industry specifically, the NSF approval means a few things in the mind of the customer. First, this listing reassures that equipment has met health standards and has undergone rigorous inspection testing which in turn instills confidence in the end user's purchasing decision. Second, having this stamp of safety on your equipment tells your health authorities that you have made a sound decision by investing in equipment that is constructed with proper sanitation principles in mind. Below are a few of the different NSF "Standards" that have been created to meet various equipment types:
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 3: Commercial Spray-Type Dishmachines
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 4: Commercial Cooking Equipment, Rethermailization & Hot Food Holding & Transportation Equipment
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 7: Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 12: Automatic Ice Machine Equipment
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 18: Food & Beverage Dispensing Equipment
    ANSI = American National Standards Institute    Underwriters Laboratories Inc. - UL

    UL Underwriters Laboratories Inc

    Since 1894, UL has been one of the leading agencies in safety certification with 75 years of experience in the foodservice industry dealing with cooking equipment, refrigeration, food processing equipment and food preparation for manufacturers of gas and electric equipment. Equipment can be tested for a UL listing for Electrical Safety, Gas Safety and Sanitation. This non-profit, independent agency has nearly 20 different UL safety standards just for the commercial foodservice industry. Energy Star®:

    Energy Star

    When people see the blue Energy Star sticker on a piece of equipment, there is a level of confidence that is added to the user experience. Energy Star was introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy as an initiative to help the end-user find products that not only saved energy (and energy costs) but also helped the environment. Originally, this program was solely dedicated to the residential sector, ranging from home heating to home appliances, but in 2001 that all changed. At this time the EPA expanded the Energy Star® effort to the commercial refrigeration equipment sector. Later they rolled out the program to steamers, fryers, holding cabinets and other cooking equipment, and they continue to add this seal of energy efficiency to other categories in foodservice.  

    ETL: Electronic Testing Laboratories {ETL/Semco/Intertek} ETL Listed

    Founded in 1896, ETL is an independent testing agency owned by Intertek that does third-party testing and and certification of commercial foodservice equipment (electric, gas fired, and other safety standards). In a nutshell, an ETL listed item is proof of product safety. ETL is recognized by OSHA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) like UL, CSA, and other independent testing agencies and it has become a major, reputable source over the years. For a manufacturer to get the ETL approval, there must first be a design review followed by the testing period and finally a regular follow up service to ensure that standards are continually being complied to.
  • Crown Verity Portable BBQ Grills

    If you or someone you know is a grilling enthusiast, chances are you've heard of Crown Verity and their commercial-grade outdoor grilling equipment. (If you haven't yet then you are in for a real treat.) crown1 Crown Verity is a brand that's made their name by manufacturing state-of-the-art Outdoor Grills and Charbroilers but they also have a number of other types of equipment, from steamers to fryers and patio heaters- Check out the whole product line here! crown Crown Verity's line of professional series portable BBQ grills is the focal point of this discussion and they are designed for the most discerning grill enthusiast. Convenience, durability, mobility and quick fire up times are just a few of the things that make them different from the competition, bringing a "stainless reputation" and a whole new level of performance to the user experience. Plus, by making commercial chefs a central piece of the puzzle throughout the design process, Crown Verity is able to deliver a product that not only solves day-to-day challenges but also conveniently creates opportunities that are unparalleled in the industry. Untitled-2 Why Choose A Crown Verity Professional BBQ Grill?
    • Crown Verity Gas Grills are constructed of high quality 300 series stainless steel throughout, from the legs to the water pans, the bolts and connector pins to the lighter tubes. Even the cooking grates are made of #304 stainless steel as opposed to competitors' grills which are made of 400 series stainless steel, cast iron, chrome/nickel plated or porcelain coated grates-all of which will rust over time. These fine materials will simply make your grill last the longest amount of time possible while making for easy cleaning.
    • Crown Verity Grills are shipped on a wooden crate fully assembled and ready to go. That means no tools required- simply unpack, connect to gas and start grilling!
    • Independent s/s burners, each at 15,000 btu take the grill to its fullest cooking potential in under six minutes!
    • Want to customize your grill? Not a problem. Crown Verity has numerous accessory components , from the roll tops to vinyl covers and shelves, upgrading the experience and usability of the grill.
    • Movability is a huge selling point with Crown Verity Grills thanks to the large, lockable casters for simple portability.
    • All water pans are removable which makes for easy cleaning while eliminating flare ups caused by dripping grease and fat.
    • Available to you in a number of sizes: 28'' wide, 34'' wide, 46'' wide, 58'' wide and 70'' wide in both natural and LP gas. That's a size everyone from serious home chefs to volume feeders like resorts and country clubs can take advantage of.
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  • For the Love of Flatware

    When designing a restaurant, every little detail counts- particularly when thinking about your customers' experience. Picking the best tabletop supplies for your front of house is a prime example. One of the most widely used and commonly reordered tabletop items in the restaurant business is Flatware. Needed in just about every dining application, flatware ranges in style, weight, quality and aesthetic to fit your needs. It is also one of the most commonly reordered items for restaurateurs given its high usage and high turnover, making it important to find a flatware selection that is both reasonable in price and aesthetically pleasing. 472618bcd393104b510a9e01af5b2f37  Here are the top considerations for you to take in when investing in flatware: APPEARANCE: Does it fit the decor of your establishment and compliment your tabletop? At Mission we stock a large assortment of flatware from the most basic designs to elaborate patterns. COST: Is the cost justifiable for not only the initial purchase but replacement purchases down the line? WEIGHT: Since the weight of flatware is a true sign of its quality, are you purchasing flatware that will make a good impression in the mind of your customer? DURABILITY: Will the flatware you choose weather the test of time with heavy commercial use? Stainless steel flatware is the most popular kind in the foodservice industry and it comes in many varieties for you, the most common being 18/0 and 18/8 or 18/10. The numbers represent the amount of chromium and nickel that are in the steel alloy. Chromium in effect is what gives the stainless its "hardness" and luster while nickel is what is adhered to the base metal to resist corrosion. Chromium also plays a major role in resisting corrosion. Here is the basic break down: 18/0 stainless: 18/0 stainless is the best economical option for the price-conscious customer. Here are some features of 18/0 stainless steel:
    • 18% chromium 0% nickel
    • Subject to staining
    • Soft Shine
    • Light Weight
    • Cost-Effective
    Untitled-1   18/8 or 18/10 stainless: By adding nickel to the equation, this type of stainless flatware is going to be a step above the 18/0.
    • Durable
    • Brilliant Luster
    • Rust-Resistant
    • Easy to maintain
    • Ok in chemical sanitizing dishmachines
    Get the best variety and the best wholesale prices on Stainless Steel Flatware for your restaurant business or your home when you shop at Mission Restaurant Supply! 

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  • What's In a CamSquare?

    In every foodservice facility, there is a need for safe, adequate and reliable food storage containers. Cambro is a master at manufacturing just that and they are pushing the boundaries, creating containers like the CamSquare® that will bring more to your business, including 33% more space than your traditional round containers! Untitled-2 Purchasing Food Storage Containers is an inevitable investment which is why we hope you'll weigh out the various options available to you. Take a look at the CamSquare® food storage containers by Cambro that have been newly-added to the site and save on our specially-marked pricing!
  • The Mystery of the Microwave

    Untitled-2 The microwave oven is one of the most widely used items in all kitchens, both commercial and residential, yet interestingly, its' performance is one of the most misunderstood. So how does it actually work? In a nutshell, a microwave oven takes electricity and converts it into invisible electromagnetic waves which move at the speed of light. These energetic microwaves then penetrate food (from 0.5 to 0.75 inches deep) and are absorbed by the fat and water molecules in your food. This causes the molecules to vibrate rapidly which in turn creates friction and heat. This heat is what warms or cooks your food. Pretty cool, right?  Here are some interesting facts and interesting microwave mythbusters:
    • Electricity is converted into microwaves by magnetron tubes, which were designed specifically for this purpose.
    • Metal reflects energy which is why the interior sides of a microwave oven cavity are made of metal
    • Contrary to popular belief, microwave ovens cook from the outside in- NOT the inside out.
    • So why do they cook so much faster than a conventional oven? Microwave ovens cook faster than conventional ovens because  when the microwaves penetrate food (0.5''-0.75'' deep), there is more heat created in the outside portion of the food which then moves more quickly to warm/cook the inside.
    • Metal plates and aluminum foil should never be used with food in a microwave because the waves will deflect off preventing cooking. This could also result in potential overheating of the magnetron.
    • Standard microwave ovens don't have the ability to brown food. To solve this issue, manufacturers have introduced combination convection/microwave ovens which utilize dry heat and air plus speed to produce cook times up to 80% faster than a traditional convection oven.
      Mission Restaurant Supply has a quality assortment of both standard and combination Microwave Ovens by manufacturers like Amana and Panasonic. Have questions on which oven is the right investment for your business or home? Call us at 800-319-0690 and let our sales team help you make the right choice!
  • Food Cooling: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

    Untitled-1 Many times in our industry, food is cooked ahead of time, hours before it is ready to be served. To ensure food safety is adhered to, it is imperative that this hot, freshly-cooked food is cooled in a timely manner. As some of you may (or may not) know, taking cooked food to a safe temperature is a 2-step cooling process:
    1. The first step requires you to take food from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours. If this doesn't happen food must be thrown away as it has already been exposed to "The Danger Zone" for a harmful period of time.
    2. The second step is to take the food from 70°F to 41°F or lower in the next 4 hours.
    This 2-step process is an important one to adhere to in order to keep bacteria from growing and foodborne illnesses from outbreaking.   DID YOU KNOW: Microorganisms grow wildly when food is left in between the "danger zone" temperatures of  41°F and 135°F? That is why it is so important to ensure food cools down in 2 hours during the 1st step of the cooling process. If for some reason food doesn't reach the 70° mark in 2 hours, be sure to throw it out and start fresh. Remember the consequence of a foodborne illness is far worse and more damaging to your reputation. Don't risk it. What Factors Affect Cooling Food?
    • The storage container: To achieve quicker cooling, try storing food in small, shallow pans 2'' -2/5'' deep, which allow the heat to disperse more quickly. Dividing up large containers of food will ensure that every square inch of your food product is achieving a quick cool down.
    • Food density/thickness: Keep in mind that the more dense and thick a food may be will affect how quickly it cools; the more dense the food, the longer it takes to cool, the less dense (think broth) the less time is needed.
    Which Cooling Methods Are Safe?
    • Stirring food with a Cooling Paddle is an efficient way to quickly bring down temperatures of chillis, soups, stocks and more. Simply fill the paddle with ice or water and freeze it. Once frozen, submerse the paddle and stir for a quick, even cool down. We have a 64 oz and a 128 oz Ice Paddle by San Jamar available online!

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    • For large banquets, hospitality, healthcare and other high volume settings, a Blast Chiller is a great investment. Blast chillers do just what they say they'll do: blast cold air over food  at high speeds to remove heat and bring down temperature.

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    • One of the easiest and most widely used tactics for cooling food is to place it in an Ice-Water Bath. Once food is divided into small containers, place it in a sink (or pot) filled with ice and water and allow it to cool down; stir as necessary.
    For more food safety tips, make sure to check back for more blogs and articles, and as always, feel free to call our staff at 800-319-0690 for more information!

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