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Some of the most frequently used tools in any kitchen large or small are pots and pans. Their various styles and array of applications make them an absolute staple in the world of cooking! Frying, boiling, blanching, poaching, steaming, cooking- you name it. Which is why at Mission Restaurant Supply, we believe you should invest in a cookware line that will last and hold up amidst the constant use in your home or professional kitchen. This is where Thermalloy Pots and Pans comes into play. The top-tier line by Browne-Halco, Thermalloy represents a premium cookware experience with quality stainless steel construction and optimum cooking performance. Thermalloy pots and pans are induction ready and can be used with all cooking heat sources, including on gas and electric ranges, ceramic countertops and with halogen making them some of the most versatile cooking tools on the market. Below are the top features and benefits of the stainless steel Thermalloy line: Invest in quality and experience a true difference in cooking performance, versatility, and durability over time. Spending a little bit more upfront on cookware that's designed to hold up is a better investment than having to replenish your stock every couple of months. Explore the variety of Thermalloy available to you at Mission Restaurant Supply, from braziers to double boilers, to saute pans and stock pots, and don't hesitate to call our team at 800-319-0690 from 7AM to 7PM (CST) Monday through Friday should you have any questions.
Water filtration is a small- yet highly important- investment that will add years to your ice machine while boosting your ROI. Not to mention it will keep your ice and water tasting (and looking) clean. Finding the right filtration system will differ depending on the kind of ice machine you have, how big it is, and what kind of water situation you have in your geographical area.
- Excess sediment and scale in water will clog up the interior of your machine, clinging to the evaporator plate, tubes, valves and other parts, reducing its efficiency and its ability to produce ice.
- Failure to inhibit bacteria and scale build-up will result in more service calls, shorter product life, and higher cost of ownership.
- Areas where water has a high chlorine content will cause ice and beverages to smell and taste bad
- The 10'' assembly, 202-DSP, is meant for ice machines capable of producing up to 900 pounds of ice per day.
- The 20'' assembly, the 20-202-DSP, is designed for ice machines producing anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 pounds of ice per day.
- The 102-DSP 10'' assembly is meant for ice machines producing up to 900 pounds of ice per day.
- The 20-102-DSP 20'' assembly is for ice machines producing anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 pounds of ice per day.
- The 10'' TRI-PLEX assembly is recommended for machines making up to 900 pounds of ice per day
- The 20'' 20-TRI-PLEX assembly is meant for machines making from 1,000 to 2,500 pounds of ice per day.
- IN1013: If space is an issue along with mineral rich water and bad taste, the IN1013 Inline Phosphate Carbon Water Filter is a great option. This compact filter measures 10'' long and controls sediment (to 5 microns), reduces lime scale and calcium, and improves the taste of water coming through it. These filters generally last 6-12 months before needing a replacement. Though not quite as heavy-duty as the 102-DSP, this inline filter will get the job done and work efficiently in a space crunch. Great for beverage machines.
- IN1017: Another great space-saving alternative, the 10'' IN1017 Inline Phosphate Water Filter is designed to tackle the lime scale and calcium in hard water applications while reducing sediment to 20 microns. These filters generally last 6-12 months before needing a replacement. Though not quite as heavy-duty as the 202-DSP, this inline filter will work efficiently to inhibit the build-up of scale in your ice machine.
Pre-Rinse Units are an integral component to the commercial dishwashing sector being found in nearly every restaurant kitchen. Their primary purpose, as you may know, is to spray off leftovers and soiled dishes before they enter the wash cycle, which increases the efficiency and ensures you're getting the best cleanliness with every wash cycle. If you are in the market for a new Pre-Rinse Unit, we recommend looking at the Easy Install Series by T&S Brass. These units are designed for you, the end user, with the following goals in mind:
- To get the longest life out of your investment
- To be quickly installed- under 10 minutes!
- To save you money thanks to low flow rates and less water usage
One of the most commonly asked questions we get here at Mission Restaurant Supply is why manufacturers of commercial ranges void their warranties for residential installations. There are a number of reasons for this which we will cover in this article.For serious cooking enthusiasts, having commercial-grade cooking equipment in your home is a luxury. Once you've experienced the durability and cooking capabilities of a commercial range, it's hard to downsize to a residential model. However, due to the nature of this powerful equipment, many commercial manufacturers have dissuaded residential end users from putting them in their homes, even going so far as to void the warranty entirely if they choose to purchase. Furthermore, it could also void your homeowner's insurance policy. Here are the Top 5 Reasons for keeping commercial ranges out of the residential sector: 1. HAZARDOUS HEAT Commercial ranges are equipped with burners that generate heat levels much stronger than a range intended for residential use (approximately 25,000 to 35,000 BTUs versus 12,000-15,000 BTUs). Because these ranges aren't equipped with much insulation, heat radiates out, all while heating up the temperature of the kitchen and exposing a dangerous, scalding surface that could cause severe burns on contact to kids, pets, or yourself. As a result, most commercial ranges require a significant amount of clearance near and around the unit plus the installation of a high-heat fire wall and a fire suppression system. 2. GAS RESTRICTIONS Heavy-duty commercial ranges require a lot of gas to perform the way they do. Constantly keeping all the pilot lights running and ensuring fast start up times essentially consumes a lot of fuel and produces a lot of extra ambient heat in the kitchen. To ensure this steady flow of gas, commercial ranges need to be hooked up to a natural gas or propane line that's sufficient in size. However, since the natural gas lines in most homes are generally smaller than what's required many manufacturers automatically void their warranty terms for such sales. 3. VENTILATION SAFETY Commercial ranges put off a lot of smoke from the high heat used to cook your food. To ensure that grease and smoke are removed safely, you'll need to invest in a heavy-duty ventilation hood to go over the range. However, because most commercial ranges are deeper than the average 24'' deep countertop, they will stick out and you will more than likely need a customized hood to safely remove all the combustion gas in the air. These heavy-duty hoods are also much noisier than their residential counterparts. 4. STRINGENT CODES Every state and locality has their own safety policy, and when it comes to installing commercial cooking equipment, there is a wide array of regulations. Check with local authorities to learn more about zoning and fire regulations along with the limitations of building codes in your area. 5. LOST INSURANCE COVERAGE Due to the fire and safety hazards associated with operating a commercial range at home many insurers will void their clients' home insurance policies if they choose to go through with the installation. Having a thorough understanding of fire and safety codes in your area is critical as is knowing the risks associated with ownership. We hope that this has helped answer your questions, and as you move forward, we encourage you to consult local authorities for more information. You may also find "professional-style" residential ranges at your local appliance dealer. The Team at Mission Restaurant Supply is here to help you and your business grow. For more information or if you'd like to speak to one of our educated sales executives, please give us a call at 800-319-0690, Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM CST.
Here at Mission Restaurant Supply, we get a lot of folks- caterers, restaurateurs, even home cooks- who come to us looking for equipment that will compliment and simplify the day-to-day cooking experience without sacrificing quality. Lucky for them (and you) we have equipment by manufacturers who tailor to these needs. One such manufacturer is Crown Verity whose corporate philosophy is to build equipment based on the wants and needs expressed by cooks across the nation. This ethos is executed across the board with a great case study being their line of Mobile Griddles. These mobile griddles are not your average make or model. Rather, they are designed to rectify common obstacles and challenges experienced by chefs while making the entire user experience a better one. By listening to their customer base, the brand was able to update their designs so that end users can get the best performance and return on their investment. All Crown Verity Mobile Griddles are equipped with a solid stainless steel grease tray which is removeable from either end, simply sliding in and out for easy cleaning and maintenance. This is a great convenience feature along with a great safety benefit to reduce the risk of fires. These griddles are also designed with other user safety benefits in mind, such as being easy to light, to clean, and to store away until you're ready to use it again. Did you Know? These mobile griddles have lockable casters that keep the unit stable and in place for safety, yet when the casters are unlocked, you can easily push the griddle with 2 fingers! Just watch the video below to check it out. One of the great things about all Crown Verity equipment is the versatility that they provide. They are available in Natural Gas and Propane depending on your needs and our customers have cooked everything from pancakes to hamburgers, philly cheese steaks and peppers on them. There are endless options! These Crown Verity mobile griddles also have many accessories available including grates which can be used when you remove the griddle plate. That's right! The griddle plate is fully removeable so you can use the griddle as a grill when you need to. Crown Verity was able to focus on usability, moveability and profitability by outfitting their outdoor griddles with large 14'' wheels on one side and lockable swivel casters on the other for easy transport from one location to the next. So what does that mean for you? "Going mobile" for you means making more money by being able to go where the crowds are and feeding them what they want. End of story. Ready to Shop? Check out all the Crown Verity at Mission Restaurant Supply & Save! Should you have any questions or simply need help making a product selection, don't hesitate to call our team at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM Central Standard Time. We'd be happy to assist you.
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. 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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''.
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. 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
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. 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!
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.)
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
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", 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
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®:
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.