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  • Savoring The Smoker Oven

    What better aroma and taste to trigger your appetite than a delicious, smoked steak, fish or cheese? "Smoking" food has been a time-honored concept, but as years have passed, technology has advanced to make the process more efficient, and the end result more delicious. That's where Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens come into play.

    This highly respected foodservice manufacturer creates a state-of-the-art line of Smoker Ovens that are designed to add a variety of tastes and flavors to your menu items at a fraction of the cost of buying pre-smoked food. The concept of smoking food is beloved not only for the way it tastes but for its healthier nutritional benefits since inherently it doesn't add sodium, fat, or sugar to the food. By using real wood in the form of wood chips, you add real, natural  flavor to your food, not just the aromas from your spice cabinet. This lack of artificial smoke and the lack of pressure cooking keep the Alto-Shaam Smokers coming out on top with every use. Like other Alto-Shaam equipment, the Smokers are an economical investment, giving off very little external heat which keeps your kitchen (and staff) cool. They also use less than $1 of electricity with every load of food!! If you aren't convinced yet, keep reading for a few other benefits that make Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens the only way to go for premium smoking equipment:  

    1. Ease of Use
    Each of Alto-Shaam's Smoker Ovens is equipped with a smoker box that's positioned conveniently inside the oven cavity. Simply fill the box with the wood chips you choose (mesquite, cherry, apple, hickory, maple, and the list goes on) and set the smoke intensity control to the level you need. Each Alto-Shaam Smoker is equipped with a smoke timer that allows you, the operator, to set the intensity from mild to medium to heavy smoke flavor, so you get just the right amount of smoked goodness. 2. It Cold Smokes Too! 
    Alto-Shaam's Smoker Ovens also have the ability to cold smoke cheese, fish and other foods you'd least expect, without using any heat. This opens up the boundaries and allows you to do more than you would be able to do with competitors' smoker ovens currently on the market. 3. Various Sizes/Configurations 
    Every foodservice kitchen has its own needs and capacity requirements, that's why Alto-Shaam has both single compartment and double compartment stacked ovens for you to pick from. Furthermore, you can choose from a number of exteriors, from heavy-duty stainless steel to black or burgundy panels to fit the aesthetic and demands of your business. 4. "Cooking & Holding" In Only The Best
    Let's not forget that Alto-Shaam is renowned for their iconic low temperature Cook & Hold oven technology, and all Alto-Shaam Smokers are conveniently powered by this system. With the ecosmart® Halo Heat® system, you get the unmatched tenderness, minimal electricity consumption, less shrink (and more profit) that you'd get from a Cook & Hold Oven by the brand, but you also get the unique smoker properties mentioned in this post that give you and your business more menu opportunity. You know what that means? With this one investment you can cook, roast, reheat, smoke and hold everything from tomato sauce to sausage, fish and artisan cheeses. Click here to read more about Alto-Shaam's Cook & Hold Oven Technology. 5. Uncompromised Operator Control
    Whether you need a basic "Simple Control" or a more robust "Deluxe Control," the Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens are built with operator control boards to meet your needs. The units equipped with "Simple Controls" provide an easy, straightforward way for you to operate the equipment thanks to a simple-to-read digital display, arrow controls and more. The "Deluxe Control" system is also easy-to-use, but it's equipped with more features like a built-in 8 recipe memory program and an internal temperature probe that allow you to do that much more with your investment.  

    Should you have any questions about these Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens or if you need help finding the right unit for your business, give us a call at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will assist you!
  • Installing Your Ice Machine

    One of the most important things you can do after you've bought a commercial ice machine is to make sure it is properly installed. Installation can directly effect the performance of your unit, so it's critical that your salesman and whoever is installing it takes time to go over routine site inspection check points with you. Doing this ensures that your set-up has everything needed for optimal performance, including adequate utilities.  Now generally speaking, there are 4 core components that are absolutely necessary for your ice machine's install: Power, Water, Space and Drainage. Here you will find details on each that will help you in the process:

    1. POWER
    Before you power up your ice machine, you'll need to know what kind of voltage and amperage requirements the unit has. The electrical specs vary from machine to machine, so for some smaller units, a simple wall-plug connection may be sufficient while other times a separate disconnect will be needed. If the latter is the case, a visit from an electrician is advised so that the circuit breaker and wiring is administered properly. Remember that commercial ice machines require their own dedicated circuit so be sure to take note of what your unit needs before proceeding.

    2. WATER
    Commercial ice machines need access to a water connection with adequate water flow to ensure it stays in operation. It is highly recommended to purchase a water filtration system along with your machine as doing so will improve the quality of your beverages, the taste of your ice, and the longevity of your unit. Without an inline water filter, the build-up of scale, sediment, lime and minerals from the water will corrode the interior of the machine, diminishing the life span of the unit while degrading the quality of the ice. Remember that ICE IS FOOD and dirty ice has the potential to sicken your patrons or yourself.
    Travis Water Filters, available on MissionRS.com
    3. SPACE
    Whenever installing a new ice machine, clearance is incredibly important to the placement of the unit. Ice makers work hard throughout the day (and often through the night) to keep up with your establishment's ice demand, and naturally, they can get overheated easily if they aren't given room to "breathe" during peak hours of operation. The ice machine has to ventilate  and have enough clearance to cool off and circulate air, particularly in climates where the ambient temperature is high for a large portion of the year. Make sure that you know the dimensions and specifications of both the machine and the designated place for it in your home or business to ensure that it will fit beneath any counters or in between any walls with adequate room to spare. Space also plays a large role when thinking about maintenance and serviceability down the line. Having easy access to all sides of the unit will help speed up the repair process. {For self-contained air cooled ice machines, it's generally advisable to have 6'' of clearance at the rear, the top and on the sides.}

    4. DRAINAGE
    Another important feature when thinking about install is Drainage.  With every ice production cycle, there is excess water that needs to be purged out as well as melted ice/water that needs to be drained from the bin. The ice maker (and the storage bin) will either need a floor drain and/or a drain pump for the water that was not frozen into ice during the freeze cycle. (This water, which is often called the purge water, didn't freeze onto the evaporator plate because it  contained impurities and minerals that kept it from freezing more quickly than the clean, pure water. Purging this "impure" water out is critical to the ice making process and keeps those impurities from settling into your ice machine.) Furthermore, self-contained ice makers and modular ice makers with an attached ice bin, have to rid their bins of ice that's melted and has been sitting in the system for a period of time. For restaurants and other institutions that have time to plan, integrating a floor drain into the facility is a good option, while those that don't have the floor drain will need a designated drain pump to rid the unit of excess water. Ask our team of sales representatives about drain pumps and accessories when buying an ice maker from our site- you can reach us at 800-319-0690! Even if it's not online, we'd be happy to help you find what you need from a local parts dealer!
  • A Buying Guide: Finding the Right Commercial Slicer For You

    Buying a commercial food slicer is an investment that requires a good understanding of your specific needs. There are many factors that go into finding the right slicer, and with this guide, we'll walk you through what those are so you can find the best unit for your business. 1. What Are You Slicing? The first and most obvious question to ask yourself would be What Are You Slicing? Commercial food slicers are divided into various tiers depending on what (and how much) you slice. It's very important to understand how much you think you'll be using the  machine as over-exerting it can cause it to burn out prematurely. a.) Light Duty/Standard/Economy Slicers- Designed to  slice deli meat but frequency of use is kept to a minimum. (Note that it's not recommended to slice cheese on a light duty/economy model.) (Less than 2 hours of slicing recommended per day) b.) Medium Duty Slicers- Designed to slice meats (and cheeses on occasion) but only for a couple of hours out of the day. (Between 2-4 hours of slicing) c.) Heavy Duty Slicers- Whether it's frozen food product, blocks of hard cheese or large portions of meat, heavy duty slicers can handle it all and can perform for hours on end. (Over 4 hours of slicing) 2. Size and Power The next distinguishing factor to make a decision on is the size and horsepower of your slicer. Obviously, the higher the horsepower the more you can expect to get out of your slicer. When taking size into consideration, you'll first need to know the size of the carriage (how big is the product being sliced? Will it fit inside the carriage?) Also, how big is the blade? Generally speaking, the light duty/standard slicers have a smaller blade (9-10 inches) and lesser horsepower while the medium duty and heavy duty slicers have larger blades (approximately 12 to 14 inches) and greater horsepower. 3. Price At the end of the day, price is a huge factor in the purchasing process, that's why we strive to offer a product selection that will fit every price point. For a price-conscious, commercial-grade slicer you can trust we highly recommend the 10'' and 12'' semi-automatic models by Jaxpro Foodservice Products. With ETL and NSF listings, these foodsafe, belt-driven slicers deliver the best, precision-based slicing performance at a low cost  and reliable efficiency. Slicers by Globe, Hobart and Univex to name a few are available at a considerably higher price point but they are equipped with different features and benefits, like removable carriages for easy cleaning and maintenance, that may or may not make it worth the extra dollars, depending on your unique needs. 4. Automatic vs. Manual At Mission Restaurant Supply you'll find a large diversity of electric slicers, from manual to automatic and semi-automatic. Deciding which type you'll need is a question of how much you're slicing daily. Automatic Slicers are a great investment for the larger operation, like big grocery stores, that need a machine that will slice bulk product on a continual basis. The operator can program the unit to the desired slicing thickness and the desired number of slices, and it will perform without an operator needed. Doing this not only increases efficiency and productivity but it saves you time and labor. Note that most automatic slicers also have the option to be operated manually. On the other hand, a semi-automatic slicer has all the functionality that an automatic does except for that it can't be pre-programmed to produce a definitive  number of slices. In other words, it will continue to move the carriage back and forth across the the slicing blade until the unit is turned off. Lastly, the manual slicers require an operator to manually move the carriage back and forth over the slicing blade and these models are a great investment for restaurants, delis and other foodservice venues that simply want a reliable unit that can be used throughout the day for small batches. 5. Manufacturer Brand Recognition plays a significant role in the purchasing process for many restaurateurs, that's why our shelves are stocked with commercial slicers by brands you can trust, like Globe, Univex and Berkel to name a few. Making a smart investment starts with having confidence in a product and knowing the history and details behind a brand. We encourage you to call us at 800-319-0690 should you have any questions on a product or manufacturer and allow us to help you make the best decision.
  • A Pressing Matter

    What is it about a hot cup of french press coffee? It's bold and delicious, super simple to make, and does just the trick when you need a morning, mid afternoon or late evening pick me up.  At MissionRS.com, there are a number of french press coffee makers by Bodum that will deliver perfect results. Simply remove the lid, add coffee grounds (approximately 1-2 tablespoon scoops per cup of water), fill with hot water and plunge!   For best results, pour just enough water to cover the grounds and wait 30-45 seconds. Stir and add more hot water, waiting 3-4 minutes to allow the  oils from the coffee to permeate the water. Then put the lid on and plunge slowly. It's also recommended not to leave the coffee in the carafe for a long period of time as the coffee will grow stronger and more bitter when left exposed to the grounds. We also advise that you buy coffee grounds that are more coarse as they'll be easier to steep and press with the best results.     The colorful Bodum Coffee Presses at Mission Restaurant Supply start at just $19.99 and truly offer a more bold flavor and satisfying taste that coffee drinkers will love. Plus, you can say goodbye to coffee filters since these presses only need the (included) mesh-lined plunger to get a great tasting cup of jo.   What's not to love? These French Presses make a great gift for the coffee aficionado in your life and they are the perfect complement to your home kitchen. Try one out today and let us know what you think!
  • Why Do Chefs Across The Nation Trust Garland?

    Buying new kitchen equipment is never an inexpensive ordeal, but long-time restaurant owners know that making a smart, high quality investment will pay off in the long haul. After all, the
    equipment is the heart and soul of a restaurant kitchen and investing in healthy, powerful, adept equipment will ensure a long, successful life.
     
    A quality product is a quality investment and that's exactly what The Garland Group believes. Since 1864, this foodservice manufacturer has been creating a line of range cooktops and stoves that are designed to meet the needs and the challenges chefs face on a day-to-day basis. Since then, the brand has been acquired by Manitowoc Foodservice and has expanded to include various other types of cooking equipment, from salamander broilers to fryers, but ranges continue to make up the forefront of their expertise. If your restaurant or foodservice operation is in the market for a new range, don't miss this article which will highlight some of the main reasons why chefs across the nation trust Garland for their businesses:


    Quality

    Garland prides themselves in being cutting edge and ahead of the curve, but most importantly, they pride themselves in their quality construction. By utilizing the most durable materials and engineering the product to withstand the rigorous demands of a commercial kitchen, Garland ranges are able to last over the years and they are also easy to clean and maintain.


    Support

    Though Garland is known throughtout the industry for having very few maintenance issues,  there are inevitable moments and unforseen circumstances when an issue may arise. Lucky for you, Garland's Support Team will be there and their unwavering commitment to the brand is a great confidence factor for potential buyers. Whether you need to trouble shoot an issue over the phone or you need help locating the nearest authorized service agent in your area, Garland Support is the team that's known industry-wide for being readily accessible while being able to solve your problems as quickly as possible.


    A Chef's Design

    Garland has set itself in a different league from its competitors by designing products that actually solve problems chefs face every day. The brand's design team uncovers the large and small obstacles chefs encounter and creates solutions for these obstacles by making the chef a central part of the design and engineering process.  


    Flexibility

    Garland is heralded by renowned chefs nationwide for their willingness to work with customers in designing their ultimate kitchen set-up. Whether it's a Garland island suite or a list of tight specifications, the brand will make it a priority to design your kitchen just how you like it. 


    Power & Cost

    Garland designs every range and stove with the power to keep up in a fast-paced kitchen. Built to consistently deliver unwavering heat, the Garland line creates a dependability that chefs can rely on while increasing consistency and efficiency in the back of the house. Garland also prides itself in being able to offer all these beneficial features at a competitive price point that kitchens large and small can enjoy.

  • The Highest Quality at the Lowest Price

    This new 20 quart food mixer by Jaxpro Foodservice combines the quality construction and performance of a commercial unit with a price point that can be enjoyed by all. Discover all the great features and benefits this Jaxpro mixer has to offer and equip your kitchen with savings when you invest in Jaxpro. To learn more about the brand, visit our site or visit the Jaxpro brand page!  
  • Turbo Air: 5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs It

    In every industry or market, there are always a few core leaders who shine and stand out for their principles, integrity and stellar product performance. For the foodservice industry, Turbo Air Refrigeration is one such example. In fact, the company's core mission is "to be the most respected and trusted company in the foodservice industry." It is with the highest quality products and service that Turbo Air strives to meet this goal and expectation. If you're in the market for new refrigeration, we highly endorse Turbo Air as an exceptional candidate to consider. Here are 5 ways that this brand can help your business: 1. Their Eco-Friendly Design is Friendly to your Bottom Line: For years, Turbo Air has been leading the refrigeration sector of the foodservice industry with their commitment to eco-friendliness. Listed are a few of the ways they are going green and standing apart from the rest:
    • Foamed in place, CFC Free Polyurethane, High Density Cell Insulation keeps temperatures steady and performance efficient without eating up natural resources
    • By using Cylopentane as the blowing agent for polyurethane foam insulation, Turbo Air refrigeration is eliminating CO2 emissions and lessening the environmental impact due to the lack of hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), ozone depletion potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP)
    • Turbo Air has a vast line list of ENERGY STAR rated models, which is a win-win both for your business and the environment. Energy Star qualified products offer a strategic approach to saving energy and boosting your bottom line by using efficient management systems for your energy consumption.
    2. They Are Outfitted With High-Tech Systems So You're Always Ahead Of The Curve: Turbo Air equips all their units with high tech, digitally controlled refrigeration systems that are oversized and balanced, ensuring that temperatures are always uniform throughout the cabinet. It is also equipped with powerful cooling circulation systems thanks to their highly efficient evaporators, which ensures even temperature flow and enhanced food preservation along with food safety precautions. Like any piece of machinery, there may be times when the need for service arises, and Turbo Air understands this. To make troubleshooting and maintenance a quick, hassle-free process, the brand outfitted their refrigeration with comprehensive diagnostic systems for speedy diagnosis and recovery. These are just a few of the ways Turbo Air is integrating innovative technology to keep your business ahead of the curve. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you can be confident that your unit will possess the ultimate in quality performance thanks to Turbo Air's rigorous 5-point quality control inspection program which runs every unit before shipping it out to you. With these high standards, you can rest assured your Turbo Air will be ready to perform when it arrives at your door. 3. Location, Location, Location With 12 distribution branches stretching across the USA, Turbo Air makes sure that you have access to readily available inventory, immediate distribution, and quick ship times so you can get what you need when you need it, and fast. Click here to view their distribution map and to find the branch nearest you. 4. Low Ownership Cost Turbo Air prides themselves in being able to offer you a low ownership cost. They do this by providing the lowest AAA value, that is, the sum of the acquisition, operating cost and the maintenance cost. 5. Impressive Aesthetics Turbo Air's boxes are known industry- wide as being some of the most attractive and durable in the industry. Made of high quality stainless steel, their refrigeration exudes elegance and modern designs with rounded corners and rust-resistance. Create the image your kitchen and dining establishment desires by filling it with state of the art equipment, like Turbo Air refrigeration, which will spruce up the aesthetics in your workplace.   Visit our Turbo Air Page and explore all the different quality refrigeration available to you!
  • Introducing Jaxpro

     We are very excited to announce one of the newest product lines to be added to the site, Jaxpro Foodservice Products. The brand brings a highly versatile product offering to the table with items ranging from heavy-duty 20 quart mixers and food slicers to round inset food pans, chafing dishes and restaurant furniture. Jaxpro is setting itself apart from others in the industry by manufacturing high quality kitchenware at prices that will keep restaurants and foodservice venues both large and small on budget. Below are some of the categories available to you currently online and we hope you'll check back in the coming months for more additions (and more savings)!       Visit the Jaxpro Brand Page to learn more about this new line and to view all products!
  • Our 3 Leaders in Commerial Refrigeration

    If you've ever worked in a restaurant or foodservice facility, chances are you know first hand how important quality-made refrigeration is to your day-to-day agenda. Ensuring that food and drinks are  at the right temperatures and safe for your customers to consume starts with having reliable refrigeration. At Mission Restaurant Supply we only carry brands that exude reliability and quality in every aspect, like Turbo Air, Hoshizaki and True Manufacturing. If you are in the market for a new reach-in refrigerator or freezer, sandwich/salad preparation table, pizza prep table, chest freezer, bakery display case or something in between, chances are that one of these three leading refrigeration brands will have what you need and will exceed your expectations in the workplace. Here's some more information on the 3 brands along with links to where you can learn more about them and where you can purchase. Turbo Air:  There's a reason customers nationwide love Turbo Air and it starts with the company's truthful motto, "Reliable, Beautiful, Efficient." Turbo Air uses high quality stainless steel to build their energy-efficient boxes and with a five-point inspection test administered on every unit, there is no doubt that quality control is a priority for the brand. At Mission Restaurant Supply you'll find a full line list of Turbo Air refrigeration from heavy-duty reach-ins to undercounters, food prep tables, glass door merchandisers and the list goes on. With 13 distribution centers around the USA, we're able to get you what you need with speed in mind, plus we throw in Free Shipping & Liftgate to your commercial address. What's not to love? Find out more about Turbo Air and start shopping here.   Hoshizaki: As the nation's largest distributor of Hoshizaki America, you can probably guess we are passionate about this brand. There's something special about a brand that is always striving to be innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly and the overall leader at what they do. Hoshizaki is the world's 2nd largest manufacturer of refrigerated foodservice equipment with their ice machines being some of the most respected and highest performing in the industry and their ever-expanding line of reach-ins, undercounters, food prep stations and more are growing in popularity every day.  Find out more about Hoshizaki America and start shopping here.   True Manufacturing: With over 65 years in the commercial refrigeration industry, there's no denying that True Manufacturing is here to stay. It's been over half a century that True has been supplying restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other foodservice institutions like yours with quality refrigeration, and as time goes by, their techniques continue to get better and better, making them an undisputable leader in this market. Mission Restaurant Supply is a certified True Mfg Dealer and we are proud to offer our customers a refrigeration brand that is made in the USA. We are also pleased to offer our customers Free Shipping and Liftgate on all True Refrigeration going to their commercial address!  Find out more about True Manufacturing and start shopping here.
  • Planning For The Holidays

    Every year when that first autumn chill settles in and fire places and furnaces start warming up, the first signs of the holiday season begin to unfold. This year you can get ahead on your holiday shopping at Mission Restaurant Supply. We've loaded our shelves with some of your favorite oldies that we know you love giving (and receiving!) and we've brought in some new items that we think your family and friends will love. Here are five gift ideas for starters and check back as we get closer to the end of the year for more gift ideas from MissionRS.com!  Ready to Purchase or want to get more details on these 5 different gift ideas? Click through to read more about these products!

    Texas Waffle Maker

    Proteak Wooden Boards

    Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker

    Vitamix Blenders

    Cheese Board Sets

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