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  • 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

  • The Road To Hobart's Warewashing Legacy

    In the restaurant industry, Hobart is a name that commands tremendous respect for their long-standing commitment to quality construction and premium performance. It's this commitment over the years that has carved out a space for the brand in the foodservice landscape for generations to come. One of the arenas Hobart excels in is commercial warewashing. Whether you're looking for a small Undercounter, a Door-Type Dishwasher or a heavy-duty Conveyor Dishmachine for your resort, cafeteria or other foodservice venue, the road to your purchase should lead you to Hobart. Find out more about Hobart Warewashing and how it can help your business: Hobart Undercounter Dishwashers: Hobart Undercounter Dishwashers are highly regarded for their heavy-duty stainless steel build, along with their water conservation, their compact size and their truly exceptional performance. There are two different series of Hobart Undercounter Dishmachines online, including the LXi and the SR24, which both are available in low temperature chemical sanitizing models as well as high temperature models. Make an economical investment for your low-to-mid-volume establishment with a Hobart Undercounter Dishwasher. The LXi Series: Hobart's top-of-the-line undercounter dishmachines await in the LXi series. This series of high temperature and low temperature chemical sanitizing dishmachines uses only 0.74 gallons of water per rack to clean(the lowest in the industry for an NSF rated, 2 minute cycle machine) and it can handle 30 racks per hour!  The LXi Series by Hobart is also ENERGY STAR® rated and will be sure to save you significantly over the years on water and energy costs. The SR24 Series: Hobart's SR24 Series of undercounter dishmachines is ideal for the lower volume establishment that still needs a dependable and quality-made dishwasher they can trust. These units are compact and economical, using only 2.4 gallons of water per rack and they are available in both high temperature and low temperature/chemical sanitizing models with the high temp models capable of washing 19 racks per hour while the chemical sanitizing can wash 14 racks per hour. All of the SR24 dishmachines are equipped with NSF compliant chemical sensing alarms for your convenience along with many other enviable features for your low-volume dishwashing demands. Note: The main difference between a high temp and a low temp/chemical sanitizing dishmachine is the way in which they sanitize. High Temperature Dismachines utilize a 180°F high temperature final rinse to sanitize while low temperature dishmachines use a chlorine-based sanitizing agent in the final rinse of the wash cycle. Both are highly efficient but low temperature/chemical sanitizing models use considerably less energy than their high temperature counterparts.   Hobart Door-Type Dishwashers: Hobart Door-Type Dishwashers are sought after industry-wide for their medium build, their energy saving design and their versatile configuration capabilites which allow them to fit into just about any washing line. There are three main categories available, starting with the AM Select, the Advansys Ventless, and finally the LT1. Find out more about these 3 groups of door-type dishwashers by Hobart and how they can add to your commercial kitchen: The AM Select: The AM Select Series is an ENERGY STAR qualified line of door-type dishmachines that is NSF-certified to clean all your soiled dishware, delicate glasses, along with your heavy-duty, grimy pots and pans thanks to its four different washing cycles. Using only 0.74 gallons of water per rack thanks to an exclusive rinse arm design, these heavy-duty stainless steel dishmachines will save you and your bottom line considerably in water, energy and chemical costs. The AM Select Series is broken down into 3 groupings, starting with the AM Select Standard and the AM Select Tall which can be  converted from a straight-through to a corner configuration, and finally the AM Select Front Loading dishmachines which feature a convenient drop down shelf for quick and easy loading and unloading. All of these groups are available to you in both low temperature/chemical sanitizing and high temperature models.   The Advansys Ventless: Hobart's Advansys Series is the 1st ventless door-type dishwasher of its kind to feature energy recovery technology. This ENERGY STAR qualified series, which can clean everything from heavy pots to delicate glassware, utilizes a state-of-the-art internal condensing system that minimizes water vapor and eliminates the need for a vent hood, saving you enormously in hood costs and installation along with utility costs over time. Like the AM Select, the Advansys Ventless Dishmachines come available in 3 different sizes so you can find just what you need to best fit your wash line. Choose from the Advansys Standard, the Tall and the Front Loading model. The Advansys Ventless Door-Type Dishmachines are the ideal investment for the restaurant or foodservice venue that's committed to sustainability.  
    Picture from Hobartcorp.com
      The LT1:  The LT1 Door-Style Low Temperature Dishmachine by Hobart is simplicity at its best without compromising quality performance. This machine requires no booster heater or high voltage, needing only to be plugged into the wall, and it comes standard equipped with detergent, rinse aid and sanitizer pumps along with an exclusive deliming cycle to keep it running properly. With the LT1, you can wash up to 37 racks of soiled dishes per hour using only 1.7  gallons per rack, and people love its versatility given that it is field reversible from straight through to corner configuration to fit your unique washing line! Hobart Conveyor Dishwashers: For the large-scale restaurant, resort, banquet setting, or hospital that needs to wash hundreds of racks per hour without a hitch, there is no better warewashing solution than a Conveyor Dishwasher by Hobart. Unlike Hobart's Undercounter and Door Type models mentioned above, Conveyor dishmachines utilize an automated system to pull racks through the chamber to wash, rinse and sanitize with every use, creating an easier and more efficient system for your cleaning staff. The CL44e Series Automatic Rack Conveyor Dishmachines are built-to-last with a heavy-duty stainless steel construction and they are loaded with enviable features, like the exclusive Opti-Rinse technology which uses 50% less rinse water and 50% less energy than conveyor dishmachines without it! That means you can wash up to 202 racks of soiled dishes per hour with just 0.62 gallons of water per rack in these ENERGY STAR machines. Choose from a multitude of other features, like right to left or left to right operation, and find the ultimate conveyor dishwasher for your high volume venue. Feel free to call our friendly customer service team at 800-319-0690 for guidance on which unit is right for you!

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