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  • Cook & Hold Ovens

    Alto-Shaam has been the undisputed industry leader in advanced Cook & Hold Oven technology for over 50 years and that title continues to reign true today. Though the initial up front cost for one of the Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold Ovens seems like a particularly high number, the advantage in purchasing is the unique ROI that you'll experience over the years. There are several things that contribute to this distinct return and this guide is here to share them with you.

    Halo Heat® Halo Heat® is Alto-Shaam's unique gentle heat technology that retains your food product's natural moisture so that it is juicy and tender, not dried and lacking in flavor. In fact, the low temperatures used to cook steak, poultry and other meat activates the natural enzymes in the food, causing it to tenderize as it cooks and holds within the oven cavity. Best yet, the meat continues to tenderize as time goes by without any signs of drying or loss in moisture. All of this great technology ensures that Alto-Shaam is still the leader for Cook & Hold equipment in the foodservice industry. Here are some other great features that allow them to stand apart from the rest while saving you money at the end of the day:   1. Cook and hold a full load of food for less than $1 of electricity!  { That's savings of up to $325 a year per oven!}   2. No ventilation required saving you thousands of dollars in hood costs 3. The lack of added humidity, air movement or fans lets gentle heat effectively cook resulting in approximately 18%-20% less shrinkage of meats and other food products! This significant savings allows you to get more servings (and profits) each day! 4. Significant labor savings thanks to "set-it-and-forget-it" controls that allow your kitchen staff to simply set the cook temperature and the hold temperature and focus on other tasks. 5. Remember the Low Temperature Cook & Hold Ovens by Alto-Shaam aren't just for Prime Rib anymore. You can bake, proof bread dough, brown/caramelize, reheat food and more with one piece of equipment. These features all showcase why Alto-Shaam's Cook and Hold is "The Oven That Revolutionized The Foodservice Industry." Check out the large selection of Alto-Shaam products available online at Mission Restaurant Supply!
  • Induction Cooking: How Does It Work?

    Induction Cooking has become a mainstream, modern technique for heating and cooking food both in the commercial industry and in residential kitchens. Its popularity continues to grow as more and more people catch on to the benefits and more companies come out with new, advanced induction cooktops.

    What Is Induction Cooking?

    Induction refers to the use of an electromagnet to produce a current and a magnetic field to heat and cook the food in your pot or pan. This electromagnetic energy is essentially transferred to the molecules in your induction-ready cookware which creates heat. Each hob or "burner" is equipped with a ferromagnetic coil which creates a magnetic field when an electric current runs within. When your induction ready cookware is placed upon the hob, this magnetic field transfers to the magnetic clad base of the pan and generates heat. There are a lot of advantages to using a quality induction cook top and our goal is to explain some of them to you.

    Advantages to Induction Cooking:
    1. Induction Cooktops can get to high temperatures in seconds (great for quickly boiling a pot of water!) while losing very little heat in the process. This efficient use of energy is a desirable feature to many who look for more eco-friendly alternatives to energy consumption when cooking.
    2. Induction Cooktops give off very little heat to the surrounding air as opposed to gas ranges which can quickly heat up a kitchen with long cook times. This ability to stay cool is a desirable feature for both commercial and residential users. This quality is one of the interesting things about Induction Cooking given there is actually no heat transfer between the cooktop and the pot/pan. This is because when the magnetic field is induced into the pot or pan, it causes the molecules in the pan to excite, which then gives off heat. Therefore it is the pan and not the cooktop that generates heat.
    3. Induction Cooktops exhibit a great trio of features: Evenness, Consistency and Precision.
    4. They are easy to clean! In comparison to a heavy-duty gas range, Induction cook tops are easy to clean thanks to their flat surface which can be wiped down and properly sanitized after cooling down at every use.
    5. They are easy to control. Temperatures on an Induction cooker can be easily adjusted.

    Who Can Use Them?

    • Caterers or any Business that needs a Commercial Cooking Station- very easy to pack up and transport for on site cooking
    • Restaurants (Units like the Express Mobile Cooking Cart by Lakeside are great for high end restaurants that do a tableside dessert dish)
    • Hotels & Hospitality Industry
    • The Residential Community
    • The list goes on...

    What Makes Induction Ready Cookware Different?

    At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a big selection of induction ready cookware sold both individually and in setsthat will work beautifully on your new Induction Cooker. Induction-Ready Cookware is different from regular cookware because of a magnetic layer that's integrated in the base clad which can absorb the electromagnetic energy and efficiently transfer it to heat the food. Normal Cast Iron and Stainless Steel can also work on an induction range.

    Explore the opportunities for Induction on Mission Restaurant Supply! If you can't find what you need give us a call so we can help you.

  • Radiant Heat 101

     In previous articles we've discussed the unique science behind cooking, the process of taking heated energy and transferring it to the food source, changing it in such a way that we can manipulate flavors, textures, and the overall outcome. This heated energy transfer can take place in three major ways: Convection, Conduction,and lastly, Radiation, which we'll talk about here. Radiated heat, which uses electromagnetic energy waves to cook food, is one of the most popular and prevalent heat methods in our day. The two distinguishing types of radiant heat are Infrared and Microwave which we explain in detail below. Infrared The first type of radiant heat energy is Infrared, which is used in many different types of equipment from salamanders, to charbroilers and toasters, all of which are equipped with either a glass, metal or ceramic heating element. When heat hits this plated heating element, it is absorbed and emitted or "radiated"  as a high temperature infrared wave that will brown and cook foods to a crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside result. Pros? High temperature Infrared cooking delivers heat energy to the food faster than a typical convection process and is ideal for browning, searing and other high temperature tasks. Microwave Much like the Infrared heat model, a microwave oven also uses radiated energy to heat food quickly. However, there are a few key differences between the two. One main difference is that the energy in a Microwave is in the form of micro-waves (go figure), a type of electromagetic energy, which is used to cook food from the inside out, as opposed to infrared waves which cook from the outside in.

     

    How does food cook from the inside out? This happens when the radio waves penetrate into the food and absorb thanks to foods high and natural moisture content, causing activity and vibration within the molecules which generates heat from the inside out. Note that the air around the food in the microwave oven is never heated- in fact no external heat is needed. Pros? You can cook food in a fraction of the time!
  • A Guide To Convection Cooking

    Convection Cooking is a technique that's been a mainstay in the industry since its inception for its ability to significantly reduce cook times while delivering great results for a wide range of foods and cooking functions. With a high quality, commercial convection oven, you truly get the most out of each cooking cycle plus you get the versatility of being able to cook, retherm, bake, roast and more.

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    How It Works Food is cooked by the transfer of heat energy to the food product. This transfer can occur in 3 main ways: Conduction, Radiation and Convection. Here we will talk a little bit about the meaning behind convection cooking and the benefits it has. Convection Cooking is the transfer of heated energy through a fluid which can be in a liquid or gas state, like air. Convection ovens are found everywhere (even your own home!) and they simply use motionless hot air to cook the food products within. However, in commercial convection ovens, heated air is blown inside the oven cavity with the help of a mounted fan system and a heated element, forcing the hot air through the oven racks and increasing circulation for quicker, even cooking, all at lower temperatures. The fan is the key component that makes the convection process more efficient by constantly moving the air around every piece of food and getting rid of cool spots that can result in unevenness.

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    Why a faster cooking time when the temperatures are lower? When heated air is in motion, as it is in a commercial convection oven, the rate of heat transfer actually increases as opposed to still, motionless air at a higher temperature. So with the constant circulation of air in a convection oven, you're not only speeding up the transfer of heat to the food but you're ensuring a more even, thorough process with a better end result. It's this unique combination of lower temperatures and faster cooking time that allows your food to lock in its natural juices and moisture while having a delicious crispy, flaky, golden-brown exterior. Oven Rack Placement Unlike other ovens, commercial convection ovens have uniform air moving throughout the interior, so oven rack placement isn't important. This means that whether you have vegetables on the bottom rack or the top rack, each dish should get the same amount of air with every cooking cycle. This is great for the large volume restaurant owner or institution that needs to maximize the amount of sheet pans per cooking cycle without having to worry about rotation or turning in between.
    Perks of Convection Ovens
    1. Evenly cooks everything from vegetables to red meat 2.  No Hot/Cold Spots thanks to mounted fans and maximum circulation 3. Increased Food Production- food cooks up to 25% faster! 4. Added Energy Savings due to approximately 30% reduction in temperature 5. Will deliver the crisp exteriors and juicy interiors your customers love

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     Which Convection Oven Do I Need? We have all different types of convection ovens on MissionRS.com from Floor Models to Countertop Models, single deck or double deck, and the list goes on. Choosing which you need will be a factor of the amount of foods you'll be cooking on a regular basis along with the space available to you. Countertop or Floor? Both daily volume and space restrictions will help decipher whether you need a countertop or floor model convection oven. Keep in mind that our Countertop selection is all Electric while our Floor models can be either Gas or Electric. The Countertop models are also easier to install thanks to their ventless construction. Standard or Deep Depth? Standard Depth Convection Ovens have a 24'' depth whereas the Deep Depth (often called "Baker's Depth") ovens have a 28'' depth measurment. The primary difference is that the Deep Depth allows the baking pan to be loaded in either direction which is a great tool for the baker or institution that needs to fit as many pans as possible per cook cycle.

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    Browse our full selection of Commercial Convection Ovens on MissionRS.com and save on great prices and Free Shipping on select models!
  • The Interest in Immersion Blenders

    Some of our biggest best-sellers online are Immersion Blenders or Hand Mixers, simple handheld tools with built-in motors that can do it all in the kitchen from blending, whipping, emulsifying and pureeing. With all that these units are able to do there's no wonder that they are beloved in both the commercial and retail/residential kitchens alike: Why Buy An Immersion Blender? 1. Size/ Configuration Immersion blenders are compact in size (also lightweight) featuring ergonomic handles with different sized shafts and capacities to accomodate your specific blending need. We also have a few combination immersion blenders online which feature a stainless shaft and a whisk attachment.

    2. Easy to Clean Many of our hand mixers on MissionRS.com feature a removable shaft which makes throwing it in the dishwasher and keeping it clean one of  the most desirable features. {Note that select models feature this removable shaft while others have a fixed shaft.} For the fixed shaft variety, simply use soapy water, scrub clean and towel dry.

     

    3. Ease of Use Whether you're making creamy soups, chunky salsas, kneading dough, or something in between, you'll be able to find an Immersion Blender to do the job in our selection at MissionRS.com! Simply submerging the stick into your ingredients and turning it on will start the process and moving in a circular motion will ensure all your ingredients combine. There aren't many kitchen tools that can be so multi-faceted and handle so much as a Commercial Immersion Blender- not to mention a unit as small as this! The lightweight  feel and compact size make it easy to use and manuever through the task at hand. Check out our selection of Immersion Blenders online and start doing more with your commercial kitchen equipment!!
  • The Return To Culinary School

     Each recurring Fall Season, the back to school rush settles in. Thousands of young, hopeful, and talented foodies flock to culinary schools around the country to learn the craft and trade of becoming a trained chef. It's a great opportunity to learn from professionals while honing your own skill and unique approach to the world of cooking. With a culinary degree, you have the faculty, the facilities, and the room for growth that will allow you to reach your full potential. Like anything, doing well and succeeding at culinary school means working your hardest and learning along the way. The restaurant/ foodservice industry is a tough one, but the rewards, the relationships and the experience pays off in the end, and we happen to think it's the best place to be out there. In our mind, being in the foodservice industry means having stellar service skills, being personal, a leader, and always in tune to what will make the customer most satisfied.

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    In the past few years, Mission Restaurant Supply has been giving back to the culinary student community, granting the MissionRS Scholarship Fund to one student every year seeking a Culinary Arts degree at St. Philips College in downtown San Antonio (the pictures below show two of the students who've been granted our scholarship in the past!) We are so proud of our students and of all of you who are interested in pursuing a culinary education. The time is yours!

     

    Best of luck in the coming months if you're pursuing culinary school! Make sure to check our Culinary Student page on the website- a page devoted to all of you bright-minded individuals who might need new supplies before the session begins.
  • New Product Lines + Free Shipping!

    Our merchandising guru has been working fervently adding some exciting new product lines to the website! The latest wave of products comes from Vulcan Food Equipment Group, an umbrella company that includes Berkel Equipment, Wolf, and Vulcan Heart. Within these three product lines you will find a large range of commercial equipment, all available to you with Free Shipping when you shop at MissionRS.com!    Vulcan For over 130 years, Vulcan has been an industry leader of commercial restaurant equipment. Find everything from heavy duty Tilting Kettles to Restaurant Ranges, Salamander Broilers, Hot Plates, Fryers, Convection Ovens and Steamers in the Vulcan Product Line. The Vulcan history traces back to 1865 when the company manufactured cooking stoves and other products. Today they have grown to become one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial cooking equipment with its corporate warehouse located in Covington, Kentucky. Shop Vulcan.   Berkel In 1898 W.A. Van Berkel, a butcher from the Netherlands, discovered a new and more efficient way of slicing meat, and there was born the world's first meat slicer. The company today has a USA headquarters in Troy, Ohio and the product line still is heavily based on Slicers, but it also contains Food Processors and Vacuum Packaging Machines.  Shop Berkel. Wolf Highly reputable in the industry, the Wolf brand has come to represent dependable equipment with exceptional customer service. With over 70 years in the industry, Wolf has proved to be a mainstay in the business by manufacuturing products that you, the customer, can trust and rely on when you need them most. Wolf Equipment includes Restaurant Ranges, Salamander Broilers, heavy duty manual Griddles and Charbroilers. Shop Wolf.
  • Save Big with the Silver Saver

    One of the hottest, recently uploaded items on MissionRS.com is The Silver Saver, an innovative new product that rescues dumped flatware from your trash cans. The unit is essentially a long and skinny magnetic metal probe that attracts lost silverware when inserted into your trash can. It's advised that the Silver Saver be used every two hours by your kitchen staff or whenever the water in your dishmachine is changed. You can watch the unit in action below and make sure to visit the product page here for more information and product reviews!  If you're looking for proof that this product really will save business owners like you a significant amount of  money, use this handy Savings Calculator, courtesy of the Restaurant Remedy Group's website. (To physically use the calculator, visit their website!) Please note that there are 2 different versions of the Silver Saver, the Ultra and the Elite. The Elite is a replica of the Ultra except it comes equipped with a trigger that releases the collected flatware from the probe, leaving your hands mess free! This would be a great addition to ANY commercial kitchen, business, school setting, or place where flatware is in high demand.
  • 4th of July Peach-Blackberry Pie

    The 4th of July is the very essence of American summertime. With families flocking outdoors, revving up their barbeque pits and donning their red white and blue, the burgeoning summer season has officially made its grand entrance. Food is as important as ever on July 4th with BBQ, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, berry cobblers, ice cream, and more all playing a star role. This year we are featuring a delicious Peach-Blackberry Pie by celebrity chef Bobby Flay that would be right at home (and a welcome treat) for your 4th of July festivities.

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    Makes 1 (9 inch) Pie Crust 2-1/2 c all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 10 tablespoons (1-1/4 stick) cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2'' cubes 1/2 c solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces, cold Filling 1 pint fresh blackberries 2 tablespoons blackberry liqueur 5 c peeled, pitted and 1/2'' thick sliced ripe peaches (about 8) 1/3 c firmly packed light brown sugar 1/3 c granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 3 tablespoons peach brandy 1/4 c cornstarch or tapioca 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, cold 1/4 c heavy cream 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar What To Do 1. To make the crust, put the flour, sugar, and salt int he bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Scatter the butter and shortening on top and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup ice-cold water and pulse until the dough just comes together. 2. Preheat oven to 375 F. 3. To make the filling, put the blackberries in a small bowl, add the blackberry liqueur, and toss gently to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes. 4. Combine the peaches, both sugars, cinnamon, giner, nutmeg, peach brandy, and cornstarch in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Let sit for 10 minutes. Fold in the blackberries just before adding the filling to the pie. 5. Divide the dough in half and roll each half out on a lightly floured surface to a 13 to 14 inch round. Transfer one of the rounds to a 9'' deep-dish pie plate. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the fruit mixture into the crust. Add some of the juices that have accumulated in the bowl. Scatter the butter over the filling. Roll up the remaining dough and unroll it over the fruit mixture. Trim the edges of both crusts to a 3/4'' overhang and press to seal while crimping the edges. Cut 6 slits in the top crust to allow the pie to ventillate during baking. Brush the top of the pie with the cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. 6. Put the pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack of the oven until golden and the juices are bubbling thickly through the slits (roughly 1 hour & 10 minutes) Bobby Flay Tip: Cover the edges of the crust with foil if they are browning too quickly
  • How Quiet is the Quiet One?

    The famed "Quiet One" by Vitamix is the quietest commercial blender available on the market. Pretty cool, right? No one likes to hear the screeching sound of a blender, particularly over and over again, so The Quiet One by Vitamix has proved a revolutionary solution to many businesses' problems. This high-tech machine is obviously a perfect fit for the business that's doing a lot of blending, particularly in the front of the house, like Coffee and Smoothie Shops. Trust in The Quiet One for unparalleled sound reduction and efficient service time after time.  So what makes it so quiet?
    • Advanced Vibration Dampening Technology makes The Quiet One up to 4 times quieter than its competitors
    • Magnetically Secured Floating Sound Enclosure
    • 48 oz Advance® high impact clear container  creates  quieter, faster & easier blending and pouring, resulting in happy customers!
    Other Reasons We Think You Should Invest:
    • 6 program buttons able to hold 34 optimized blending programs in memory, keeping drinks consistent time after time
    • Designed for High Performance with its 3 HP motor
    • Easy to clean and disassemble!
    • Variable speed control and automatic shut off are added benefits
    • With a 3 year warranty on motor base parts and a 1 year warranty on labor, there is no better unit than The Quiet One!

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