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  • Food Trucks: Are You On Board?

    Food Trucks. At this point we bet you've heard about them and their continued rise to fame. Whether you are interested in running your own mobile food truck business or you simply enjoy the convenience of having them around and in your city, there is no denying that their presence is here to stay. Did you know that Food Trucks are the single fastest growing sector in the foodservice industry? In 2011 alone, the mobile food industry did over $1 billion in sales! Why the huge surge? There are many reasons: 1. First, Food Trucks provide a unique culinary opportunity that can't be matched by your traditional brick and mortar restaurant as chefs can prepare their gourmet foods on the go and can take their kitchens directly to the consumer. 2. Food Trucks offer up an affordable entry to the foodservice industry. Companies like Kitchen On Wheels, who we talk about below, do everything from the equipment sourcing to the consultation, CAD drawings and custom fab work for you, all for a competitive price.  3. Food Trucks are customizable, providing a mobile platform that can be specifically designed for your needs and your creative culinary endeavor.

    Kitchen On Wheels (KOW) provides a great opportunity to build and customize your own food truck by collaborating on a mobile platform that can be designed specifically to your needs.  "Getting started in the mobile food catering business starts with a solid chassis (food truck frame), easy maintenance exterior, and above all, an efficient food preparation interior. Kitchens on Wheels® offers three designs: the Bistro Bus, the KOW Trailer, and our largest mobile catering truck, the Bistro Box. For our mobile catering trailers, choose from one of the rugged trailer designs designed by the folks at HAULMARK. Our Bistro Box is designed in the roomy interior of the Mercedes Sprinter. With 73" of standing room and 473 cubic feet of space, the Bistro Box gives you the ultimate mobile catering kitchen without the feel of a large truck. For virtually unlimited mobile kitchen space, our Bistro Box is the true Kitchen on Wheels. Set on the chassis of the box truck of your choice (including used vehicles), Kitchens on Wheels will build your dream catering truck in the roomy interior."- Kitchen On Wheels

    Whether you are operating a cupcake/dessert truck or a Taco/BBQ joint, Kitchen On Wheels will work with you every step of the way to ensure your truck is filled with kitchen equipment that will best suit your every day need. Aside from being the 3rd oldest food truck manufacturer in the industry, they have over 50 years of experience and a list of nationally recognizable clientele.

    Here are some neat facts about Kitchen On Wheels: 1. (KOW) food trucks have passed safety inspections in every state. (That's right, they service nationally!) 2. They are committed to ensuring the health and safety of their patrons working directly with Fire Marshals and other safety inspectors to build relationships and industry expertise that can be passed on to their customers. 3. Consulting and Inspection Services provided for every client including obtaining insurance, passing health code inspections, and sourcing equipment and food! Specific state health regualtions are adhered to with every truck that KOW makes. 4. Watch your truck being made with the Kitchen On Wheels Streamlined Video feature! This neat feature allows you to witness your business coming to life, every step of the way. 5. Short Term Rentals are available. Why Rent Short Term? Great for larger companies who are promoting special products or promotions.

    Explore the options available to you through this dynamic Texas company!

  • True Mfg: An Energy Star Partner

    With more and more emphasis these days on eco-friendliness and relieving our carbon footprints, the foodservice industry is seeing an influx in the number of manufacturers who are doing their part to go green. True Mfg, one of the industry's resounding veterans and leaders of commercial refrigeration, is doing just that and many of their products are earning their Energy Star Ratings. This approach to being more environmentally friendly and energy efficient is changing the way that True manufacturers their products without compromising the quality or performance. 

     

    Here are a few ways they are making the move:
    • Removal of Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) Chemicals from True's Refrigeration Systems
    • Eliminated the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of blowing agents used in the equipment's foaming insulation process from 142,000 TONS of Carbon Dioxide to ZERO!  (True explains this as the equivalent of removing 23,500 cars off the road each year!) 
    • Reduced EPA Reportable Chemical Releases by 80%
    • Reduced Total Water Usage by 58%
    • Reduced Natural Gas Consumption by 23% per square foot of manufacturing
    • Reduced the use of Hazardous Substances in the making of True Products, including Lead, Mercury & Cadmium by 99%
    • As of 2007 True is ROHS Compliant (Meaning they complied to the Restriction Of The Use Of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

    There is a reason people are choosing True- check out our products available online and start saving!

  • Chlorine Test Strips

    Sanitation- it's a word in the foodservice industry that requires serious attention. After all, keeping your kitchen and your cooking equipment properly sanitized is a huge responsibility that keeps your customers free from food poisoning and you free from a potential law suit. Keeping your kitchen clean starts with having a proper cleaning solution that's strong enough to kill the hardest, deepest germs without leaving behind harmful residue. That's where our best-selling Chlorine Test Strips by Krowne Metal come into play.

     

    These inexpensive test strips packaged 100 to a vial are a great, easy way to test how much chlorine is in your cleaning solution. Depending on the requirements at your local health department, the color code shows the various shades that the strip will change to after making contact with the solution. As you can see below, the white strip changes to various colors of purple, from a pale lavender at 10 p.p.m, gradually darkening at 50 p.p.m., 100 p.p.m. and finally 200 p.p.m. Check with your local health department to determine the standards required of you at your commercial kitchen.

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    Start cleaning smart with the Krowne Metal 25-123 Chlorine Test Strips and rest assured your foodservice establishment is ready for business.
  • Summertime Entertaining

    Whether you're catering a wedding or you're hosting a simple summertime party, the summer months tend to get busy. Every caterer or host needs to be equipped with the must-have equipment and supply list in order to provide their services in the best way possible. Here are 5 simple product investment ideas that will get you ready for the entertaining rush:

     

    1. Custom Tablecloths There's nothing like a crisp, white tablecloth to set the tone and the table for a fresh summer meal. Our tablecloths come in many other colors and in various patterns and they are all customizable per your table specifications! 2. Elegant Serving Trays Boost your presentation by passing out beverages and appetizers with a classic silver tray. We have  a number of different sized trays by different manufacturers and with varying detail and price points so you can find the product right for you. 3. Party Buckets & Serving Bowls Great for icing down drinks or showing off your food product, our selection of hammered metal Party Buckets and crystal-inspired Serving Bowls have both visual appeal and functionality, bringing an elegant statement to your party scene. 4. Alternative Drinkware Providing a great alternative to classic drinkware, our heavy-duty Polycarbonate drinkware is made to last and mirror your favorite glass styles, from Pilsner to Wine and Margarita. Though not suitable for every setting, our Plastic Drinkware has a nice aesthetic and is a good investment for someone who's tired of the cost lost to broken glassware.
  • Lighting The Way...

    What's not to love about a welcoming entrance? Whether you are hosting a party at your business or home, a great way to make a memorable entrace and a powerful statement is with Tiki Torches.

    At MissionRS.com we sell different styles of Tiki Torches (like the one pictured above) along with the Tiki Fuel by Hollowick Mfg, which just so happens to be America's #1 brand of citronella fuel and outdoor torches! Below is a guide to the different styles we carry:

    The Royal Polynesian: Exotic in nature, this torch style features a contemporary bamboo head with a bamboo pole. Packed in a case of 6 with 16 oz refillable canisters in each, this is a great option for the customer who's looking for something different. Shop the Royal Polynesian! The Mediterranean: This hand-crafted torch design juxtaposes contemporary metal with bamboo. The metal pole is sturdy and wears well with age. Packed in a case of 6 with 12 oz refillable canisters in each. Shop the Mediterranean! The Islander: Perhaps the most traditional in appearance, the Islander has a wicker-woven head, a wooden pole, and is packed in a case of 6 with 16 oz refillable canisters in each! Shop the Islander! The Heritage Patio: For more light and more of a statement, go for the Heritage Patio Torch which has two wicks instead of one. Here are some other features that make the Heritage Patio a customer favorite: 1. Easy Assembly- No Tools Required! 2. "No-Touch Pour Technology" keeps refills clean and hassle free (when you need more fuel just pour directly into top of the torch!) 3. Aluminum Alloy Construction for optimal weather resistance 4. Torch Cover for Protection 5. Extra heavy base for added stability Shop the Heritage Patio! Read more about our Tiki Torches here and visit our Outdoor Lighting Page to load up on Fuel, Stands & More!
  • Investing In A Pizza Prep Table...

     If you're running a restaurant that serves pizzas, whether they make up just a few menu items or the actual menu in its entirety,  investing in a commercial pizza prep table is one of the wisest investments you can make. Though the initial cost is high, you must look at the purchase as a smart investment that will pay off down the road. Our prices on MissionRS.com are the most competitive on the web and we want to help you make a sound choice that will suit your business needs both now and as your business grows in the future. Here are some advantages to investing in a Pizza Prep Table and some of the differentiating factors you should pay attention to before settling on a unit.

    Advantages
    • The Refrigerated Base & Undercounter Storage provides an idealic home for bulk ingredients and other pizza prep necessities
    • Raised Ingredients Rails contain bins featuring all of your most popular pizza toppings so you can assemble the pizza with maximum speed and efficiency.
    • The convenience of a worktop/cutting board that is built to fit the width of a pizza makes assembling the pie (and prepping the ingredients!) an easy process- one that is constructed with convenience in mind!
    • Plus, get Free Shipping and Liftgate when you buy a Pizza Prep Table from MissionRS.com for your commercial establishment!
      What To Look For? 1. SIZE

    The amount of demand and product you are putting out on a daily and weekly basis is going to determine how big of a unit you need. Our Pizza Prep Tables range from simple 1 door units with 6 ingredient pans and 11.4 cubic feet of storage area to one of our large, 8 door units with 15 ingredient pans and 43.9 cubic feet of storage, for example! Some of our more popular models consist of a medium size that have 2-3 doors of undercounter storage, 8-10 ingredient bins, and a middle-of-the-road storage capacity. Knowing how much food product you'll be needing to store to meet the demands of your customers is going to determine what size you should invest in. So if you run a pizzeria or a restaurant where pizza is the star item on the menu, investing in a larger unit is probably a better investment, whereas a smaller, 1-3 door unit might be better for establishments that do a smaller output and scale. You'll want to make sure you know exactly how much space you have in your kitchen so that you buy a unit that isn't overbearing or jammed.

     

    2. CONFIGURATION All of our Pizza Prep Tables online have a slightly different configuration.  Depending on the unique storage needs of your work stations in the back of the house, our pizza prep tables come with swing doors that open up into storage, while they also come with drawers, meaning they pull out into sectioned, refrigerated storage. Many of our units feature a combination of swing doors and drawers so you can have the best of both worlds. Here's one example of the differenes you will find:

    At MissionRS.com, we stock a number of different pizza prep table manufacturers, including True, Turbo Air and Metalfrio. When you buy a unit from any of these manufacturers,  you're getting quality stainless steel construction and a dependable addition for your kitchen that will stand the test of time.
  • Grilling With Gusto

    With the warmer temperatures settling in, the number of outdoor barbeques continues to rise. Invest in one of our most innovative grilling tools, The Fire Wire, and start grilling with gusto. This video demonstration shows how it works:
  • Re-Seasoning Your Cast Iron Cookware

    Cast Iron is one of the most durable materials found in a commercial kitchen. It can sear, roast, bake, and fry a number of different food products, from vegetables to chicken and fish. Many of our cast iron skillets come pre-sprayed with a soy-based vegetable oil where they are then put under high heat to allow the oil to penetrate the skin. However, regardless of pre-seasoning, there are times in every cast iron's life when re-seasoning is necessary to keep up the performance of the product.  Re-seasoning can help prevent rusting and drying out which keeps food products from sticking to the skillet. Here's how to properly re-season your cast iron:

  • Caring for Cast Iron

     

      Most kitchen supplies require specific maintenance procedures to ensure the longevity of the product.  Cast Iron is no exception, and adhering to these rules will actually make your product better with age. Cast Iron skillets and griddles can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.  Here are some maintenance fundamentals: The Do's
  • After hand cleaning with hot water, towel dry and store away, or put atop an open burner until the heat just dissipates the moisture. (If super dry, apply a thin layer of warm oil to the surface of the pan and allow for it to soak in)
  • Should rust spots form or if a metallic taste is detected on food, simply work a sheet of sandpaper or steel wool over the surface to remove and reseason your pan with warm oil
  • When your pan is not being used, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place (Lodge Mfg suggests putting a paper towel on the surface of the pan or in between the pan and the lid to keep moisture from forming)
  • The Dont's
    • Don't use soap or detergents for cleaning cast iron- hot water will do and a sponge!
    • Never put cast iron in the dishwasher- the chemicals in the detergents will strip down the oils in your pan's seasoning, resulting in a brittle, dried out pan
    • Avoid submerging the cast iron in cold water, particularly when the product is still hot. This could cause thermal shock and a warped pan
      Check out our wide selection of Cast Iron Skillets and Fry Pans!
  • 3 Simple Ways To "Go Green"

    Celebrate EARTH DAY on Sunday, April 22, 2012
    With the undeniable push towards eco-friendliness and "going green" there is a conscious effort that should be made by each of us to do our part. Your kitchen- whether that be at home or in your commercial establishment- is a great place to start. 1. Recycle Throwing glass, plastic, paper and other recyclables into the right trash bins is a great way to make a big difference without very much effort. Buy separate bins-one for regular trash and the other(s) for recyclables. We have a big selection of trash bins, including our "Slim Jim" container that's narrow and doesn't take up too much space.

    2. Buy Local Next time you go out to buy groceries-think about investing your money in food products that are grown locally. Investing  money in local farmers and agriculture is a simple way to support your community while eating food that is local and fresh. 3. Fill your Kitchen with Green Supplies Today's market has lots to offer in the way of kitchen supplies so why not stand out and buy unique items that offer an eco-friendly advantage? Doing so will not only set yourself apart but will help make a difference. Remember, a little goes a long way. We stock a number of product lines that are built with eco-friendliness in mind, including Epicurean, Proteak, and BioPlanet disposables. For the commercial customer, think about Energy Star-rated items the next time you're shopping for new equipment. To find out other ways you can save energy at home- check out the Energy Star Home Improvement Site!
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