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  • 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!
  • Need More Kitchen Storage?

     

    For any of you that have worked behind the scenes in a commercial kitchen, you know that space is at a minimum and synchronization is key. There are countless moving parts, people included, that have a job to do and limited space to do it, therefore, properly utilizing your space is key to the success and efficiency of the back of the house. One of the ways we recommend you keep your kitchen organized is with Shelving Units. Below are a few perks to buying Commercial Shelving for your facility:

     

    1. Customized Look Every kitchen set-up is slightly different with its own set dimensions to work with. Our wire shelving at Mission Restaurant Supply is completely customizable so you can build a unit around whatever limitations you  may have. All you have to do is buy the posts and shelves individually to create a shelving unit that will fit in your unique space. As you grow, you can simply add to it as you go along. 2. Easy-to-Assemble/ Adjustable Shelving Our wire shelving is simple to assemble and features easily- adjustable shelves so that you can alter the heights of the shelves depending on what you are storing and to meet your changing needs. All you need are your two hands to assemble these units- no tools required! 3. Temperature Whether you need storage for your dry goods or added organization in your walk-in cooler, we have a range of shelving types, from chrome, to zinc, to epoxy, that will fit your needs. For instance, epoxy shelving can withstand the cold temperatures and wet conditions of a walk-in, while chrome shelving is to be used solely for dry goods storage. Continue reading
  • Invest In High-Grade Cookware

    When you hear the word commercial- what do you think? For most, a commercial kitchen conjures up images of a bustling restaurant, clanking pots and pans, sizzling food on the griddle, timers going off, and in a word, commotion. The key ingredient to a commercial kitchen is having the industry-grade supplies and equipment that can handle the rigors of this fast-paced setting.  However, there is often a misconception that commercial kitchen products are only suited for industrial use. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we are trying to change that mentality. Many of our customers are not "commercial" at all, but every day people leading lives entirely opposite that of a foodservice professional. So then why do they come to us? These are people who are committed to quality and they look for this quality for their home kitchens.  Though the cost of commercial-grade products may be at a higher price point, the benefits of investing in industry-adept products will stay with you for the long haul. These products perform under the hardest conditions, and in your home, they will get the job done each and every time.   One such example of this is commercial cookware. Both in our Texas showrooms and online, we have an extensive selection of commercial-grade pots and pans that will handle themselves beautifully in the kitchen. From Stock Pots and Double Broilers  to Fry Pans, Sauce Pots, Braziers, and Roast Pans, our selection ties together the highest quality materials with the reputation of trusted industrial brands like Crestware, Alegacy and Browne-Halco.    
    Deemed "the best non-stick on the market" by one of our customers, this heavy-duty, 12 inch fry pan distributes heat beautifully and never fails to please.
      Mission Restaurant Supply is Open to the Public- that means you don't have to own a restaurant or be buying for your business to shop with us. So even if you're looking for something other than cookware- such as a powerful blender by well-known brands like Vitamix, or perhaps a new undercounter ice machine for your home bar, Mission Restaurant Supply will have what you need.
    There's something to say about investing in quality products that will last while demonstrating their expertise in the kitchen. We are grateful to share this commitment and love for quality products with both our industry professionals and home cooks alike. Start experiencing the quality of commercial and begin cooking with sleek, industrial finesse.
     

    Shop at Mission Restaurant Supply today!

  • MOZO: What's In a Name?

    We can hear the pitter patter of kitchen staff near and far as they run for MOZO, the newest brand on MissionRS.com. So, what's in a name? MOZO, a company that has established itself for its revolutionary line of chef shoes, is changing the way that chefs and their kitchen staffs work. Lightweight. Durable. Comfortable. What's not to love about MOZO?

     

    Anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows that at the end of the day, your feet are swollen and aching to the point of no return. Long hours on your feet, despite the hardship, is the undeniable nature of the restaurant industry. What MOZO has done is created a line of footware that caters to this factor, while introducing a stylish, versatile, and contemporary shoe selection for the talented, contemporary professionals working today. Just because you work in the back of the house doesn't mean your staff doesn't care to be dressed to impress.  Investing in the right materials- like proper chef clothing- and comfortable shoes-makes all the difference in the mind of your kitchen staff at the beginning of a shift, all the way through to the end of the day. There's a little something for everyone with the MOZO shoe collection. For simple, understated footware, you can't go wrong with the classic black slip-on, and for the chef who wants a little more flair, don't miss the sunny side up "Egg" or "Bacon" shoes. We also have some pastel colors available in the women's selection for a lighter, solid shoe.

     

     Browse our selection of Men's and Women's MOZO Shoes on MissionRS.com. Need more convincing?

     

    For more information on the company, visit the MOZO website and START SHOPPING ONLINE! Charts & Photos Courtesy of MOZO Website.
  • Refrigeration Parts- Why You Should Invest.

    Your investment in a commercial refrigerator can last forever if you take the necessary measures to prevent major damage. There are things you can do as an owner to provide this preventative maintenance. You can also add additional refrigeration parts to your refrigerator. These inexpensive parts will give you the performance that you require, and help you expand the capability of your refrigeration system.

    Gaskets The gaskets on your commercial refrigerator are built to withstand years of use and abuse. Irregular cleaning, however, may shorten the life of your gaskets. It is helpful to maintain your refrigerator door by purchasing extra gaskets to serve as replacements when older gaskets begin to stick or rust. Cleaning your gaskets once each month can extend their performance and durability. Casters The casters attached to the bottom of your commercial refrigerator can become gummed up with dirt, oils or other debris that is common in restaurants. Due to daily wear and accumulation of debris, the casters will eventually need to be replaced. Doing so will provide you with increased mobility for your refrigeration unit. These refrigeration parts and other accessories are part of a normal routine maintenance schedule during refrigerator ownership. Shelving As your business grows, you can never have too much available space, and storing more food products becomes a necessity. If you are not in a position to purchase a bigger unit, adding more shelves to the inside of your refrigerator is a low cost option to make the most of your space. White wire shelves do not rust, and help give you the extra space that you need for storing more food in your commercial refrigerator. Shelf Clips Inexpensive shelf clips are an essential part of maintaining your refrigerator. Clips may get jostled or bumped, resulting in damaged or missing clips. When clips are missing, the structural integrity of your wire shelving is compromised. A good supply of extra shelf clips is an important refrigeration part to keep in stock at your restaurant. It's important to remember that all refrigeration (and their subsequent parts) need routine maintenance and regular inspections- browse our selection and please call us if you should have any questions at 800-319-0690 as to how you can better maintain your refrigeration equipment!
  • A Guide to Commercial Fryers

    French fries, fried shrimp, jalapeno poppers, onion rings...

     

    What do all of these foods have in common? They are fried. And for a restaurant, that means having a top-performing fryer(s). Commercial Fryers are heralded for their ability to cook menu favorites quickly and efficiently, yielding delicious results.  For a restaurant kitchen, deciding what kind of fryer is needed is an important decision that is based heavily on capacity. How much food are you going to need? How many people will you be serving? How much of your menu is fried? All of these factors should determine whether you need a series of heavier-duty floor fryers, or for smaller volume, a countertop fryer. Keep in mind also that as you grow, this number could double, triple, or quadruple, and investing in a slightly larger fryer might be a wise investment. CAPACITY- What kind of fryer do you need? So how should you go about determining what capacity you need? Traditionally, the capacity of a fryer per hour can be calculated by doubling the amount of oil the fryer can hold. So if you have a 50 lbs fryer, it should put out roughly 100 lbs of fried food product per hour. While most commercial fryers operate on natural gas, for example the heavy-duty floor fryers, there are also some fryers, like the countertop units, that have an option between electric and natural gas. Electric fryers have a smaller capacity and could be right for your operation if daily usage is at a minimum.

    HEATING DESIGN There are 3 main designs when it comes to the heating element in fryers: Tube Style, Flat Bottom, and Open Pot. Tube Style fryers have a series of parallel heat strips on the bottom of the fryer which the gas flows through to heat the oil. When particles fall down into the fryer they sink to the "cooling zone," that is, the area below the heated tubes that stays cool and prevents the food particles from burning, and the carbonization of the oil. Preventing this keeps your oil fresher for a longer period of time and it keeps your food free from any unwanted burnt taste. The Open Pot Style features a distinct metal base outside the tank that heats the oil when either the natural gas or the electrical element reaches it. It has a convenient sediment zone that lyes conveniently below the heating zone, allowing food particles to escape to a cooler spot that is easy to clean, unlike the tube style fryers, which are more difficult to clean. The Flat Bottom Style features a heating element that rests underneath the tank, heating the oil when the gas or electric heat hits it. This fryer type does not have a cooling zone for sediments and thus requires frequent oil changes. It's also advised to not fry foods in this type of fryer configuration that will break apart easily. MAINTENANCE Like most restaurant equipment, maintaining a fryer is incredibly important. Keeping it clean, changing out the fryer oil, and ensuring that it is being used properly can help prolong the life of your unit, and failure to do so could ruin the equipment, and worse yet, your customer's dining experience. Read up on some proper maintenance techniques, like this blog on the benefits of filtering your fryer oil. Shop all of our Commercial Fryers, Baskets, Filters & More!
  • The Garland Reputation

    One of our strongest commitments as a foodservice dealer is to represent brands that our customers can trust. When we sell a piece of equipment or any kind of product to you, we stand behind the quality and the reliability of both the product and the manufacturer.

    One of the most dependable brands we have online at MissionRS.com is Garland, a distributor of the highest quality commercial ranges and ovens, amongst other things like fryers, broilers, and grills. Dating all the way back to the early 1860s, Garland began in a Foundry in Detroit, growing into the Michigan Stoves Company in 1873, and was later unveiled at the 1893 Worlds Fair. As the company has grown to the present day, they have maintained an impeccable reputation for quality products and have showcased a resounding commitment to service and efficiency. If you are in the market for a high-powered, stainless steel commercial range, look no further than Garland. The ranges are available in a number of configurations from your basic 24 in. unit with 4 standard burners and 1 oven, to a multi-faceted 60 in. range with 6 burners, a 24 in. raised griddle and 2 ovens. When you buy a Garland unit you become a part of a dependable foodservice veteran that will prove to be a mainstay in your kitchen.
  • Long Lasting Catering Supplies at Affordable Prices

     

    From chafing dishes to portable cookware, Mission Restaurant Supply has what you need to operate a successful catering company. With this type of business, your needs range from the smallest details to the most fantastic of presentations. With so many tools available, it can be a challenging process to decide which catering supplies you need or don't need. That's where we come in. At MissionRS.com, we have a full line of catering supplies at affordable prices, and this guide is here to walk you through the basics. All of our catering equipment and supplies is constructed to endure travel and heavy use. Best yet, we keep our prices low to help you stay within budget while hosting amazing parties.

    To start off, attractive serving bowls and a good supply of serving utensils form the basis of setting up a great event. Our crystal-inspired serving bowls are durable and affordable and they instantly add a sense of elegance to the dish. Our vast line of serving utensils gives you the option to serve all types of food. We offer tongs in several styles and materials, as well as serving spoons of many shapes, sizes, and materials. When you're throwing a party that is going to last for a long time and have food out for the duration of the event, caterers must take into account food safety. Foodborne illness is always a concern for a longer party as hot and cold foods must be kept at proper temperatures. MissionRS.com offers chafing dishes in many styles to help you combat this fear.  Whether you are seeking round dishes or elongated rectangular shapes,  a gorgeous stand with scrolled metal work elegantly stands out. These dishes come in many sizes, materials, and finishes to provide you with the option to customize your buffet according to your look and aesthetic. We also sell chafing dishes in sets. Purchasing sets of dishes can save you money and help avoid guesswork when you are putting together a mouth-watering display of food. Shop Chafing Dishes!

    Often times, your staff has to prepare the food in a kitchen located miles away from the main event. If this is the case, you require an easy and affordable method to transport these dishes. MissionRS.com offers catering supplies that provide solutions for transport. Our insulated pan carriers come in a variety of styles and sizes. These carriers can make moving food a breeze. They come in several color options as well.  A simple insulated carrying bag can be just the thing if you are only transporting smaller items from the main kitchen to the event. We also offer portable cooking equipment for those businesses that do their cooking on site. The smallest, most transportable of such items is a butane stove that folds into a carry case. For larger events, we offer larger items like a portable grill or fryer which is sure to impress guests by assuring them that the food they are about to eat has been freshly prepared just for them.

    If your catering company finds itself responsible for beverages as well as food, you will require more tools. We offer a portable bar, which is an investment that looks great indoors, or out. We also offer beverage transport solutions. These dispensers are insulated to keep your beverages at proper temperature during the journey from headquarters to the event.

    You also need to set an atmosphere of enjoyment. For a little something unexpected, try adding a chocolate fountain. Chocolate fountains are an impressive way to provide guests with an easy dessert selection, without putting strain on your already busy employees. These unique items can help your business stand out. As with all products from Mission RS, these larger catering supplies are affordably priced and constructed to stand the test of time.   Did we miss anything? If you can't find what you need- please don't hesitate to call us at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at order@missionrs.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will help you! Shop all Catering Supplies & Equipment at MissionRS.com!
  • Benchmark & Star :: Brands You Can Trust

    Outfitting your business with equipment and supplies from brands you can trust is the ultimate investment, and one that will pay off in the long run. Equipping a concession business is no exception. Though many of the items needed for serving up snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs are disposable, there are also some essential pieces of equipment that make having this kind of food possible. The vast majority of our Concession-related equipment and supplies come from 2 American brands : Benchmark USA and Star Manufacturing. In an effort to educate you on the quality assurance and the trust that we have in these manufacturers, we've provided a short company history and a little about what they offer. Benchmark USA Benchmark is an American company based in Greenville, South Carolina, that specializes in innovative foodservice equipment and supplies for concession operations. They are renowned for standing by all of their products, and this is evident with their 3 year warranty offer on every Benchmark product. From popcorn poppers to sneeze guards, snow cone ice shavers, festive trolleys and pedestals, hot dog cookers, bun boxes, serving accessories, and more, this is your go-to manufacturer for all your concession needs. We stock a wide range of products from Benchmark online, and if you don't see something, give us a call and we might be able to help you find it! For more information on Benchmark, you can visit their company website! Star Manufacturing  STAR. The name of quality equipment known throughout the world. Star Manufacturing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been proudly serving the industry since 1921. Their first product to introduce was a popcorn machine, and their business is still largely involved in the concession industry, though they have ventured out considerably. Aside from Popcorn Machines and Hot Dog Cooking and Preparation Equipment, Star has also added Display Merchandisers, Toasters, Waffle Bakers, Speciality Food Warmers, and Countertop cooking appliances to its roster. All Star Products sold domestically and used within the USA are covered by a minimum 1 year parts and labor warranty. They stand by their commitment to dependable, quality supplies, and exceptional service. Should you have an issue with your product, you will find that Star's nationwide service program is there to help with over 200 authorized service agents available to you across the country. To learn more about Star you can visit their company website! "We are committed to manufacturing only quality products that withstand the tests of time and performance. All of our products offer you an excellent value and each one is backed by the highest level of service possible to ensure your long term satisfaction." - Star Mfg   Ready to start shopping? You can browse all of our Concession Equipment and Concession Supplies by these brands right here!
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