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Common questions before and after you purchase your restaurant equipment and supplies.

  • 4 Things To Know About The Silver Saver

    Every commercial kitchen, be it a cafeteria, a hospital, a school, a nursing home or a stadium, has a couple of things that it can't operate without. One such thing is flatware: the forks, knives and spoons that allow diners to eat the food created for them. Unfortunately, however, its' lightweight nature makes it highly susceptible to being thrown out unknowingly when plates are being scraped. In fact, did you know that flatware is one of the most frequently re-ordered kitchen items for a restaurant operator? Because these flatware items are tossed out accidentally, costs can grow at unprecedented rates. It's like throwing away money! One of the ways to control this rising cost is to invest in a Silver Saver by the Restaurant Remedy Group. This magnetic probe is designed to grab tossed flatware from the trash. Simply insert it directly into the garbage can and let it do the dirty work for you.

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    Here are a couple of key things to know:

    1. The SilverSaver works perfectly with 18/0 flatware and other 18/0 metal objects like souffle cups and ramekins as it is highly magnetic. For those operators with 18/10 flatware, the SilverSaver may not retract lost flatware quite as easily since the higher nickel content is attributed to lower magnetism.

    2. Since the SilverSaver will be swimming in the trash on an hourly basis, cleaning it should be an obvious priority. The manufacturer recommends cleaning it with hot water and a towel every two hours but notes not to expose the magnet to temperature over 176º F in order to keep its strength.

    3. The Restaurant Remedy Group has a nifty savings calculator on their site where you can calculate just how much money you can save at your establishment by investing in their product. Depending on the total number of stores and the average cost of flatware per piece in addition to the average number of pieces lost a day, you can configure how much money you will save per day, per month and per year. (Some operators make their money back in just 30 days or less!)

    4. There are two SilverSavers available for purchase, both at great, affordable price points. The SilverSaver Ultra is your classic tool complete with a high-powered magnet. The SilverSaver Elite is the same as the SilverSaver Ultra but is is equipped with a magnetic auto release so you can effortlessly remove retrieved silverware by squeezing a trigger.


    What do you think? How much flatware do you run through on a weekly, monthly, yearly basis? It might be more than you think! The SilverSaver is designed to troubleshoot these issues and relieve these lost costs by quickly and easily extracting lost items from the depths of the garbage. You can shop for the SuperSaver here and we welcome your calls at 1-800-319-0690 Monday through Friday.

    Want to watch the SilverSaver in action? Check out the video here!
  • Popcorn Tips and Trivia

    Whether you're sitting in a dark movie theater or sneaking a snack in the company break room, hot, buttery popcorn is hard to beat. Popcorn is also a great option for foodservice operators looking to boost their bottom line. With profit margins often exceeding 80% Commercial Popcorn Poppers drive profitability into all different applications, from cafeterias to theaters, rehabilitation centers and stadiums. At MissionRS.com our popcorn poppers are designed with strong cabinets and space-saving footprints and all will deliver performances that will pop out in your kitchen.

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    What Size Popper Do I Need? If you are looking for a popcorn popper for your movie theater, business break room, school or other commercial application, finding the right size is key. Popcorn kettle sizes equate to the number of one-ounce servings of popcorn that the machine will make in any given pop cycle, which generally lasts 3-4 minutes. An example:

    • A 4 ounce kettle popcorn machine like this one makes 4-one-ounce servings in every 3-4 minute cycle. 

    Knowing that there are roughly 20 pop cycles per hour (60 minutes / roughly 3-4 minute pop cycles) you will be able to calculate what size popper you need given your establishment's peak hourly demand. 

    • If making less than roughly 80-90 servings of popcorn you will need a 4 ounce popper
    • If making approximately 90-120 quarts of popcorn you will need a 6 ounce popper
    • If making roughly 130-160 quarts of popcorn you will need an 8 ounce popper

    How Does Popcorn Pop? Popcorn kernels have a 13-14% moisture content at the center of their hull which is just enough moisture to make them explode under pressure. When this moisture is put under the machine's pressure, that inherent moisture begins to steam and is forced out, causing the hull to pop. If that moisture level is too high or too low the popcorn will not pop- simple as that.

    How Do I Store Unpopped Popcorn? Because that 13-14% moisture level is so important to a kernel's popability, popcorn kernels must be stored in a sealed, air tight container at room temperature, thereby kept from getting overly moist or dried out.

    Is Popcorn Bad For Me? Popcorn in its natural state (sans butter, sorry) is actually one of the healthier snacks out there with everything from Vitamin B, E, iron, phosphorous, protein, riboflavin and thiamin found in its chemical make up. 

    What Is An Old Maid? Old maids are the kernels that don't pop during a cook cycle. These kernels may have too much or too little internal moisture to properly steam, expand and pop, and the kernels remain whole in the popper or in the clean out drawer located at the bottom of the machine. 

    How Addicted Are We? Americans consume 4 billion gallons or 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually making the USA the largest popcorn consumers in the world!

    What Brands Are Available at Mission? MissionRS.com has a number of popper brands to choose from including Star Mfg and Benchmark USA. Both are industry leaders with great warranty terms and trusted performances. Please feel free to contact our customer service team at 800-319-0690 to find out more about these brands and the units available for your business!

  • Cinco De Mayo Favorites

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    Cinco de Mayo, (not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day on September 16th), is a fun, widely celebrated occasion in the United States. The origins of Cinco de Mayo hark back to May 5, 1862 when the Mexican army was victorious against the French at the Battle of Puebla. Today, Cinco de Mayo is still a much-loved day to celebrate Mexican culture, and restaurants and bars around the United States act accordingly, making margaritas and celebrating the country's delicious cuisine. In case you're looking to throw a Cinco de Mayo party from home, these few items will help you get organized, not to mention they are a great investment for anyone who appreciates a good Mexican drink or meal year round!

    1. Tabletop Servers like molcajetes, cast iron skillets, tortilla servers and more are great to have on hand for serving up your favorite Mexican dishes while adding authenticity to your presentation. Make some fresh guacamole and serve it in one of our light-weight molcajetes, or whip up some fresh salsa in seconds with a Vitamix or Blendtec blender. If you're making fajitas on the grill, boost the presentation by serving them up on sizzling cast iron skillets with wood liners, and keep your tortillas nice and hot in one of our colorful servers.

    2. Whether you're making virgin or alcoholic margaritas, having a good Bar Blender will make it quick, simple and mess-free. We have a large diversity of blender models and price points with many under $100!

    3. Margarita Glasses are a necessity for not only a Cinco de Mayo party but for anyone who appreciates the celebrated drink year round (that would be us!). We have some great margarita glasses, including festive cactus styles, in sizes from twelve to sixteen ounces. Be sure to also check out our Plastic Drinkware!

    Looking for a little inspiration to get you started? Check out our favorite guacamole recipe and our go-to margarita recipe.

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  • FEDA 2014 Recap

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    Another successful Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) Convention has come to a close. From March 26-30, 2014, the industry's premier dealers gathered together for their annual convention which took place in Indian Wells, California at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. 

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    This year our very own CEO at Mission Restaurant Supply, Jack Lewis, was the FEDA Convention Chair, and the overarching theme was Strategies to Boost Your Bottom Line. Amidst the palm trees, the desert sand, and the beautiful mountains, many great opportunities unfolded to learn, meet with peers new and old, and to discuss relevant topics facing our industry today.
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    In addition, we had a host of wonderful speakers come speak to this year's attendees, from Shawn Achor, the Harvard lecturer and author of the internationally bestselling book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, to Chef Jeff Henderson, author, chef, and TV personality extraordinaire who shared his story "from cocaine kingpin to head inmate cook to celebrated chef" and who has become "a powerful inspiration to people who have struggled to find success when the odds are stacked against them." 

    These speakers exceeded our expectations and fueled us with motivation,  thought-provoking ideas, and practical advice that can help us better run our businesses and serve the industry!


    We look forward to seeing our fellow dealers and distributors next year in Phoenix for FEDA 2015!
  • 3 Ways To Care For Stainless Steel

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    Stainless steel is a staple in foodservice kitchens, and when properly looked after, it can be found shining everywhere from your countertops to the sinkswork tables, refrigeration, and the cooking and ware washing equipment. There are a number of reasons for this prevalence, but mostly, stainless steel is used throughout because it is very durable, safe for food preparation, resists corrosion more so than other materials (resist is the key word here) and it is nonporous, so moisture, bacteria and other harmful remnants can't easily seep into the material. However, contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can stain and even rust if not properly maintained. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel surfaces in the back of the house so you get rust-free service for years:
    1. Always use soft cloths, rags and sponges when cleaning the surfaces of your countertops, sink wells, and your stainless steel equipment. Abrasive brushes, scrapers and steel wool can quickly scratch and damage the thin film shield that protects the steel, creating a better opportunity for rust to form. Also, it is a general tip that you should clean going with the grain line. Usually, you can see  which way the grain of the steel is going and it's best to polish going with- not against- that line.
    2. Be sure to clean your stainless surfaces regularly and use the right sanitizing cleaners, keeping in mind the recommended concentration of your cleaner. Cleaning solutions like alkaline and alkaline-chlorinated cleaners should be used whereas traditional chloride solutions are advised against. High chlorine content is not recommended for stainless steel cleaning as it will eventually pit and rust the steel surface. If you do use chlorinated cleaners, be sure to check the concentration and strength, and then rinse it off quickly, before wiping down and drying the stainless surface.
    3. Hard water is one of the hardest things on stainless steel (no pun intended). Many foodservice establishments know this all too well and have equipped their water supply with  filtration systems to soften the water by sifting through some of the harsh chemicals that result in deposits, spots, and eventually, rust. Furthermore, hard water when heated can leave deposits on your steel surfaces which will eat through the protective film, causing rust, once again. Knowing this, it's important to keep water from standing on surfaces and wipe down moisture whenever you can.
  • 5 Reasons You Should Invest In A Garland Restaurant Range

    Untitled-7 Every restaurant and commercial kitchen relies on a powerful cook line that can fulfill its duties and keep up with the rigors of daily use. Every so often a brand comes along that takes this simple principle and exceeds the customer expectation, both aesthetically and functionally. With Garland Restaurant Ranges, your business can achieve just that. A model of durability, style, high performance and versatility, the Garland Restaurant Ranges are a must for the operator looking for unparalleled performance. Here are the 5 points that define its excellence: 1. LARGER COOK TOP = GREATER PRODUCTIVITY With 27 inches of cooktop depth, the Garland Restaurant Range has the largest cooking surface in the industry which means you can do more at any one time. Will hold six 12 inch pots easily! 2. UNIQUE BURNER CONFIGURATION = MORE CONCENTRATED HEAT Garland uses two-piece Starfire Pro Burners which pack 33,000 BTUs of power in a concentrated configuration, giving you the most precise heat and burner efficiency. 3. LARGE, PORCELAIN OVEN  =  INCREASED COOKING PERFORMANCE & VARIETY As a chef you need the maximum space possible to get your tasks done. With Garland's restaurant ranges, you can benefit from the extra large oven which holds standard full size sheet pans in both directions. More versatility, better user experience. The oven features a fully-lined porcelain interior with a 38,000 BTU cast iron "H" burner that recovers quickly and retains heat for the best temperature management and consistent cooking performance. So whether you are baking, roasting, or something in between, the Garland ovens will provide a "Best In Class" usability for all your cooking demands. 4. ACCESSIBLE GRATES, BURNERS & CRUMB TRAYS = EASY MAINTENANCE As anyone in the restaurant industry can relate, maintenance is a key factor in upholding the integrity of your kitchen equipment. Given the time restraints in a daily working environment, finding equipment that is simple and easy to maintain is paramount and will actually increase the likelihood that maintenance is being adhered to. With Garland's Restaurant Ranges there are a number of factors that simplify maintenance, including the easily-handled, removable split grates, the two-piece burners which are easily accessible and cleaned, pilot lights which are kept outside of the spill zone, therefore minimizing mess, and fully sealed crumb trays which are quickly and simply removable for emptying. 5. CUSTOM CONFIGURATION = GREATER MENU CREATIVITY Whether it's a salamander broiler, a griddle, a raised griddle-broiler, or back guards, Garland manufacturers their ranges to fit your needs and the needs of those who've worked long and hard in this industry. By configuring your range with other equipment, your menu creativity and possibilities are endless, and you can efficiently maximize your workspace on the cook line.   Have questions? Please call us at 800-318-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6:30 PM Central Standard Time and we'd be more than happy to answer your questions! Want to learn more about Garland? This blog details the five key principles of trust behind the Garland has created as a player in the foodservice industry.
  • Insinkerator Garbage Disposals

    8   As all of you in the food service industry know, the dish room and its subsequent operation is paramount to the success and efficiency of your business. As such, having an adequate garbage disposal system is key. This is where Insinkerator comes in. This food waste management brand continues to be a customer favorite and an industry favorite for providing disposals that run continuously, grind wasted food efficiently, while providing considerable labor savings for your business. Why Buy A Commercial Garbage Disposal?
    • Reduce Labor Cost
    • Increase Efficiency
    • Improve Sanitation
    As this video shows, there are a number of "Do's and Dont's" when it comes to operating your disposer. Here are a few of the key tips to remember: 1 2 3 6   Commercial Disposals are an investment but they are absolutely necessary for food service businesses of all sizes, from large hospitals and schools, to small restaurants, and they are most often found at soiled dishtables or by vegetable preparation areas for quick easy disposal and clean up. There are a number of different sizes and motor capacities that you can choose from, depending upon the scale of your business. What Size Disposal Do I Need? For 100 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-75
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-50
    For 100-150 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-100
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-75
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-50
    • Pot Sink: SS-50
    For 150-175 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-125
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-100
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-50
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-150
    For 175-200 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-150
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-150
    For 200-300 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-200
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: S-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 300-750 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-300
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-150
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-75
    • Pot Sink: SS-75
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 750-1500 People Per Meal:
    • Soiled Dish Table: SS-500
    • Vegetable Prep Area: SS-300
    • Salad Prep Area: SS-150
    • Pot Sink: SS-150
    • Meat & Seafood Prep Area: SS-300
    For 1500 meals and up, please contact a Mission Restaurant Supply Sales Representative at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6:30 PM (CST) and someone will happily assist you in finding the right disposal for your needs. If you don't see the model number listed here on the Commercial Disposal page of our website, please contact us at quote@missionrs.com or call us at the number above and we would be happy to quote you!
  • Crown Verity Patio Heaters

    Untitled-11 On the first fall morning, to the cold wind of a winter's day, to the last stretch of chilly spring evenings, Patio Heaters help keep a warm ambiance and atmosphere wherever and whenver you need it most. Whether you're hoping to extend the lifespan of your patio seating or you are entertaining outdoors most of the year, having a Patio Heater will ensure that everyone is comfortable. Industry-favorite, Crown Verity, manufacturers an assortment of Patio Heaters designed for a wide array of uses. They are known for building durable, efficient, and most importantly, safe heaters that can be used in a myriad of settings. The brand prides themselves on using quality materials, like 16 gauge aluminum and all 304 s/s fasteners in addition to a slew of a other features and benefits that help them stand apart. Here are a few of the key, defining features that have given Crown Verity its leading status in the industry:
    • Biggest Reflectors On The Market:  Crown Verity's oversized reflectors are made of a durable, 16 gauge aluminum that won't bend or break.
    • Efficient: These patio heaters will consume 20-25% less propane than competitive models.
    • Wide Selection:  Once you've decided on Crown Verity for your investment, the next step is choosing between the many options they have available, including natural gas or propane, and what finish you desire, from antique bronze to silver vain, and stainless steel.
    • Efficient Conical Burner Design: Every Crown Verity Patio Heater has a conical burner with a stainless steel burner head construction that is significantly  more efficient than a vertical burner design.
    • Quality Control: Every patio heater that leaves the Crown Verity facility has been pre-fired and tested before packaging to ensure that everything is working just properly. In addition, all heaters are 85% assembled when shipped, so with just a few simple steps, you can be on your way to immediate use!
    • Ease of Use: Crown Verity makes all their heaters to be easy to operate. All ignitors are simple to light, and safe, most importantly.
    • Safety: One of the key safety features of Crown Verity's Patio Heaters is the Anti-Tilt Switch, which shuts off burners and the subsequent flare-ups from fuel in the event that the heater  tips.
    • Mobility: Extra large casters and an oversized wheel base enhance the strength  and the stability of these units while making them easy to move from Point A to Point B. For the rental service or catering company that goes from venue to venue, this is a crucial asset to Crown Verity! 
    • Large Tank Compartments: Crown Verity Tank Compartments can hold up to a 30 pound tank so you don't have to worry about changing out the fuel source as frequently as you would with competitive models.
    infa-red_heater_straight_on_glow_0 If you're looking for something a little different, why not consider the CV-EH-1500 Infrared Indoor- Outdoor Heater by the brand. The CV-EH-1500 Infrared Heater is portable, energy efficient, and easily mobile for all uses, both indoors and out. Below are the key assets that come with an investment in the CV-EH-1500.
    • It Doesn't Heat The Air: That's right. This portable patio heater heats the object beneath it (whether it be you or a chair), not simply the air.
    • Efficient: This unit is equipped with a highly efficient halogen lamp that will  put off the most heat with the least amount of energy consumption.
    • Weather Proof: Unlike many patio heaters on the market today, this Crown Verity unit is not impacted by the wine and it features a water proof casing to keep moisure out.
    • Easy Mobility: The CV-EH-1500 Infrared Heater by Crown Verity measures just 17.5'' long and weighs just 5 pounds for easy transport and maneuverability wherever you may need it. It also has two adjustable rods on either end so you can position the heating element in whichever way you desire.
    • Indoor or Outdoor Use: The Crown Verity Insta-Heat is one of the most popular heating options on the market today thanks to its extreme versatility. All you need is a 120 Volt outlet and you are in business!
    • No UV Rays or Emissions: Enough said! This efficient heater uses simple, safe heat.
    • Accessories: The Insta-Heat comes equipped with a 16 foot cord and a mounting bracket which is optional for use on a wall or with the (optional) stand. Other accessories include the remote control which allows you to turn the heat up or down from a distance.
    Just Think Of The Possibilities With These Heaters: Customers across the nation have used these on patios, in clubs, stadiums, arenas, within the rental industry, in churches, for valet parking stations, and beyond. To get more information on the Patio Heaters please call us at 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6:30 PM CST.
  • 2014 Price Increases

    Every year the market prepares for new products and services which result in price increases by our manufacturers. This list is here for you to reference the brands on our site that are raising their prices with the arrival of 2014: Untitled-2   SHOP AT MISSIONRS.COM TODAY AND PLEASE CALL US TO SPEAK TO A SALES REPRESENTATIVE WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT 800-319-0690 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6:30 PM CST.
  • True® Commitment To Sustainability

    In recent years, the foodservice industry has been "going green" thanks to the implementation of more and more sustainable practices. Our leading commercial refrigeration brand, True Manufacturing, is a great case study of this commitment to sustainability. Over their 65 year history, this family-owned company has made significant, meaningful steps to minimize their carbon footprint while leading the way for green innovation in the foodservice industry. They've done this by utilizing not only energy efficient practices (i.e. using recycled composite materials) but also by pushing advanced technology to update their refrigeration systems as a whole.   true
      Here are the ways True is making a difference:
    • The Ecomate® insulated blowing agent used in their boxes has zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and zero GWP (Global Warming Potential)
    • True uses a closed loop water system to conserve water
    • They use recycled composite materials
    • True's reversing condenser fan motor ensures that the condensers are free from dirt and debris which equates to optimal condenser performance, colder holding temperatures and better overall efficiency on your investment
    • True Equipment meets RoHS compliance ("Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances") in electrical equipment (Hazard substances like lead, mercury and cadmium have been reduced by 99%)
    From 2013 compared to 2000, True has reduced its footprint in the following ways:
    • Reduced water usage by 40% per square foot
    • 100% of all scrap metal was recycled
    • Natural gas consumption was reduced by 60% per square foot
    • CO2 release was reduced by 136,000 metric tons
    • 99.97% reduction in TRI (toxic release inventory)
    • Water usage was reduced by 50% per square foot
    True is an ENERGY STAR® Partner for Commercial Refrigeration and they continue to meet & exceed DOE (Department of Energy) and CEC (California Energy Commission) requirements. If you'd like to read more about the ways True Manufacturing is reducing their carbon footprint on the environment, click here!

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