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

  • Food Pan Sizes

    In this business, there's a lot of lingo and technical detail that goes into much of the supplies and equipment necessary to run a foodservice establishment. We have had some loyal customers rightfully ask about some of these details, and so we decided to clear up one of the most frequently asked questions. Surprisingly {or not so surprisingly} the subject revolves around food pans and the breakdown of their sizes. On MissionRS.com, we have a large number of different-sized food pans {full size, 1/2 size, all the way down to 1/9th sized pans}. A standard full size food pan is approximately 12" x 20", so half size pans are 12" x 10", one third size pans are 12" x 6.67", one fourth size pans are 6" x 10", one sixth size pans are 6" x 6.67", and one ninth size pans are 4" x 6.67". A fellow employee found this chart that has helped all of us, and many customers, better visualize the differences:

    Need more assistance? Give us a ring at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will get back to you shortly.   Image Credits

  • Buying Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    No restaurant or caterer can cook safely without proper refrigeration. Maintaining food temperatures with refrigerators and commercial freezers guarantees your food is kept as fresh as possible, which is paramount to food quality, your customer's experience, and ultimately, your success. There are several top restaurant equipment manufacturers who make quality products built to perfectly chill or freeze food. However, buying a new refrigerator or commercial freezer that is right for you takes an understanding of the varieties and features available. Check out our quick guide for a helpful walk-through. Commercial Refrigeration by Traulsen, Turbo Air, True and Hoshizaki

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    A pass-thru refrigerator will give you access to your food products from the front and the rear. Both single- and dual-door models are available, along with extra shelves to store cheeses, wine, food, and other products used in culinary creation. Refrigerated bakery cases and deli cases allow you to promote your goods to the public in an attractive manner. These are used most often to refrigerate pies, desserts or pastries after preparation. {Dry, non-refrigerated bakery display cases are also available online.} Reach-in refrigerators are one of the most commonly-used types of restaurant equipment. This type of refrigeration is useful for keeping food products cold while granting easy access during fast-paced preparation. Under-counter refrigerators can be used with prep tables, or positioned on the kitchen line for easy access to refrigerated foods without taking up any valuable countertop space. The wide interior and storage racks make it easy to store foods inside. Explore all the other refrigeration options online, including glass door merchandisers, milk coolers, floral cases, worktop, refrigerated sushi displays, and pizza prep tables to name a few! Commercial Freezers by True, Arctic Air, Turbo Air and Metalfrio

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    Commercial chests make it easy to retrieve items quickly while not delaying food preparation. These chests can be stored directly on the line, or in prep areas. This commercial freezer, which is easy to clean and maintain, is sure to keep your food frozen, while being a reliable option for your day-to-day needs. Under-counter freezers, like the refrigeration units, are a convenient way to keep food at the correct temperature. With the added bonus of a usable workspace on top, these commercial freezers offer plenty of storage without taking up valuable kitchen space.

    Glass door freezers are the perfect restaurant equipment for storing produce, milk or other foods that need to be monitored for quality and loss prevention.

    Other options available may include worktop freezers, countertop freezers, ice cream dipping cabinets, ice merchandisers, and the ever-popular solid door reach-in freezers. Knowing what models to choose will allow you to customize a solution to fit into the needs of your business. Don't hestitate to call us if we can help you with the buying process or if we can answer any questions you may have. One of our foodservice experts would be glad to walk you through our list of manufacturers and models available. Call us today at 800-319-0690 or email us at info@missionrs.com
  • Your Internet Source for Wholesale Restaurant Equipment

    Your restaurant or catering business is only as good as the equipment you use to prepare your menu. High quality restaurant equipment will last a lifetime and contribute to your culinary success. Since every penny of your restaurant investment counts, buying your equipment wholesale allows you to put more money into your expanding business. Commercial equipment is built to provide you with durability and reliability. Our buying power gives us the ability to make lasting relationships with the best suppliers in the world. This dedication gives you the lowest prices and biggest inventory for commercial restaurant equipment. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment All food products need proper refrigeration according to health laws in every state. Some of the top commercial refrigeration equipment suppliers include True, Traulsen, Metalfrio and Turbo Air. Accurate refrigeration keeps your food products at the optimal temperature to help you eliminate spoilage costs from your food budget. Commercial Ranges Food is cooked to the perfect temperature with reliable commercial ranges. You may need a small stockpot range, a range with griddle or a full restaurant range. Choosing quality ranges and accessories made by Vulcan, Garland, Southbend and Comstock-Castle offers you durability and performance. Commercial Fryers Fried foods are often a staple for restaurant and catering menus, especially in the South. Countertop fryers, floor fryers, baskets and filters help you to achieve perfectly fried foods using reliable frying equipment. Top manufacturers like Vollrath, Waring and Comstock-Castle offer both electric and gas fryers. Countertop Restaurant Equipment Not all food production takes place on ranges or by using fryers. Countertop equipment plays a big role in producing the quality of food your customers deserve. Commercial microwaves, panini presses, griddles, warmers, steamers and food slicers help you to create perfection in your finished dishes. Buying your commercial restaurant equipment online at MissionRS.com is fast and easy. You should not have to pay high retail prices for quality equipment. You have at your fingertips the equipment and supplies that help to make your restaurant or catering business a success. Now, what are you waiting for, Start Shopping!
  • Bobby Flay's Shellfish Gumbo

    On cold winter nights, sometimes the best comfort food at the end of a long day is a bowl of piping hot gumbo or stew, don't you think? We are loving Bobby Flay's rendition on the classic Shellfish Gumbo and we hope you'll like it too. The recipe and instructions may look long and daunting but the process is actually very straight forward and systematic, with most of the work coming through in the preparation stage (e.g. chopping, dicing, measuring...) The savory flavors of the crabmeat, the oysters and the shrimp come out in a delicious & aromatic way thanks to delicious Homemade Shrimp Stock and wonderful vegetables, herbs, and seasonings that will warm the soul and fill you up. Try this out for yourself or your family on the next cold winter's night.

    Recipe serves 6-8 8 tablespoons ( 1 stick) unsalted butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 celery stalks, finely diced 2 carrots, finely diced 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 cups Shrimp Stock (recipe listed below), or mroe if needed, hot 2 tablespoons honey Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for deep-frying the okra 1.5 cups yellow cornmeal 8 ounces okra, cut into 1/4''-thick rounds 1 pound large (21-24 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on 18 shucked oysters 6 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3 green onions (green and pale green parts), thinly sliced Shrimp Stock Recipe 2 tablespoons canola oil 4 cups raw shrimp shells and tails 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped 1/2 medium celery stock, coarsely chopped 1 cup dry white wine 1 medium sized tomato, chopped, or 1/2 cup chopped canned plum tomatoes 1 bay leaf 8 black peppercorns (or to taste) HOW TO MAKE THE STOCK: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat until almost smoking. Add the shrimp shells and tails, the onion, carrot, and celery, and saute, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil until reduced by 1/2. Add 8 cups cold water, the tomato, bay leaf, and the peppercorns. Reduce the heat to medium, cover partially, and simmer for approximately 40 minutes. Strain the stock through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to keep the consistency just right. ALL THE REST: 1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, gradually mixing in the flour until smooth. Cook the roux, stirring occasionally, until a light caramel color is achieved, 5-7 minutes. Then stir in all the vegetables and garlic, and cook until the mixture begins to turn a deep chocolate color, about 5 minutes. 2. Mix the 4 cups of hot stock into the roux mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add more stock if mix is too thick! Season with honey, salt and pepper, to taste. 3. Meanwhile, heat 2'' of canola oil in a sautee pan over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Put the cornmeal in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Season the okra with salt and pepper and toss it in the cormeal. Fry the okra in batches in the hot oil until golden brown, approximately 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towe lined baking sheet and season lightly with salt. 4. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saute pan over high ehat until almost smoking. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then add half of them to the pan and cook until just pink of either side, about 2 minutes. Set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining shrimp and 2 tablespoons of oil. 5. Add the shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat to the sauce and simmer until the oysters are plump and cooked through, approximately 1 minute. Divide the seafood into bowls, ladle in the sauce, and garnish with the fried okra, chopped parsley, and green onions- ENJOY!
    Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Bobby Flay's Throwdown! ; House and Home
  • Holiday Gift Guide UNDER $60!

       

    With the holidays quickly approaching, we can be sure that shopping malls will be packed full with swarming crowds, and people will be shopping smart by looking for the best deals available. This holiday season you can skip the traffic jammed malls and save money when you order one of our "gifts under $60" online. These gifts are some of the most coveted items on MissionRS.com, and lucky for you, the price is right.         Texas Waffle Maker   Oh, the joys our Texas Waffle Maker brings. Customers all over the nation have been buying up this unique waffle maker and the results are fabulous time and time again. For only $48.75 it can be yours! BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS ITEM FOR $1.25.                   Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker    This hot, new item, manufactured by our friends who brought us the Texas Waffle Maker, is a Fleur de Lis variety. Perfectly suited for Saints fans {and the whole state of Louisiana for that matter} and anyone you know who may be a so called francophile. This Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker yields beautiful results and is a crowd pleaser every time. BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS PRODUCT FOR $1.25.                 Proteak Boards   If you're looking for a gift for the grill master/cheese lover/host/hostess extraordinaire, our Proteak cutting boards are the perfect choice. These environmentally friendly teak-wood boards are a beautiful accent for any kitchen. They work perfectly for slicing steaks thanks to the ingrained juice canal and they make a delightful presentation for a cheese board, or any other number of appetizers. Each board is unique and has its own look with ranging teak colors and different shapes, sizes, and details.  Get yours here!      Portable Butane Stove  For the lover of all things outdoors, this Portable Butane Stove set is a must. 30,000 BTUs are packed into this 1-burner range and it comes neatly packed in a hard carrying case. The stove operates on 8-ounce butane fuel cans, available at any sporting goods store. At only $36.95 a pop, this would make a great gift for the outdoorsman in your life. Get yours here!                   

    Epicurean "Milk Jug" Cutting Board Before you raise your eyebrows on this one, consider this: 100% recycled, 100% recyclable, eco-friendly, Dishwasher safe, BPA Free... These great new cutting boards by the brand Epicurean is one of the hottest things on the market right now, and we understand why! As soon as we saw these durable cutting boards made from recycled milk jugs, we were sold. The milk jug is unexpectedly the perfect material for cutting upon for its durability and heavy-duty texture. These boards come in two different sizes, in both green and red, and they are great for residential kitchens, particularly for those home cooks you know who look for innovative products that are resourceful, different, unique, and effective. Prices range from $14.95-$17.95- view here!

      9 Piece Knife Set by Berghoff Cutlery is one of the most important and most used kitchen tools in the book. It's important- whether you are a home cook or a professional chef- to have high quality cutlery that stays sharp and efficient in your day-to-day cooking routine. This Knife Set by Berghoff is made of high carbon stainless steel and each is individually sharpened and tested for quality. This Berghoff 1309057 Knife Set includes a 8 inch meat cleaver, 8 inch carving knife, 3-1/3 inch paring knife, 6 inch boning knife, 5-1/2 inch utility knife, scissors, and 8 inch sharpener with a black nylon folding bag. Having all these different tools in one safe carrying case makes it easier to take care of the items collectively, and for $59.55, it would make an impressive gift for any cooking aficionado. Check it out here!      The Fire Wire     One of our newest items on MissionRS.com, the Fire Wire is a revolutionary tool for the grill master in your life. Grilling veggies, meats, creating shishkabobs, you name it- the whole process just got easier with a little help from the Fire Wire. For only $9.95, this flexible grilling skewer can be yours.Made of 100% food grade stainless steel, this skewer allows you to place your skewer on the grill in any direction needed. And once one side is cooked you can simply use the "cool to touch" tips to remove the skewer from the grill and turn it to the other side. Impress friends and family at your next barbecue with the Flexible Grilling Skewer from Fire Wire. This item makes a great gift! Get yours here and watch a video demonstration!          Case of Libbey Wine Glasses Most wine aficionados, restaurateurs, and home chefs know that the life of stemware isn't a long one. Glasses break, it is an inevitable fact of life. This Christmas stock up on a fresh case of these beautiful wine glasses by Libbey. Perfect for a chilled white or rose or a big, robust red, these glasses are versatile, elegant, and would be the perfect addition to your home or business. For only $35.07, these glasses can be yours- and they are ready to ship today!
  • Holiday Baking Essentials

     

    With Thanksgiving next week and December just 2 weeks away, we can be sure of one thing: Your baking supplies are resurfacing and they'll be getting some heavy use, are we right? If you need a few fresh supplies, look no further than this Holiday Baking Guide. We have smallwares that are your everyday basics {often the most important to have on hand} and some new supplies that might just make your holiday season a little merrier. Order quickly because time is running out! Decorating Supplies Whether you're icing cookies or you're decorating a gingerbread house, our Decorating Supplies sets by Ateco are a great investment. We have boxed sets with a slew of different pastry tip assortments or you can buy the pastry bags and tips separately! View Decorating Supplies. Bake Pans One of the basic, most fundamental baking tools is the bake pan. We have a big assortment of Cake Pans, Bundt Cake Pans, Sheet Pans, Muffin Pans, Pie Pans, and more for all your baking needs. Accessories Sometimes, when it comes to baking, it's all the little accessories that make a big difference and come to the rescue in the kitchen. We're talking quality stainless mixing bowls, batter bowls, pastry cutters (to make light and fluffy pastries, sieves and sifters, scrapers and spatulas (to get the last morsel from your mixing bowl), pastry brushes, rolling pins, and whire whips! Special Holiday Items We have a special, new cookie cutter set plus a few old classics that are the perfect tools for making cheerful, spirited holiday cookies. If you're in a bind you can make these cookies and wrap them in a little tissue and tie with ribbon for a nice gift for friends and loved ones. Our new Christmas cookie cutter set by Fox Run comes with 4 festive shapes (Angel, Holly, Snowman and a Bell) and they're only $2.95! Jazz up your favorite cookie or shortbread recipe and get into the Holiday Spirit. Snatch these up! This reversible Holiday cookie cutter set comes with 8 shapes, 4 winter-inspired and 4 holiday-inspired on either side of the panel. Best yet, they release the dough easily and with little hassle, and they are easy to clean- just pop it in some warm soapy water. You can enjoy this cookie cutter combo all winter long. Shop our Reversible Holiday Cookie Cutter Set!   This Cookie Press and Decorating Set is a customer favorite! Neatly packed in a convenient storage box, this baking tool is great for pressing fresh cookie dough into seasonal shapes and then decorating them with the pastry tips included in the box! Other goodies await including decorating tips and recipes! This makes a great gift for the baker-friend in your life, and for only $24.75 it's hard to say no! Shop the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press and Decorating Set!
  • The Latest Sweepstakes from Mission!

    Our latest Sweepstakes is for one of the new and hot  Bodum Coffee Presses {You've probably seen these at Starbucks but we stock them now too!!}

    Rules: 1. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. For complete rules visit the Mission Restaurant Supply Official Sweepstakes Rules Page. 2. Entries will be accepted from now until 12:00 noon (Central Time) on Cyber Monday, November 28th. 3. One winner will be selected at random from all entries on this post and announced on the blog at 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Monday the 28th! How To Enter:
    • Leave a comment on this post telling us what color you would most like to receive: Black, Red, or Green!
    Also, be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. Read more about the Bodum French Press Coffee Maker here.» NOTE: Neither Bodum, Facebook, or Twitter are affiliated with this Sweepstakes.
  • Holiday Season Necessities

     

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have all the supplies you need for both the kitchen and the dining area to make it a memorable one. Check out our ideas:
    1. Keep food hot and ready to serve with our 8 qt economy chafer. This chafing dish set includes a full size water pan, 2-1/2 inch deep full size food pan, chafing dish cover, stand and two fuel cell holders. For only $29.99 it can be yours!
    2. This 18 qt electric roaster oven fits up to an 18 lbs turkey! This convenient countertop unit is perfect for everyday home use, particularly for this Thanksgiving/Holiday Season!
    3. If you're looking to step things up a notch without being overly fancy, snatch up one of our gorgeous serving trays. Great for serving drinks, appetizers, and small bites to family and friends.
    4. When entertaining with a large group of people, prepping before the party is the key to success. Having ingredients out and in their appropriate place is important, as is having all your beverages iced down and easily accessible. Our stainless steel double wall beverage tubs are both attractive and useful for carrying a large number of sodas, waters, wines, and more. These investment pieces are great for year round use, but they are particularly handy around the Holiday Season.  
    5. Roasting Pans are some of the best tools in the kitchen. Roast veggies, chicken, turkey, and everything in between with our heavy-duty roasting pans, great for professionals or home cooks!
    6. Shake up your favorite drinks with our array of cocktail shakers and serve up in style with a large selection of quality glassware. From beautiful martini glasses to champagne flutes and everything in between, we have it all right here at MissionRS.com!
  • Holiday Prep : Is Your Restaurant Ready?

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    The Holiday Season is underway and for restaurants, caterers, and others in the foodservice industry, this is a busy time of year. Here are some tips for sprucing up your daily operation and making a memory for your customers that's both merry and bright.
    • Atmosphere is undoubtedly one of the best ways to set the tone. Pay attention to your lighting, the kind of music that's being played, and the overall feel of your establishment. Changing the decor in subtle ways can also be a nice way to ready your restaurant for the Holiday Season. Fall colored tablecloths or seasonal flower arrangments, jewel-toned votives for the Holidays, all of these things are simple ideas for sprucing up your look. Remember, a little goes a long way, and well thought out details, like the aforementioned, can leave a pleasant memory in the minds of your customers. - Shop Tablecloths - Shop Votives
     
    • Send a holiday email reminding customers about a special offer. This is a great way to keep your restaurant in the back of their mind. Offering gift cards year-round, but particularly through the Holiday Season, can be a great way to add a little more to your bottom line while also providing the customer with an easy gift idea.
     
    • If your restaurant caters to seasonal products and thus a changing menu, emphasize the kinds of Holiday menu items being featured through emails and flyers. Once your customers see what you're doing, word of mouth will take care of the rest. *Since everyone has different beliefs, it's important to be sensitive to Holiday terminology like Merry Christmas. Staying neutral is key.
      Read more on Holiday Preparedness: Surviving the Holiday Rush: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/surviving-the-holiday-rush/ Holiday Table Settings: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-table-settings/ Holiday Catering: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-catering/ Holiday Martinis: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-martinis/
  • Restaurant Supplies For Your Home!

    A recent trend in home kitchens has been the incorporation of commercial-grade equipment. From ovens to refrigerators to mixers, more and more people have been buying restaurant equipment for home use. The reasons for this are plain, as commercial kitchen equipment is extremely versatile and reliable compared to most residential appliances. Though commercial appliances certainly cost more than their residential counterparts, they can often save money in the long run as they're likely to last much longer. In addition, the minimalist steel look of these appliances is classic and never goes out of style. If you want to prepare food like a pro, or if you simply enjoy cooking and as a result spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, commercial restaurant supplies might be just the answer for you. One popular addition to many homes is a commercial refrigerator. Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may want to consider either a regular commercial refrigerator along with a commercial freezer separate, or a dual-temp unit that combines them like a normal residential model. The dual-temp units are large, many of them offering around 40-50 cubic feet. One of the best models on the market for home use is the True T-49DT. This is a dual-temperature refrigerator/freezer model, and offers a massive amount of storage space, 23 cubic feet on each side for a total of 46 cubic feet. It also features a diagnostic system with dial controls to ensure full and accurate controllability of internal temperatures. Beyond this, it's built like a tank with an attractive stainless steel exterior and vinyl-coated aluminum interior. True also guarantees the T-49DT's door hinges and torsion closure system for life. Other commercial restaurant supplies that have grown in popularity for home use are commercial-grade blenders. Vita-Mix blenders have set the standard in the restaurant industry thanks to their durability, performance and high-quality construction. They offer a complete line of blenders from lower-capacity models with a more limited range of speeds to the king of all commercial blenders, the Vitamix 1502 PBS. The 1502 PBS features an incredible 93 mixing speeds, precise ice portioning, the ability to mix up to four drinks at a single time and all with the simplicity of one button operation. While it may be overkill for some home users, it will certainly earn you bragging rights in the kitchen. Vita-mix is one of those brands though that is an industry standard, and has set the bar for quality in blenders for decades. Regardless of your needs and budget, they offer a machine that will suit you perfectly, and any one of their blenders is an excellent choice that will provide years of operation. In fact, it's not uncommon to see vintage Vita-mix blenders as old as the 1940s still selling for hundreds of dollars online as fully functional machines. The purchase of a Vita-mix is truly a great lifetime investment. Of course, one of the restaurant supplies you'll see in the home kitchen of any true foodie is a commercial range. For controllability, style and reliability you simply can't beat a quality commercial range. There is an astounding selection on the market, offering nearly every unit size and burner configuration you can imagine. Another option that is popular is an integrated oven, which isn't hard to find. Many home users though, prefer to buy just the range so it can be incorporated into a custom countertop or kitchen island, and buy an oven separately. One thing that all of these units have in common is heavy-duty stainless steel construction and gas burners that offer great control. If you do decide to buy a separate oven, there are many great models that will suit your needs. A commercial convection oven makes a great addition to a home kitchen, and can be found in a variety of sizes and configurations. There are countertop units that are a bit smaller, but perfect when hoping to save space. If you have extra room, you can buy a model that stands alone, either on a stand or stacking with separate compartments. One of the best convection ovens out there for home use is made by Garland/US Range; the SDG-2. It's large, featuring a stand-alone configuration with two compartments. It is capable of a temperature range of 200F - 500F in just 60 minutes. It also features electric spark ignition and a two speed .75 horsepower fan motor. It's truly an excellent oven for any discerning chef! One of the fundamental stations at any restaurant or home kitchen is the sink. Most of the time, for residential use, a one-compartment sink is plenty, although many times you will need a 2-compartment option. Our stainless sinks are NSF approved and come in all different price points. View our selection here. 

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