Useful Resources

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

  • Caring For ProTEAK

    We are crazy about Proteak's impeccable wood cutting boards and butcher blocks here at Mission Restaurant Supply. This company not only focuses on Renewable Forestry, but their products perform beautifully in both commercial and residential kitchen settings. Like any wood product, Proteak requires the proper care. Here are a few tips for sustaining your Proteak products:     Seasoning: Seasoning your new Proteak cutting board or butcher block is a vital step to take before its debut. Teaked wood has a highly porous surface so it's important to season the surface plenty and often to avoid cracking. {Try seasoning every other week.} The kind of oil you use to season the surface is equally as important. Proteak recommends using USP-grade mineral oil (no vegetable or cooking oil.) With the oil slightly warmed, apply it to the wood with a soft cloth, remembering to follow the grain direction. Normally the preliminary seasoning takes 4-5 coats letting each coat dry before applying the next. The oils below are also good options for seasoning your product:                 Coconut Oil                 Walnut Oil                 Almond Oil                 Beeswax Cleaning: Given the porous surface of wood you shouldn't ever soak your Proteak in a sink of soapy water. Also, avoid using extreme detergents that can penetrate and dry out the wood. Some options for cleaning? You can scrub the board with hot water and mild soap, making sure to thoroughly dry after cleaning, or you can use white vinegar, a mild chlorine bleach, or hydrogen peroxide. For further information on Proteak, visit their website.

    View our selection of Proteak products here!

  • The Culinary Institute of America: San Antonio

    To say that we're excited to have been a part of the new CIA campus in San Antonio is an understatement to say the least. One of only four locations currently in the world, the CIA-San Antonio is bringing amazing talent and culinarians far and wide to our Alamo City. The focus of this particular campus is aimed at reviving and enhancing the diversity of Latin American cuisine in a top-notch fashion. We can't think of a better city than San Antonio to infuse this Institution with the local Latin culture and flavors that are inherent in our lifestyle here. "Through educational programs, our goal is to elevate Latin American cuisine to its rightful place among the great cuisines of the world." - The Culinary Institute of America The CIA-San Antonio is doing just that and they are doing it unlike anyone else. Located in the historic Pearl Brewery downtown, culinary leaders and students will be working towards the premier culinary education while becoming a part of the first-class CIA experience.   Take a minute to view the slideshow online of some of our kitchen work at The CIA plus a few behind the scene shots of the Institute in action! Visit us online!
  • San Jamar: Leading The Way In Food Safety

    After going to NAFEM this past month, it was evident that foodservice manufacturers are consciously implementing better food safety practices into their products in order to reduce cases of food borne illness and contamination in the workplace. One company that has always been dedicated to practicing food safety is San Jamar. A leader in the industry, San Jamar continues to push the envelope, producing smart, sanitary-driven products that can better your business. So, we have to ask... Has Your Operation Been San Jamized?

    Better Your Restaurant's Hygiene

    Research has shown that the primary cause of foodborne illness is bad hygiene. No one {and I mean NO ONE} likes to go into a dirty, ill-equipped bathroom while dining out. To combat this inexcusable reality, San Jamar has created a prolific line of hand washing tools from sanitizer dispensers to gloves and sensor-operated towel dispensers to make your operation's bathrooms the best it can be.

    Safety Wrap Station

    San Jamar has an efficient Safety Wrap Station that dispenses film and foil and has an integrated date label dispenser that saves time and money while keeping food protected and safely stored. Just another way to make your kitchen more efficient and safe.

    KLEEN-PLUG

    I'm hard-pressed to think of something more unappetizing than finding a fruit fly or gnat in your beverage. Not only is it unappetizing, but it means the scene behind the bar is not as cleanly as it should be. San Jamar has come out with a Kleen-Plug brush that fits into most beer tap openings to keep fruit flys and other unwelcome creatures away from your bar and out of your customers drinks.

    The Dome Garnish Center

    This is the ultimate solution for bartenders looking for quick, easy access to condiments and garnishes. They simply snap on to standard mixing rails, and the hinged lid slides back and forth making it easy to get in and out.

    SAF-T-WASH SANITIZING SYSTEM

    The Saf-T-Wash food sanitizing system uses an ozone sanitation process that cleans produce and dramatically increases the shelf life by eliminating bacteria and dangerous pathogens. The use of ozone makes disinfecting a chemical-free process that is environmentally safe and the most efficient, natural alternative on the market. The Saf-T-Wash will save you in labor and chemical costs and installing it is as easy as 1-2-3. Hang on wall, Attach to faucet, Plug in.

    SAF-T-ICE TOTES

    The Saf-T-Ice Tote is a tool that aims to keep ice free from contamination while making transportation easy and safe. Most people underestimate the amount of bacteria-or how easily- bacteria can get into your ice. Dirty hands, setting the ice scoop on a contaminated surface, using your ice bucket for other substances, the list goes on and on. San Jamar has created NSF Listed, dishwasher safe ice totes with hooks that allow for recommended off the ground, upside-down storage. They also have a raised grip that moves the hand contact area off the floor to prevent cross contamination. Not to mention all the accessories that are available to you: The Saf-T-Scoop has a germ guard that shields your knuckles and thumb from making contact with the ice when scooping.

    RAPI-KOOL

    We have talked before about the amazing benefits of Rapi-Kool cold paddles which help to cool large stocks of soup, stews, chili, etc. while keeping the food out of the harmful temperature zone. {Not to mention they are NSF Listed and ServSafe recommended!) All you do is fill the paddle to the line with tap water, freeze the paddle, and then place it in the stock, stirring as needed.

    CUT-N-CARRY Cutting Boards:

    Last but not least, San Jamar might be most well known for their Cut-N-Carry Cutting Boards which are NSF Listed, dishwasher safe, and a best seller here at Mission Restaurant Supply. There are a very wide variety of options including boards with integrated anti-slip grips, pantented food safety hooks for hanging/storage and sanitary transport, and Kolor-Cut designs like the Allergen-Free cutting boards that are catered to specific needs and food types. Prevent cross-contamination from happening in the workplace by monitoring safe preparation in your kitchen. {For any residential consumers reading this, I use my San Jamar cutting boards at home all the time. They are great for both residential and commercial use.}

    Believe it or not, we have just barely scraped the surface. San Jamar is a company that has so much to offer. If you need assistance with your order, feel free to call us at or contact us with any questions and start San Jamizing your business today! Click here to watch these products in action!

  • Mundial Knives

    Most aspiring and professional chefs {and home cooks for that matter} will agree that having sharp, efficient knives in the kitchen is of the utmost importance. At Mission we have a wide variety of knives and cutlery options to choose from. Today we are spotlighting Mundial for its state of the art manufacturing, superior quality, and competitive pricing. When holding two knives up side by side, it's hard to determine what edge will cut better, and overall, what knife is more efficient. This global brand has set itself-and it's knives-apart for a few key reasons:
    1. Unlike most competitors, Mundial knives have handles that are implied by injection molding. Ultimately, the handle is fused to the shank of the blade, creating a tighter seam while diminishing the chance for microbial bacteria to slip through.
    2. Mundial runs all their knives through a quality control progam at the CATRA testing lab in Sheffield, England. A slew of rigorous and sophisticated tests are performed on the product from start to finish during the manufacturing process. Perhaps the procedure with the most telling results is the Cutting Edge Retention Test. What is the Cutting Edge Retention Test? It is performed by running the knife back and forth for 60 strokes over thin paper. A measurement is then taken of the depth of the resulting slice. Mundial measured 489 mm while competitors got 101 mm and 286 mm. Needless to say, Mundial was the overwhelming winner.
    3. Mundial has made it their mission to be proactive for food safety procedures and precautions. This can be seen in two arenas:
      • The Anti-Microbial Agent: Mundial is now stamping an anti-microbial agent into all of their poly-handled products.
      • Food Safe Color-Coated Items: Mundial has created color-coated knives to prevent cross-contamination and food borne illness in the workplace. They are ideal for many different commercial and institutional settings, like schools and hospitals.
    Since the early 1930s Mundial has created a state of the art product that continues to dominate the marketplace for its excellence and superior quality manufacturing. You know when you buy Mundial you are buying a product that is fit to perform, and to last.   Browse through Mission's selection of Mundial Have you seen our Knife Buying Guide???
  • Food Safety 101: Leftovers

    One of the easiest ways to acquire a foodborne illness is by not properly handling leftovers. There are a few age old rules that should always be applied whenever leftover food is in the picture. Here'a quick refresher: When In Doubt Throw It Out! What many people don't realize is that when leftovers aren't properly handled, they can pose a serious threat to your health. A general word to the wise is to throw away any food that is left uncovered for two hours or more. Why, you may ask? This is because harmful bacteria can seep into your food when left out between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That's a wide range!  This goes to show that bacteria is constantly roaming in the air, and although you may think your food is fine given that it doesn't smell, look different, or taste bad, it is more than likely contaminated and bacteria-infested if left out in the open. Moral of the story: When in doubt, throw it out. Cleanliness One of the best tips that we can give when handling leftovers is to wash your hands and keep all your utensils and countertops sanitized. Cleanliness and proper handling are crucial to keeping your food safe. You will want to sort your food by type into clean containers, leak-proof plastic bags, or wrap in foil, so as to not cross-contaminate. Dividing your leftovers into several segments and placing in small containers helps the food to cool faster, thus discouraging bacterial growth. Our clear Rubbermaid food boxes are the perfect store-all & they are freezer-safe! One of our best tools for quickly cooling down bulk foods like chili and big stews/soups is the Rapi-Cool which helps cool food quickly from the inside out, thus making storage easier and more efficient. Refrigerator & Freezer Storage: If you plan on eating your leftovers in the near future, the refrigerator is where they should be stored, preferably on the bottom shelf to avoid any leaking or dripping to food underneath. You can put everything from cold dishes to hot sides or soups straight into the refrigerator; just remember to divide it up so that you get the temperature down fast. It is a general rule of thumb that most refrigerated leftovers should be consumed within 2-4 days, just to ensure freshness. One important factor many people don't pay much attention to is the temperature within your refrigerator. You want to be sure your refrigerator is properly set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as bacteria can make its way in if it is any warmer. Our precise refrigerator thermometers will help you ensure this safety measure. If you know you aren't going to eat your leftovers right away, your best bet is to freeze them, as this keeps everything bacteria-free and safe for an extended period of time. I was always taught to put a piece of tape on the container with the date so you can remember how long it's been since the food has been stored away. Once you are ready to eat your frozen leftovers, make sure you defrost them in the refrigerator or the microwave- not on your counter or in room temperature! The crucial point is bringing the temperature down safely, and you can easily do this by using one of our food thermometers.  Microwaving Leftovers:  If you want to defrost your leftovers quickly, you can pop them into the microwave. It is always wise to cover the food loosely with plastic wrap when doing so to ensure a thorough heating process throughout the food. Use caution when uncovering as the steam can be very hot. Covering with plastic wrap helps ensure that any harmful bacteria is annihilated and the food is cooked all the way through. Next, let the food stand two minutes and using a clean food thermometer, make sure that the product has a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good indicator that you are safe from harmful substances. We hope this quick guide helped to answer some of your questions or simply refreshed your memory on how to properly handle leftovers and practice food safety. Bon Appétit!
  • Calling all Concessions...

    Have you heard the big news?

    Mission Restaurant Supply is now fully-stocked with all of your Concession Equipment and Supply needs. No matter what size business you are running, whether it be large or small scale, we have the materials to make it a success.

    Take a look at our selection by clicking on the categories below...

    Cotton Candy

    • Cotton candy machines
    • Sugar floss flavors
    • Bags
    •  Starter kits
    •  Cones
    • Pumps
    • LED signs and more...

    Hot Dogs

    • Cookers
    •  Steamers
    •  Mini carts
    •  Roller grills
    •  Starter kits
    •  S/S serving utensils
    •  Foil hotdog bags
    • Fluted trays
    •  LED signs and more...

    Nachos

    • Chips
    • Nacho cheese
    • Jalapeno peppers
    •  Trays
    •  LED signs and more...

    Snow-Cones

    • Syrup
    • Paper cups
    •  Spoon straws
    • Snow cone machines
    • Trolleys
    • LED signs and more...

    Popcorn

    • Popcorn machines
    • Trolleys
    • Popcorn portion packs
    • Popcorn bags
    • Scoop & closed-top boxes
    • Popcorn tubs
    • Scoopers
    •  Kettle cleaning kits
    •  LED signs
    •  Starter kits

    ...  and all the fixings to make buttery, delicious popcorn! 

    Can't find what you're looking for? Give us a call at 800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com

     

  • Anti-Fatigue Mats

    If you've ever worked behind a bar or in the kitchen at a restaurant, chances are you understand just how important it is to be comfortable. Proper footwear, uniform and supplies are a must. One particular item that most venues don't consider are the type of mats they use. Fortunately for you, Mission now stocks Anti-Fatigue Mats, the perfect remedy to help sustain achy, fatigued legs through a hard day's work. Made from sponge vinyl, they are easy to clean up and they provide optimal comfort to you and your workers from prepping to cleaning and everything in between! Browse through our selection of made-to-order mats and maximize your team's efficiency this year at your workplace! If you need assistance with your purchase or figuring out the necessary dimensions for your venue, don't hesitate to email or call us toll-free at 1-800-319-0690. We are happy to help!
  • Weekly Tidbits 1.2.2011 - 1.8.2011

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. 12 Most Teched-Out Restaurants Ready to be served by robots? What about customizing your burger on an iPad? Get ready foodies. The future is here. Fired Chef Goes on Crazy Rampage This video was released months ago, but we had to post it again. Check out this guy's crazy response to getting fired from a restaurant. 2010 NRA Flash Mob Love NRA? So do we. Here's just one more reason to get excited about the yearly convention. Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • Party Planning on a Budget

    Party planning is always a blast...until you look at your budget. It seems impossible to plan the perfect event without a little extra cash to spend. No matter what kind of budget you have, planning a great get together with friends and loved ones can easily be done by utilizing your current resources and making smart purchases. Here is a simply guide to staying within budget for your big bash! Recycle The first step in party planning is to figure out what you already have. It is likely that you have disposable dinnerware and silverware somewhere in your pantry. You most likely also have plenty of glassware. However, if you're running a little low you should probably consider buying more disposables for your upcoming event. You don't have to worry about guests breaking your glassware or using multiple plates. Plus, when you have lots of guests the cost of supplies goes down significantly. You also might want to try scrounging through your scraps of material and paper to see if you can make your own unique decorations. Check out Buzzle.com's easy guide to Homemade Party Decorations. Find Bargains Avoid the stores that there specifically for party supplies. Not only do they mark up all of their items, they know that you will spend the money once inside their venue. Instead, visit your local dollar stores and flea markets. They have simple party favors, decorations, and snack foods. Consider making your own food instead of having the event catered. You can purchase your own quality chafing dishes to use numerous times and you can allow your guests to prepare their own party favorites. Just make sure to inform guests of your theme (if you have one) and let them know that you will be providing everything else. Check out our blog entry on Simple, Delicious Hors D'oeuvre. Determine Your "Must-Haves" Is champagne really a must-have? What about linens? If you can cut out some of your "must-haves" for a more simply done event you can greatly cut back on your spending. Instead of champagne, buy prosecco. Instead of linens, buy paper tablecloths. If the point of your event is for guests to mingle and be laidback, then allow yourself to feel that away about the event while planning it. Remember the milestone that you're celebrating and why you're celebrating it. The party shouldn't be about the superficial details, but about the individual or event that brought you all together in the first place. For more information on simple party planning, check out these featured sites:
  • Chef in Training

    Foodies all over the country are taking their love of cooking one step further lately. It seems as though an interest in cooking and baking at home has changed into a whole new career choice. But what do you get a chef in training as a gift? Are there certain tools or brands to look out for? What items will they need that most people don't already have at home? We've put together a quick guide on items to buy for that future celebrity chef. Still have questions? Email us! Chef's Knives Most home chefs don't know the different between paring knives and deboning knives or fish knives and steak knives. Don't worry - you're not alone. Your foodie friends will likely know the difference though between types of knives and what brands hold up best. Some of the best brands of knives for future (or current) chefs are Mundial, Forschner and Jaccard. All three brands are extremely durable and easy to find. To save the hassle of searching for certain types of knives, try purchasing a knife set. Not only do the cases it make it easier to transport the knives from one location to another, but the set include all of the essential pieces that any foodie would love to own. Measurers Measuring spoons and cups are an absolute must when it comes to being a pro in the kitchen. Buy your favorite up and coming chef a nice set of each. Nice Pans Professional chefs use only the best pans when they cook because they know that timing and quality are their two top priorities in foodservice. You can't chance poorly cooked food or extremely long cook times when a happy customer means more money coming into your venue in the long run. Alegacy makes some of the best sauté pans for restaurant use. They are durable and easy to clean. Lincoln and Alegacy both make outstanding non-stick pans as well. Just make sure to check out our guide on how to care for non-stick pans in our blog. Chef Coats & Textiles One of the most popular gifts that our customers love to get their favorite chefs is the monogrammed chef coats. Choose your color and style, and depending on the quantity we can give you a quote on how much it will cost to put a name on it. We also have a wide variety of aprons, chef hats and other textiles. Want more ideas on what kind of gift you should get for your favorite foodie? Email us! We're happy to assist you with your purchase.

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