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

  • Restaurant Inspections

    Getting a restaurant up and running is no easy task. Add to that the pressure of having a food service health inspector come to your facility unannounced to make sure that health codes are being adhered to. After all, it only takes one bad exam to risk your restaurant's credibility and reputation, so the best approach is to always practice good food safety and to be ready all the time.  This visitation is an important part of making sure restaurants are abiding by strict health codes and ultimately delivering the safest possible dining experience to their customers. However, as times change, so do the rules and regulations that coincide with Restaurant Inspections, so it's a good idea to review them regularly and to read up on your local health code specifications.  At Mission we care about you and the overall well being of your business, and we are here to provide important tips and useful products that will keep your kitchen clean, sanitary, and ready for its next Inspection. HAND SANITATION It is no secret that germs spread like wildfire and one of the easiest ways to transmit them to your customer's food is by your own hands {pretty gross, we know...} That's why we have a selection of soap dispensers, hand dryers, and other sanitary necessities that will keep your kitchen/workplace clean and your customers from being sick. Make sure that your employees are constantly washing hands, including in between glove changes, and particularly after handling raw meat, and that they are doing so in a hand sink- not a prep sink. Inspectors also look at how clean work surfaces are and what actions are taken to avoid harmful cross-contamination. Keeping worktops clean and coordinating different surfaces for raw and ready to eat foods are just a few examples. Our color-coordinated San Jamar cutting boards make prepping different foods a safe process that reduces the chance of cross-contamination.  STORAGE TEMPERATURE One of the most important things to remember when running a kitchen is to keep food stored at the proper, safe temperature, generally at 41 degrees or below. If food is exposed to "The Danger Zone," that is between 40 and 140 degrees, it is subject to bacteria infestation. Monitoring the food temperature regularly {every shift, etc.} helps ensure adequate food safety. Furthermore,  refrigerators should not be overloaded with product as this restricts the proper amount of airflow that is necessary to keep your food at the right temperatures and out of the Danger Zone. All of these practices help ensure that food is safe from harmful bacteria, risk free, and ready to serve to the customer. If food has been exposed to offset temperatures in your cooler, make sure to throw them out immediately. Many health inspectors look at cooler thermometers to ensure they are placed in an easily read area when the doors are opened. It's generally a good idea to randomly sample the internal temperature of stored food by using our probe thermometers.  We have a big selection of commercial refrigeration equipment along with a variety of thermometers that will ensure that stored food is properly cooled and safe from harm's way. FOOD SEPARATION One of the first things health inspectors look at is how food is organized from the moment of delivery, then stored, and finally prepared in the back of the house. Making sure that raw foods are separated from ready to eat foods and kept refrigerated will help you keep a passing health inspection score. With the use of barriers such as food storage containers and refrigeration shelving, food can be properly organized and kept free from harmful cross-contamination in the cooler. If you have limited space and can't store separately, make sure that cooked or ready to eat food is stored a shelf above raw meat, poultry, and fish, so as to prevent drippage and cross contamination of the raw meat to other food products. Labeling food with the package's contents, date of delivery, and use-by date is another thing that inspectors like to see as it shows that the establishment is monitoring the amount of stored food along with when items should be rotated. Remembering cleanliness and  good food safety and sanitation practices in your kitchen will without a doubt help to ensure a great report, year after year. Want to read more?
  • Food/Beverage Display Cases

    We've all been there: You're paying the bill at the convenience store, bakery, deli... and you see that case full of cold beverages or freshly baked goods and the temptation settles in. Needless to say, a couple of last minute items are added to the bill... Whatever foodservice operation you may manage, food and beverage display cases are a great way to boost sales and add to your bottom line. There's a big advantage when you can display products to your customer in an optimal fashion and lure them in for that last minute purchase. Restaurants thrive off of this kind of selling point and that's why we have a big selection of commercial-grade display cases for you to choose from. First question is what are you selling? Baked goods? Sanwiches? Fish and Poultry? Red Meat? Cold drinks? We have Refrigerated cases and Heated displays to keep all of your products at the proper stored temperature. FOR THE DELI Depending on your traffic and how many meats, cheeses, and other delicatessen goods you are trying to display, our single and double duty refrigerated deli cases will suit your every need. Double Duty cases have the advantage of two refrigerated compartments- one for display and one for bulk storage- whereas the Single Duty has only one refrigerated compartment. Shop Deli Cases Features of our True Mfg Single & Double Duty Deli Cases:
    • Gravity coil refrigeration system provides high humidity environment for optimal preservation of meats and deli products.
    • "Low-E", double pane thermal glass front display and self-closing rear doors provide maximum insulation for greater efficiency and energy savings.
    • NSF-7 certified to hold open food product
    FISH/POULTRY/RED MEAT Convenient stores, butcher shops, and delis can all benefit from our selection of merchandisers that attractively display fish, poultry, and red meat. We also have Refrigerated Sushi Display Cases!! FOR THE BAKERY Every bakery needs a display case or two that will showcase the day's selection of baked goods. Whether you have pies or cakes that need to stay refrigerated, or muffins and pastries that can sit in a dry environment, we have a number of different refrigerated and dry displays for you to choose from, all of which will help keep your products fresh. If you own a bakery or an operation that is displaying foods at different temperatures, our Dual Zone Cases might be the best choice for you. Half refrigerated half dry, this unit makes storing a wide range of products an easy task. Looking for a Refrigerated Bakery Display Case? Looking for a Dry Non-Refrigerated Bakery Display Case? HOT FOOD:  If your operation is selling hot menu items, Mission can help you find what you need. We have a big selection of heated display cases: Our units range from countertop merchandisers, hot food bars, heated pass thru units, and tiered displays that have a range of properties and variations. Whether it be temperature  controls and humidity baffles to keep food from drying out, interior incandescent lights to boost the product's appeal, NSF- listings, double-walled stainless steel construction for added durability, or adjustable shelves that can be angled or laid flat to display food in a different way, we have something for everyone here at Mission Restaurant Supply. Looking for Heated Displays? COLD DRINKS At Mission we are proud to stock an extensive collection of refrigeration equipment. We have everything from glass door merchandisers to convenience store coolers and open displays with vertical air curtains to stock your operation's cold beverages... Looking for Refrigeration? If we can help answer any questions or help you find what you're looking for, call us today at 1-800-319-0690 or you can email us at order@missionrs.com!
  • Commercial Bakeware

    The popularity and high demand for baked goods plays a prominent role in the foodservice industry. One of the most important things to remember for bakery owners, caterers, and restaurateurs is the importance of investing in quality products. Have you seen our Baking Supplies Page? We have a wide range of commercial baking equipment and supplies suitable for even the most demanding foodservice accommodations. Baking Supplies- We've got it! Mission is your one-stop shop for all your commercial baking needs. We have a wide array of supplies ranging from pastry cutters, stainless steel mixing bowls, sieves, sifters, pie markers, pastry brushes, cake stands, displays, professional chef torches, servers, and batter bowls. Undeniably, one of the top bakeware necessities is the commercial baking pan. We've got tons of options at affordable, low prices, from sheet pans, cake pans, pie pans, muffin pans, bake pans, and bundt cake pans to name a few. Decorating Supplies: Mastering the Art Cake Decorating is an art that requires immense expertise. Professionals in this sector of the baking industry rely on the best tools to get their job done to perfection. Our industry-praised Ateco decorating supplies are easy to use and have a quality performance. Products range from pastry bags, tips, and decorating tube sets which come packed in different combination, including 12, 29, and 55 pieces. Accuracy is Key Even the most seasoned bakers {and chefs for that matter} recognize the importance of Measurers and accuracy on a consistent basis. That's why we've always had a big selection of measuring spoons and cups at low prices. Particularly in a commercial setting where large quantities of product are being made, measurers become very helpful in monitoring cost and making sure that portions are accurate. This precision and careful monitoring can ultimately save you money. Our guide on standard weight and measurement conversions can also help to keep cost down! Equipment Restaurant equipment is no doubt a big investment, but you can expect high quality manufacturing and excellence in design with our trusted manufacturers and varieties. We have a large selection of commercial baking equipment from heavy duty Bake Ovens to Food Mixers {Countertop, Floor, and Hand mixers}, all of which help to minimize labor costs while maximizing production levels. Call us today at 1-800-319-0690 and we will help you find the right options for your individual business needs.
  • Amana Commercial Microwaves

    Mission Restaurant Supply is excited to announce a new American brand to our website: Amana Commercial (ACP, Inc.)! As the leading manufacturer of commercial microwave ovens, Amana® has been applying microwave technology for use in the commercial food industry for over thirty years. Recognized as "best in class," this pioneering company offers superior service support and quality control to supplement their leading  product lines. There are many reasons why microwave ovens have such appeal in this industry. First off, they help restaurants maintain exciting and servable menus by speeding up performance while sustaining safety and reliability. Amana features products that can cook up to 15 times faster than a standard oven. That's like cooking frozen food in just over a minute versus over twenty minutes with conventional methods! Furthermore, Amana microwaves combine up to three cooking energies to deliver hot, crisp, and delicious food in minutes.

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    It's true that higher watt ovens are at the top of the price list, but that's why Mission features Amana's full line of commercial microwaves. Every customer can easily balance their business needs and budget with these great products. Not convinced yet? Here are a slew of additional reasons why you should include Amana microwave ovens in your commercial kitchen:
    • At least a 3 year warranty on every machine.
    • Access to ACP's Culinary Support as well as 24/7/365 ComServ Support.
    • Each unit meets requirements of commercial insurance policies and health inspectors.
    • No increased HVAC means easy installation. No hood necessary!
    • Save money while cooking green. Faster heat times mean lower power consumption leading to decreased energy costs.
    • All units are made of durable stainless steel to withstand use in a commercial environment.
    • Each unit has a compact footprint to fit in any kitchen with many kit-less stacking options.
    • Fast, consistent, and versatile cooking with programmable menu settings (up to 360 on some units)!Check out our Commercial Microwaves here! Let us know how we can serve you: Call us today at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com
  • 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

     

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