Useful Resources

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

  • A Buying Guide: Finding the Right Commercial Slicer For You

    Buying a commercial food slicer is an investment that requires a good understanding of your specific needs. There are many factors that go into finding the right slicer, and with this guide, we'll walk you through what those are so you can find the best unit for your business. 1. What Are You Slicing? The first and most obvious question to ask yourself would be What Are You Slicing? Commercial food slicers are divided into various tiers depending on what (and how much) you slice. It's very important to understand how much you think you'll be using the  machine as over-exerting it can cause it to burn out prematurely. a.) Light Duty/Standard/Economy Slicers- Designed to  slice deli meat but frequency of use is kept to a minimum. (Note that it's not recommended to slice cheese on a light duty/economy model.) (Less than 2 hours of slicing recommended per day) b.) Medium Duty Slicers- Designed to slice meats (and cheeses on occasion) but only for a couple of hours out of the day. (Between 2-4 hours of slicing) c.) Heavy Duty Slicers- Whether it's frozen food product, blocks of hard cheese or large portions of meat, heavy duty slicers can handle it all and can perform for hours on end. (Over 4 hours of slicing) 2. Size and Power The next distinguishing factor to make a decision on is the size and horsepower of your slicer. Obviously, the higher the horsepower the more you can expect to get out of your slicer. When taking size into consideration, you'll first need to know the size of the carriage (how big is the product being sliced? Will it fit inside the carriage?) Also, how big is the blade? Generally speaking, the light duty/standard slicers have a smaller blade (9-10 inches) and lesser horsepower while the medium duty and heavy duty slicers have larger blades (approximately 12 to 14 inches) and greater horsepower. 3. Price At the end of the day, price is a huge factor in the purchasing process, that's why we strive to offer a product selection that will fit every price point. For a price-conscious, commercial-grade slicer you can trust we highly recommend the 10'' and 12'' semi-automatic models by Jaxpro Foodservice Products. With ETL and NSF listings, these foodsafe, belt-driven slicers deliver the best, precision-based slicing performance at a low cost  and reliable efficiency. Slicers by Globe, Hobart and Univex to name a few are available at a considerably higher price point but they are equipped with different features and benefits, like removable carriages for easy cleaning and maintenance, that may or may not make it worth the extra dollars, depending on your unique needs. 4. Automatic vs. Manual At Mission Restaurant Supply you'll find a large diversity of electric slicers, from manual to automatic and semi-automatic. Deciding which type you'll need is a question of how much you're slicing daily. Automatic Slicers are a great investment for the larger operation, like big grocery stores, that need a machine that will slice bulk product on a continual basis. The operator can program the unit to the desired slicing thickness and the desired number of slices, and it will perform without an operator needed. Doing this not only increases efficiency and productivity but it saves you time and labor. Note that most automatic slicers also have the option to be operated manually. On the other hand, a semi-automatic slicer has all the functionality that an automatic does except for that it can't be pre-programmed to produce a definitive  number of slices. In other words, it will continue to move the carriage back and forth across the the slicing blade until the unit is turned off. Lastly, the manual slicers require an operator to manually move the carriage back and forth over the slicing blade and these models are a great investment for restaurants, delis and other foodservice venues that simply want a reliable unit that can be used throughout the day for small batches. 5. Manufacturer Brand Recognition plays a significant role in the purchasing process for many restaurateurs, that's why our shelves are stocked with commercial slicers by brands you can trust, like Globe, Univex and Berkel to name a few. Making a smart investment starts with having confidence in a product and knowing the history and details behind a brand. We encourage you to call us at 800-319-0690 should you have any questions on a product or manufacturer and allow us to help you make the best decision.
  • A Pressing Matter

    What is it about a hot cup of french press coffee? It's bold and delicious, super simple to make, and does just the trick when you need a morning, mid afternoon or late evening pick me up.  At MissionRS.com, there are a number of french press coffee makers by Bodum that will deliver perfect results. Simply remove the lid, add coffee grounds (approximately 1-2 tablespoon scoops per cup of water), fill with hot water and plunge!   For best results, pour just enough water to cover the grounds and wait 30-45 seconds. Stir and add more hot water, waiting 3-4 minutes to allow the  oils from the coffee to permeate the water. Then put the lid on and plunge slowly. It's also recommended not to leave the coffee in the carafe for a long period of time as the coffee will grow stronger and more bitter when left exposed to the grounds. We also advise that you buy coffee grounds that are more coarse as they'll be easier to steep and press with the best results.     The colorful Bodum Coffee Presses at Mission Restaurant Supply start at just $19.99 and truly offer a more bold flavor and satisfying taste that coffee drinkers will love. Plus, you can say goodbye to coffee filters since these presses only need the (included) mesh-lined plunger to get a great tasting cup of jo.   What's not to love? These French Presses make a great gift for the coffee aficionado in your life and they are the perfect complement to your home kitchen. Try one out today and let us know what you think!
  • Tamales of the World

    With the Holidays nearly here, the emergence of Tamales is one thing we're all getting excited about here at Mission. We are helping sponsor the 3rd annual Tamales Holiday Festival at the famed Pearl Brewery in San Antonio on Saturday, December 1. The festival will run from 12 pm-6 pm and we'd love for all of you to stop by if you are  in town. Read more about the event here!      
    Image Courtesy of IFood.TV
      Here is a little information for all those who're unfamiliar with Tamales or for those who just want to learn more about this tasty food:  The tamal, as it is correctly and properly referred to, is a Latin American dish that's traditionally made of masa and is wrapped in a leaf paper or corn husk, then steamed and boiled until warm and tender. The wrapper keeps the tamales hot and in one piece, and it is removed before eating, leaving a delicious, flavorful treat. Tamales are generally stuffed with meats, but this varies depending on where you are. It's history dates back to the Ancient Mayans and its presence today is one that is undeniable in certain parts of the world. {The United States has enjoyed tamales since the late 1800s!} In Mexico particularly, and in other countries around the world, the tamal is an important part of their cultures and their culinary traditions. Interestingly, tamales are prepared differently depending on the location in which it is made. For example, in Mexico,  there are different kinds of tamales in different states and regions of the country. Most variations are filled with chicken or pork, but the list goes on and on, ranging from spicy fillings to sweet tamales, tamales de dulce, that are filled with raisins, dried fruit, and sugar.    

    Want to try a great, traditional Beef Tamal recipe? This one looks pretty good!    

     In Central American countries like Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras, tamales normally don't have a stuffing of any kind (no meat, cheese, peppers, etc.) and they are served more as the bread/starch portion of a meal. In more tropical parts of the world like Oaxaca or Veracruz, and even in Peru and Bolivia, the leaves from banana trees or plantains are used to wrap the tamales, and the tamales themselves are generally much bigger, thicker, and more square in shape.    

    Example of a plantain-wrapped tamale. Image courtesy of ookaboo.com
     The interesting thing is that tamales have a worldly presence. The tamal is a global concept that different cultures take and recreate in their own ways. In the Far East and in India, the people have embraced their own tamals, replacing some of the key ingredients with rice dough, fish paste, and spices to name a few.   Tamales can be found on most Mexican restaurant menus year-round, but they are traditionally most popular during special Holidays and celebrations, mainly because they are an all-day affair to make! The process isn't a quick one, but once you try it, you will be convinced that it was worth the time, effort, and the sweat!  You can read some great tips on AllRecipes.com about How to Make Tamales- view here!   

    This Holiday Season keep your eyes peeled for Tamales on restaurant menus and at other Holiday events, fundraisers, and more! Come see us at the Pearl if you get a chance! This is the perfect opportunity to sample tamales from some of the city's experts!

  • Our 3 Leaders in Commerial Refrigeration

    If you've ever worked in a restaurant or foodservice facility, chances are you know first hand how important quality-made refrigeration is to your day-to-day agenda. Ensuring that food and drinks are  at the right temperatures and safe for your customers to consume starts with having reliable refrigeration. At Mission Restaurant Supply we only carry brands that exude reliability and quality in every aspect, like Turbo Air, Hoshizaki and True Manufacturing. If you are in the market for a new reach-in refrigerator or freezer, sandwich/salad preparation table, pizza prep table, chest freezer, bakery display case or something in between, chances are that one of these three leading refrigeration brands will have what you need and will exceed your expectations in the workplace. Here's some more information on the 3 brands along with links to where you can learn more about them and where you can purchase. Turbo Air:  There's a reason customers nationwide love Turbo Air and it starts with the company's truthful motto, "Reliable, Beautiful, Efficient." Turbo Air uses high quality stainless steel to build their energy-efficient boxes and with a five-point inspection test administered on every unit, there is no doubt that quality control is a priority for the brand. At Mission Restaurant Supply you'll find a full line list of Turbo Air refrigeration from heavy-duty reach-ins to undercounters, food prep tables, glass door merchandisers and the list goes on. With 13 distribution centers around the USA, we're able to get you what you need with speed in mind, plus we throw in Free Shipping & Liftgate to your commercial address. What's not to love? Find out more about Turbo Air and start shopping here.   Hoshizaki: As the nation's largest distributor of Hoshizaki America, you can probably guess we are passionate about this brand. There's something special about a brand that is always striving to be innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly and the overall leader at what they do. Hoshizaki is the world's 2nd largest manufacturer of refrigerated foodservice equipment with their ice machines being some of the most respected and highest performing in the industry and their ever-expanding line of reach-ins, undercounters, food prep stations and more are growing in popularity every day.  Find out more about Hoshizaki America and start shopping here.   True Manufacturing: With over 65 years in the commercial refrigeration industry, there's no denying that True Manufacturing is here to stay. It's been over half a century that True has been supplying restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other foodservice institutions like yours with quality refrigeration, and as time goes by, their techniques continue to get better and better, making them an undisputable leader in this market. Mission Restaurant Supply is a certified True Mfg Dealer and we are proud to offer our customers a refrigeration brand that is made in the USA. We are also pleased to offer our customers Free Shipping and Liftgate on all True Refrigeration going to their commercial address!  Find out more about True Manufacturing and start shopping here.
  • Planning For The Holidays

    Every year when that first autumn chill settles in and fire places and furnaces start warming up, the first signs of the holiday season begin to unfold. This year you can get ahead on your holiday shopping at Mission Restaurant Supply. We've loaded our shelves with some of your favorite oldies that we know you love giving (and receiving!) and we've brought in some new items that we think your family and friends will love. Here are five gift ideas for starters and check back as we get closer to the end of the year for more gift ideas from MissionRS.com!  Ready to Purchase or want to get more details on these 5 different gift ideas? Click through to read more about these products!

    Texas Waffle Maker

    Proteak Wooden Boards

    Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker

    Vitamix Blenders

    Cheese Board Sets

  • The Road To Hobart's Warewashing Legacy

    In the restaurant industry, Hobart is a name that commands tremendous respect for their long-standing commitment to quality construction and premium performance. It's this commitment over the years that has carved out a space for the brand in the foodservice landscape for generations to come. One of the arenas Hobart excels in is commercial warewashing. Whether you're looking for a small Undercounter, a Door-Type Dishwasher or a heavy-duty Conveyor Dishmachine for your resort, cafeteria or other foodservice venue, the road to your purchase should lead you to Hobart. Find out more about Hobart Warewashing and how it can help your business: Hobart Undercounter Dishwashers: Hobart Undercounter Dishwashers are highly regarded for their heavy-duty stainless steel build, along with their water conservation, their compact size and their truly exceptional performance. There are two different series of Hobart Undercounter Dishmachines online, including the LXi and the SR24, which both are available in low temperature chemical sanitizing models as well as high temperature models. Make an economical investment for your low-to-mid-volume establishment with a Hobart Undercounter Dishwasher. The LXi Series: Hobart's top-of-the-line undercounter dishmachines await in the LXi series. This series of high temperature and low temperature chemical sanitizing dishmachines uses only 0.74 gallons of water per rack to clean(the lowest in the industry for an NSF rated, 2 minute cycle machine) and it can handle 30 racks per hour!  The LXi Series by Hobart is also ENERGY STAR® rated and will be sure to save you significantly over the years on water and energy costs. The SR24 Series: Hobart's SR24 Series of undercounter dishmachines is ideal for the lower volume establishment that still needs a dependable and quality-made dishwasher they can trust. These units are compact and economical, using only 2.4 gallons of water per rack and they are available in both high temperature and low temperature/chemical sanitizing models with the high temp models capable of washing 19 racks per hour while the chemical sanitizing can wash 14 racks per hour. All of the SR24 dishmachines are equipped with NSF compliant chemical sensing alarms for your convenience along with many other enviable features for your low-volume dishwashing demands. Note: The main difference between a high temp and a low temp/chemical sanitizing dishmachine is the way in which they sanitize. High Temperature Dismachines utilize a 180°F high temperature final rinse to sanitize while low temperature dishmachines use a chlorine-based sanitizing agent in the final rinse of the wash cycle. Both are highly efficient but low temperature/chemical sanitizing models use considerably less energy than their high temperature counterparts.   Hobart Door-Type Dishwashers: Hobart Door-Type Dishwashers are sought after industry-wide for their medium build, their energy saving design and their versatile configuration capabilites which allow them to fit into just about any washing line. There are three main categories available, starting with the AM Select, the Advansys Ventless, and finally the LT1. Find out more about these 3 groups of door-type dishwashers by Hobart and how they can add to your commercial kitchen: The AM Select: The AM Select Series is an ENERGY STAR qualified line of door-type dishmachines that is NSF-certified to clean all your soiled dishware, delicate glasses, along with your heavy-duty, grimy pots and pans thanks to its four different washing cycles. Using only 0.74 gallons of water per rack thanks to an exclusive rinse arm design, these heavy-duty stainless steel dishmachines will save you and your bottom line considerably in water, energy and chemical costs. The AM Select Series is broken down into 3 groupings, starting with the AM Select Standard and the AM Select Tall which can be  converted from a straight-through to a corner configuration, and finally the AM Select Front Loading dishmachines which feature a convenient drop down shelf for quick and easy loading and unloading. All of these groups are available to you in both low temperature/chemical sanitizing and high temperature models.   The Advansys Ventless: Hobart's Advansys Series is the 1st ventless door-type dishwasher of its kind to feature energy recovery technology. This ENERGY STAR qualified series, which can clean everything from heavy pots to delicate glassware, utilizes a state-of-the-art internal condensing system that minimizes water vapor and eliminates the need for a vent hood, saving you enormously in hood costs and installation along with utility costs over time. Like the AM Select, the Advansys Ventless Dishmachines come available in 3 different sizes so you can find just what you need to best fit your wash line. Choose from the Advansys Standard, the Tall and the Front Loading model. The Advansys Ventless Door-Type Dishmachines are the ideal investment for the restaurant or foodservice venue that's committed to sustainability.  
    Picture from Hobartcorp.com
      The LT1:  The LT1 Door-Style Low Temperature Dishmachine by Hobart is simplicity at its best without compromising quality performance. This machine requires no booster heater or high voltage, needing only to be plugged into the wall, and it comes standard equipped with detergent, rinse aid and sanitizer pumps along with an exclusive deliming cycle to keep it running properly. With the LT1, you can wash up to 37 racks of soiled dishes per hour using only 1.7  gallons per rack, and people love its versatility given that it is field reversible from straight through to corner configuration to fit your unique washing line! Hobart Conveyor Dishwashers: For the large-scale restaurant, resort, banquet setting, or hospital that needs to wash hundreds of racks per hour without a hitch, there is no better warewashing solution than a Conveyor Dishwasher by Hobart. Unlike Hobart's Undercounter and Door Type models mentioned above, Conveyor dishmachines utilize an automated system to pull racks through the chamber to wash, rinse and sanitize with every use, creating an easier and more efficient system for your cleaning staff. The CL44e Series Automatic Rack Conveyor Dishmachines are built-to-last with a heavy-duty stainless steel construction and they are loaded with enviable features, like the exclusive Opti-Rinse technology which uses 50% less rinse water and 50% less energy than conveyor dishmachines without it! That means you can wash up to 202 racks of soiled dishes per hour with just 0.62 gallons of water per rack in these ENERGY STAR machines. Choose from a multitude of other features, like right to left or left to right operation, and find the ultimate conveyor dishwasher for your high volume venue. Feel free to call our friendly customer service team at 800-319-0690 for guidance on which unit is right for you!
  • Restaurant Spotlight: NOSH, San Antonio, Texas

    If you're a dining enthusiast and you live in the San Antonio/Central Texas region, chances are you've been to (or heard of) Silo Elevated Cuisine, the fabulous and highly praised restaurant with locations in both the Alamo Heights area and off of 1604. It's modern approach to fine dining brings together the perfect combination of sophistication and eclecticism in an elegant yet relaxed environment that everyone can enjoy. It is literally elevated dining at its best.

     

    But the newest addition to the Silo family comes with Nosh, a small sister restaurant tucked just onto the front of the Alamo Heights Silo location that delivers an experience uniquely its own. The restaurant beckons diners for its small, cozy, neighborhood charm that satisfies without feeling pretentious. Think: An ice- cold beer with a perfect steak tartare and truffle fries or a hot, thin crust pizza washed down with a glass of wine. The relaxed decor adds to the restaurants charm with a small but well-stocked bar welcoming patrons as they enter and a large chalkboard wall featuring the impressive beer selection available to you. The dining style is best summed up by the restaurant's mantra, "Small Plates. Big Taste" with the menu featuring  smaller dishes meant for sharing so that diners can "nosh" while getting a nice sampling of food. Nosh is excited to have just brought on one of San Antonio's finest chefs, "Lucca della Casa" who brings with him experience from Il Sogno in the Pearl Brewery and beyond. After dining at Nosh just this week, we can see the change he's bringing to the table, and it is both sweet, savory and not to be missed:

     

    Stop by Nosh for a great, relaxed dining experience that won't disappoint! 

    Nosh is located at 1133 Austin Highway San Antonio, Texas 78209
    Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM to 11PM

  • The Hottest New Charbroiler On The Market

    What if your charbroiler could make all your customer's favorite menu items, like your famous steaks, burgers, fajitas and more, with virtually no flare-ups and more product yield? Well now it can thanks to Vulcan's newest line of VTEC Charbroilers which features a patented IRX® infrared burner technology that maximizes production, creates a more energy efficient cooking solution, and all while achieving that great charbroiled taste your customers love. Here are the Top 5 distinguishing factors that set the VTEC Series by Vulcan apart from other charbroilers in the industry: 1. Independent Burners Create More Even Heat: Each burner section features high range, precision-driven gas controls that distribute the most even heat on the market. 2. High Efficiency Infrared Burner System: The IRX® patented burner system uses infrared, radiant heat that uses more then 50% less gas than traditional radiant convective charbroilers! That's 90,000 BTUs per square inch versus 200 BTUs per square inch. 3. Unparalleled Temperature Control: With the VTEC Series, you can experience a range of temperatures  on the same charbroiler with each burner capable of holding its own temperature without transferring from one to the next.(You can even get + or - 20° F from corner to corner- no other piece of equipment in the industry will do this!) 4. No More Nasty Clean Ups: The unique VTEC infrared burner system utilizes a solid carbon steel emitter panel that rests above the burner and underneath a stainless steel grate, eliminating the chance of flare ups by blocking the food from the flames. Any grease or debris that attempts to fall down into the hard to reach burner area is blocked by this solid emitter plate made of carbon steel and is instantly vaporized or turned to ash due to the extreme temperatures. This makes clean up a breeze! Simple take a feather brush and whisk away the ash off the emitter plate and into the crumb tray- no more grimy, nasty clean ups! 5. No More Flare Ups + More Product Yield: The VTEC patented stainless steel grate design combined with the carbon steel emitter panel is designed to eliminate flare ups by keeping grease away from any open flames and reducing the use of convective heat which not only worsens the flare ups but tends to dry out food's natural moisture. The VTEC can save up to 30% of your food product's natural moisture thanks in large part to the absence of this convective air. The VTEC Charbroilers are available at Mission Restaurant Supply in 14'', 25'', 36'', 48'' and 60'' widths with varying burners. Invest today and get Free Shipping to your business!
  • Why Buy A Hoshizaki Reach-In?

    Hoshizaki  has long been known as simply an ice machine company, and the leading ice machine company at that, with its name synonomous to the the hardest, clearest ice in the industry. However in recent years, the brand has been making a big push to expand into a broader sense of refrigerated equipment, and with Hoshizaki's careful, systematic and meticulous growth, they have managed to create a line of reach-in refrigeration that can rival any in the industry. Hoshizaki Reach-In Refrigeration is not only good for the environment but it can help make your operation a profitable one through its innovative design and state-of-the-art technology. Here are the Top 10 Reasons we think a Hoshizaki Reach-In Refrigerator or Freezer could be an excellent choice for your business: 1. Eco-Friendliness: The entire Commercial Series Line by Hoshizaki is ENERGY STAR® qualified (with the exception of the CF3B-FS and CF3B-HS) 2. Stellar Warranty Terms: Hoshizaki has the best warranty in the industry with 2 year parts and labor on the entire unit + 5 year parts on compressor! 3. Product Longevity and Durability: All Stainless Steel Cabinet Construction means a longer product life! 4. Innovative Air Flow: Ducted Air Flow on all units means uniform cabinet temperatures thanks to the interior evaporator and its innovative air flow design. 5. Thicker Insulation: Hoshizaki Reach-In's Cabinet and Door Insulation is 2-3/8'' thick as opposed to comparable manufacturer's 2'' thick insulation which ensures that temperatures are going to hold. All of Hoshizaki's Reach-In Insulation is CFC Free, Foamed in Place Polyurethane. 6. The TXV Valve: Hoshizaki reach-ins feature a refrigeration system that is equipped with a TXV Expansion Valve (only Hoshizaki and Traulsen does this) so you can easily get in and out of the refrigerator/freezer without losing temperature. 7. Easy Installation: That's right! Thanks to Hoshizaki's 4'' factory-mounted casters and newly lowered heights (under 80''), you can now install with ease and fit through your standard height door without a hitch.  8. Field Reversible Doors: Hoshizaki is the only manufacturer in the industry to have field reversible doors! 9. ISO Certification: Hoshizaki is ISO certifed and is leading the way as one of the only foodservice manufacturers to achieve ISO-14001! 10. Added Savings: Free Shipping & Liftgate to your commercial address when you purchase a Hoshizaki Reach-In at Mission Restaurant Supply!

    Check out our Hoshizaki Product Page!

  • Cook & Hold Ovens

    Alto-Shaam has been the undisputed industry leader in advanced Cook & Hold Oven technology for over 50 years and that title continues to reign true today. Though the initial up front cost for one of the Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold Ovens seems like a particularly high number, the advantage in purchasing is the unique ROI that you'll experience over the years. There are several things that contribute to this distinct return and this guide is here to share them with you.

    Halo Heat® Halo Heat® is Alto-Shaam's unique gentle heat technology that retains your food product's natural moisture so that it is juicy and tender, not dried and lacking in flavor. In fact, the low temperatures used to cook steak, poultry and other meat activates the natural enzymes in the food, causing it to tenderize as it cooks and holds within the oven cavity. Best yet, the meat continues to tenderize as time goes by without any signs of drying or loss in moisture. All of this great technology ensures that Alto-Shaam is still the leader for Cook & Hold equipment in the foodservice industry. Here are some other great features that allow them to stand apart from the rest while saving you money at the end of the day:   1. Cook and hold a full load of food for less than $1 of electricity!  { That's savings of up to $325 a year per oven!}   2. No ventilation required saving you thousands of dollars in hood costs 3. The lack of added humidity, air movement or fans lets gentle heat effectively cook resulting in approximately 18%-20% less shrinkage of meats and other food products! This significant savings allows you to get more servings (and profits) each day! 4. Significant labor savings thanks to "set-it-and-forget-it" controls that allow your kitchen staff to simply set the cook temperature and the hold temperature and focus on other tasks. 5. Remember the Low Temperature Cook & Hold Ovens by Alto-Shaam aren't just for Prime Rib anymore. You can bake, proof bread dough, brown/caramelize, reheat food and more with one piece of equipment. These features all showcase why Alto-Shaam's Cook and Hold is "The Oven That Revolutionized The Foodservice Industry." Check out the large selection of Alto-Shaam products available online at Mission Restaurant Supply!

Items 51 to 60 of 197 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. ...
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. ...
  9. 20