• 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!
  • Chinese New Year Food Superstitions

    The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the "Lunar New Year" or the "Spring Festival" has an immense significance and symbolism to the Chinese people. As feasts are made to honor past relatives and to usher in a new year, deciding the kinds of food to make plays a key role. Below are some foods that are widely eaten during the Chinese New Year that have interesting superstitions behind them. There are also a few that people stay away from to escape bad luck and misfortune.... Oranges & Tangerines: Symbolic of wealth and good fortune you will often see big bowls of these fruits to show off one's good luck. If the leaves are still attached, they also represent fertility. Melons & Pomelos: These large round fruits are symbolic of family and the wholeness and togetherness of families Chicken: Like the aforementioned fruits, chicken is symbolic of family and togetherness along with unity and prosperity. Remember to keep the feet and the head on when cooking! Fish: A whole steamed fish (eyes and all) is regularly served and signifies abundance. "Yu" is the Chinese word for fish and translates to "plenty" meaning that families are sustained in the future.  Noodles: Represent longevity in life and therefore they shouldn't be cut before serving! Turnips: In Chinese, turnips are called "cai tou" meaning "good luck" Egg Rolls: The Chinese belief is that when fried, these rolls look like "golden bars," representing good fortune. Duck: Fidelity Eggs: Fertility Shrimp:  Good luck Dumplings: Many families insert a golden coin into one of the hundreds of dumplings made during their celebration. Whoever bites into the golden dumpling is said to have immense wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Pomegranates: These red fruits are symbolic of happiness, thus driving away evil spirits. The seeds also play a part, symbolizing abundance and fertility. Foods to Avoid: Squid: Be very cautious if squid, known as "Yow Yu" is served to you during the Chinese New Year. It symbolically foreshadows that you will be fired in the coming year. White Foods: Although white can mean purity, white foods like tofu are mostly avoided during the 15 day festival, as white can also symbolize bad luck and even death.
  • Chinese New Year Pork Dumplings

    The Chinese New Year is one of China's most culturally significant holidays and celebrations are currently underway to ring in The Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition, much of which includes cooking traditional Chinese dishes and uniting whole families together to remember their ancestors and deceased family over a home-cooked meal.  Since we at Mission are always interested in the culinary side of these occasions, we dug around and found a few dishes that are customarily made during this 15 day festival. In addition, we have provided links to our website with some of the Asian cookware that will be necessary to make these meals. Check back every so often for a new Asian recipe/ tid bit regarding Asian cooking. Homemade Pork Dumplings Original recipe yield: 100 dumplings Ingredients: 100 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers 1 3/4 pounds ground pork 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 4 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1 egg, beaten 5 cups finely shredded Chinese cabbage Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg and cabbage. Stir until well mixed.   2. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling onto each wonton skin. Moisten edges with water and fold edges over to form a triangle shape. Roll edges slightly to seal in filling. Set dumplings aside on a lightly floured surface until ready to cook. 3. To Cook: Steam dumplings in a covered bamboo or metal steamer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately with soy sauce or sauce or your choosing. What You'll Need: Asian Steamer (Bamboo or Metal) Large Mixing Bowl Measurers Cutting Board & Knife (For prep work) Chopsticks, Soy Sauce Bottle, other Asian servers and utensils Recipe Courtesy of Allrecipes.com
  • 2011 NAFEM Show

    This week at Mission Restaurant Supply, we are gearing up for the NAFEM trade show that takes place February 10-12th in Orlando, Florida. {NAFEM is short for The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.} Every two years, this organization puts on an enormous trade show bringing over 500 manufacturers and 20,000 foodservice professionals to learn about the newest products out on the market. From food preparation to table service, storage, and cooking, it spotlights a wide range of equipment and supply solutions. Furthermore, the NAFEM show is a great educational experience with product galleries and informational sessions available, while it's also an excellent networking opportunity. In Orlando, you can personally meet the movers and the shakers that make this industry so dynamic and innovative. We are also looking forward to the What's Hot What's Cool product gallery which spotlights products in a specialized arena of the foodservice industry from energy efficiency to food safety, eco-friendliness and labor savings, to name a few. The NAFEM executives said it best: "The NAFEM Show brings together our exhibitor's best, so you can bring the best to your business." We're looking forward to seeing the show while striving to be the best we can possibly be for you. For more information on this week's convention visit the NAFEM Website or email us at order@missionrs.com. Photo Courtesy of The NAFEM Show Website
  • Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

    This would be the perfect pizza to make for an impromptu dinner and would make great leftovers the next day! Not only does it sound delicious (hello mozzarella and prosciutto!) but it looks like a low maintenance, no hassle, easy dish that will satisfy Steelers and Packers fans alike. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 Whole Pizza Crust {Click here for a basic, homemade pizza crust recipe.} Olive Oil, for Drizzling 1 whole Large Red Onion, Halved and Thinly Sliced 1/4 cups Brown Sugar Kosher Salt To Taste Parmesan Cheese, Grated 10 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced 8 slices Proscuitto (More to Taste) You'll Also Need: Rolling Pin Sheet Pan Tongs Fry Pan Pizza Cutter & Server Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and brown sugar and toss/stir for a few minutes until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside. 3. Roll out pizza dough to a rectangular shape. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt, followed by the parmesan. 4. Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over top of the mozzarella. Lay slices of prosciutto over the onions 5. Bake between 15 and 17 minutes in the lower half of the oven or until crust is golden brown. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Recipe and Photo Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Blog by Ree Drummond
  • Super Bowl Party Guide

    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, most of us can count on watching the Steelers and the Packers duke it out from the comfort of our homes. Half of the fun is staying tuned for the next commercial break, right? Without a doubt, Super Bowl weekend is synonymous with celebration, so we've put together a quick guide of all the essentials for throwing a successful party. You'll want to have lots of food, plenty of drinks, and a nice presentation. Prepare to be Super Bowl happy: CHAFING DISH: Whether you are serving up burgers, enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, or any other hot dishes, our economy chafers are the way to go. At just $32.95 you can have a warm meal and be stress free. (Don't forget the Sterno Fuel!)




       PROTEAK BOARDS: Good snacks and a nice presentation go a long way. Our wooden teak boards are perfect for cheeses, salamis, olives, and just about anything else you want to serve. Men and women alike are drawn to these Proteak boards for their great quality and rustic appeal.




      PARTY TUBS:  With our hammered metal party buckets, you can store all your mixers and drinks in style. These double-walled tubs are great looking and come in handy for parties left and right.




     JALAPENO GRILLERS: Grilling goes hand in hand with Super Bowl weekend. Our jalapeno grillers are truly one of the greatest tools for making spicy, flavorful, stuffed peppers with little to no hassle. Pop it on the grill or in the oven and you've got delicious appetizers perfect for a day of football. Make sure to get all the seeds out with our Chili Twisters. Don't know how to prepare these peppers? Download this quick guide for a step-by-step lesson!



  • "Lemmy" Cake

    This delcious lemon cake recipe was a childhood staple of mine. A favorite for birthdays, parties, and other causes of celebration, it is light, delicious, and the slight taste of citrus will get you ready for warmer weather. Cake Ingredients: 1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix 1 cup Apricot Nectar ½ cup sugar 4 eggs 2/3 cup vegetable oil Berries (optional)  Glaze Ingredients: 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice What You'll Need: Bundt Cake Pan Batter Bowl or Mixing Bowl Mixer Sieve or Sifter Cake Stand (For a nice presentation...) Instructions:
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10'' tube pan or Bundt pan.
    2. Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
    3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes.
    4. Once cooked, invert onto serving plate and pour glaze over cake while still warm.
    NOTE: Pierce the top of the cake with a fork prior to glazing that way the glaze can soak in.       5.    Sift powdered sugar over the top, garnish with berries and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of the Houston Junior League Cookbook.
  • Ice Making 101

    Hoshizaki is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial ice equipment. Here are Mission Restaurant Supply, Hoshizaki is a brand that we continue to be enthusiastic about for its dependability, sustainability, and reliability. Watch this video from the brand's corporate website to become more acquainted with their products and company credentials: WATCH THIS VIDEO To browse through our whole selection of Hoshizaki ice equipment and refrigeration, click here.
  • 2011 Taste of Austin Event

    Calling All Austinites!

    Join us for an evening of great food and culinary camaraderie on Thursday January 27th at the annual Taste of Austin event. Located at the Palmer Events Center downtown, this foodie extravaganza will bring together over 50 of Austin's premier restaurants and caterers for a night of wining and dining while showing appreciation for our capital's extensive local talent in the food industry. This is a family-friendly event that both you and your kids will enjoy. Soak up a unique taste of Austin while sampling great food and supporting the restaurateurs who make it all possible. General admission {all you can eat!} tickets are still available online for only $25! Mission will hold the Title Sponsor position for the 2nd year in a row and we know that this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Tweet @MissionRSupply if you are planning on coming by- we look forward to seeing you there! Pictures of all the great food and fun to follow....
  • 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...


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


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


    • 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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