• Equipment Care and Cleaning Tips

    Cleaning your commercial restaurant equipment is necessary if you want to keep your doors open for business. Not only are health inspectors constantly breathing down the necks of food service operators, but restaurant patrons also know when a kitchen is not meeting code thanks to local news reports and other inside sources.

    When it's time to clean restaurant equipment, more often than not people don't use the correct cleaners or solvents for the job. Using abrasive, chlorine-based cleaners can cause serious damage to equipment.

    Here's a a few tips to ensure cleanliness while also avoiding premature deterioration of your stainless steel equipment!


    1. USE THE PROPER TOOLS: Make sure you use non-abrasive tools like soft towels and plastic scouring pads.
    2. CLEAN WITH THE POLISH LINES: Always scrub in a motion that is parallel to the stainless steel grain.
    3. USE ALKALINE, ALKALINE CHLORINATED OR NON-CHLORIDE CONTAINING CLEANERS: Chlorides can cause your stainless steel to pit and rust.
    4. TREAT HARD WATER IF POSSIBLE: Softening hard water will reduce deposits that can be corrosive.
    5. RINSE, RINSE, RINSE: Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry immediately.


    WHEN CLEANING VINYL CLAD, GALVANIZED, AND ALUMINUM SURFACES: Use soap and warm water to clean these sensitive surfaces.

  • 9 Tips for Keeping Buffet-Style Food Safe

    Never leave perishable foods sitting out at room temperature for more than two hours.


    Buffets are an easy and popular way to serve food at parties. However, if food is left out for long periods, bacteria that cause foodborne illness can become an issue. Bacteria are everywhere, and unlike microorganisms that cause food to spoil, disease-causing bacteria cannot usually be smelled or tasted. Prevention is key, and the best way to prevent foodborne illness is to practice safe food handling. 1. Always wash your hands before and after handling food. Keep kitchen, dishes and utensils clean as well. 2. Cook foods thoroughly. If cooking foods ahead of time, be sure to cook them thoroughly to safe minimum internal temperatures: Beef steaks & roasts should be cooked to 160° F (medium) Pork chops & roasts should be cooked to 160° F (medium) Poultry (turkey/chicken) should be cooked to at least 165° F 3. Keep food hot in the oven (set at 200° - 250° F) or cold in the refrigerator until just before serving. 4. If foods need to be warmed, reheat them to at least 165° F. 5. Hot foods should be held at 140° F or warmer. Use chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays on the buffet table to keep foods warm. 6. Cold foods should be held at 40° F or colder. Keep foods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice. 7. Arrange and serve food on several small platters rather than on one large platter. 8. Always serve food on clean plates. Replace empty platters rather than adding fresh food to a dish that already had food in it. 9. Don't let foods sit at room temperature for more than two hours. Keep track of how long foods have been sitting on the buffet table and discard any perishable foods that have been sitting out for two hours or more. Post By: NSF International 789 N. Dixboro Road, P.O. Box 130140, Ann Arbor, MI 48113-0140 Consumer Hotline: 1-888-99-SAFER Website: www.nsf.org
  • Standard Weights, Measures, & Temperatures

    Whether they want to admit it or not, even the most experienced chefs forget simple things like standard weights and measurement conversions from time to time. Don't feel bad if you don't remember how many tablespoons are in a cup or how many ounces are in a pound. You're not alone! Below are a few useful tables that will ensure you don't ruin any meals because you added too much salt or didn't set the oven to the right temperature! Click on a link below to be directed to the correct table: Basic Liquid Equivalents Liquid Capacity Dry Capacity Household Capacity Disher Capacity Ice Cream Scoops Boiling Temperatures of Water at Various Altitudes Oven Temperatures BASIC LIQUID EQUIVALENTS:
    Dash less than 1/8 teaspoon
    3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon
    4 tablespoons 1/4 cup
    5-1/3 tablespoons 1/3 cup
    8 tablespoons 1/2 cup
    10-2/3 tablespoons 2/3 cup
    12 tablespoons 3/4 cup
    14 tablespoons 7/8 cup
    16 tablespoons 1 cup
    1 cup 1/2 pint (8 fl. ounces)
    2 cups 1 pint (16 fl. ounces)
    2 pints 1 quart (32 fl. ounces)
    4 quarts 1 gallon (128 fl. ounces)
    16 oz. 1 pound (dry weight)
    1 gill 7.219 cu. in. 0.1183
    4 gills 1 pint 28.2875 cu. in. 0.4732
    2 pints 1 quart 57.75 cu. in. 0.9463
    4 quarts 1 gallon 231 cu. in. 3.7853
    31.5 gallons 1 barrel liquid 119.24
    42 gallons 1 barrel petrol 158.98
    1 pint 33.6 cu. in. 0.5506
    2 pints 1 quart 67.2 cu. in. 1.1012
    8 quarts 1 peck 537.6 cu. in. 8.8096
    4 pecks 1 bushel 2150.4 cu. in. 35.238
    1 barrel 7056 cu. in. 115.62
    1 teaspoon 1/8 fl. oz.
    3 teaspoons 1 tablespoon 1/2 fl. oz.
    16 tablespoons 1 cup 8 fl. oz.
    2 cups 1 pint 16 fl. oz.
    2 pints 1 quart 32 fl. oz.
    4 quarts 1 gallon 128 fl. oz.
    DISHER CAPACITY: Find great deals on serving dishers at Mission Restaurant Supply!
    White 6 3" 4.66 4.86 3 16 2/3 Cup
    Grey 8 2-3/4" 3.64 3.80 3-1/2 22 1/2 Cup
    Ivory 10 2-5/8" 3.19 3.33 4 24 5/8 Cup
    Green 12 2-1/2" 2.78 2.90 5 26 1/3 Cup
    Blue 16 2-1/4" 2.07 2.16 6-8 35 1/4 Cup
    Yellow 20 2-1/8" 1.77 1.84 9-10 42 3+ Tbsp.
    Red 24 2" 1.49 1.56 11-12 51 2-2/3 Tbsp.
    Black 30 1-3/4" 1.03 1.07 13-14 62 2+ Tbsp.
    Orchid 40 1-1/2" .68 .70 15-16 70 1-1/2 Tbsp.
    ICE CREAM SCOOPS: Find great deals on ice cream scoops at Mission Restaurant Supply!
    No. 6 2/3 Cup 3-5
    No. 8 1/2 Cup 5-7
    No. 10 5/8 Cup 7-8
    No. 12 1/3 Cup 7-10
    No. 16 1/4 Cup 10-13
    No. 20 3+ Tbsp. 14-17
    No. 24 2-2/3 Tbsp. 17-20
    No. 30 2+ Tbsp. 21-25
    No. 40 1-1/2 Tbsp. 25-28
    Sea Level 212 degrees F 100 degrees C
    2,000 ft. 208.4 degrees F 98.4 degrees C
    5,000 ft. 203 degrees F 95 degrees C
    7,500 ft. 198.4 degrees F 92.4 degrees C
    OVEN TEMPERATURES: Find great deals on oven thermometers at Mission Restaurant Supply!
    Slow 250-300 degrees F
    Slow-Moderate 325 degrees F
    Moderate 350-375 degrees F
    Moderately Hot 400 degrees F
    Hot 425-450 degrees F
  • Stainless Steel Flatware 101

    Have you ever wondered what differentiated 18/0, 18/8, and 18/10 stainless steel flatware? Flatware is just flatware and stainless steel is just stainless steel, right? Actually, the decor of your food service establishment, the price of your menu items, and most importantly your budget will determine the quality of the stainless steel flatware you purchase. You may never serve French cuisine at a chic bistro but it's still important to know the grade of your stainless steel flatware. 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: The 18 stands for 18% chrome and the 10 stands for 10% nickel. 18/10 stainless steel flatware is the standard in Europe and represents the heaviest and usually most expensive flatware available. The higher nickel content adds a luster similar to silver and helps resist corrosion and staining. 18/8 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: Similar to 18/10 stainless steel flatware, 18/8 stainless steel flatware has slightly less nickel and is very popular in the United States. 18/8 stainless steel flatware feels great in your hand but doesn't cost quite as much as 18/10 stainless steel flatware. 18/0 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: 18/0 stainless steel flatware doesn't contain any nickel, making it the lightest and least expensive. You'll be able to use a magnetic retrieval system with 18/0 stainless steel flatware because all 18% chrome patterns are magnetic, but your pocket book won't hurt too bad if some of your flatware gets thrown away! Although 18/0 stainless steel flatware is the most economical choice, there are still heavier patterns available. For great deals on stainless steel flatware shop at Mission Restaurant Supply!
  • Need Help Sizing Your Tablecloths?

    Picking the right tablecloth color or pattern can be a daunting task. There seem to be so many options for someone looking to liven up their dining area. Do I want a bright and colorful look? Maybe something more muted and neutral? Making those decisions seems like a breeze for most people once they realize they have to choose the right tablecloth size. You don't have to recall your high school geometry class to accurately size your tablecloths. Sizing your tablecloths is easy!
    • It's important to know the size of your tabletops because that's the biggest factor in accurately sizing your tablecloths.
    • Once you've got your tabletop measurements it's time to decide how long you want the tablecloth "drop" to be. The drop is the length of tablecloth that's going to hang over each side of your table. This can be tricky because everyone's opinion differs but a safe drop length is between 8 and 12 inches on each side. If you're going for a more formal look the drop length should increase to 29 inches, assuming your table height is a standard 30 inches.
    • It's also a good idea to factor in a few more inches because some tablecloths have a tendency to shrink after they're washed.
    Table Sizes 12" Drop 29" Drop
    24"R 48"R 84"R
    30"R 54"R 90"R
    36"R 60"R 96"R
    48"R 72"R 108"R
    60"R 84"R 120"R
    72"R 96"R 132"R


    Table Sizes 12" Drop 29" Drop
    24" X 24"SQ 48" X 48"SQ 84" X 84"SQ
    30" X 30"SQ 54" X 54"SQ 90" X 90"SQ
    36" X 36"SQ 60" X 60"SQ 96" X 96"SQ
    48" X 48"SQ 72" X 72"SQ 108" X 108"SQ
    60" X 60"SQ 84" X 84"SQ 120" X 120"SQ
    72" X 72"SQ 96" X 96"SQ 132" X 132"SQ


    Table Sizes 12" Drop 29" Drop
    6' Banquet Table 60" X 108" 90" X 132"
    8' Banquet Table 60" X 120" 90" X 156"


    Table Sizes 3 Sides Full Coverage
    6' Banquet Table 11' 17'
    8' Banquet Table 13' 21'
    36"R N/A 10'
    48"R N/A 13'
    60"R N/A 16'
    72"R N/A 19'

  • Receiving Merchandise: A Simple How To

    Internet shopping has revolutionized the way companies do business. You can buy almost anything under the sun and have it shipped to your doorstep. It's important to take a few precautionary steps when you do receive merchandise shipped via FedEx, UPS, and other freight carriers because some items will inevitably be damaged in transit. Below are some tips for receiving large equipment and smaller packages.

    When purchasing your equipment request the freight carrier to call you before delivery so you're present upon the arrival of your merchandise. It isn't always a standard service so it's good to ask just in case.

    Once your item or items arrive, review your shipment for visible damage before signing the receipt. Do not sign for your freight shipment without prior inspection! Freight companies are responsible for inspecting items before picking up a shipment from us. When freight carriers sign for items they pick up from us, they are indicating that items are received in good condition from us unless otherwise noted on the freight bill. Therefore, it is critical that you inspect your shipment for any damages before signing for your delivery. Once your shipment is signed for, any compensation for damage will have to filed through a freight claim with the carrier.

    Look over the pallet or skid that's attached to the bottom of your package for damage. A good indicator of damage is a crushed pallet! Also, look at the shrink wrap or box surrounding the merchandise. If there are noticeable holes, rips, or tears then further inspection is a must. Don't take up too much of the driver's time but don't let their schedule keep you from thoroughly inspecting your shipment; after all, you paid for it! If you have multiple items on one pallet make sure you accurately count everything to ensure you aren't missing items. Visible damage, no matter how slight it may be, and missing merchandise are automatic grounds for refusal.

    If there is visible damage to the packaging or missing items, you may refuse the unit by signing the delivery receipt with "REFUSED. DAMAGED." Then, contact us so we can replace the item for you. You may also accept the unit with the freight damages, but you will be responsible for submitting a freight damage claim with the carrier. 

    Once you sign for a package "free and clear" without making note of damage or loss on the delivery receipt it's up to you to file a concealed damage claim with the carrier. Unfortunately, you only have 15 days from the delivery date to file a concealed damage claim. Make sure you're as specific as possible about notating damage on the delivery receipt. Once you've made note of damage or loss on the delivery receipt then you have nine months from the delivery date to file a freight claim with the carrier. Freight damage shouldn't deter you from placing online orders but it's something everyone needs to be aware of and prepared for.

    The most common problem with receiving small packages from FedEx, UPS, and USPS is not being available to inspect and sign for the package upon delivery. When you make an online purchase that requires delivery from a common carrier make sure you request a "signature required" service so you have the opportunity to inspect your package or packages. Requiring a signature upon delivery is especially important when you're ordering fragile or expensive items.

    If you do receive a damaged package but you weren't available to inspect it and sign for it, call the carrier and the shipper immediately and make them aware of the situation. No two companies or carriers will have the same solution to your problem. Shippers and carriers have a tendency to blame each other for damaged packages, so it might take a few phone calls before a resolution is clear. Hopefully, you'll receive a call tag from the carrier at the request of the shipper to have the damaged merchandise picked up and sent back. Other times you'll have to deal directly with the carrier to resolve the claim. The longer you wait to make a claim the less likely it will be resolved in your favor.

    Shopping online is a fast, convenient, and often inexpensive way to make purchases. A few clicks of your mouse and your order is on its way! Unfortunately, shipping can lead to damages and the loss of valuable merchandise. Don't let the risk of freight damage deter you from enjoying the convenience of eCommerce. Make sure you know the shipping policies of the companies you're ordering from to avoid unnecessary headaches and confusion. It's also a good idea to check the websites of carriers like FedEx and UPS so you're aware of their responsibilities as well as yours. For more helpful information take a look at Mission Restaurant Supply's shipping policies.

  • How to properly care for cast iron cookware!

    It's an age old question that is constantly being asked: How do I care for my Cast Iron Cookware? If you own cast iron cookware it's important to follow a few simple steps before you start using it to prepare your favorite meals. By properly caring for your cast iron cookware you'll be able to pass it down the family tree for generations to come.

    GETTING STARTED: The very first thing you want to do is rinse your pan with hot water and dry it completely. Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the cooking surface of your pan and let it slowly pre-heat. You'll be ready for cooking once the pan is pre-heated. Always remember to avoid cooking cold food in your pan.

    CLEANING:  When you're done cooking in your pan you should use a stiff brush and hot water for cleaning. Using dish soap and other abrasive detergents should be avoided. Also remember it's never good to put a hot pan in cold water because thermal shock can lead to cracking and warping. Towel dry your cast iron pan completely and apply another thin coat of oil to the cooking surface.  Never let your cast iron air dry and never put it in the dishwasher! If rust should happen to form on your cast iron pan simply scour it off with steel wool and re-season (see below). Always store your cast iron cookware in a cool, dry place or in an oven (remember to take it out before using the oven!).

    RE-SEASONING:  At some point food will start sticking to your pan or the color of your cast iron cookware will become dull. It's time to re-season! Rinse your cast iron with hot water and a mild soap. Make sure you dry your cast iron completely. Apply a thin coat of vegetable oil on the inside and outside of your pan. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom rack of your oven to avoid dripping and place the pan upside down on the top rack. Set your oven to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake your cast iron cookware for at least one hour then turn off your oven and let your cast iron cool off in the oven. Make sure your cast iron is stored in a cool, dry place.

    By following these simple steps you should be able to enjoy using your cast iron cookware forever!

  • Mission Restaurant Supply Launches New Improved Website!

    web-snapshot Mission Restaurant Supply Launches New Website

    Having served the foodservice industry online with a full scale e-commerce website for over 4 years now, Mission Restaurant Supply felt the need to upgrade their website to keep up with today's technology and increasingly savvy shoppers.

    The improved website is sure to keep shoppers happy with new features such as the ability to see their order history, sort products, and view several or all items at once in a particular category. Some enhanced features include order tracking online, easier navigation, the ability to calculate shipping cost on the product page, and faster loading pages. Features will continually be added to ensure customers enjoy their shopping experience.

    The new website was designed and built by David Limon, Fannie Lewis, and Chris Collins using Miva Merchant 5.5 on a MySQL database. Through the use of CSS, the website is slim in size, keeping search engines happy; and coding is continually being compressed for optimal performance. In addition, credit needs to be given to several O'Reilly Media books, which were extremely handy in building the new website.

    Mission Restaurant Supply's sales force includes: three showrooms in Texas (Austin, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio), a bid and contract department, an outside sales team, and a full scale e-commerce website. Other divisions include parts sales, leasing, service (within a 75 mile radius of each showroom) and the newly acquired metal fabrication shop, Mission Metal Fabricators.

    Mission Restaurant Supply was ranked #20 in the nation on Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine in 2008 (up from #26 in 2007) and continues to grow in the ranks as they expand their services. Whether shopping online or visiting a showroom, Mission Restaurant Supply continues to be a foodservice industry powerhouse. If you're in the market for restaurant equipment or restaurant supplies be sure to check out Mission Restaurant Supply online at www.MissionRS.com for unbeatable prices and great service!

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