• The Mystery of the Microwave

    Untitled-2 The microwave oven is one of the most widely used items in all kitchens, both commercial and residential, yet interestingly, its' performance is one of the most misunderstood. So how does it actually work? In a nutshell, a microwave oven takes electricity and converts it into invisible electromagnetic waves which move at the speed of light. These energetic microwaves then penetrate food (from 0.5 to 0.75 inches deep) and are absorbed by the fat and water molecules in your food. This causes the molecules to vibrate rapidly which in turn creates friction and heat. This heat is what warms or cooks your food. Pretty cool, right?  Here are some interesting facts and interesting microwave mythbusters:
    • Electricity is converted into microwaves by magnetron tubes, which were designed specifically for this purpose.
    • Metal reflects energy which is why the interior sides of a microwave oven cavity are made of metal
    • Contrary to popular belief, microwave ovens cook from the outside in- NOT the inside out.
    • So why do they cook so much faster than a conventional oven? Microwave ovens cook faster than conventional ovens because  when the microwaves penetrate food (0.5''-0.75'' deep), there is more heat created in the outside portion of the food which then moves more quickly to warm/cook the inside.
    • Metal plates and aluminum foil should never be used with food in a microwave because the waves will deflect off preventing cooking. This could also result in potential overheating of the magnetron.
    • Standard microwave ovens don't have the ability to brown food. To solve this issue, manufacturers have introduced combination convection/microwave ovens which utilize dry heat and air plus speed to produce cook times up to 80% faster than a traditional convection oven.
      Mission Restaurant Supply has a quality assortment of both standard and combination Microwave Ovens by manufacturers like Amana and Panasonic. Have questions on which oven is the right investment for your business or home? Call us at 800-319-0690 and let our sales team help you make the right choice!
  • Mission's 25th Anniversary

    Untitled-3 It's been a whirlwind 25 years, friends! We can't believe that a full quarter century has passed since Mission's inception in March of 1988, but we are proud of our journey and humbled by your unwavering support. (For a little history on our name and our brand, visit this article!) Many things have changed over the course of our history, from new showroom locations to new family additions, but one thing has never wavered and that is our commitment to you, our customers, along with our compassion for what we do. The foodservice industry is a bustling, dynamic force for our economy, acting as one of the largest employers in the nation, and it is our job to make sure that all of these places of employment, including restaurants, bars, schools and hospital kitchens, are equipped with the finest commercial equipment and supplies. We were honored in 2012 to be named Dealer of the Year by FE&S Magazine and that achievement could never have been reached without your help. The Mission Culture is rooted in family, honesty, industry expertise, continuing education, respect and a commitment to always doing the right thing.  We strongly believe that these principles in addition to your relationships will help us carry on stronger than ever, now and in the future.  2012-fe&s-dealeroftheyear To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we'd like to invite you to celebrate with us at any of our 5 showrooms for the week of March 25-March 30, 2013. If you live in vicinity of one of our 5 showrooms, we hope that you will join us as we kick off the next 25 years!  1     Untitled-3     We hope to see you all there- there will be lots of door prizes, free cake, specials valid just for the week ($25 off $250 or more) and you can also register to win an Apple IPad! Please note that our Corpus Christi showroom will be having their cake on Thursday the 28th of March, 2013 as a joint celebration of our anniversary and their newly-revamped/renovated showroom! Please call 800-319-0690 for further questions and details!
  • Food Cooling: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

    Untitled-1 Many times in our industry, food is cooked ahead of time, hours before it is ready to be served. To ensure food safety is adhered to, it is imperative that this hot, freshly-cooked food is cooled in a timely manner. As some of you may (or may not) know, taking cooked food to a safe temperature is a 2-step cooling process:
    1. The first step requires you to take food from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours. If this doesn't happen food must be thrown away as it has already been exposed to "The Danger Zone" for a harmful period of time.
    2. The second step is to take the food from 70°F to 41°F or lower in the next 4 hours.
    This 2-step process is an important one to adhere to in order to keep bacteria from growing and foodborne illnesses from outbreaking.   DID YOU KNOW: Microorganisms grow wildly when food is left in between the "danger zone" temperatures of  41°F and 135°F? That is why it is so important to ensure food cools down in 2 hours during the 1st step of the cooling process. If for some reason food doesn't reach the 70° mark in 2 hours, be sure to throw it out and start fresh. Remember the consequence of a foodborne illness is far worse and more damaging to your reputation. Don't risk it. What Factors Affect Cooling Food?
    • The storage container: To achieve quicker cooling, try storing food in small, shallow pans 2'' -2/5'' deep, which allow the heat to disperse more quickly. Dividing up large containers of food will ensure that every square inch of your food product is achieving a quick cool down.
    • Food density/thickness: Keep in mind that the more dense and thick a food may be will affect how quickly it cools; the more dense the food, the longer it takes to cool, the less dense (think broth) the less time is needed.
    Which Cooling Methods Are Safe?
    • Stirring food with a Cooling Paddle is an efficient way to quickly bring down temperatures of chillis, soups, stocks and more. Simply fill the paddle with ice or water and freeze it. Once frozen, submerse the paddle and stir for a quick, even cool down. We have a 64 oz and a 128 oz Ice Paddle by San Jamar available online!

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    • For large banquets, hospitality, healthcare and other high volume settings, a Blast Chiller is a great investment. Blast chillers do just what they say they'll do: blast cold air over food  at high speeds to remove heat and bring down temperature.

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    • One of the easiest and most widely used tactics for cooling food is to place it in an Ice-Water Bath. Once food is divided into small containers, place it in a sink (or pot) filled with ice and water and allow it to cool down; stir as necessary.
    For more food safety tips, make sure to check back for more blogs and articles, and as always, feel free to call our staff at 800-319-0690 for more information!
  • The Incredible Intek

     groen_XS-208-8-3_LG Steamers are a mainstay in commercial kitchens for their healthier cooking techniques and versatile, efficient performance. From rice and vegetables to meats, fish, and poultry, commercial steamers present countless menu possibilities and opportunities for your restaurant business to thrive. Groen has been a long-time leader in the business of commercial steaming equipment, and their line of energy-efficient Intek Steamers adds even more prestige to the brand. Allow us to introduce to you the Intek XS: groen_XS-208-8-3_LG3_300x300 At Mission Restaurant Supply we believe in the quality of a good product and a product that can save the end user money. Groen's Intek Steamers do just that, wiping out exorbitant energy and water bills, thanks to their clean, innovative enginnering and design. This electric, self-contained, countertop steamer is a money-saving investment that will expand your menu capabilities in new, exciting ways. Groen is committed to efficiency, productivity and reliability, all of which play a large role when investing in a new piece of equipment. Below are some of the many perks of buying an Intek:
    • It's Connectionless: The Groen Intek is a connectionless steamer which means no water or drain connections are required. Simply plug it in, fill with water, and start steaming!
    • Energy Star Rated: The Intek uses 67% less energy than conventional steamers and it is LEED compliant with the lowest water consumption rating on the market (less than 1.5 gallons per hour!)
    • Steaming and Holding: The Intek is the most energy-efficient connectionless steamer out there, but as a value-added bonus, the unit can also operate as an NSF-approved holding cabinet for pre-cooked foods, and it's equipped with variable temperature controls for the best usability.
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    • It's Boilerless: Without the need for a generator or boiler-system, the Intek is able to operate with ease. No deliming, tedious maintenance or harsh chemicals are needed- simply a quick wipe down at the end of the day with 50/50 water and vinegar solution. The irrelevance of costly chemicals to this machine's operation is another huge money saver with the Intek.
    • Quick Cooking: By utilizing an inverted convection fan system and a powerful heater, the Intek is able to steam evenly, and fast at that. How fast? The Intek can take 48 lbs of frozen vegetables and steam them to perfection in only 17 minutes.
    • Minimal Maintenance: The Intek is free of probes, floats and other parts that are often damaged and end up needing routine servicing, making it a reliable force in the steaming line up.
    • Interactive Controls: One of the nice traits of the Intek steamer is the solid state control system which is easy to maneuver and purely mechanical, eliminating costly warranty bills
    groen_XS-208-8-3_LG2   Check back as we add more and more from Groen's energy-efficient Intek line and head over to see the XS-208 volt, 3 phase electric steamer online! It is in stock and ready to ship!
  • One Cart :: Two Ways

    Untitled-1 Every now and then a product comes on the market that serves the end-user in more than one way. As a customer, this is the best kind of investment because it continues to give back to your business. This is exactly the case with Rubbermaid's Convertible Utility Cart.
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      Invest in this innovative, patent-pending product for your business and know you are getting a multi-functioning, productivity-enhancing tool that will aid your staff and boost efficiency! Buy It Here!
  • Start Saving With Amana Microwaves

    Commercial microwaves are a mainstay in the day-to-day operation of the foodservice industry because of their fast cooking times and their superior food quality retention. Because they are used so frequently, it's important as a foodservice operator to invest in an oven that will last, which starts by purchasing a unit that can keep up in your kitchen.  Untitled-1 The Importance of Quality Like many things in life, investing in high quality will ensure not only product longevity but a better user experience. Take Amana Commercial Microwaves, for example.  This quality, Made-in-America brand has been innovating their product line so that end users can start seeing a profitable return on their investment, and quick. But with this ROI comes an important step in the purchasing decision: wattage & power. The Advantage of Higher Wattage Though the initial upfront cost may be significantly more, investing in a microwave oven that has a higher wattage will deliver greater yield and more profit for your business. Trying to get a grasp of the bigger picture can have a significant influence on the best purchase and fit for your business. Here's the break down: More Wattage = Less Cooking Time = Faster Table Turns  = Increased Profits! The following charts show both how cook times decrease as microwave wattage increases and the energy savings that ensue from sizing up: potato Untitled-2

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    Furthermore, when considering output per hour, keep the following in mind: 1000 watt microwave = 13 baked potatoes 1200 watt microwave = 17 baked potatoes 1800 watt microwave = 20 baked potatoes 2200 watt microwave = 28 baked potatoes 3000 watt microwave = 33 baked potatoes Also important to keep in mind is the fact that higher wattage equals better food quality; food retains color, texture, nutrients and taste! Many of the higher wattage Amana microwaves available at Mission Restaurant Supply, like the RC Series, the HDC Series, and the RFS Series, cook rapidly enough that moisture in the food is actually converted to steam. So in a sense, an Amana investment can serve a dual purpose, coming in handy as a back up when your steaming equipment is down or occupied. Other benefits of using your Amana microwave as a steamer include the connectionless hook up meaning no plumbing or deliming is needed in addition to no ventilation hood being required!   Explore the energy, labor, and cost saving features of Amana Microwaves and feel free to call our sales team at 800-319-0690 for further information on Amana Commercial Microwaves!
  • BPA In The Foodservice Industry

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    As science and technology have advanced, the foodservice industry has responded by making products that are better for the end user. One of the latest discoveries to spark conversation is the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in thousands of commercial products around the world, from food packaging equipment to baby bottles. Initially introduced in the 1940s as a material which when combined with polycarbonate would harden plastics, the chemical has now made its way into a widespread, mainstream role, appearing everywhere from the cans in your pantry to the tupperware holding leftovers in your refrigerator.  (According to the Centers for Disease Control, a recent study showed that 93% of Americans have BPA in their urine, a testament to the real, inevitable existence of this product in our lives.)  Recently, scientists and researchers have learned that exposure to this chemical can have an adverse effect on your health (think neurological damage, cancer and endocrine disruption), leading many manufacturers, including many foodservice manufacturers, to revolutionize their construction practices. This topic of conversation is particularly relevant in the foodservice industry, since so many manufacturers use plastic in their products. (Think: even the plastic liners found in many canned goods can seep into your food.) Though BPA has been proven to have a negative impact, it is worth noting that in reality, BPA isn't the only chemical that should be worried about when dealing with plastic in the foodservice industry. However, with all the research and evidence that has bubbled to the surface in recent years, there is no reason why you and others shouldn't be informed and educated of its potential threat. Luckily, many of the manufacturers that we stock at Mission Restaurant Supply have decided to pave the road to a safer, BPA-free destination. Take Rubbermaid's Food Storage Boxes, for instance. Favored industry-wide for their durability and pure functionality in the workplace, you can now store food more confidentally in Rubbermaid boxes given their lack of BPA. How Will I Know An Item Is BPA Free On Your Website? At MissionRS.com, we've taken the liberty to create  the circular stamp/symbol shown above that will let you know if an item is BPA Free or not. On every product page that is BPA Free you will see this symbol. An example of a product page is below:

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    We are constantly adding this green logo to items, many times just as soon as we hear that it has been listed BPA Free. If you have questions as to whether an item is BPA Free please don't hestitate to call our team at 800-319-0690 and we can double check for you!

     

     

  • Press Release: Mission Heads North

     

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      Mission Restaurant Supply Acquires Metroplex Restaurant Equipment Mission Restaurant Supply, FE&S Magazine's 2012 Dealer of the YEar, recently acquired Ft. Worth-based Metroplex Restaurant Equipment, giving the business a strong presence in the booming Dallas-Ft. Worth area.   San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) January 25, 2013- Texas-based foodservice dealer Mission Restaurant Supply has pushed its territory northward after the latest acquisition of Metroplex Restaurant Equipment in the Fort Worth metropolis. The addition marks a strategic and long-awaited advancement for the Mission brand. With branches currently representing the South, Central and East Texas territories along with the Rio Grande Valley, the move northward was a natural inclination for Mission Restaurant Supply, but for the company's ownership, it was all about the right timing. "It is imperative that we make strategy a priority when building our business," says Owner/CEO Jack Lewis. "As a leader within the company, it is my responsibility to map out a future plan that will allow us to grow steadily over time while seeking new, exciting opportunities. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis has always been on our radar, but it took finding the right company to pull the trigger. (Metroplex) has a similar company culture and a family of employees that strongly mirrors our own; it was a natural fit." The Fort Worth showrooms, under the direction of new General Manager Joshua Folan, are currently open for business to both the public and restaurateurs alike. "We are working on a smooth transition in branding in the coming months," says Folan. "It's an exciting time for all of us!" Mission Restaurant Supply is the leading foodservice equipment and supply dealer in South Central Texas. The family-owned company also operates a bid contract department, an engineering design team, a custom metal fabrication shop, an e-commerce store, and four other Texas showrooms with Leasing and Service Departments in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and McAllen. For more information, visit http://www.MissionRS.com or call 210-354-0690.

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  • The Nature of Water in the Foodservice Industry

    Anyone involved in the foodservice industry can testify to the primary necessity of water and the important role it plays when working in or planning a new facility. Just think about it: From dishwashing to restrooms, to water served in the dining room, there is an ever-present need for water, and clean water at that. water-supply Here are some initial costs associated with water to keep in mind when planning a new restaurant or foodservice venue: 1. Supply: Does your facility have a direct supply of water? Most facilities have access to water from a municipal water system but remember there are costs associated with having it in your restaurant. 2. Heat & Energy: From steamers to dishwashers, there is a significant cost associated with heating water and using energy to get it to the required temperatures. 3. Water Disposal: Remember that "waste water" must be properly disposed of and sewage costs will apply. 4. Maintenance: Scale build up and deposits can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of your equipments' performance. Make sure to routinely maintain any equipment that uses water to do its job (ice machines, dishwashers, combi ovens, steamers, etc) and to invest in filtration whenever possible. There are many filtration systems today that utilize a fine filtering system along with a polyphosphate feed which both diminishes scale content and keeps it from building up within your unit. How Does My Geographic Location Play Into My Water Quality? Another important and often overlooked factor to take into consideration is the nature of the water in your geographic location. It's important to remember that every water source has a mineral content to it. When these minerals boil out or evaporate, as they would in a commercial steamer, they stick to the unit and concentrate themselves forming buildup on the interior mechanics of your unit. This scale buildup prohibits the machine from running at its highest effeciency and therefore should be maintained more frequently. {This is also the same for commercial ice machines which leave behind a large concentration of clumped minerals when ice is formed.} Water indeed varies by area and can be prone to different problems and characteristics depending on where you are located. Examples include the presence of alkaline salts in solution which makes water "hard" along with the presence of dissolved solids and suspended solids which can give water bad odors and exposure to often dangerous chemicals.   We recommend you have your water tested by a local testing company to understand the composition of your specific water supply along with what you need to do to ensure it is safe. How Does This Help? Having a fundamental understanding of the basic utilities in your foodservice facility will help you make better business decisions down the line. Water is one of the most important of them all and understanding how it can directly impact your kitchen equipment is an important part of your job as a business owner. Remember to maintain your water-using equipment regularly and to utilize the self-cleaning, deliming features that your equipment may already offer. Should you have any questions about investing in a filtration system for your ice machine or other piece of equipment, call us at 800-319-0690 for guidance and make sure to check out our selection online. Staying on top of the regular maintenance will ensure a long product life and better product performance for your business over the years!
  • New 2013 Warranty Terms

    True Mfg and Turbo Air, two leading brands in the refrigeration world, have upped their warranty terms for 2013, instilling more confidence than ever in their respective product lines as we go into a new year of sales. Please advise of these changes and invest in the industry's best warranty terms to date! 1. True Mfg has extended this offer to all of their boxes and every piece of equipment effective January 1, 2013. Shop for Bar Equipment, Floral Cases, Reach-In Solid Door Refrigerators and Freezers, Glass Door Merchandisers, Preparation Tables, Bar Equipment, Bakery Display Cases and much more! And remember, when you purchase with us at Mission you not only get the lowest prices on the web but Free Shipping and Liftgate to your Commercial Address along with these new and improved warranty terms. Shop for True Mfg equipment & make a great business investment in 2013. true-mfg-main-banner 2. Turbo Air is another industry leader in commercial refrigeration equipment with state-of-the-art technology, aesthetically pleasing European designs and unparalleled product performance. turbo air Though not entirely across the product line, Turbo Air has decided to increase many of their warranty terms, starting with their renowned Super Deluxe Series Solid and Glass Door Products which now have a 3 year parts and labor warranty instead of 2. Below are more changes in the Turbo Air Warranty Terms:
    • Super Deluxe Solid and Glass Door Products: 3 year parts and labor warranty instead of 2 as of December 1, 2012
    • M3 Products: 2 year parts and labor warranty instead of 1 as of December 1, 2013
    • Glass Door Products: 2 year parts and labor warranty instead of 1 as of December 1, 2012
    • Open Display, Bakery and Deli Cases, Ice Cream Dipping Cabinets: 2 year parts and labor warranty instead of 1 as of December 1, 2012
    Shop for Turbo Air and save on Free Shipping and Liftgate to your Commercial Address as well as these new warranty terms!

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