• Savoring The Smoker Oven

    What better aroma and taste to trigger your appetite than a delicious, smoked steak, fish or cheese? "Smoking" food has been a time-honored concept, but as years have passed, technology has advanced to make the process more efficient, and the end result more delicious. That's where Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens come into play.

    This highly respected foodservice manufacturer creates a state-of-the-art line of Smoker Ovens that are designed to add a variety of tastes and flavors to your menu items at a fraction of the cost of buying pre-smoked food. The concept of smoking food is beloved not only for the way it tastes but for its healthier nutritional benefits since inherently it doesn't add sodium, fat, or sugar to the food. By using real wood in the form of wood chips, you add real, natural  flavor to your food, not just the aromas from your spice cabinet. This lack of artificial smoke and the lack of pressure cooking keep the Alto-Shaam Smokers coming out on top with every use. Like other Alto-Shaam equipment, the Smokers are an economical investment, giving off very little external heat which keeps your kitchen (and staff) cool. They also use less than $1 of electricity with every load of food!! If you aren't convinced yet, keep reading for a few other benefits that make Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens the only way to go for premium smoking equipment:  

    1. Ease of Use
    Each of Alto-Shaam's Smoker Ovens is equipped with a smoker box that's positioned conveniently inside the oven cavity. Simply fill the box with the wood chips you choose (mesquite, cherry, apple, hickory, maple, and the list goes on) and set the smoke intensity control to the level you need. Each Alto-Shaam Smoker is equipped with a smoke timer that allows you, the operator, to set the intensity from mild to medium to heavy smoke flavor, so you get just the right amount of smoked goodness. 2. It Cold Smokes Too! 
    Alto-Shaam's Smoker Ovens also have the ability to cold smoke cheese, fish and other foods you'd least expect, without using any heat. This opens up the boundaries and allows you to do more than you would be able to do with competitors' smoker ovens currently on the market. 3. Various Sizes/Configurations 
    Every foodservice kitchen has its own needs and capacity requirements, that's why Alto-Shaam has both single compartment and double compartment stacked ovens for you to pick from. Furthermore, you can choose from a number of exteriors, from heavy-duty stainless steel to black or burgundy panels to fit the aesthetic and demands of your business. 4. "Cooking & Holding" In Only The Best
    Let's not forget that Alto-Shaam is renowned for their iconic low temperature Cook & Hold oven technology, and all Alto-Shaam Smokers are conveniently powered by this system. With the ecosmart® Halo Heat® system, you get the unmatched tenderness, minimal electricity consumption, less shrink (and more profit) that you'd get from a Cook & Hold Oven by the brand, but you also get the unique smoker properties mentioned in this post that give you and your business more menu opportunity. You know what that means? With this one investment you can cook, roast, reheat, smoke and hold everything from tomato sauce to sausage, fish and artisan cheeses. Click here to read more about Alto-Shaam's Cook & Hold Oven Technology. 5. Uncompromised Operator Control
    Whether you need a basic "Simple Control" or a more robust "Deluxe Control," the Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens are built with operator control boards to meet your needs. The units equipped with "Simple Controls" provide an easy, straightforward way for you to operate the equipment thanks to a simple-to-read digital display, arrow controls and more. The "Deluxe Control" system is also easy-to-use, but it's equipped with more features like a built-in 8 recipe memory program and an internal temperature probe that allow you to do that much more with your investment.  

    Should you have any questions about these Alto-Shaam Smoker Ovens or if you need help finding the right unit for your business, give us a call at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will assist you!
  • Installing Your Ice Machine

    One of the most important things you can do after you've bought a commercial ice machine is to make sure it is properly installed. Installation can directly effect the performance of your unit, so it's critical that your salesman and whoever is installing it takes time to go over routine site inspection check points with you. Doing this ensures that your set-up has everything needed for optimal performance, including adequate utilities.  Now generally speaking, there are 4 core components that are absolutely necessary for your ice machine's install: Power, Water, Space and Drainage. Here you will find details on each that will help you in the process:

    1. POWER
    Before you power up your ice machine, you'll need to know what kind of voltage and amperage requirements the unit has. The electrical specs vary from machine to machine, so for some smaller units, a simple wall-plug connection may be sufficient while other times a separate disconnect will be needed. If the latter is the case, a visit from an electrician is advised so that the circuit breaker and wiring is administered properly. Remember that commercial ice machines require their own dedicated circuit so be sure to take note of what your unit needs before proceeding.

    2. WATER
    Commercial ice machines need access to a water connection with adequate water flow to ensure it stays in operation. It is highly recommended to purchase a water filtration system along with your machine as doing so will improve the quality of your beverages, the taste of your ice, and the longevity of your unit. Without an inline water filter, the build-up of scale, sediment, lime and minerals from the water will corrode the interior of the machine, diminishing the life span of the unit while degrading the quality of the ice. Remember that ICE IS FOOD and dirty ice has the potential to sicken your patrons or yourself.
    Travis Water Filters, available on MissionRS.com
    3. SPACE
    Whenever installing a new ice machine, clearance is incredibly important to the placement of the unit. Ice makers work hard throughout the day (and often through the night) to keep up with your establishment's ice demand, and naturally, they can get overheated easily if they aren't given room to "breathe" during peak hours of operation. The ice machine has to ventilate  and have enough clearance to cool off and circulate air, particularly in climates where the ambient temperature is high for a large portion of the year. Make sure that you know the dimensions and specifications of both the machine and the designated place for it in your home or business to ensure that it will fit beneath any counters or in between any walls with adequate room to spare. Space also plays a large role when thinking about maintenance and serviceability down the line. Having easy access to all sides of the unit will help speed up the repair process. {For self-contained air cooled ice machines, it's generally advisable to have 6'' of clearance at the rear, the top and on the sides.}

    4. DRAINAGE
    Another important feature when thinking about install is Drainage.  With every ice production cycle, there is excess water that needs to be purged out as well as melted ice/water that needs to be drained from the bin. The ice maker (and the storage bin) will either need a floor drain and/or a drain pump for the water that was not frozen into ice during the freeze cycle. (This water, which is often called the purge water, didn't freeze onto the evaporator plate because it  contained impurities and minerals that kept it from freezing more quickly than the clean, pure water. Purging this "impure" water out is critical to the ice making process and keeps those impurities from settling into your ice machine.) Furthermore, self-contained ice makers and modular ice makers with an attached ice bin, have to rid their bins of ice that's melted and has been sitting in the system for a period of time. For restaurants and other institutions that have time to plan, integrating a floor drain into the facility is a good option, while those that don't have the floor drain will need a designated drain pump to rid the unit of excess water. Ask our team of sales representatives about drain pumps and accessories when buying an ice maker from our site- you can reach us at 800-319-0690! Even if it's not online, we'd be happy to help you find what you need from a local parts dealer!
  • 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.
  • The Pros Of Ceramic Knives

    In the world of cutlery, there's been a quiet yet undeniable growth in the popularity of Ceramic Knives. By now, chances are you've heard of their unique properties and perhaps how they've helped fellow chefs and kitchen enthusiasts in their day-to-day routine.

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    For many people, the higher price point is a deterring factor in the purchasing process. However, in our experience, these knives have a way of selling themselves when people understand the kinds of opportunities that can be bettered in your kitchen by going ceramic.

    A good education can go  a long way when buying, selling and even using a product, so here are a few educational tools for understanding the benefits of Ceramic Cutlery!  

    • Sharpness: We've all been there. You go to cut something and your knife is dull as a door stop. Resharpening is a pain but it's an absolute necessity for keeping your knives in tip-top shape. This is the first and foremost feature that sets a metal knife apart from its ceramic counterpart. Ceramic knives are in composition an entirely different tool, with a hard ceramic blade made by fire sintering pressed powder. The result is a lightweight yet highly effective tool that can slice, peel, cut and more with absolute precision. Our ceramic knives online are made by the Jaccard Corporation and they will hold their edge up to 10 years, a huge upgrade from traditional steel knives that need constant resharpening for the best results! In the event that your knife does need resharpening down the line, Jaccard makes it super easy for you. Simply send your knife to the factory and they will sharpen it for you, on the house! One misconception of ceramic knives, given their long-lasting sharp edge and strength, is that they can cut through any number of hard objects, from frozen foods to bones and tough meat. Ceramic knives are lightweight in nature as they've been sharpened down to a point of thinness that is aimed for softer, more delicate food items, like cheeses and fruit. The non-stick blade ensures that each slice falls away from the knife and the perforated knife cover protects the blade from chipping or breaking over time. {Keep in mind that Ceramic Knives are more brittle than metal knives and therefore can break or chip if dropped. Jaccard's rounded blade tips help prevent the tip from chipping over time.}

    • Composition: One of the biggest pros to buying  a ceramic knife comes from its composition. The pure ceramic blade is nonreactive, meaning that fruits and delicate vegetables won't brown after being sliced by the knife. (Say goodbye to instantly-browned apples and avocados!) Ceramic blades also eliminate the metallic odor and taste associated with steel blades. Furthermore, since ceramic knives are rid of metal, you'll never have to worry about rusting.

    • Easy Clean-ability: Ceramic Knives are  very easy to care for, needing only a quick rinse under warm water to keep them clean. This is because, unlike metal bladed knives, ceramic blades are dense and have minimal pores in their make up, keeping unwanted juices, dirt and more from getting deeper into the knife.

    • Comfort: Jaccard's ceramic knives are super lightweight keeping your staff fatigue-free throughout long hours of food preparation. Furthermore, these knives are outfitted with ergonomic handles so that you get the best maneuverability and slicing performance with every use.Discover a new level of slicing with a Ceramic Knife by Jaccard and browse through our growing selection of chefs knives, santoku knives and utility knives so you can stock your kitchen with the best! Keep in mind that ceramic knives are not an all-purpose alternative to your standard, trusty chef's knife, but they do create a great opportunity for better slicing of a versatile array of more delicate foods. We hope you enjoy!
  • 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!
  • A Texas-Sized Sweepstakes!

        Rules: 1. This sweepstakes is limited to residents of the United States. For complete rules visit the Mission Restaurant Supply Official Sweepstakes Rules Page. 2. Entries will be accepted from now until noon (Central Time) on Friday, December 7, 2012. 3. One winner will be selected at random from all entries on this post and announced on the blog at 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, December 7, 2012! How To Enter: Share with us a treasured holiday memory involving your favorite food or dining tradition. Leave your entry in the comments section of this post. Prefer to buy your own instead? Purchase yours here today and enjoy FREE SHIPPING until December 10, 2012! Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! You can also find us on Google Plus and Pinterest! NOTE: Neither BCOWW, Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter are affiliated with this sweepstakes.
  • Why Do Chefs Across The Nation Trust Garland?

    Buying new kitchen equipment is never an inexpensive ordeal, but long-time restaurant owners know that making a smart, high quality investment will pay off in the long haul. After all, the
    equipment is the heart and soul of a restaurant kitchen and investing in healthy, powerful, adept equipment will ensure a long, successful life.
     
    A quality product is a quality investment and that's exactly what The Garland Group believes. Since 1864, this foodservice manufacturer has been creating a line of range cooktops and stoves that are designed to meet the needs and the challenges chefs face on a day-to-day basis. Since then, the brand has been acquired by Manitowoc Foodservice and has expanded to include various other types of cooking equipment, from salamander broilers to fryers, but ranges continue to make up the forefront of their expertise. If your restaurant or foodservice operation is in the market for a new range, don't miss this article which will highlight some of the main reasons why chefs across the nation trust Garland for their businesses:


    Quality

    Garland prides themselves in being cutting edge and ahead of the curve, but most importantly, they pride themselves in their quality construction. By utilizing the most durable materials and engineering the product to withstand the rigorous demands of a commercial kitchen, Garland ranges are able to last over the years and they are also easy to clean and maintain.


    Support

    Though Garland is known throughtout the industry for having very few maintenance issues,  there are inevitable moments and unforseen circumstances when an issue may arise. Lucky for you, Garland's Support Team will be there and their unwavering commitment to the brand is a great confidence factor for potential buyers. Whether you need to trouble shoot an issue over the phone or you need help locating the nearest authorized service agent in your area, Garland Support is the team that's known industry-wide for being readily accessible while being able to solve your problems as quickly as possible.


    A Chef's Design

    Garland has set itself in a different league from its competitors by designing products that actually solve problems chefs face every day. The brand's design team uncovers the large and small obstacles chefs encounter and creates solutions for these obstacles by making the chef a central part of the design and engineering process.  


    Flexibility

    Garland is heralded by renowned chefs nationwide for their willingness to work with customers in designing their ultimate kitchen set-up. Whether it's a Garland island suite or a list of tight specifications, the brand will make it a priority to design your kitchen just how you like it. 


    Power & Cost

    Garland designs every range and stove with the power to keep up in a fast-paced kitchen. Built to consistently deliver unwavering heat, the Garland line creates a dependability that chefs can rely on while increasing consistency and efficiency in the back of the house. Garland also prides itself in being able to offer all these beneficial features at a competitive price point that kitchens large and small can enjoy.

  • 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!      
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      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!

  • The Highest Quality at the Lowest Price

    This new 20 quart food mixer by Jaxpro Foodservice combines the quality construction and performance of a commercial unit with a price point that can be enjoyed by all. Discover all the great features and benefits this Jaxpro mixer has to offer and equip your kitchen with savings when you invest in Jaxpro. To learn more about the brand, visit our site or visit the Jaxpro brand page!  
  • Halloween 2012

    There's never a dull moment (or a dull Halloween) at Mission Restaurant Supply! Check out how our teams got in the costume spirit this October:

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