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What is FDA Food Grade Caulk?

FDA Food Grade CaulkFDA Food Grade CaulkFDA food grade caulk is a food safe sealant that comes in a variety of colors: clear, aluminum, white, black and red. This sealant’s primary purpose is to keep moisture out of unwanted places, and since it doesn’t cause food borne illnesses when it comes in contact with food and drinks, it’s the preferred caulk for kitchen and restaurant appliance repair, including sinks, ice machines and stainless steel walls.

The different colors of FDA food sealant help with different types of repairs:

  • When sealing an ice machine or ice dispenser we recommend using the FDA Food Sealer in Clear. Sealing around the entire ice machine base will ensure no liquid will leak out and possibly collect in unwanted areas.
  • White and Black fit in standard caulking guns and are able to stand-up to a wide range of temperatures: -85º to 400º F.
  • Stainless steel is a popular building material in residential and commercial applications. The Aluminum Colored FDA Food Grade Caulk is the perfect solution for patching nail holes, gaps or cracks in stainless steel appliances.
  • If your application requires sealing an area where there will be high temperatures, we recommend using the Red FDA Silicone Caulk. The Red Silicone Sealant can withstand a max temperature of 400º F and will fit in most standard caulking guns.

FDA food caulk is NSF listed and U.L. recognized making it safe to use around all food operations. Food safety in restaurants is taken very seriously by health inspectors and the FDA – using the right tools for the right applications will keep your restaurant in good standing.

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Super Bowl Slow-Cooked Chili Bar

I love this time of year. Yes, because of snow and being able to enjoy a ski run or two, but also because the Super Bowl is right around the corner – and it’s time to get cooking!

I try to get my menu planned ahead of time so I can enjoy the game and not have to worry about being stuck in the kitchen.  One of my favorite go-to menu items is chili; in fact, I usually make an entire chili bar, complete with slow-cooked red chili that can be eaten Frito-pie style, on hot dogs or over nachos – it’s amazing how many things can be created with just one big pot of chili.  Set everything up (including sides of cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and all of your other favorites) buffet style, with plenty of plates and utensils.  For some great ideas on how to create your own chili/nacho/hot dog bar, visit this Pinterest board.  And for a super game day recipe, here’s my family’s favorite…

IngredientsSuper Bowl Chili Bar Party

Yield, makes 10 servings

1 lb Ground Beef

1 lb Steak, Chopped

1 Onion, Chopped

2-4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

2 Cans of Kidney Beans with Liquid

1 Can of Black Beans with Liquid

1 Can of Pinto Beans with Liquid

2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes with Liquid

2 Cups of Beef Stock

1 tbls Chili Powder

1 tbls Dried Oregano

½ tbls Cumin

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Cocoa

½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Place ground beef, steak, onion and garlic in skillet over medium heat.  Cook until meat is evenly brown.  Drain grease, and pour into Crockpot.
  2. As the beef, onions and garlic are cooking, you can go ahead and put the remaining ingredients in the Crockpot.  Stir ingredients together.
  3. When all of the ingredients are in the Crockpot, put the lid on and cook on low for at least 8 hours.

Since you’re slow-cooking this, it doesn’t really matter on the cut of meat you use, but when I’m cooking the entire recipe on the stove-top, I try to get a nice cut of meat so that the meat is tender when served.  Also, I recommend preparing this recipe the day before the Super Bowl and cooking it overnight; that way, it’ll be done in time for the game and you can just set the Crockpot to “keep warm.”

Game on!

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Where To Turn When Your Commercial Oven Craps Out

The holidays are a time for freshly baked treats, slow-cooked meats, and all-around oven-infused goodness. Whether you’re celebrating as an at-home enthusiast or busy restaurant operator it’s safe to assume your oven sees more than its fair share of use this time of year. From heavy-duty restaurant ranges to the above-average home oven, buying the right piece of equipment is essential when it comes to keeping those fires burning during with oven season.

With so many options out there, how does the average consumer find the oven they need without wading through hundreds they don’t? Well, we’re taking a quick look at some manufacturers we stand behind, and wholeheartedly recommend, if you’re in the market for a new oven or commercial range.

Southbend Range w/ Oven


With a “reputation for consistency and durability, even in the busiest kitchens”, Southbend is “recognized as a global leader in heavy-duty, commercial cooking equipment” which is a fancy way of saying their restaurant equipment is quality and built to last. From fryers, steam cookers, and broilers to ranges, ovens, and sectional equipment one could easily equip an entire kitchen using Southbend pieces;. in fact, their sectional equipment is meant for just that.

For over 100 years, the company has been building innovative products with, energy saving methods, and safety in mind. This means 100 years of improving upon design and ensuring that working equipment is the last thing the end user worries about when crafting those culinary creations.

The variety of their offerings coupled with the ability to completely customize back of the house line-up has prompted establishments (be they restaurants, supermarkets, or institutional food service operations) to outfit their kitchens using Southbend equipment. With five domestic manufacturing facilities and two abroad, Southbend prides itself on its ability to supply the food service industry worldwide.


Imperial OvenImperial

Remaining a family-owned company since taking those first few steps in 1957, Imperial’s mission is to continually supply the globe with top value, high-quality food service equipment. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing process and highly skilled employees ensure that each piece of equipment is kept to high standards and produced to please. From order entry to construction completion, Imperial prides itself in lowering production costs while creating top-quality equipment for all your kitchen needs.

Their Green Tech ranges, in particular, boast an ability to add 20% efficiency to range-related operations (from 40% efficient to 60% efficient), and these energy and environmentally conscious pieces hold heat in while reducing wasted energy. For the always-on commercial establishment, those where a wide range of cooking and holding equipment are used constantly, any piece that can dramatically cut down on energy costs is always a welcome addition.

Their energy-efficient practices paired with game-changing innovations puts Imperial on the list of go-to vendors that establishments around the world rely on daily.


Turbo Air (Radiance)Turbo Air Range w/ Oven

An industry leader in refrigeration equipment, Turbo Air may be the last manufacturer you’d expect to address your oven needs. But, the company has branched out and delved into cooking equipment, bringing with them their commitment to quality. Radiance opens up the world of heating equipment to a company that’s strong suit has always been making things cold. Where their refrigerators, freezers, prep tables, and keep-it-cold kitchen essentials are what they’re recognized for, the Radiance side of Turbo Air’s operation proves that these cold kings are no one-trick pony.

Passing the industry’s most recent safety, performance, and energy efficiency standards, Radiance equipment gives you the ability to stand under the Turbo Air umbrella when equipping your commercial kitchen. From freezing your foods to cooking them up just right, Turbo Air and Turbo Air’s Radiance have you covered!
With a philosophy of “innovative everyday” and the mindset that “your success is Turbo Air’s success” the company continues to create energy conscious and industry-leading equipment and accessories.



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Types of Food Warmers

Tundra Restaurant Supply BuffetWhen we think of food warmers, we think of the countertop warmers that can be used for commercial or residential purposes. Yet, there are a variety of food warmers (and warmers in general), that can help outfit any catering or restaurant business.

Of the more than 700 products categorized as warming and/or holding equipment here at Tundra, here are the different categories we offer:

Countertop Warmers
Countertop warmers are perfect for keeping smaller food portions warm, and one of the most common types used in homes. Capacities range from 3 quarts to 6 gallons, and come in the following varieties: rectangular food warmers, round warmers, soup kettles, heated shelves, rice warmers and drop-in warmers.

Heated Banquet and Transport Carts
These types of warmers are definitely for the catering business on the go. They are built to hold anywhere from 9 pans of food to 36 pans, and are completely portable! So even if the event is running late, it doesn’t mean the food has to go cold.

Plate Warmers
Much like a cold bench can make you cringe when you plop down on it, a cold plate can turn an entire meal sour. Restaurants love to use plate warmers to make sure the food stays nice and warm throughout the meal, while home cooks love to use them to make sure that holiday food gets warmed even if you’re the last one through the buffet line.

Overhead Warmers
Heat lamps and strip warmers are commonly used to make sure food stays warm for a short period of time; other common overhead warmer uses are for carving stations and buffet serving. We even have stylish suspended heat lamps for food lines that are seen by the public.

Drawer Warmers
These types of warmers are the kitchen multi-tasker when it comes to keeping food hot. They can be used to keep breads and rolls at the right temperature throughout dinner service… or to keep just about any other type of food warm until ready to be served.

Proofing and Holding Cabinets
Similar to heated banquet and transport carts, these types of warmers come in compact and large sizes, but the main difference is that they also help with proofing dough – making them perfect for bakeries and delis.

Heated Dispensers
Heated dispensers scream munchy food! They’re perfect for toppings like nacho cheese, chili and butter. There are also syrup warmers to make sure pancakes and waffles don’t become cold when hit by the sticky topping.

Steam Tables
From large buffet tables (some are even portable) to smaller steam tables that are perfect for small gatherings, these variety of food warmers are the typical go-to product for restaurants and residences that love to show off their culinary skills.

Heated Merchandisers
These types of warmers are used to keep food warm while pleasantly displaying the food to guests. They include pizza, pretzel, nacho and soup warmers, as well as, large displaying cases.

Bun Warmers
There’s nothing better than the smell and taste of a warmed bun to go with a hot dog. These bun warmers are the perfect companion for keeping all types of buns warm, and can hold 24 – 64 buns at a time.

Restaurant Range Bain Maries
In the culinary world a bain marie is a container that uses hot water to keep foods warm and to cook delicate foods like custards – mmm, crème brulee. Our smallest bain maries is 16 ” W × 31 1/2″ D × 14 5/8″ H, where our largest is 19 11/16″ W × 35 7/16″ D × 35 7/16″ H (this one includes two side operations).

Towel Warmers
Towel warmers are more commonly used in Japanese style restaurants to add to the customers’ experience. At Tundra, we offer three types of towel heaters: 40-80 piece heater, 120-240 piece heater and 180-320 piece heater.

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