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Hot Diggity Dog!

Hot Diggity Dog!

These hot dog facts will blow your mind.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council reports that annual hot dog sales in the U.S. are over $1 billion. 

And that’s just in supermarkets! That doesn’t account for Major League Baseball parks, where fans ate over 21 million dogs last year (over 3 million at the L.A. Dodgers’ ballpark alone).

Top hot dog city in the U.S.: Is it New York, Chicago or Los Angeles?

  • Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport consumes 6X more hot dogs than Los Angeles International Airport and LaGuardia Airport combined.
  • Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (over 95 million).
  • According to sales data for 2012, New Yorkers spent more money on hot dogs in retail stores ($113 million) than any other market in the country.

I’d say all three are winners! However, for this blogger, the City of Detroit has earned my hot dog loyalties with their original Poutine Dog, which features french fries, cheese curds and beef gravy. Done, done and done.

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InSinkErator Technology: Pretty Dang Impressive

If you interviewed 20 random people on the street and asked them to name a garbage disposer brand name, most of them would probably say InSinkErator.

Racine, Wisconsin-based InSinkErator is easily the most popular name in the disposer biz, and for very good reason: since 1927 InSinkErator has been on the cutting edge, creating new machines that dispatch of food waste with ever greater efficiency and consistency.

When you do something well, word gets around.

And what’s even more impressive about this company is that instead of resting on their laurels, they keep innovating. As you can see from the video above, InSinkErator continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the disposer space: they’re engineering machines that grind more without clogging or jamming, even when you’re putting waste like chicken bones down the drain.

In fact, with their new MultiGrind technology, you simply don’t have to worry about what you put down the drain.

Impressive, no?

Also, when you flip the switch of your new InSinkErator disposer, you don’t need to pause your conversation with your guests or kitchen coworkers. Models equipped with SoundSeal technology are at least 30 percent quieter than a standard disposer, and models equipped with SoundSeal Plus are at least 60 percent quieter!

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Bar Supplies That Save the Day (and Night)

Liquor pourers
If you work behind a bar, you’re probably already familiar with liquor pourers, those small but indispensable items that make tending bar much easier, faster and more consistent. For bar owners and managers, the financial benefits are nothing to sneeze at, because they eliminate costly over pouring and messy spills. What’s more, pourers that have flip tops prevent dust and insects from sullying perfectly good booze.

I should add: here at Tundra we carry nine brands of liquor pourers, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the exact product to meet your establishment’s needs in our Bar Specialty Shop. (If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do.)

Store & pour containers
Efficient pouring is only half of the equation. Efficient storing is equally important, and it’s probably no surprise that we can help you in that department too. Store and pour containers allow your bar staff to prepare mixed drinks in advance of your busiest nighttime hours. They’re dishwasher safe, break-resistant and typically include color-coded spouts and lids to help you keep everything smooth behind the bar during those wild and crazy nights.

Liquor pourers

Store & pour containers

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About the video: from our friends at Precision Pour, a comprehensive and compelling look at the many benefits of using a Precision Pour pourer. Check it out!

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Product Spotlight: Turbo Air M3 Series

Are you in the market for a new fridge or freezer? You should definitely consider the Turbo Air M3 Series.

The Turbo Air M3 Series offers impressive durability and convenience—and I daresay beauty—at an equally attractive price point.

But don’t let the price fool you! These units may be affordable but they are far from “cheap” in terms of construction, performance and appearance; no matter how busy your kitchen is, they’ll keep their end of the bargain.

The M3 lineup includes undercounter refrigerators and freezers; sandwich prep tables; and one-, two and three-door reach-ins. Here’s a look at a few of our top-selling models and their special features:

Turbo Air M3 1 Door Reach-In Freezer
Product Spotlight: Turbo Air M3 Series

  • Digital Temperature Control System provides precise and constant temperature to ensure your food stays fresh over an extended period of time.
  • Condensate system surfaces have been specially treated to resist corrosion, eliminate the risk of refrigerant leakage, and prevent the overflow of condensate water.
  • Stainless steel exterior, galvanized steel top, bottom and back, with rounded exterior corners to reduce the risk of injury.


Turbo Air M3 Series 2 Door 60″ Sandwich Prep Table
Product Spotlight: Turbo Air M3 Series

  • Cold air compartment maintains temperature evenly for each pan to preserve fresh food longer, and the compartment isolates pans from the rach-in area to prevent food spillage.
  • Fatigue-fighting easy grip handles and ergonomically designed doors that open and close effortlessly. ABS sheet door liners resist water condensation with thermal efficiency.
  • Magnetic door gaskets for quick removal, fast cleanup and easy DIY replacement.


Turbo Air M3 Series 1 Door Undercounter Refrigerator
Product Spotlight: Turbo Air M3 Series

  • Stainless steel cabinet construction for cleanliness and durability.
  • Stainless steel louver built to withstand food acids and stains, and ensure even distribution of cold air throughout the interior of the unit.
  • Adjustable heavy duty polyehthylene coated wire shelves.
  • Solid doors and efficient evaporators and condensers for faster cooling and greater efficiency


Also worth mentioning: hundreds of our Turbo Air units are eligible for FREE SHIPPING! So if you’re considering an M3 or other Turbo Air model, head over to our main website and pick one out!

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The Dipper Well Is Your Tireless Kitchen Companion

The Dipper Well Is Your Tireless Kitchen Companion

The dipper well is easily one of our kitchen favorites. A must-have for coffee shops and ice cream parlors, dipper wells keep your essential utensils—particularly spoons and scoops—clean and germ-free throughout the day and easily within reach. They are truly the tireless workhorses of the kitchen!

1. Wells Water Saver Heated Disher Well

2. Dipwell Company Dipperwell Shut-Off Valve

3. T&S Brass Dipperwell Faucet

3. Commercial – Dipperwell Faucet Stem

4. Nemco Spadewell Dipperwell Divider

5. Krowne Front Mount Dipperwell w/Faucet AB1953 Compliant

6. Commercial 6″ Round Drop-In Dipperwell

6. T&S Brass Dipperwell Bowl

7. Commercial Dipperwell Installation Kit

8. Dipwell Company Dipperwell Inlet Faucet

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Custom Cutting Boards Made to Order: A Tundra Exclusive

Custom Cutting Boards Made to Order:  A Tundra Exclusive

Do you have a prep table or countertop that needs a new cutting surface? We got you covered. Tundra offers are variety of custom cutting boards for bars, restaurants, large institutions, food trucks, catering companies, and everyone in between.

Just grab your tape measure, send us the dimensions,  and we’ll take care of the rest!

Custom Plastic Cutting Boards

Quantity: ___

Dimensions

Width: ___
Length:  ___

 Thickness

  • ½ inch
  • ¾ inch
  • 1 inch

Type

High temperature plastic

  • 350° F rated
  • Tan color

— OR —

Standard plastic
Colors:

  • White
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow

How to Place an Order
Fax your specs to Tundra Restaurant Supply at (800) 447-4881 for a quote or use our online webform to see what cost (and savings) you can expect. We will contact you with price and availability before order is placed.

Note: Custom items are non-returnable so please use care with measurements and specifications when ordering!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Johnson-Rose Corporation Wall Mount Bottle Opener
Price: $2.06/EA Sometimes dads forget where they put things—like the bottle opener. This solves that problem.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Update International Cap Catcher
Sale Price: $25.29 How could you possibly improve upon the delight of opening a cold beer on a hot day? By opening a cold beer and then watching the cap fall effortlessly into this cap catcher. Sublime.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Commercial Channel Lock Pliers
Price: $16.19 Fathers can never have too many pliers. (It’s true–look it up.)

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Comark 58–300 F Digital Thermometer
Sale Price: $20.99 One thing fathers really enjoy? Firing up the grill. With this handy quick-read thermometer, everyone else can enjoy burgers cooked exactly to their liking. Win-win.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Chef Works Red Baseball Cap
Price: $8.95 For follicly challenged dads who are tending the grill in the hot summer sun: stylish UV protection.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Vitamix BarBoss Blender
Web Only Price: $409.00 Anything with “Boss” in the name is probably a good Father’s Day gift. Add “Vitamix” and you’re approaching perfection.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Crown Verity Beer Butt Chicken Holder
Price: $10.59 “Beer Butt Chicken Holder”? ‘Nuff said.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

John Boos & Co. Culinarte Butcher Block Cart
Price: $539.00 This handsome cart is perfect for handsome fathers (though handsomeness is not a requirement).

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Waring Italian Perfectto Compact Panini Grill w/ Ribbed Plates
Price: $379.00 Give the (incredibly awesome) gift of perfectly grilled sandwiches and burgers.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

American Metalcraft Bottle Opener
Price: $1.36 This American-made bottle opener is guaranteed to please dads who love beer and FREEDOM.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Wusthof 9-Piece Grand Prix II Cutlery Set
Price: $199.99 Wusthof knives, people. Wusthof. You know, the amazingly well-crafted knives made in Solingen, Germany? Dads want these.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Dads Everywhere Will Love

Crown Verity 19 in Grill Brush
Price: $11.65 Fathers, as a rule, appreciate practicality. So they’ll appreciate this very practical grill brush for sure.

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Safe Temperatures for Food Service [INFOGRAPHIC]

Safe Temperatures for Food Service [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Keeping food at safe temperatures is vital for the health of your customers and your restaurant. With this handy infographic learn safe temperature zones for everything from refrigerator and freezer temps to thawing and cooking temps. And it’s all free, just for you to print it and display it in your kitchen.

Stay safe, folks!

P.S. Need a new thermometer? You can’t go wrong with Comark.

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And Our Vitamix Winner Is … Emily!

And Our Vitamix Winner Is ... Emily!

Emily from Texas is the winner of our Vitamix giveaway!

Picked at random from over 1100 entries, Emily is the lucky winner of a brand new Vitamix Vita-Prep 48 oz commercial food blender. When asked what her favorite blender recipe was, she confessed that this would be her very first blender!

Talk about going from 0 to 60!

We had a great response to this contest and we plan on running future giveaways, so keep watching this space and you could be our next winner. If you entered the contest with your heart set on winning a Vitamix, we understand your disappointment. We’re all a bit jealous of Emily too. And Our Vitamix Winner Is ... Emily!

If you absolutely must have a Vitamix blender—we totally get it—we know just where you can pick one up …

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Recipe: Cream of Asparagus Soup

Recipe: Cream of Asparagus Soup

The start of spring doesn’t have to mean the end of soup season. With warmer temperatures come fresh asparagus, peas and artichokes—the farmer’s market in spring is a soup-lover’s paradise. So, don’t put away that warmer yet!

Personally, I’m a pretty huge fan of cream asparagus soup. Here’s a recipe that is simple to prepare (which means it’s open to improvisation/additions) and delicious. (If you’re looking for a more exotic take on asparagus soup, this well-reviewed recipe from Food52 is definitely worth a try.)

Cream of Asparagus Soup
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green asparagus (or, if you can find it, white asparagus)
  • 1 cup green onions (or shallots), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Cut tips from 12 asparagus 1 1/2 inches from top. (Save for garnish.)
  2. Cut stalks and all remaining asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Cook green onion in 2 tablespoons butter in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Add asparagus pieces, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add 5 cups broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While soup simmers, cook remaining asparagus tips in boiling salted water until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
  5. Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth (see cautionary note below). Transfer to a bowl, and return to pan. Stir in cream, then add more broth to thin soup to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil and stir in remaining tablespoon butter.
  6. Add lemon juice and garnish with asparagus tips.

Optional “varsity team” augmentation: During step four, as an alternative to boiling, fry up a few strips of bacon, set aside, then saute the asparagus tips in the bacon fat. Use bacon as a final garnish with tips.

*Be very, very careful when blending hot liquids! Use much less liquid per blend. If you have a Vitamix, start at your lowest setting. Vent the lid so that steam can escape, covering the opening with a kitchen towel.

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