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What’s the Difference Between a Zester and a Microplane? [Video]

Ever wonder what the difference is between a zester and a microplane? Though the terms are often used interchangeable and they serve very similar functions, the tools themselves are quite different. Learn about them and their proper uses here!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply, and in today’s episode I’m going to show you the difference between zesting and microplaning your citrus.

All right, here on my right, your left, we have a zester. This is made by Messermeister. Here on my left, your right, is a microplane. Let’s look at how these two differ.

Zester is you’re going to want to use these little blades in here. They look like little rings but they’re actually really sharp blades when you run them this way across your citrus. You’re going to want to hold up kind of close behind the blade to give it some leverage, and take one full stroke all the way across the lime. Notice what it does to the rind of the lime, as well as what you get out of it. Looks like little confetti strings.

Next we have a microplane. You want to try and make an even stroke across your microplane just like we did with the zester. As you rotate down the microplane you want to simultaneously rotate the citrus as well, so that way you’re not rubbing too much in one spot and getting too much of the bitter pit.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and that’s the difference between zesting and microplaning. If you’ve got any other further questions, please contact our sales floor directly or comment below, and please subscribe.

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Core an Apple [Video]

Apples are great to cook with in the summer and fall, but often removing the core can be challenging. In this video lesson, we show you how to easily core an apple, whether you need it in slices or whole!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to core a couple summer time fruits, apples, here’s how. All right, so here’s method one of coring an apple with a  knife. Just cut it in half. Then I’m going to cut it in quarters. Pretty basic so far and even easier, come in just a bit above the core, take a little bias cut through your knife. There you go, set that aside. We got one slice there. There’s your apple.

Now I’ll show you how to core an apple with the coring tool, here by Messermeister. Might want to put your apple flat on the cutting board. You could do this in your hand, kind of dangerous. Put it flat on the board, with your coring tool you want to get the center of this hole into the center of that apple core. Once you got that lined up then you can turn it upright, and just plunge your coring tool and with a slight twist. All the way to the bottom once you feel yourself hit that board, give it a little spin … and there’s your core.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. There’s a couple methods on how to core your summer time apples. If you got any other questions, please comment below or call our sales floor directly and please subscribe.

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Cut a Cantaloupe [Video]

Take the time and work out of making your summer fruit salad by using this easy trick to remove the seeds and rind from your cantaloupe!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and in this episode I’m going to show you how to properly peel a couple more summertime fruits. Here we got a cantaloupe.

Just like the watermelon, when picking out melons you kind of want to go for something that is really heavy but a smaller size. The reason why is because you know it’s going to be juicy.

This cantaloupe we got here is a little bit oblong so I’m going to show you how to peel this, but first thing I’m going to do is cut it in half. Here we go. Look at this lovely color combination here. Keep in mind, it’s really easy to follow your knife path. You want to make sure you get just behind the green and into the orange, but not too much of that orange flesh that is edible. You want to save as much as that as possible.

You take approximately a one inch section of your blade. You put that in the middle of the green transition right here, the color transition you see. You’re just going to follow the edge of the cantaloupe, the melon itself. Then take the top. Trim off any other little green pieces.

You want to take the seeds from the inside. All you need is a spoon. Kind of like a pumpkin, scoop it all the way around. You should feel all the loose stuff. You can throw that right in your bowl. Now we’re just going to dice up this cantaloupe.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and that’s how you properly peel and clean a cantaloupe. If you’ve got any further questions, please comment below or call our sales floor directly, and please subscribe.

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Peel Garlic [Video]

Garlic is an amazing seasoning with many uses, but having to individually peel each clove in an entire head can be extremely time consuming. Use this easy trick to quickly peel the entire head at once!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode, I’m going to show you 1 of many methods on how to peel some garlic.

For this method, all you need is 1 head of garlic and 2 bowls. Here I’ve got 2 stainless steel bowls. Throw your garlic in there. Cap it. Now you just want to shake it vigorously. Shake it like a martini, a Polaroid picture, like a tail feather. You can smell it already.

There’s 1 of many ways to peel your garlic. Now you’ve just got to fish for it.

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Cut a Watermelon [Video]

The quintessential fruit of summer, watermelon is universally loved – whether it be in a slice eaten right off the rind, grilled, or incorporated into salads or drinks. It can be difficult, however, to cut a watermelon to get just the right size cubes or slices, but with these easy tricks, you’ll be out of the kitchen and enjoying the sun (and your watermelon)!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to prep a couple summertime fruits. Here, we’ve got a nice watermelon. The first thing, I’m going to show you how to pick out a decent watermelon. There’s a lot of backseat driver methods on the way to do this. Obviously, a lot of people talk about a lighter skin belly compared to the rest of the outer shell itself. Pretty much, that’s where it was sitting on the ground. A nice white belly is good. You always want to think about that hollow sound.

Also, keep in mind, the most important part you want a smaller watermelon that weighs a lot weight. The reason why is it means it’s juicy. Now we’re going to show you how to peel it. Here, I’m just going to cut it in half first. A little straighter cut would’ve probably helped. Nice and bright. I love the color contrast of watermelon. This first one, we’ll put here. Now we’re going to cut out our little slices first. With the rind in place … You may be thinking why. Well, one it’s easier. Two, it’s more safe. These rinds are thick, and the watermelons are big balls that just slide around. Now that we’ve got our nice cross-section slices, it’s much easier to just peel away that rind. There you go.

The nice thing about peeling a rind like this as opposed to some other methods, which I will show you here in a second as well, is that you’ll be sure that you don’t get any of that white, tough, tasteless green rind inside your watermelon. You have pure juicy flesh in there. Once you have these cross-sections, it’s just so simple to dice to whatever size you need, or want or want to present on your plates. Here’s another method on how to peel the rind off your watermelon … Much like you would a cantaloupe, although this rind’s a lot thicker. It’s nice and easy. You can see where you’ve been.

It’s the same way you’ll prep an orange or a lime or a lemon to be segmented. The key to peeling melons this way, or even orange and citrus for segmenting, is you don’t want to peel off too big of a section. Otherwise, you’re going to be ripping off more edible flesh than you really want to. I’m just trying to follow that line that we see right here, right between red and white. We just stay right behind that line. Then you can clean up a couple of other little spots of the white rind that you may have missed. We just chop off the top. Now you’ve got your whole dome watermelon. We can slice and dice it like we just did earlier.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply, and that’s how you dice a nice juicy watermelon. Please comment below if you’ve got any further questions, or call our sales floor directly. Please subscribe!

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Kitchen Tricks: How to Cut a Mango [Video]

Mangos are one of the most delicious summer fruits – perfect in salads, fruit bowls, with cold drinks or alone! In this video lesson, you’ll learn how to easily slice around the pit inside the mango to quickly get your fruit diced up and ready to eat!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to prep some common summer fruits. Here we have a mango to start.

First thing to know about this mango is mangoes have a peak just like an avocado. Take a look at the shape of the mango, its a little bit flat, little bit oval. The peak is the same exact shape just smaller on the inside. Unfortunately, we don’t have extra a vision, you can’t really decipher exactly where its at. We’re going to do a little bit of guess part with our knife.

First I’m going to flatten up the bottom just a little bit more so we have a nice stable base. From there remember, the pit is right in here. We’re going to to a little bit of guess work. Nice one solid piece of flesh there. We’ll go on the other side. Same thing there. Depending on how large your mango is, you might be able to yield a little bit more of that middle cross section.

Ours was a little bit smaller, I couldn’t get too much there. But I do want to point out what the pit looks like. It is very fibrous. Now, on our two half fleshes of the mango. Just hatch it out kind of like we do dicing and avocado. Try not to go too deep here and go through the skin and that kind of defeats the whole purpose of what we’re trying to do right here scoring these little sections out.

You should be able to feel when you’re in the skin versus the flesh of the mango itself. Then just invert the skin. Once we get our inverted cross section. They should just peel right out. If you use a pairing knife, however you wish, its a great little snack as it is.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. That’s how you dice a mango. If you got any other further questions, please comment below or call our sales floor directly. Please don’t forget to subscribe!

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Troubleshoot and Repair Pre-Rinse Leaks [Video]

Don’t put up with time and efficiency lost due to a leaky pre-rinse! Most common leaks are easy to fix, and often don’t require you to replace more than one valve or washer. Learn more in this video how-to!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode I’m going to show you common leaks to  your pre-rinse assembly and how to troubleshoot and maintain them.

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The most common areas for leaks on your pre-rinse would typically in a few common spots, either your hose itself, one of the two washers on either side of your handle, or somewhere around the face-plate itself. Here’s how we fix those.

The first leak you might see is actually coming from  your stainless steel hose. If it’s leaking through this, just replace the hose itself. Your next spot might be somewhere around the handle whether it be at the bottom of the handle or the top of the handle. Keep in mind in both of these spots of the handle, there’s a washer. So if it’s leaking in one of these spots, you’re most likely going to replace that washer. So careful when unscrewing this pre-rinse because the washer just sits there, and there’s that washer, so if it’s leaking on that side, that’s the washer that’s going to need to be replaced.

Same thing applies to the bottom of the handle. If it was leaking there, go ahead and unscrew the bottom of the pre-rinse, right in there, that washer will need to be replaced.

Next common place gets a little bit tricky because this next leak, these next two leaks both involve the face-plate itself. If you look at this seam right here from the top, if it’s leaking through this top seam, we’re going to want to replace this bumper itself. Unscrew this face-plate, be sure not to lose the screw, so this entire rubber bumper will need to be replaced if it’s leaking from the top of that. Just put it on, get your Phillips head screw, pretty easy right there.

If you’ve identified that your leak is not coming from the top of the bumper and is actually coming through the water jets itself, you’re most likely going to need to replace this bonnet in here. Here’s how you do so.  You’re going to remove the handle with a Phillips screwdriver, there are two Phillips screws so you’re going to need one to anchor the other on the other side. Once you remove that handle, go ahead and begin to unscrew this piece. If you notice, this valve is very similar to the valves that we had in our previous plumbing video of identifying faucet leaks. Keep in mind that your odds are that if it’s leaking out of the face of the spray nozzle itself, you’re most likely going to need to be replacing the seat washer right here, or the entire unit itself.

However, if it’s leaking from that valve stem assembly in the first place, it’s most likely this black washer. Again, inspect this whole unit and the integrity of the washers and valves in themselves and just replace the whole unit if need be.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and that’s how you identify and troubleshoot common leaks to your pre-rinse assembly. Please comment below or if you have any other questions, contact our sales floor. Please subscribe to our weekly videos as well.

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Replace the Impeller in a Crathco Beverage Dispenser [Video]

Crathco Beverage Dispensers are pretty basic machines, and the only moving part inside the bowl is the impeller. The impeller spins to create the flow and spray of liquid – and if your machine is starting to make a strange noise, or isn’t functioning as well as it used to, chances are the impeller needs to be replaced. Luckily, it’s a quick and easy repair! Learn how in this video lesson:


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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply.  In this follow-up video I’m going to show you how to disassemble and replace the Impeller for your Crathco Beverage Dispenser.

So on the Crathco Beverage Dispenser, your real only moving part as far as mechanics inside the unit is this impeller.  So often times if you hear a funny noise from your beverage dispenser or you notice that the juice isn’t flowing consistently or the way that it used to when it was brand new, odds are you need to replace your impeller.  Here’s how.

First we’re going to take off the lid, take out your spray tube, remove your valve and handle.  You’re going to want to remove the lockdown washer, you’re going to want to remove the pump cover and then if you want you can remove the bowl depending on how tall you are or how easy your reach is.  Now we’ve exposed the impeller and this is all we’re trying to replace.  This is very easy.  It’s magnetic and it just slides right off.  Get your new impeller.  Again, it’s magnetic, just slides right back on and that’s how you replace your impeller for  a Crathco Beverage Dispenser.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply.  Be sure to comment below, or if you have any questions, contact our sales floor, and please subscribe to our weekly videos.

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How to Assemble a Crathco Beverage Dispenser [Video]

Easily set up your new Crathco Beverage Dispenser and start showing off your drinks to your customers!

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Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. In today’s episode I’m going to show you how to assemble your Crathco beverage dispenser. First thing first is we’re going to put on our bearing sleeve. Very tiny piece, be sure you don’t misplace it. It can easily get lost. Very critical to the operation of this unit. It just slides right on this spindle.

Once we got that there we have our impeller. It’s magnetic so it will slide right on and it will stay right into place. Next we take our bowl container and our gasket and I’m going to stretch it right over this. Then just kind of squeeze it around and make sure it’s flush. Then from there you’re just going to rock it down into place. Make sure it’s nice and snug.

Next we’re going to place in the pump cover. Keep in mind your dispenser unit will come with two of these. One is for a pump spray that we’re going to insert the tube to allow it to fountain over the top and cascade down the sides. The other one here is just an agitator and it’s just more for your heavier liquids, kind of like milk products. Keep in mind that this little piece has a notch that’s going to go right up to the front of the bowl container that the notch sits in.

Next we’re going to install the spray tube. Again, this is to fountain your juice and cascade down the sides. Next we’re going to place our lock-down washer. Next we’re going to install our handle and our valve. You’re going to notice that on the front there’s two v-notches. What we’re going to want to do is we’re going to insert these little cut-aways on the handle right into that v-notch.

Next is our valve. It’s essentially just a weight that we’re going to drop into this hole. It will sit directly in the hole on the handle. You might have to do some adjustments. Always be sure those notches on the handle are in the v-notches of the dispenser bowl, and we got our lever handle.

The last part of the container is our lid. Don’t worry if the spray tube sits a little slightly above the container. The lid itself is recessed a bit. There we go. Last but not least we’ve got our drip tray. It’s got two little lips: one on the top and one on the bottom that’s going to fit right into this little slot. You’ll want to put the top lip in and set it into the bottom, and once you feel it snug on that.

I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply. That’s how you assemble your Crathco beverage dispenser. Be sure to comment below and if you have any questions call our sales floor. Please subscribe.

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Organize Your Kitchen with the Focus EZ Wall! [Video]

Running low on storage space in your kitchen? Create a functional shelving unit out of almost any empty wall space with the EZ Wall from Focus Food Service! The EZ Wall is easy to install, and can be customized endlessly to fit your exact needs!

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