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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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6 Home Uses for Casters

6 Home Uses for CastersCasters are used primarily in the industrial and food service world, we’ve found that there are many small and big uses for them in the home too.  Of course a caster that is able to hold up to 300 pounds under a trash can may be a bit excessive (or maybe not, I’m not judging), there are other uses for a mighty caster like this in your home.

For a bit of fun, we pulled this list together of how you can use different casters around your house and business.

1. Bins and Cans

Ever bring the trash can over to the sink to throw out peels as you shred your vegetables?  How about when the recycle bin or trashcan is overstuffed, and it’s best to bring it out to the dumpster to help unload it?  Casters are perfect on the bottom of bins and trashcans to make them more portable in the kitchen.

2. Islands and Butcher Blocks

For a more industrial look in the kitchen, add casters to the bottom of your butcher block or island.  This also helps with moving them out of the way when more space is needed or different configuration is needed when guests come over.

3. Beds

Keeping with the industrial look, adding casters to your beds will help keep the industrial motif going.  Casters attached to your bed also help move it out of the way for easy cleaning underneath, or for those of you lucky enough to have large doors to the outside, a push of the bed to the outdoors can create quite an intimate occasion – not even kidding, this is a thing!

4. Coffee Tables

Ever have an urge to break-dance in the living room or just need more room for crafting?  When the coffee table is on casters, you can roll it away for extra space anytime!

5. Under Bed Storage

We love these rolling under bed storage boxes on casters.  They give you extra storage space in an often unused area, and are perfect in kid rooms for lego and toy storage.  If antiquing it up isn’t your thing, try using a simpler look, like with these boxes.

6.  For the Pets

Try converting an old suitcase into a dog bed, then place casters on the bottom so that the bed can be wheeled to the living room, outdoors, or by mans-best-friend at night.  You can also use as an old crate on casters as an upcycled pet feeder like our friend Summerofseventy did.

To see other fun ideas on DIY caster projects around the home, catch us on Pinterest.

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Hundreds of Free Parts Diagrams!

Hundreds of Free Parts Diagrams!

Parts diagrams help you know exactly what parts you need to make repairs on common kitchen appliances.  Similar to the diagram above, we have hundreds of free diagrams for you to be able to find the right parts needed for your food service equipment.  The diagrams are broken down by brands and appliance type (salad spinner, mixer, slicers, glasswashers, blending stations, etc.).

Once you find the diagram for the piece you’re trying to repair, all you have to do is match the number up with the list of parts below the diagram, and you’ll be on your way to quick do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs that helps keep money in your pocket.  Don’t feel comfortable making those repairs on your own?  Give our team a call at 888-388-6372 or use the Live Chat function on our main site to be connected with our customer service team.

We have a team full of knowledge when it comes to the food service industry.  From former Chefs and Servers to Repair Technicians and Food Service Veterans, let our team help you do-it-together (DIT).

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What’s the Deal with Infrared Burners?

What’s the Deal with Infrared Burners?

Infrared burners are found in a wide range of commercial restaurant equipment, including salamanders, char grillers, broilers and fryers. These types of burners are most commonly used to sear, brown, and caramelize food products. Any chef or serious cook knows that the best way to prepare a juicy, succulent steak is to sear the outside as quickly as possible to keep the juices and moisture locked inside.

Infrared burners are mostly recognized for their ability to bring on the Maillard reaction (the reaction of sugars with aminio acids during the cooking process that turns meat brown and gives it flavor and aroma, i.e. “the flavor reaction”). Some units are able to reach sustained temperatures of beyond 2,100⁰ F and can heat up to 600⁰ F in less than 4 minutes. That’s hot enough to melt some metals, and definitely hot enough to put a little brown on a pork roast.

But most probably already know that infrared burners can get extremely hot, extremely quick. So, what else do they do that separates them from other types of burners? That’s a burning question, indeed.

Infrared burners produce more radiant heat.

Cooking results with infrared technology differ from those produced by an open gas burner or an electric heating element, mainly because they produce more radiant heat – the same type of heat energy that the sun produces. Rather than transferring heat through the air (convective heat transfer) or across a solid conductive object (conductive heat transfer), heat energy is transferred through heat waves onto the food product. This type of heat transfer is ideal for preparing a perfectly cooked steak.

Ever wondered why some people may leave the door of an oven slightly cracked when using the broiler portion? Many, like me, assume that this is done as a reminder to not burn whatever is under the broiler. Contrary to this belief though, the main reason the oven door is kept ajar is to maximize radiant heat energy by minimizing convective heat energy transfer. With the door kept open, hot air is allowed to escape and therefore does not circulate throughout the oven cavity as it normally would if the oven door was closed. This allows for whatever is being cooked to receive more radiant heat rather than convective heat.

So, why is radiant heat better than convective heat?

Well, radiant heat is not always better to use than convective heat, but in the case for cooking meats, it’s definitely best to maximize radiant heat. This is because convective heat tends to move moisture off of foods, unless whatever is being cooked has already been seared or browned.

Consider how a hand dryer or blow dryer works: these devices continuously move hot air across the surface of an object to remove moisture and eventually leave the object dry. They are using convective heat to create dryness.

With that said, common sense would suggest that cooking a steak using mostly convective heat or the “blower dryer” method is likely not the best idea around, that is, unless you like your steak dry. To avoid customers “yelping” about how leathery and chewy your steaks are, use more radiant heat. Equipment with infrared burners creates more intense radiant heat and is therefore able to cook meats without zapping their moisture.

Keeps heat evenly distributed.

Hot spots can be a problem with some cooking equipment, especially char grillers. Hot and cold spots occur because heat is not evenly distributed. This causes some portions of food to cook quicker than others and burn. Infrared char grillers are able to completely eliminate hot spots with a design that projects heat waves evenly and uniformly across the entire cooking surface.

Infrared burners are able to achieve even heat distribution through their design. Even radiant heat transfer occurs as heat from an atmospheric burner is absorbed then re-emitted across a perforated glass, metal, or ceramic plate, known as an emitter panel, onto the food product. Because heat is being emitted from a panel and not directly from a flame, char grillers and other equipment using infrared burners will give operators more usable space, helping to increase production.

A typical gas char griller will create a cooking surface with some spots being 40⁰ to 50⁰ F different from other areas; however, char grillers that use infrared technology only allow for 10⁰ to 20⁰ F of varying temperature differences across the entire, usable cooking space.

Increased energy efficiency.

Although cooking equipment using infrared burners is generally more expensive, they do use less energy, while also increasing production rates. They’re able to shave cook times by up to 50% and do so by using less than a 1/3 of amount gas.

Deep fat fryers that use infrared burners have been proven to improve their heating efficiency by roughly 80%. Traditional gas burners lose heat energy by heating the air between the burner and the heating plates that heat the oil; however, in the models of fryers with infrared burners, the burners are either in direct contact with the heating plates or very close which helps to minimize heat loss that occurs by heating the air.

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Memorial Day Grill & Grilling Preparation [Checklist]

Memorial Day Grill & Grilling Preparation [Checklist]

Here in the U.S., Memorial Day is typically seen as the unofficial start of grilling season (though we must note—approvingly—that people are increasingly grilling year round). By late May, the weather is predictably warm (for the most part—Colorado is an exception) and backyards are in full bloom, so it just doesn’t seem right to cook meat and veggies in the kitchen! Whether you’re an home-based grillmaster or food service pro, you’re sure to find what you need at Tundra’s grilling specialty shop. Ready, set, grill!

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Top Concession Supplies to Prep for Summer

Top Concession Supplies to Prep for Summer

May is a great time of year, because we know that summer is upon us, which means warmer months, plenty of poolside visits, and outdoor events.  Of course, one of the best parts of the summer is all the new food that starts popping up on the menu, especially at concession stands!  To help you get started with your concession business, here are a few of our favorite products to help get you through the summer and keep those customers coming back for more.

1.    Utility Carts

The first in our product line up for concession supplies brings us back to the basics with utility carts. Often underestimated, but often overly used once in the concession toolkit, utility carts help deliver product and supplies in areas that are sometimes hard to conquer with just any type of serving cart.  Use these heavy-duty carts to give your business the extra helping hand it needs.

2.    Cotton Candy

Oh, what would a great concession stand be without a cotton candy setup?  The good news is that we have everything to help you get started today, including carts and stands, cotton candy machines, floss bubbles, floss sugar, and serving supplies.

3.    Popcorn Supplies

And of course, there has to be popcorn too! With carts and stands, bulk popcorn kernels, oils and salts, poppers, serving supplies and the cleaning supplies to help wrap things up, we help make stocking up on the good stuff easy.

4.    Hot Dog Supplies

Enough with the sweet stuff, let’s bring on the dogs!  Hot dogs are a classic concession menu item and with the right equipment and supplies, you can be cooking up hot, hot dogs for summers to come.

5.    Nacho Chip Warmers

We wouldn’t say that you’d be showing off by keeping your nacho chips warmer than the competition, but your customers will definitely notice the difference and be begging for more of those toasty nacho chips!

6.    Pretzel Merchandisers

With the right pretzel merchandisers, the only thing missing would be the cheese warmers, and that’s easy to do, right?  Pretzels are a yummy addition to any concession stand.

7.    Sno-Cone/Shaved Ice

And to finish off our concession supply list, let’s circle back to desserts – sno-cones to be exact!  We’ve got everything you need to cool down customers, including syrups, shaved ice machines, carts and accessories.  It may be warm in the coming months, but sno-cones will help you keep your cool.

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Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop Must-Have’s

Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop Must Haves

Although catering season seems to always be in high growth, we see that during the holidays and the warmer months, catering sales definitely hit an all-time high.  It’s the time of year that people would rather be catered too than spend hours in the kitchen, and when wedding bells are set to ring, there’s always a caterer needed.  Our Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop offers a variety of products to keep you in high production and we’ve broken them up into these top categories.

1. Beverage Station

From beautiful infusion jars to help display tasty drinks to economy water pitchers, we have hundreds of different beverage station options for you to choose from.

2. Buffet Supplies

This category is a catch all for everything you’d expect to see in a buffet line, including esthetically pleasing food holders and steam pans.

3. Catering Displays

Beauty on a catered wedding line is a must, and our catering displays help you show off your hard work in style.

4. Catering & Buffet Equipment

The work horse of the backline, catering and buffet equipment is what holds the food at the appropriate serving temperature and allows for serving up hot eats right in front of the customers.

5. Catering Serveware

A side partner to equipment, and often overlooked, serveware is what helps hold everything together in the catering line-up.  From chafing dishes to simple salad bowls, serveware will be one of the places you’ll likely spend the most time.

6. Serving Utensils

At a catering event, not just any utensils will do, they have to show the splendor the event deserves.  In our collection of serving utensils, you’ll find plenty of eye-pleasing products to help deliver your next event in style.  

7. Catering Storage & Transport

More often than not, a catered event doesn’t cook food up at the venue, which is where catering storage and transport equipment comes in handy.  These products help keep food at the adequate serving temperature as it’s transported from one place to the next.

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Eco-Friendly Must-Have’s

Eco Friendly Must Haves

Yes, we’re in Boulder and happy to say that the majority of our summer events are waste free, because of things like compostable dinnerware and compost bins that helps create a waste stream that encourages people to go green, but we know that there are many more of your out there that also believe in going green and putting forth efforts to help save our planet.  We created our Eco-Friendly Specialty Shop so you can learn more about our go green products, but wanted to highlight some of our favorite categories below.

1. Compostable Dinnerware

For those looking to host waste free events, compostable dinnerware is a must.  Consumers aren’t expecting to carry around glass or melamine dinnerware, but do expect to have their event eats served up on a durable plate or bowl that can easily be thrown out.  Forget the styrofoam and stick with compostable friendly dinnerware.

2. Automatic Hand Dryers

Automatic hand dryers are a great way to go green while saving money.  With automatic hand dryers there’s no need for paper towels (that constantly need to be restocked) and they use far less energy than similar hand dryers that continuously run.

3. Eco-Friendly Cleaners

The thing with cleaning solutions and agents is that you’re stuck breathing in chemicals that are potentially harmful.  Eco-friendly cleaners are safer for you and they work to save the planet by encouraging you to use the same smaller plastic bottle over and over – less plastic in the landfills. And to add to the benefits of eco-friendly cleaners, you don’t have to worry about losing cleaning power; in fact, many commercial and residential users boast about getting a better clean than traditional cleaners.

4. Recycle and Compost Bins

Speaking of green events, recycle and compost bins are perfect for helping the crowds know where to stash their waste.  They’re also great in the kitchen for helping to remember where waste items should go.  And it also helps guide waste streams correctly to the recycling facility.

5. Efficient Faucets

Much like the automatic hand dryers, efficient faucets work to save you money while lending to making your establishment greener.  You’ve seen these faucets in hundreds of places – a simple wave of your hand activates them – but if you don’t have them in your own restaurant you should definitely look into getting your hands on some.

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Our Favorite Mexican Restaurant Supplies

Our Favorite Mexican Restaurant SuppliesIt’s a little early to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but we’re already craving Mexican comfort food and frozen margaritas!  Let’s wrap up spring break with some of these Mexican restaurant essentials.

1. Mexican Dinnerware

Our Mexican dinnerware comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, material, and collections.  Show off your favorite menu item in any of our hundreds of different options in dinnerware, all of which come in a variety of colors to choose from.

2. Mexican Glassware

Mexico is known for its bright, vivid colors in everything from design to tabletop settings to clothing.  Why not keep with tradition and ensure your glassware makes the same bold statement?  Our collection of Mexican glassware comes in simple glasses where the color is around the rim of the glass (like in the image above) or ones that are festive in color.  Check out our full collection of glassware!

3. Mortar & Pestles

Mortar and pestles are commonly found in the BOH of restaurants for crushing spices and peppers and blending sauces and marinades.  But we’ve seen some Mexican restaurants kick it up a notch by using a mortar and pestle to whip up a batch of tableside guacamole – what a great way to show off presentation.

4. Mexican Fry Baskets

No Mexican restaurant would be complete without a variety of fry baskets, including baskets to make taco salad bowls, tostada shells, taco shells, chimichangas, and burritos.  Most of our baskets ship free too!

5. Tortilla Presses

A commercial tortilla press is how busy Mexican restaurants keep up with demand.  With press surfaces of 15” or more, multiple tortillas can be made at the same time.

6. Frozen Drink Machines

Did someone say frozen drinks – yes, it’s margarita time!  The bar staff can pre-make mixed drinks in these frozen drink machines so they don’t have to worry about blending up all of the ingredients each time a guest orders another margarita.

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Ice Machine Guide

Ice Machine GuideWhen looking to make an investment in a new ice machine, there are a lot of different factors to look into before making a final decision, including the shape of ice to use/serve, the quantity of ice that needs to be produced to keep up with your business, and where the machine will be housed.  Here are a few articles to help you narrow down your results on the right ice machine for your business.

Ice Machines

1. It’s Commercial Ice Machine Season! Are You Ready?

This article includes a guide to help calculate business ice usage, types of ice, air cooled versus water cooled, remote condenser units and maintenance.

2. The Importance of The Right Ice Machine

Maintaining any kind of restaurant requires ice, lots of ice, and the only way to meet your frosty needs is with the right commercial ice machine. If your restaurant is stuck with an excessively large ice machine, you may be spending extravagant costs to make ice you don’t need.

3. A Visit With Ice-O-Matic

Now don’t go running off just yet, let me get one thing said up front: I know that factory tours, or even ice for that matter, aren’t exactly at the top of the list for must-do’s, but I think each of us learned something during this tour.  Not only did we learn more about ice in general, but we also learned that Ice-O-Matic is filled with passionate people that love to share that passion with others – yes, even over ice – and believe that investing in an ice machine is more than just another piece of equipment in your kitchen.

Ice

And other articles that we’ve written are based on the ice alone – yes, it’s just as important to review the ice types as it is to know to measure the size of the equipment.

4. Ice, Ice Baby – Why Are There So Many Different Types of Ice?

Ice is like origami paper. Okay not really, but it can be made into many different shapes and forms. Each shape has a purpose and is ideal for specific needs due to size, melting time, etc. All commercial ice machine brands manufacturer cube, nugget and flake style ice, but some have patented forms too.

5. Buying Guide for Commercial Ice Machines based on Ice

Picking the correct ice type for your establishment is very important when shopping for a commercial ice machine. The shape of the ice has everything to do with its intended purpose.  Whether used in beverages, food presentation or health care services, Tundra Restaurant Supply offers many different types of ice machines in order to satisfy the widest variety of uses.

Cleaning, Water Filters, & Safety

6. Commercial Ice Machine Cleaning Made Easy

It’s officially summer and with the season comes extra reason to re-evaluate just how clean your commercial ice machine really is. You can plan on sun-cooked-patrons filling their drinks with ice during the summer months, but nothing ruins that refreshing beverage like dirty ice from an over seasoned machine.

7. Contaminated Ice: Key Tips To Keep Your Customers Safe

Getting ice from the ice machine bin to your customer’s drink glass without contaminating it is a food safety consideration that is easy to overlook.  That doesn’t mean it’s any less important than the other danger points you deal with every day while preparing and serving food in your restaurant.  In fact, proper ice handling is probably even more important because you don’t have the insurance that heating something about to be eaten by a customer brings you.

8. Use Ice Machine Water Filters For More Than Just Ice

If you don’t do so already, you should definitely consider filtering the water you serve your customers.  We have already covered water filtration here on The Back Burner, but if you need to filter a glass filler specifically, the best way to do so is with an ice machine water filter.  That’s because you get everything you need for filtering drinking water from a water filter made for ice machines.  After all, properly filtered ice is simply frozen drinking-quality water.

9. Why Water Filtration is Essential in your Restaurant

Water filtration systems provide two key benefits for your commercial kitchen or restaurant: restaurant equipment maintenance and breakdown is reduced by as much as 75% Beverages and ice tastes (and smells) better for customers. Restaurant equipment that use water like ice machines, coffee and espresso makers, steamers, and dishwashers can all benefit from a water filtration system.

If you’re just scanning through a few of these, we’d definitely like you to know that many of them mention the same thing as far as the right machine for your business, because knowing the quantity of ice needed for your business is critical in making a final decision.  You need to factor in future business growth, humidity, temperatures, and other environmental factors that could play into the effects of ice production.

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