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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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Elkay Sinks & Faucets

Elkay Sinks & Faucets

There’s not much to say about sinks… or so we thought.  One of our favorite brands of sinks, Elkay, does an amazing job of sharing quality content on their blog and in social media. We were overwhelmed with all of the helpful information they provide – and yes, for something as simple as sinks.

Here are some of our favorite links.

1. Interview with Elkay’s Designer Suzanne DeRusha

Ever wonder if people that work with sinks get excited about what they do?  Well, if you were wondering, Suzanne will help you get excited too, as she runs through her favorite design trends and her dream drain.

2. Caring for your Stainless Steel Sink

Get the dos and don’ts of proper stainless steel maintenance, which goes well beyond sinks.  This list includes instructions for the finish of your sink and how to deal with specific issues like chloride build-up and scratches.

3. Installing a New Sink

You know we’re fans of DIY, so having a partner that helps our customers navigate their own DIY projects is definitely a plus!  Elkay also links to other helpful posts to make sure the mount is right, what the sink depth should be, and how many bowls you’ll need.

4. DIY? Here’s Some Food for Thought

Before adventuring down the DIY road, you should always have a list of pre-cautionary recommendations to run through before going full-speed ahead.  These are Elkay’s recommendations.

5. Go Big on YouTube

With over 80,000 views, Elkay has created a video library that is informative and insightful.

6. Ideas Galore on Facebook & Pinterest

We’re big Pinterest fans, so to find one of our partner brands sharing in on the fun on Pinterest – we’re definitely in!  We also loved the content they were sharing over on Facebook.

Elkay does a great job of helping their customers find the right product for their business or home, and a few others that leave you dreaming and pinning!

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Over 7,500 New Parts Added!

Over 7,500 New Parts Added!The beauty of having over 15,000 parts to offer for your do-it-yourself (DIY) needs is that we likely have all the widgets and gadgets you need to keep your kitchen running smoothly. Well, that was until we came across over 7,500 more parts that fit nicely with our other repair parts. Yes, you read that right, as of March 1st, we now have over 22,500 parts in our inventory to go along with our numerous how-to videos and articles to help you better manage your business repairs.

Don’t feel comfortable taking the leap to DIY? 

That’s okay, we understand that sometimes it can be intimidating, but our team is here to help you better understand how we can do-it-together (DIT).  Give our team a call at 888-388-6372 or Live Chat with us over on our main site.

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Interested in what new brands have beefed up their parts with us?  Here’s the list!

  • Alto Shaam
  • American Range
  • APW Wyott
  • Atlas Metal
  • Baker’s Pride
  • Bevles
  • Blodgett
  • Cres Cor
  • Doughpro
  • Duke
  • Frymaster
  • Lang
  • MagiKitch’n
  • Nieco
  • Nor-Lake
  • Perlick
  • Pitco/Frialator
  • Prince Castle
  • Scotsman
  • Silver King
  • Southbend
  • Star Manufacturing
  • Vulcan Hart
  • Wells

And what about those categories?  Yep, we have that list too!

  • Beverage Equipment Parts
  • Cooking Equipment Parts
  • Dishwasher Parts
  • Electrical Parts
  • Gas Connectors
  • Gas Parts
  • Hardware
  • Hood Filters
  • Hot Water Steam Parts
  • Janitorial Parts
  • Machine Parts
  • Prep Equipment Parts
  • Refrigeration Parts
  • Tools

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Product Spotlight: Detecto Scales

Product Spotlight: Detecto Scales

Founded in 1900 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, by three immigrants—the Jacob brothers—the Detecto Scale Company is a quintessential American success story of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and hard work.

Over a century later, and now under the under the ownership of Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company of Webb City, Missouri, Detecto continues to build high-quality scales made right here in the U.S. with American-made parts, offering an impressive lineup of analog and digital measuring devices that bring precision to bakeries, grocery stores, chain restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, pizzerias, hospitals and other food establishments worldwide.

Baker dough scales
Bakers and bakeries the world over rely on Detecto’s mechanical dough scales to provide fast, reliable readings. Every scale is USDA approved and has two 9-inch diameter plates, an even-balance, and mechanical weight beam for simple, efficient operation. Baker dough scales are available with a stainless steel base or white enamel finish.

Portion scales
Detecto’s food portion scales boast an extensive set of features in a single, compact machine, and they are indispensable items in busy cafeterias, delis and pizza parlors. With a easily readable display screen and responsive keypad, they help restaurants of all sizes improve their portion consistency and boost their overall profitability.

Ingredient scales
To use Detecto’s own words, “ingredient scales should provide simple cleanup and easy use.” Mission accomplished. Their ingredient scales offer just that: ease and simplicity. And their PZ series has a very cool “Lite Weigh” mechanism that gives audible confirmations of zero as well as completely touchless ingredient zeroing.

ISO certified
Detecto takes great pride in their work, and their goal is to make the best scales in the world. To measure their progress toward that lofty ambition, Detecto relies on ISO certification, a set of independent standards for consistency, quality and customer satisfaction.

“ISO certification imparts to our customers that Detecto has enforced a rigid system of checks and balances which assure, on a daily basis, that our customers come first in our thinking,” says Detecto president David Perry. “It is indeed a total proactive system of quality goods and services for our customers.”

Detecto + Tundra
Tundra proudly carries over 100 Detecto scales. See the whole lineup in our flyer or visit our main website at eTundra.com to browse our selection!

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Top 6 Items to Add to Your Spring Shopping List

Top 6 Items to Add to Your Spring Shopping List

Spring is in the air and a lot of us are thinking spring cleaning, but it doesn’t all have to be left to dusting and scrubbing this month.  Here are a few of our favorite spring items that remind us that there’s more to March than just cleaning.

1.    Food Scales

Food scales are used in the food service industry quite a bit by chains, but we’ve found many small business that still haven’t heard of the money saving benefits behind these items (we wrote about it here and here).  This is why we had to kick off our spring list with food scales – well that, and they have springs, get it?

2.    The Cooler Sno Cone Machine

Get a head start on summer with this lightweight, portable sno cone machine from Paragon.  Weighing in at a little under 11 pounds and measuring 16” wide x 24” high, don’t let its cuteness fool you – it’s capable of producing 500 pounds of shaved ice per hour!  Now you just need to decide on your favorite flavor of syrup!

3.    Springs

Springs for spring, of course!  With over 500 springs in stock, odds are we can keep you stocked up on springs for quite sometime.

4.    Flowering Onion Cutter

Ever wondered how the “Awesome Blossom” was made?  With this unique tool called the flowering onion cutter.  Simply place a colossal sized onion on the machine and slide the handle down – bam, a perfectly, awesomely cut blossom.

5.    Flower Vegetable Trays

Sure, veggie trays are great for game day serving, but cool veggies can be served poolside too.  That’s why we added this simple vegetable tray to the list – in flower design!

6.    Sno Cone Flower Holders

If you’re getting ready for sno cone season anyway, why not get these fun sno cone holders too?  They keep the syrup from dripping over the sides and the adults love them too – seriously, we used them at our last team member sno cone event and they were a hit!

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Food Service Sales

Food Service Sales

Looking for the best deals, sales, and coupons in the food service industry?  Well, we’re here to bring them to you!

Our 72 hour sale may be over, but while we work on bringing you another great offer, take a look at our clearance section – there are always ways to save!

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