Choosing glassware that compliments your business or home is key. Glassware can set the mood for your dining room, bar and at home entertaining requirements. Choosing glassware that best suits your beverage needs is important to your dining guests. eTundra offers glassware in a variety of styles and options including: high-ball glasses, cocktail glasses, collins glasses, wine glasses and more.Shop All Glassware
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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.
Have no fear! Cleaning an ice machine is easier than it seems. Here are some general cleaning instructions:
Cleaning the Ice Machine
- Consult your ice machine manual for specific cleaning instructions and power switch locations, as not all ice machines have the same design.
- Open ice machine door to access internal components.
- Ensure ice machine is turned off and clear evaporator grid of any remaining ice.
- Turn on ice machine clean mode.
- Add nickel-safe ice machine cleaner to trough as it fills with water. Amount of cleaner used is specific to your brand and model of ice machine.
- Let machine run through clean cycle.
- To sanitize ice machine, repeat clean cycle with sanitizer instead of cleaner.
- Once cleaning cycle is complete, turn machine from CLEAN to OFF mode.
- Remove internal components (water curtain, water trough, and water distribution tube), and clean with a mild detergent.
- Clean inside of ice machine with cloth, water, and mild detergent while internal components are removed.
- Replace internal components.
- Turn ice machine back on.
Cleaning the Ice Bin
- Remove ice from bin and either discard or save for reuse.
- Remove drain plug and allow any excess water left in bin to drain.
- Wash inside of bin with mild detergent. Sanitize and rinse thoroughly.
- Replace drain plug.
- Depending on climate and location, hanging a slime remover stick inside bin may help reduce build-up.
Adding/Replacing the Water Filter
- If you’re not filtering the water used in your ice machine, you’re letting all kinds of minerals affect the quality of the ice.
- Be sure the filter you use has a scale inhibitor to help eliminate scale build-up.
- Replace the water filter of your ice machine every 6 months to 1 year.
- Replacing a filter is as easy as removing the old one and attaching the new one.
Again, the climate and location you’re in determines how often you’ll want to clean and sanitize your ice machine. In bakeries and breweries, where yeast and particles fill the air, cleaning has to happen almost monthly to keep those particles out of the machine and ice. Be sure to keep these factors in mind when establishing a cleaning and filter replacement schedule.
Clean ice means clean drinks, confidently cool beverages, and happy customers. It’s time to make sure your ice machine is up to snuff and ready to perform this season!
In the kitchen some pieces of equipment are essential and a set of good knives is one of them. Using the proper tool for the job will help achieve the best results, allowing you to quickly and efficiently accomplish everything from peeling and slicing to chopping and mincing. Learn more with our Cutlery Buying Guide!
The notion and method of induction cooking has been making its way into commercial kitchens for a while now. Impressive, attractive induction cooktops have saturated the market, and while the science behind the technology is sound, many consumers are still hesitant to take the plunge. We’re not here to try and convince you to jump on the induction cooking bandwagon, but if induction is the way you’d like to go it’s important to know what type of cookware will work with your fancy new cooktop.
From stock and sauce pots to braziers, steamers, roasting, grill, and fry pans, cookware comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and materials. Over time, and through trial and error, many cooks come to trust a particular brand or learn to stick with a specific material. Unfortunately, there’s a possibility you’re go-to pots and pans might not work on an induction burner.
Will It Work On An Induction Cooktop?
- Stainless Steel
- Cast Iron
- Non-Magnetic Stainless Steel
Complex science aside, it’s the magnetism of the material used in a particular pan that’s important. The kiss between an induction cooktop’s electromagnetic coil and the base of a pan is what causes those metaphorical sparks to fly (no actual sparking occurs). With the right material (magnetic stainless steel and cast iron), it’s love at first site.
With the wrong materials (100% aluminum and copper), it’s the cold shoulder from both parties. Most induction cooktops don’t want anything to do with these “bad” metals, and when they are detected, the cooktop won’t even turn on.
The Magnet Test
One of the most common ways to determine whether a pot or pan is induction ready is to do a magnet test. Unofficially named, but widely accepted, the method to this magnetic madness is easy. Simply take an everyday magnet and press it up against the bottom of a piece of cookware. If the magnet sticks then the cookware is induction ready.
Be sure to test the base of the pot or pan as opposed to the sides. Many cookware designs use different metals sandwiched together for the core/base to create optimum cooking conditions (see below). This core is all it takes to make a pan induction ready.
Induction Ready Aluminum and Copper Pans
If aluminum or copper is your cookware cup of tea don’t rule out an induction cooktop just yet. Some aluminum and copper cookware is created with a stainless steel sandwich on the bottom, and the incorporation of induction compatible materials as a base or core makes all the difference.
An aluminum pan, which is great for heat conductivity and even distribution, is shunned by the induction cooker (and vice-versa). But, once paired with a stainless steel base, the aluminum pan can now let the electromagnet work its magic. The induction burner gets turned on, the pan gets hot and bothered, and tasty little baby foods can be made.
So, when on the prowl for a new piece of induction ready cookware don’t immediately rule out anything copper or aluminum – read the details on the pan, and if all else fails whip out your trusty magnet.
Make Your Own Recipe
Cooking your cuisine using an electromagnet may seem futuristic to some, but for many chefs who have adopted the technology into their back line, it’s a welcome change of pace. Literally.
Induction cooking has been shown to heat pans almost instantly, and boiling water takes a fraction of the time as it would using traditional cooking methods. That said, cooking different foods requires different degrees of finesse, and with any new kitchen toy, the style and design of your tools is only part of the recipe.
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Not sure what the difference is between a manual and thermostatic commercial griddle? Well you’re not alone, we get asked all the time! Let me break it down for you…
A manual griddle has controls similar to a commercial range with adjustable dials (low, medium, and high settings with a few notches in-between) to control the size of the flame or heating element temperature under the griddle plate. As soon as you drop cold food onto a hot manual griddle, the surface temperature of the griddle plate drops which could require a manual adjustment to keep the temperature consistent.
A thermostatic griddle has controls similar to a commercial oven with adjustable dials that read exact temperature settings (rather than low, medium and high). For example, if you want to cook something at 375°F you set the thermostat to the desired temperature and the griddle plate will maintain that temperature within a couple degrees. The griddle automatically adjusts to hold the desired temperature.
How to Choose
If you are using a griddle to cook a variety of foods requiring a wide range of temperatures, a manual griddle is the way to go. The flexibility will be in your best interest and you can then control the amount of electricity/ gas that is fed to the elements/burners.
If you’re a breakfast joint using a griddle to dominate flapjack orders or a burger bar ripping through hamburger requests like they’re going out of style, I recommend a thermostatic griddle. In those instances you will want a consistent surface temperature so you can set it and forget it. Plus, if you’re serving pancakes and burgers “all day” you need to focus on the toppings – not the griddle temperature.
Get some pit gloves for pork pulling
The pig, when prepared well, is an animal whose meaty bits provide a wide array of scrumptious goodness. While some less-than-appealing parts of this magic meat machine (like the feet, intestines, ears, or jowls) are still eaten around the world, it’s putting pork to the barbecue or slow cooker that causes most meat munchers to salivate on the spot. One favorite method of serving and enjoying a side of swine is pulled pork.
That said, an interesting dividing line between some pork pullers seems to be the temperature of the meat as you’re pulling. While it can be argued that you should be able to pull pork with your bare hands, with no fear of finger burns, many cooks prefer their pork to be nice and hot as they tear it apart. If you’re one who just can’t stand to have cold pulled pork it’s essential to find yourself a nice pair of pit gloves to pull with.
High temperature pit gloves are the perfect way to handle and mangle freshly cooked meat of any kind without having to play hot potato. Whether you’re separating boiled chicken from bone, flipping a full rack of ribs, or digging your digits into some hot pork butt having gloves that are maneuverable and heat resistant is a must. Find a pair of gloves with a high temperature rating and never again worry about singeing a knuckle or burning a fingertip on hot fat.
With summer just around the corner it’s safe to say the barbecue season will soon be in full swing. If you’re more than the casual cook, and find yourself in front of the grill or elbows deep in a restaurant’s barbecue pit on a daily basis, having a quality pair of pit gloves is a godsend. Buy a pair or two that will last you a few years instead of a pair that just doesn’t do the job.
Mouth-watering, dissolves-in-your-mouth pulled pork is a delicious dish, and methods for pulling and preparing pork can be a hot topic from one establishment to the next. Any good barbecue joint will have a preferred madness to their pulled pork method, whether it’s secret rubs or precise cook times, and finding your own sweet spot in terms of what works and tastes best takes dedication. There are countless resources available for dialing in that perfect practice, so mixing and matching on your own time is an excellent way to create something unique.
Many of the products from eTundra.com are multipurpose for both restaurants and homeowners alike! Below is an example of how you can use some of our best selling products, Cambro food storage containers, 100 different ways!
100 Uses for Cambro Food Storage Containers:
- Food storage container (obviously)
- Trash can
- Flower pot
- Lego collection storage
- Board game storage
- Sock / underwear storage
- Ice bucket
- Sand bucket
- Magazine rack/holder
- Recycling bin
- Pet food storage
- Compost bin (e.g. coffee grounds, food scraps)
- Pet toy storage
- Kitty Litter storage
- Gift wrapping supplies storage
- Tool box
- Minnow bucket
- Punch bowl
- Cleaning supplies storage
- Mop bucket
- Holiday décor storage
- Art supply storage
- Top hat
- Change jar
- Catching drips from a leaky roof
- Foot bath container
- VHS/DVD storage
- Giant cereal bowl
- Coffee table
- Door stop
- Drink cooler
- Kid’s entertainment
- Floor hockey goal
- Dog bowl
- Serving bowl
- Hazardous material container
- Measuring container
- Paint bucket
- Raffle ticket box
- Wine decanter
- Igloo block mold for snow forts
- Giant Jell-O mold
- Dioramas/science fair projects
- Kitchen utensil holder
- Halloween candy pail
- Lunch box
- First aid kit
- Step stool
- Gift box
- Drawer organizer
- Baseball/hockey puck storage
- Dough box
- Card holder
- Scrapbooking supplies storage
- Giant building blocks
- Car oil collector
- Pet treats container
- Diaper pail
- Paper file box
- Car CD holder
- Waterproof container for boating/sailing
- Fishing live well
- Napkin holder
- Giant flip cup
- Laundry basket
- Buffalo wing shaking container
- Seafood shell collector
- Sidewalk chalk holder
- Cleaner mixing pail
- Old electronics coffin
- Baby bath
- Bird bath
- Gardening tool storage
- Wine/champagne bucket
- Games (e.g. “Kick the can”, catcher’s mitt)
- Foot rest
- Lamp shade
- Water fight weapon (e.g. dunk bucket)
- Beauty product storage
- Sod box for puppy training
- Fabric dye bath
- Horse trough
- Yarn ball holder
- Hat Box
- Marijuana storage (only in Colorado & Washington, of course!)
- Ant farm
- Popcorn bowl
- Puke bucket
- Baby snow sled
- Recipe box
- Cookie jar
- Bottle cap catcher
Have another creative way to use a Cambro container? Leave a comment below!
The curse of the wobbly table has happened to everyone. Have you ever sat down to eat at a restaurant, leaned on the table, and immediately slid sideways because the table isn’t level? Annoying isn’t it? Wobble wedges were invented to fix this problem.
What is a Wobble Wedge?
Wobble Wedges are a modular system of stack-able, non-slip, tapered-leveling shims. Made in the USA, Wobble Wedges are available in four interlocking sizes, in both soft and hard plastic.
Hard Wobble Wedges support up to 2,000 pounds and are recommended to fix shaky tables on carpeting, uneven concrete floors and outdoor surfaces. Hard Wobble Wedges are also ideal for heavy-duty food service equipment.
Soft Wobble Wedges are flexible leveling wedges that can easily conform to the shape of whatever they support. Their rubber-like texture creates a firm grip on slick floors. Soft wobble Wedges are ideal for restaurant tables set on slick floors, and are great for silencing rattling water pipes.
Standard Wobble Wedges have 5 columns and 32 rows of deep off-set ridges on both sides of the wedge. Under load, these deep off-set ridges oppose each other at as many as 144 points which eliminates both horizontal and vertical slipping.
Creative Uses for Wobble Wedges
These table wedges are excellent at stabilizing tables, bookcases and more. Did you know Wobble Wedges can also:
- Be a Bottle & Can Opener: Can’t open a can lid? Use a Soft Wobble Wedge, wrap it around the lid and twist it off.
- Ice Scraper: Take an extra Hard Wobble Wedge and keep it in your car for scraping off your car windshield.
- Non-Marring Pan Scraper: Use a Hard Wobble Wedge to clean a crusted fry pan or pot that was left on the heat too long – the wedge will not mar the pan surface.
- Shoe Repair: Use an extra Wobble Wedge as a Shoe Glue spreader to repair loose soles, shoe inserts or flapping heels.
The versatility and functionality of Wobble Wedges set them apart as the professional, go-to table levelers. For 25 years, Wobble Wedges have provided restaurants and cafes a quick and easy fix to uneven tables.
Kid cuisine seems to be a hot topic every year as parents continue to question the foods their children consume and the nutritional value paired with each bite. From the $1.99 kid’s meal at the local fast food chain, to the half-sized portion of a “big person” plate served at a sit-down restaurant, it seems every season sheds new light on how disappointing traditional options are. Simply put, parents these days want the most for their money, without feeling like they’re slowly poisoning their kids with processed foods. This, fortunately, puts today’s fast, casual establishments in prime position to pick up the slack where fast food and slim pickings have fallen short.
Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (nonprofit), explained in a 2012 Chicago Tribune article, “Kids are getting about one-third of their calories from eating out.” One-third of their calories, whether it’s obesity-inducing fast food or a new restaurant each week, is a frightening figure to some and a deal-breaker on eating out for others… that’s a roundabout way of saying a tweak to your menu, paired with health-conscious (yet still appealing) options for the whole family, may be just what you need to grow your customer base, while providing parents with an alternative to the greasy burger and fries options.
Targeting a Younger Audience
Catering to a younger demographic, or at least having separate/unique offerings available, is an excellent way to widen that net you’ve been throwing out to pull in customers. Where the family motto for eating out used to be “cheap and easy” we’ve seen the change to an all-encompassing manifesto of “cheap, easy, healthy, atmosphere, options” and the list continues to grow. This means parents are often ditching the kid’s meal and searching for family-friendly restaurants just like yours.
- Kids are developing more sophisticated palates
- Society is instilling a desire to seem more mature at a younger age
- While healthy foods aren’t always purchased, parents still want to see those options on the menu
- Tweens/teens are looking for their own transitional menu items
- Child obesity is on the rise and the public is taking notice
So what’s the tried-and-true restaurant to do when faced with younger customers and well-informed parents? Evolve, plain and simple.
There are countless resources detailing the detriments of sugar-rich meals packed with saturated fat, and there are just as many resources explaining how to avoid those while staying creative in the kitchen. It’s your responsibility as a restaurant owner/operator to tap into these resources and apply the information to your cooking, but healthy foods aren’t the end-all to roping in the younger crowd and those who oversee them.
Dining Room – If you’re not equipped to seat and serve a family with small children you’re already missing out on that market. Youth seating, like high chairs and booster seats, are a must – as are child-centric cups and utensils. Making a family feel comfortable and welcome can mean the difference between seating five… and watching them pass you by for a quick drive-thru meal.
Entertainment, on some level, is also a smart decision. Most kid’s meals offer small toys, and for good reason. A happy, playing child is not a screaming, unruly child. Even having a placemat that can be colored or Wikki Stix can keep small hands busy.
Menu Design – Redesigning one’s menu is a daunting task, especially if the same menu has been used for years. Fortunately, a good menu redesign does wonders for business. When giving those few pages a makeover, moving more profitable/popular items to better positions, make sure to evaluate whether a child or teen specific section should be added.
Most parents would like to avoid wading through full-sized meals to find something suitable for their kids, and having a corner (or even a page) dedicated to younger patrons can be a godsend. Jazz it up, make it easy to read, and include nutritional information – parents will thank you for it.
To Go Options – For the family that still wants to bring food home (as opposed to dining out), having to go options that rival the traditional drive-thru experience can make your restaurant the go-to eatery for after school snacks or family dinner.
This goes hand-in-hand with a comprehensive and accessible menu. If all a mother of three has to do is check the kids section of your online menu, place the call, and pick up food 10-15 minutes later you’re positioning yourself as a fast-food vs. fast-casual crossover. When a freshly made bowl of pasta and accompanying carton of milk can be picked up just as easily as a handful of fast food kid’s meals, you’re in good shape.
Granted, it takes work and dedication to turn your adults-only establishment into an all-are-welcome hub for families and the tween/teen demographic; however, the benefits inherent in opening up your doors to more potential customers are worth the effort. A new year brings with it a renewed vigor to reach more customers, please more people, and beat out the competition without compromising quality: tapping the kid-friendly market – and all it entails – may be all you need to do just that!
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.
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.
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.
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.