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How Sushi Restaurants Cut Cucumbers Fast

How Sushi Restaurants Cut Cucumbers Fast

There aren’t many kitchen prep tools that we’d recommend investing in that only does one job in the kitchen, but this is one of those tools that we’re more than happy to step aside and let it take the spotlight. Vollrath’s Redco Instacut Cucumber Slicer (#55010) was made specifically for cutting perfectly sliced julienned cucumbers, and where would those uniformly cut veggies be sliced and diced the most? In a sushi restaurant, of course.

Think about it, how much time do you think is spent cutting cucumbers in a sushi restaurant? It’s a time intensive and tedious task that takes up precious time, but with this handy slicer, staff can cut right through cucumbers so that they can get back to other kitchen needs. Other reasons to love this cucumber slicer include:

  • It’s 10x faster than traditional cutting methods – that helps cut labor costs too.
  • Cut fresh cucumbers NOW – no need to prep slices ahead of time, you can deliver super fresh cucumber slices as needed.
  • Consistency – we’ve never seen a better method for delivering consistent, julienned sushi cuts.

How Sushi Restaurants Cut Cucumbers Fast

How it Works

  1. Cut the ends off of the cucumber.
  2. Cut the cucumber the length you want your julienned slices. Keep in mind a typical nori sheet is 8” long, so 8” long or 4” long is ideal.
  3. Place the cucumber lengthwise in the cucumber slicer, move your hands out of the way, and push the red handle down.

There ya go, perfect cucumber slices for fast-paced sushi restaurants, and without the hassle. Bonus, if you don’t want to keep the seed sections, those slices can easily be picked out and put to the side.

P.S. Of course, if morokyu is on the menu, you’ll still need to resort back to the old way of slicing and dicing.

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Cadco Hot Plates & Ranges

Cadco Hot Plates & Ranges

There are many different types of portable hot plates and ranges to choose from for your food service operation. Cadco hot plates & ranges are a perfect choice for operators looking to cook in buffet style settings, cooking demonstrations, catering jobs, and just about anywhere else where food needs to be cooked and served away from the traditional, stationary stovetop.

Cadco Hot Plates & RangesCadco Tubular Models: CSR-1T, CSR-3T, CDR-1T, CDR-1TFB, CDR-2TFB

Tubular model hot plates disperse heat throughout the bottom of the pan, therefore offering indirect heat allowing the food to cook more evenly. Ideal applications for tubular hot plates include chocolate work, simmering, and holding with items such as soups, sauces, and bisques. These tubular model hot plates are also perfect for sous vide cooking.

Cadco Hot Plates & RangesCadco Cast Iron Solid Models: KR-1, KR-S2, CSR-1CH, LKR-220, CDR-2C, DKR-S2, CDR-2CFB

Cast iron/solid model hot plates have a direct heat source that delivers a more concentrated heat to the items being cooked. Ideal applications for the cast iron/solid model hot plates include searing, sautéing, omelet stations, and methods where a rolling boil needs to be achieved.

Cadco Hot Plates & RangesCadco Induction Range Model: BIR-1C

Buffet induction ranges offer the operator many benefits, such as instant heat & extremely quick cool down periods. The Cadco buffet induction range is one of the most energy efficient ranges, when compared to other hot plates offered.

These ranges stay cool to the touch, which helps to prevent burns, and they function with pots and pans that are a cast iron, enameled steel, or stainless steel bottom. They’re also very easy to clean, because of their sleek glass surface.

When quick service turnaround is a must, Cadco induction ranges are the answer. Other specific applications include searing, sautéing, and omelet/buffet and action stations, as well as, achieving a rolling boil and sous vide cooking.

Cadco Hot Plates & RangesCadco Glass Ceramic Range Model: PHR-1C

Cadco glass ceramic ranges consist of radiant heat technology that offers quick heat up and cool down periods. They have a direct heat source, which means the heat is very concentrated and stays within the confines of the actual heating element.   It also boasts a very easy to clean glass surface, which makes cleaning up spills and boil overs, a breeze. This range’s sleek, low profile styling is ideal for high-end buffet stations and specific cooking functions, such as searing and sautéing.

Just as important as the type of hot plate or range you choose, you’ll also want to consider the various wattage and voltage – higher wattage and voltage hot plates and ranges provide faster heat up times, while maintaining desired heat settings more consistently.

If you still aren’t quite sure what might be the best Cadco hot plate or range for your operation, feel free to contact Cadco directly and speak with their our Culinary Manager and Specialist – Christopher Kasik, phone: 860-738-2500 x224, email: chris[at]cadco-ltd[dot]com.

Happy cooking!

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Norman Lamps Heavy Duty Equipment Lighting

Norman Lamps Heavy Duty Equipment LightingWhen it comes to replacing light bulbs in the heavy duty equipment in your restaurant, most people wouldn’t think twice about throwing in any old bulb, but for safety reasons and to ensure the equipment keeps running properly, there are light bulbs made specifically for commercial use that you should take into consideration.

Norman Lamps began in 1985 and is one of the largest suppliers of light bulbs in the USA today. Throughout the years they’ve supplied many different companies with the right lighting needed to keep operating smoothly, but when they discovered a way to keep glass from shattering once broken, they changed the industry. It takes a simple bump to make a light bulb explode, but with Normal Lamps shatterproof technology, their light bulbs stay intact when broken.

Norman Lamps offers light bulbs for cold equipment, like refrigeration and walk-ins, and hot equipment, like ovens and heat lamps. With this type of temperature variants, ensuring you have the right type of light bulb installed is critical – for employee safety and health regulations.

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When to Clean and When to Replace Hood Filters

When to Clean and When to Replace Hood FiltersHood filters are an important part of the commercial kitchen. As they work to remove grease vapors from the air, they get clogged with grease, and if they aren’t cleaned on a regular basis, they can cause grease fires, that’s why it’s important to know when to clean your hood filters and when to replace them. This month we’re working with Component Hardware Group (CHG) and Flame Guard to bring you cleaning and replacement tips for your hood filters. Let’s start with cleaning hood filters.

Cleaning Hood Filters

In a commercial kitchen, hood filters should be cleaned regularly to ensure they work efficiently. Before removing the hood filter, make sure to cover equipment below the hood with a cloth to try to minimize mess. If the hood filters are cleaned on a regular basis, cleaning could be as easy as passing the filters through a high-temp dishwasher. However, if the filters are galvanized or aluminum, passing them through the dishwasher isn’t a good option, because there is risk of corrosion and color change (the golden patina). Instead, soak the filters in a tub of hot water with the recommended amount of commercial degreaser. Soak time will depend on how bad the build-up is, but at a minimum you should be soaking them for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight for harsher grease build-up.

For those filters that won’t come clean with the above methods, it’s time to use a bit more elbow grease. You’ll want to scrub with a reliable scrub brush until the metal color comes back and the grease patina is gone. Once you’re done scrubbing, simply rinse the degreaser away, soak the filters in water and dish detergent for about 20 minutes, then rinse everything away until the water runs clean again. When the hood filters air dry, go ahead and replace them.

Note: Before you stick your hands in degreaser solution, make sure to wear gloves to protect your skin.

When to Replace Hood Filters

If scrubbing the hood filters is no longer working to remove the patina or you start to see signs of wear and tear, like corrosion or dents, its likely time to replace the hood filter(s). Before you choose to replace your hood filters, you should take a look at our hood filters buying and maintenance guide and our video on how to measure for replacements.

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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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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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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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