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Handle Bulk Vegetable Oil The Smart Spout Way

Handle Bulk Vegetable Oil The Smart Spout WayIf you’ve got a restaurant, you probably deal with a lot of oil.  Between changing the oil in fryers, making dressings and sauces, and cooking on the line, the only person moving more oil in the neighborhood is the local mechanic.  And, like any restaurateur, you probably buy the stuff in bulk containers so that it’s a little easier to handle and a little cheaper to buy.  And we all know how annoying those bulk containers can be to handle.  They’re, well, bulky.

The Smart Spout is exactly what it sounds like: a smart idea that makes a restaurateur’s daily life a little easier.  It’s simple, functional, and easy to use.  What does the smart spout do?  It allows you to pour bulk fryer or vegetable oil easily without spilling.  Simple as that.  Anyone who has stepped on oil on the floor in a commercial kitchen can attest to the dangers even a small spill can create.

The Smart Spout fits 1, 17.5, and 35 gallon bulk oil containers.  It swivels so that oil can pour freely in any direction.  It comes in red and green so you can tell fryer oil from ingredient oil.  It’s washable, sealable, and reusable.

The Smart Spout reminds me of old gasoline cans.  20 years ago they had a screw cap and that was it.  Then somebody got smart and invented a pour spout so you didn’t spill gas everywhere, which is both costly and dangerous.  Now every Jerry-can in the world has a spout.

I don’t know if every bulk vegetable oil container in the world will have a spout one day, but they should, for the very same reasons every gas can now has one.  If you deal with those bulk oil containers, make your life a little easier.

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Product Watch: Robot Coupe’s J80 Ultra Juicer

The new J80 Ultra juicer by Robot Coupe represents another leap forward for a company that has long been known forProduct Watch: Robot Coupes J80 Ultra Juicer its reliable and innovative products. With many food service operations moving towards fresher, healthier offerings in response to increasing customer demand, a quality juicer like the J80 has become a vital tool in any kitchen’s arsenal.

Some key features of the J80 juicer:

  • Productivity.  Unique Feed System design for continuous output.
  • Lifespan.  Stainless steel motor base for longer lifepsan and hassle free cleaning.
  • Power.  Very powerful commercial grade motor with constant speed whatever the load.
  • Ergnomics.  Easy removal of the stainless steel basket for cleaning – no tool required!
  • Low Noise.  The J80 Ultra juicer has such low noise levels it can be operated in front of the customer.

If you’re looking for ways to diversify your healthy menu items, the J80 could very well be the solution.  Robot Coupe has always been known for the quality of their products, and the J80 is no different.  No vegetable or fruit is a match for the J80, and your customers will appreciate the speed and quality of the new healthy drinks on your menu.

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Restaurant Floor Matting: Safety First, Comfort Second

Getting quality kitchen floor matting isn’t only a staff comfort issue; it’s an important safety issue as well. Kitchen floor matting is made from a rubberized material and can be placed anywhere in your kitchen where staff stands while working, including on the line, in front of the dishwasher, behind the bar, and in front of sinks.

Floor matting is great for safety because, as anybody who has worked in a kitchen knows, floors become wet and greasy very quickly, no matter how recently you cleaned.Commercial kitchen floor matting is anti-slip even when greasy or wet.

The best thing about it is your staff will love you for putting down floor matting because it’s so much more comfortable to stand on than concrete

Restaurant Floor Matting: Safety First, Comfort Second

Black grease-resistant floor matting

Black matting is grease resistant and is usually used for bar areas and other areas away from cooking equipment.

 

Restaurant Floor Matting: Safety First, Comfort Second

Red grease-proof floor matting

Red matting is grease proof, and even though it’s more expensive, is the best option for the line and around cooking equipment.

Restaurant Floor Matting: Safety First, Comfort Second

Black cloud anti-fatigue floor matting

Cloud matting brings an extra level of comfort to whoever gets to stand on it, and is almost a requirement for staff who stand in the same place all day while they work.  Cloud matting is also slip resistant and anti-microbial and is the best in comfort and safety.

Over time your kitchen floor matting will wear from constant use. You should replace your matting if it has begun to tear, or if it’s become very thin. No matter what, maintaining good floor matting in your kitchen and bar is very important for staff safety and comfort, so make sure you keep good matting down at all times in your restaurant.

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How To Cut Bar Inventory Losses 20%

How To Cut Bar Inventory Losses 20%We’ve all been there.  The bartender is super busy and splashes some alcohol in your glass before topping it off with whatever mixer goes with your drink – and you end up with a strong one or a weak one.  And of course flirty girls and good tippers regularly expect – and get – a good pour on their refills.

The problem is, inconsistent drink pouring can account for as much as 20% in lost revenue for a busy bar or restaurant.  Drink taste can also vary widely with different amounts of liquor, which means mixed drinks have to be one of the most inconsistent products you sell in your establishment.

No one would tolerate such variation on a prime, high margin entrée, and increasingly bar managers are using technology to gain control of their liquor inventory.  Precision Pour spouts measure exactly how much alcohol is poured in each drink using a 3-ball measuring system that is both accurate and smooth.  The result is the  elimination of over and under pouring.

In addition to putting an absolute clampdown on waste and theft, Precision Pour spouts allow bartenders a chance to upsell stronger drinks for customers.  Since bartenders don’t have the option to pour drinks stronger or weaker, customers wanting a stiffer drink can purchase a double instead of just plunking a couple extra bucks in the tip jar and getting a nod from the bartender.

Competition has always been tight in the bar and nightclub scene, and profit margins can be thin, so many owners perk up when they hear about ways to cut costs and generate more upsells.  But taking care of good customers is something anyone who wants to succeed in the restaurant industry had better excel at.  The tradeoff with more control is reduced intimacy with customers because everyone gets the same pour, no matter if you’ve been coming to that bar for years or tonight is your first time.How To Cut Bar Inventory Losses 20%

The flip side of that argument is that stronger drinks also mean drinks that don’t taste as good.  The hottest trends in the industry are all pointing towards craft cocktails that give the consumer a taste that’s at least as good as the buzz.  That makes precise alcohol pours even more important if you want to address the customer’s new expectations when it comes to taste.

That makes Precision Pour spouts a good investment from and inventory control and a quality control point of view.  The Precision Pour can fit in almost any liquor bottle, is easy to clean, and can handle even the thickest liqueur.  You can get Precision Pour spouts that dispense various amounts of alcohol, measured in ounces and milliliters, and even color code the spouts to make it easier for bartenders to find bottles during the rush.

Simply put, you’re losing money and negatively affecting quality if you don’t accurately measure the amount of alcohol in each drink you serve.  The Precision Pour spout is a great way to knock out both those birds with one stone.

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Crocs Shoes For Food Service Professionals

Crocs Shoes have become an internationally recognized name in footwear in a very short amount of time.  That’s due to the non-slip, comfortable, and convenient universal usability of the original Croc.  The Boulder, CO company has built upon this success by developing several new styles made specifically for the food service industry.

Crocs Shoes For Food Service Professionals

The Crocs Bistro

Crocs universal styles include the Bistro and the Velocity, two shoes built with the food service industry in mind.  These shoes are built for roomy comfort and feature non-slip soles, arch support, and anti-microbial material.  The sole molds to the shape of your foot for a personalized fit and makes it easy to be on your feet all day.

Crocs Shoes For Food Service Professionals

The Crocs Velocity

Some people have complained these Crocs are not very breathable and can get too hot, especially in the kitchen.  In general, however, the response from food service professionals in both the front and back of the house has been very good.

Crocs has followed up the release of the Bistro and the Velocity with two styles designed specifically for women in the food service industry: the Ginger and the Saffron.

Crocs Shoes For Food Service Professionals

The Crocs Ginger

The Ginger has a two inch wedge heel for style and comfort, plus all the great features of normal Crocs including non-slip soles, customized comfort, and tough durability.

The Saffron is a tasteful take on the classic Crocs shoe Mary Jane, and also retains core features including non-slip soles, roomy comfort, and tough durability.

Crocs Shoes For Food Service Professionals

The Crocs Saffron

The Saffron and the Ginger are fairly new to the market and do not have many reviews written about them (at least not that I could find), so if you have worn any of these Crocs shoes in a food service job, leave a comment below and let us know how you like (or dislike) them!

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