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5 Tips for Finding the Right Restaurant Equipment

5 Tips for Finding the Right Restaurant Equipment

When it comes to shopping for new restaurant equipment – big and large – it can be trying to find reliable reviews. For the residential counter-parts, Amazon is the go-to-resource for customer reviews that really tell the story on how you could expect a piece of equipment to work in the home kitchen, but there’s something about the restaurant industry that doesn’t lend to extra time for leaving reviews for others to learn from (I mean, everyone that works in the restaurant industry has the extra time to sit in front of a computer and write reviews, right?). With that said, here are a few tips on how you can find the answers you need when shopping for new commercial restaurant equipment.

1. Research the category first.

Start with researching the over-arching-category first. You likely know what you’re in the market for, i.e. searching for a new ‘fryer’ will yield better results than searching for ‘restaurant equipment.’ Search the web for key phrases that may help you find the information you need:

This will help you find the questions you should be asking when searching for a new piece of equipment and will help you narrow down your choice to the type of sub-category and/or products you should be further researching.

2. Start researching specific equipment models.

Just like you’d do with buying residential equipment, using the research you’ve already done, get specific brand name and model numbers of equipment you may be interested in and see if there are reviews written in various places across the web. Let’s take a Hamilton Beach CPM700. This heavy-duty mixer is similar to other popular mixer brands, but maybe you’re not as familiar with it. Before you make the investment, do some digging on what other buyers think about the mixer – take note of reviews and questions you find on other retailer sites. Search the web for these key phrases:

  • Hamilton Beach + CPM700
  • Hamilton Beach + commercial mixer

 3. Search product videos.

While you’re doing your search, make sure to switch over to ‘videos’ (in Google, it’s one of the options below the search box) and take a look at product videos that may exist. There are usually comments below the videos that could help with your research as well.

4. Ask the professionals.

Most sites have a Live Chat feature that allows you to chat instantly with a customer service rep. When you’re able to share the details behind your purchase (e.g. how you’ll be using the equipment, how often you’ll be using the equipment, etc.), they can often better match you with the equipment that’ll suite your needs. Don’t be afraid to chat.

5. Ask your peers.

Lastly, if you have time to wait for feedback, find a forum where peers are more than willing to share insight on their own experiences with different restaurant equipment and brands. You can search the internet for ‘equipment category + forum’ and typically get results for existing forums in your profession, especially when you start making the search results more granular, e.g. ‘equipment category + forum + restaurant.’

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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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Blodgett HydroVection Ovens

Blodgett HydroVection Ovens

Boasting “the only thing it can’t make is ice,” if you haven’t discovered the world of HydroVection, then Blodgett has a story for you.

Imagine being able to sear and smoke foods with the same machine that you can poach, grill, toast, roast, and oven fry with. Meet Blodgett’s HydroVection oven – an oven capable of doing all of these kinds of cooking, while saving you money, time, and space. HydroVection takes the idea of an oven, but combines moisture in a sealed-tight, indestructible box that takes up less room than most other commercial ovens.

For commercial kitchens that deal with cooking dozens of different types of foods in a day, this is the oven for you. Think of a school cafeteria that has to cook everything from the meat and vegetables to breads and sweets; with a HydroVection oven, all of these foods can be cooked at the same time. But these powerful ovens aren’t just for institutional kitchens; they’re best at keeping moisture in hard to cook meats – say prime rib – and can deliver mouthwatering salmon and steamed vegetables like you couldn’t believe. These ovens are great in almost every commercial kitchen out there.

Blodgett HydroVection Ovens

Of course, it wouldn’t be right for us to try to convince you to invest in one of these ovens without seeing them first hand ourselves. A few months back I had the pleasure of visiting Blodgett at their corporate offices. I was spoiled with dish after dish of meats and vegetables that totaled a full course lunch and dinner – I’m not quite sure we even had a break between the foods. The food was succulent, it was fast, and it was one of the most efficient ways I’ve ever seen a kitchen ran.

HydroVection ovens decrease cooking time by 15% and have a compact size of only 38” across. Some of them have Android technology and all of them have a removable temperature probe that isn’t seen with most commercial ovens. If a combi oven is just a bit outside your price tag, a HydroVection oven is the way to go.

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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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Butcher & Processing Specialty Shop

Butcher & Processing Specialty Shop

We have several specialty shops on our site to help those niche restaurants and markets find the things that are particularly useful for them. This month we’re proud to bring you our newest specialty shop chiefly for butchers and meat processors.

For those of you not in the industry of slicing and dicing up a perfectly good cut of meat, it’s hard to understand that an entire online shop could be devoted to butchery alone, but indeed, this is one of our largest specialty shops on eTundra.com!

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Butchery is Making a Comeback

A butcher shop has always been the place to go to get perfect cuts of meat that were fresher than you could ever get at the local grocer. But, as local grocers started to catch on, they too started bringing in finer cuts of meat, making it all-to-convenient for the customer and giving the old butcher the push out the door. Well, to be honest, the butcher shop never went away; in fact, they kept a very loyal fan base, but newer generations didn’t have the same passion.

That was, until the butcher started to make meat cutting just a bit (dare I say) sexier.

With skinny ties and tattooed arms, watching the stylish butcher through a street glass window is, well, mesmerizing. It’s not that there’s just style in how he presents himself though. With beautifully sharp knives cutting away in an almost art like manner and the knowledge of where a cut of meat came from – organic, natural, local, etc. – processing meat has become almost an entrancing lost skill that people are becoming more tuned into and aware of. Blame it on our growing need to know more about where our food comes from or blame it on the bad boy image, either way, butcher shops have peaked our interest.

Restaurants That Process In-House

When I went to Kansas City to visit our Dreamstaurant winner, Snow and Co, the owners mentioned one of their favorite local hotspots for lunch, Anton’s. The restaurant was eclectically put together in a way that made you want to ask stories about some of the things on the wall, and housed its own in house butcher shop. I knew this before going into Anton’s and automatically assumed that old butcher smell would come wafting past my nose as I walked in, but not at Anton’s – the smell was like any other restaurant, normal.

As I walked past where the butcher shop was located in the restaurant you could see meats hanging and aging, you could see the butchers cutting away, and you could see counters full of freshly prepared meats. You could order off of the menu and know that you were getting super fresh cuts of meat. To me that seemed like a perfect time to order beef carpaccio and the charcutertie – they were both absolutely divine.

Anton’s doesn’t just keep their meats in-house though. People can come in off the street and peruse through all the cuts and decide what to bring home for dinner without having to eat at the restaurant. For Anton’s it’s basically a duel business venture, and it works quite nicely for them – just take a look at all of their reviews!

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How Often Should You Calibrate a Thermometer?

Although, the FDA doesn’t have strict documentation listed on how often restaurateurs and others in the food service industry should be calibrating thermometers, in order for HACCP plans to be successful, it’s important that thermometers are calibrated to measure within +/- 2° F (1.1° C) of the actual temperature being monitored. However, the FDA and local board of health regulations do have set rules on time and temperature specifications for every type of food that is served to the public, and because of this HACCP principle 3 speaks directly to maintaining critical limits, like time and temperature checks.

The need to calibrate thermometers will be different in each HACCP, as it depends on how often temperatures need to be checked. Some businesses will do a daily thermometer calibration, whereas others may only do yearly checks.  The good news here is that calibrating thermometers is easy.

Other Thermometer Calibrating Tips

  • If a thermometer is ever dropped, you should go ahead and calibrate it.
  • If a thermometer is going from a wide variety of temperatures (from freezing temperatures to boiling temperatures), it should also be calibrated more frequently.
  • Every time you invest in a new thermometer, calibrate it before using it.
  • If you use your thermometer on a daily basis, odds are you’ll want to calibrate it on a daily basis.
  • Altitude will play a big part in the boiling part of water, so use this chart to help clear things up:

Altitude (Feet) Altitude (Meters) Boiling Point (°F) Boiling Point (°C)
0 0 212°F 100°C
1,000 305 210°F 98.9°C
2,000 610 208°F 97.8°C
3,000 914 206.4°F 96.9°C
4,000 1,219 204.5°F 95.8°C
5,000 1,524 202.75°F 94.9°C
6,000 1,829 201° F 93.6°C
7,000 2,134 199° F 92.6°C
8,000 2,438 197.5°F 91.9°C
10,000 3,048 194° F 89.6°C
12,000 3,658 190° F 87.8°C
14,000 4,267 187° F 86.1°C
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Globe Mixer Shopping Guide

Globe Mixer Shopping GuideWhen shopping for new equipment, it can be overwhelming to weed through the differences from one piece to the next, but the good news is that when it comes to shopping for new Globe mixers, we can help make that decision a little easier.

Estimated Price Bowl Quarts Placement Speeds Horsepower Electrical Output Amps
Globe – SP5 Mixer $650 5 Countertop 10 800 watts 115/60/1 4
Globe – SP8 Mixer $1,000 8 Countertop 3 0.25 115/60/1 5
Globe – SP10 Mixer $2,500 10 Countertop 3 0.33 115/60/1 5
Globe – SP20 Mixer $2,800 20 Floor 3 0.5 115/60/1 6
Globe – SP25 Mixer $3,500 25 Floor 3 0.75 115/60/1 11
Globe – SP30 Mixer $4,500 30 Floor 3 1 115/60/1 16
Globe – SP30P Pizza Mixer $5,500 30 Floor 3 1.5 220/60/1 12
Globe – SP40 Mixer $7,800 40 Floor 3 2 220/60/1 & 208/60/3 12 & 7
Globe – SP60 Mixer $10,500 60 Floor 3 3 220/60/1 & 208/60/3 23 & 9
Globe – SP62P Pizza Mixer $12,500 60 Floor 2 3 220/60/1 & 208/60/3 18 & 12
Globe – SP80PL Mixer $15,000 80 Floor 4 3 208/60/3 10

Globe also has a handy mixer selection guide that allows you to pick the perfect mixer based on the type of ingredients you’re mixing together and the average batch weight.

All Globe Mixers Come With

  • Internal gears and shafts built to add longevity to the mixer’s transmission
  • Cast iron body that allows for the mixer to hold up to commercial kitchen use
  • The slide away bowl guard helps save precious kitchen space
  • The interlocked bowl guard and lift adds extra safety precautions
  • A complete mixer package that includes the bowl, beater, hook, whip, timer, and #12 attachment hub
    • 60 and 80 quart units also have a bowl truck included
    • 60 and 80 quart pizza mixer includes a power bowl lift

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Need more help shopping for a Globe Mixer?  Use our Live Chat feature on our main website or call us at 888-388-6372.

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Repairs Help Open Doors

“Love is an Open Door” Frozen ParodyRepairs Help Open Doors

I’ll warn you upfront, if you haven’t seen the movie Frozen and been privy enough to hear the addicting melodies, then this isn’t going to make much sense.  But for those “Love is an Open Door” fans, we came up with our own parody – that’s right, DIY style.  Make sure to open up this version for some background tunes, crank up your speakers, and get ready to sing along!

Sing-a-Long DIY-a-Long With Us

Okay, can I just, say something lazy?

I hate lazy!

All my life has been a series of doors breaking off
And then suddenly I bump into you

I was thinking the same thing! ‘Cause like
I’ve been searching my whole life to find DIY in this place
And maybe it’s the repair side of me talking or the tools I have on hand

But with you…
But with you

I found my DIY face…
I see your face…

And it’s easier than ever before!
Repairs help open doors!
Repairs help open doors!
Repairs help open doors!

With this!
And this!
And this!
And this!

Repairs help open doors!

I mean it’s crazy…
What?

We can finish each other’s-
Projects!

That’s what I was gonna say!

I’ve never met a DIYer-

Who thinks so much like me!
Jinx! Jinx again!
Our mental synchronization
Can have but one explanation

You-
And I-
Were-
Just-

Meant to DIY!

Say goodbye…
Say goodbye…

To repair bills of the past
We don’t have to pay it anymore!

Repairs help open doors!
Repairs help open doors!
Life can be so much more!

With you!
With you!
With you!
With you!

Repairs help open doors!

Can I say something crazy?
Will you repair with me?

Can I say something even crazier? Yes!

We could have acted this out for you, I’m sure Chris would have loved to play the part, but instead, we thought we’d let you share your favorite version of the song and DIY love with us!

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Shopping for Hotel & Hospitality Supplies?

Shopping for Hotel & Hospitality Supplies?

We may be your go to supplier for restaurant supplies, but we have plenty of other widgets and gadgets that fit perfectly well outside of the restaurant, which is exactly why we have our specialty shops.  This month, we’re featuring our hotel and hospitality specialty shop that has plenty of categories to keep any well-appointed travel destination, stocked and ready to serve.

Linens

If your hotel is in the business of conference services, than you know that having a decent stock of linens is a must.  From sleek Snap Drapes to elegant table covers, having variety is key to ensuring you’re prepped for any type of event that may be scheduled.

Catering and Buffet

Speaking of serving the masses, whether it’s a breakfast nook for continental breakfast or a full on catered event, having the right catering and buffet supplies can help set the tone.  With hundreds of serving equipment, supplies, and parts, we can help you set that tone and keep guests coming back for more.

Disposables

From toilet paper to serveware, disposables are one of the biggest supply investments in any hotel. The good news is that we have hundreds of products to keep you in business and your guests happy.  Make clean-up easier for everyone with a few choice disposables in your arsenal.

Ice Machines

What would the hospitality industry be without ice?  Well, you could still operate, but when it came time to ice things down, your guests may start to wonder what kind of place you were running.  Hotel ice machines are made specifically for the right output for your industry.  However, if you’re not seasoned in the art of ice machine capacity, give or team a call, we can help find the perfect match.

Specialty Orders

Have something else you need to track down that we forgot to mention here?  Let us know!  We can special order a lot of the hotel and hospitality supplies you need, just let us know what you’re looking for.

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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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