SoundOff – Pizza Prep Tables

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Pizza Prep Tables
 September 2012
TPP-44D-2

Now that football season is going strong, and school is back in session, there are bound to be many occasions for pizza. Last month we highlighted kegerators. What better to go with your cold beer than a tasty pizza? We will be focusing on pizza prep tables. Some things to be aware of when purchasing your next pizza prep table are: size, layout, and usage.

Pizza prep tables come in a wide variety of lengths, ranging from three feet to nine feet long, so you would need to assess the space that is available to you. There are also a variety of layouts depending upon how many pans you need, and if you prefer a polyethylene cutting board, or a stainless-steel top . Lastly, you need to be aware of your intended usage. Pizza prep tables have the option of drawers with pans in them, or doors with shelves. Most pizza preps are NSF approved as well.

You can shop for pizza prep tables at ShortOrder.com here.

Featured: Pizza Prep Tables
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
DP67

Beverage-Air

DP67

5 Star

- 1/4 HP
- NSF
- 6.3 Amps
- S/S exterior, aluminum interior
-2 Door, 3 full pan not incl., 4 epoxy shelves
- 3″ Casters included
- Warranty: 1 yr parts/labor, 5 yr compressor
8268N

 

Randell

8268N

5 Star

- 1/3 HP
- NSF
- 9 Amps
- S/S exterior, aluminum interior
- 2 Door, 9 pan not incl., 2 epoxy shelves
- 6″ Casters included
- Warranty: 1 yr parts, 90 days labor
TPP-67

True

TPP-67

4 Star

- 1/3 HP
- NSF-7
- 8.6 Amps
- S/S exterior, aluminum interior
- 2 Door, 9 pans incl., 4 wire shelves
- 5″ Casters included
- Warranty: 1 yr parts/labor, 5 yr compressor
TPR-67SD

Turbo-Air

TPR-67SD

4 Star

- 2/3 HP
- NSF-7
-10.4 Amps
- S/S interior & exterior
- 2 Door, 9 pans incl., 4 s/s shelves
- 5″ Casters included
- Warranty: 2 yr parts/labor, 5 yr compressor

Fryers: The MVPs of Football Season

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Pop quiz. What do jelly beans, Kool-Aid, salsa, and Pop-Tarts have in common? If you answered they make for one heckuva late night snack, we could give you partial credit. The real answer, however, is that all of these outlandish snacks have been battered, breaded, and turned into delicious deep-fried treats with fryers.

What better reason to batter and fry everything you can get your hands on than football season? After all, football brings out the some of our best qualities: camaraderie, spirit, and competitive tackling. Might as well include creativity too. If you arm yourself with the correct restaurant equipment, you and your fryer will be the MVPs of every game. Take this Gen2 F5-LP Fryer for example. With a heat range of 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit and a 70-pound capacity, it can take on nearly any frying challenge – including a restaurant teeming with hungry football fans.

Here are our three favorite fried foods to serve at your restaurant’s next football watch party:

1. Chicken-Fried Bacon: You might be thinking one of two things. First, what kind of evil genius thought of such an atery-clogging concoction? Or, hopefully you’re like us and say, that is the most artistic use of a fryer ever conceived. What perfect way to break in my Gen2 fryer. So simple, yet so perfect. Why didn’t I think of it first?

2. Fried Avocado Bites: Because nothing says heart-healthy amino acids and folic acid like a little egg batter and butter. Pop some avocado slices into your fryer, top with a touch of cilantro-lime dipping sauce, and you’ll soon become everyone’s hero.

3. Fried PB&J: Have a special menu for the kiddos (and kids at heart)? Ready-to-order peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be sure to please even the pickiest eater. But why stop there? Even kids with highly selective pallets deserve the chance to enjoy the bounty of a world-class Gen2 fryer. Fried macaroni and cheese balls, oreos, and cupcakes are sure to keep the pipsqueak population pleased.

What delicacies are you excited to make in your fryer this football season?

Cooking Performance Group or Gen2: Choosing the Best Charbroiler

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Any time you purchase an appliance, especially a commercial appliance for a restaurant, it requires a lot of research before you pull the plug and decide on the perfect model. You have to consider the size of the space you have, the features you require, the warranty and service, and, of course, the price. That is why we’re offering up this handy comparison guide of Cooking Performance Group (CPG) and Gen2 commercial charbroilers to help expedite your decision process.

Charbroiler Size
The standard sizes for most charbroilers are 24”, 36” and 48”. Both Gen2 and CPG offer chargrill units at this size in both radiant and lava rock. CPG does have a 15” lava rock model as well, but that’s the only real difference in the two’s lineups of charbroilers, and unless you have a very tiny commercial kitchen, you wouldn’t want to sacrifice the additional cooking space by getting such a small char grill.

Charbroiler Features
When it comes to buying a restaurant charbroiler, one of the first things you’ll want to know is the difference between radiant and lava rock models. Many people agree that lava rock charbroilers produce a better grill flavor than radiant models, but they don’t last as long as radiant charbroilers because of the porous lava rock. It’s your, or rather your customer’s, preference on this one.

Both CPG and Gen2 have lava or char-rock broilers and radiant charbroilers. The Gen2 charbroiler models have the option of a slanting the cooking surface, so a variety of meats can be cooked at the same time at different temperatures.

Charbroiler Warranty
Both brands have comparable warranties, but while CPG’s warranty begins on the original date of purchase, Gen2 cooking equipment warranties start on the date of installation. Depending on how long it takes the charbroiler to arrive, you could lose a week or more on your warranty with a CPG model.

Charbroiler Cost
The two brands have been fairly similar so far, but where Gen2 products really pull ahead is in the value you receive for such a low price.

ShortOrder, the manufacturer of Gen2 cooking equipment, offers a low-price guarantee, meaning they will beat any competitor’s legitimately advertised price on any comparable item in their inventory and still ship the item to you for free! You will be refunded 110% of the difference on the item from another restaurant equipment dealer.

Final Tally
In the end, Gen2 restaurant equipment is the clear winner in this comparison. The value you receive on their products, not just their charbroilers, surpasses anything their competitors can provide.

If you still need help choosing the perfect charbroiler, or any other commercial cooking equipment, feel free to contact ShortOrder.com at 800-211-0282.

Now Serving – Fall equals Football, the Perfect Employee, and Potato Salad

Friday, September 14th, 2012
September 2012 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 45
Now Serving

I can’t believe that it is already September! I am sure by now you are settling back into your fall routines: the kiddos are in school, you’ve packed the bathing suits and sunscreen away to collect dust until next summer, you’re getting ready for all of your favorite television shows to start back up, and most importantly football season has finally arrived!

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I’m not sure what state you are in, but down here in Texas, we live for football – high school, college or professional. We love it all! Drop by our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite team. Since I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, I’m naturally a Houston Texans fan! (It used to be the Houston Oilers back in the day, until they were shipped off to Tennessee… but we won’t go there.)

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but we do random giveaways on our Facebook page, so be sure to “like” us, so that you don’t miss out! Just in case you miss that, another way to save, is to submit a product review on Shortorder.com. We’re giving away a $50 ShortOrder.com Gift Card to one reviewer per month. Join me in congratulating this month’s winner: Warren Peck!

ShortOrder.com offers a great clearance section, full of scratch and dent and discontinued inventory! These products have only minor physical imperfections and are protected by the full manufacturer warranty. Clearance inventory changes often so check our clearance section for the best deals.

In this month’s issue: The Formula for a Perfect Employee, a recipe for an easy potato salad that you can take to any party and our Featured Items: a True deep-well bottle cooler, a Gen2 char-rock broiler, and a Beverage-Air ice cream freezer.

Remember, this newsletter is for you and if there is anything you’d like to know more about – give us a shout! We’d love to hear from you.


Enjoy!

Meghan Jarrell

 

The Formula to find the Perfect Employee

It is as easy as E.M.P.L.O.Y.E.E.

We all know that a business can be made or broken by its employees, especially when it comes to the service industry. It can become a costly endeavor to spend time interviewing, and training employees, so you want to make sure they are the right fit, the first time around. The process starts with the interview, as the employer you need to be prepared. Have a set of characteristics and experiences that you are looking for in the candidates. It is sometimes hard to determine if a candidate is going to be a good match from a short interview. Ryan Eby has come up with a quick acronym on “The Back Burner” blog to help. It is E.M.P.L.O.Y.E.E. Let’s break it down.

Engaged – You want an employee that is engaged and in-turn, engages your customers. Check for this during the interview by their answers, did they capture your attention with their responses? Were you left wanting more?

Mature – An excellent customer service employee is going to be mature. This is an easy trait to look for during the interview. You should be able to tell by the way they carry themselves.

Positive – A positive employee is a “must” when it comes to the service industry. Negative personalities will quickly bring down the team. After calling past employers, you will know if they are a positive or negative person.

Leader – An employee that is constantly being reminded what to do, can slow down your business. You want a leader who takes initiative. This can be best discovered by comparing their extracurricular and volunteer activities.

Organized – Any company, especially a fast-paced service industry one, will benefit from an organized employee. Their appearance during the interview and their resume can be a good indicator of this trait.

Yes Sir.” – This is an important quality trait when dealing with customer service. It is best to have respectful workers when dealing with high-stress situations and potentially angry customers. This is a hard trait to determine during the interview. Checking with their past employers would probably be the best way.

Efficient – Service industry jobs are demanding and fast-paced, you want a quick, efficient candidate. This quality will also be best discovered from calling their past references.

Energetic – Lastly you want an employee that is energetic and can keep up with the work load of your business. You should be able to tell throughout the interview if they are energetic and from looking at the other activities on their resume.

These are obviously not all of the traits that you should look for in an employee, nor should you rule a candidate out if they don’t have all of these qualities, but it should act as a helpful tool for t he next time that you are ready to start hiring again.

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Gen2-EB-48C
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True Deep Well Bottle Cooler
TD-50-18
50″ Deep Well Cooler
$1,227.00 delivered
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GEN2-EB-48C-NAT
48″ Char-Rock Broiler
$980.00 delivered
Beverage-Air Ice Cream Freezer
NC49-1-W
49″ Ice Cream Freezer
$1,157.00 delivered
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Featured Recipe

Classic Potato Salad

This easy recipe from food.com is a great side for any football party

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 med potatoes, cooked & diced
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 1 Cup Onion, minced
  • 5 Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Paprika

Directions:

  1. Mix mayo, cider vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic powder, & pepper
  2. Add potatoes to mixture
  3. Then mix in celery, onions and eggs
  4. Sprinkle Paprika on top
potato salad

 

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Avoid Getting Fried with Gen2 Fryers

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

People in the food industry appreciate the confidence that comes with equipment like Gen2 fryers.To deep fry is to cook by immersing a food item in hot fat or oil. According to the urban dictionary, fried can also mean being mentally or physically exhausted, or the experience of being made fun of or humiliated. Certainly, chefs and line cooks across the country have had personal experience with each of these versions of the word “fried.” It can be exhausting to run a kitchen, putting out order after order of dishes, dancing around priorities, cooking times, kitchen activity, and customer demands. And fail just once, and you just might be “fried” by customer reviews.

In the world of restaurant equipment, nothing builds confidence and workability like Gen2. For example, the Gen2-F3-NAT natural gas Gen2 fryers earned the “Best In Class” award by Food Service Supplies Magazine. And, like virtually all of our Gen2 products, Gen2 fryers (including this one) boast our five star rating and our Editor’s Choice award.  Gen2 fryers have a cool zone for easy cleaning, range of 200º-400º and a stainless steel tank. The F3 also comes in an LP version. And if you are looking for something larger, the 70-pound capacity Gen2 fryers are also fitted for both LP and natural gas.

Gen2 also has a number of quality accessories available to customize Gen2 fryers to your exact needs. And like all Short Order restaurant equipment, we offer our Gen2 fryers at the lowest possible price and include free shipping. So don’t wait until you are completely fried from trying to meet customer needs while using sub-standard equipment; or worse, you are fried by a viral customer complaint. Choose Gen2 fryers–bring high quality and consistency to your kitchen and take yourself out of the fryer.

Gen2 Griddles: The Griddle Has Evolved

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Gen2 griddles have years of history behind them. Originally made from stone, brick or clay slabs, the griddle has been used for thousands of years across virtually all cultures to cook savory breads, meats and vegetables and sweet treats like pancakes and other goodies. Over time, the shape and material of the griddle has changed, but the purpose has remained the same — provide a hot, flat cooking surface on which to cook. Commercial griddles now make it possible to cook for many at the same time with a level of precision and consistency unprecedented throughout history.

There are three main components of a commercial griddle that each influence the performance of the griddle–the plate, the heat source, and the temperature control. In the best commercial griddles, these components come together to make a machine that is reliable, easy to clean, and easy to use for multiple items. While Short Order offers many brands of griddle, one in particular stands out for their excellence–Gen2 griddles. We carry six Gen2 griddles, each with 5 stars and our Editor’s Choice award for excellence. Whether it’s the two-burner, three-burner or four-burner natural gas griddle, whether it comes with manual or thermostatic controls, Gen2 griddles offer excellence with every model. Each with a stainless steel front and sides, a large capacity removable grease pan, and a 3/4” griddle plate, everything about Gen2 griddles says quality.

Short Order is proud to offer Gen2 products, especially the Gen2 griddles. That’s because we know that time after time, this restaurant equipment will deliver the sweet, savory or salty morsels that your customers crave with a reliability that just wont quit. Gen2 griddles are a cut above the rest, and we want to give praise where praise is due. Thanks Gen2, for making the kind of product that makes customers happy for years to come.

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