SoundOff – Display Refrigeration

Friday, October 26th, 2012

 

Display Refrigeration
 October 2012


 

Display refrigeration

A highly popular, and widely used piece of equipment is a display refrigerator and freezer. Customers love to be “choosy” and pick-out what they want. These make that possible. This month we will be focusing on the different aspects of display refrigeration. Before making your next purchase, you should be aware of what your intended usage is, and your size requirements as they come in a wide variety of styles.

The first thing to determine is if you need a freezer or refrigerator. The sizes range from a small counter-top unit, to a tall standing double-door unit. There are open-air self serve displays, glass sliding door displays, and glass hinged doors. They have the option of florescent interior lighting, LED lighting, incandescent lighting, or no lights at all.

You can shop for display refrigeration at ShortOrder.com here.

Featured: Display Refrigeration
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
LV38-1-Black


Beverage-Air

LV38-1-Black

5 Star

- 1/3 HP
- Energy Star
- 8.8 Amps
- Steel interior, steel/black vinyl exterior
- 2 Sliding doors, 5 epoxy shelves per side
- Fluorescent lighting
- Warranty: 1 yr parts/labor, 5 yr compressor
GDM-35

 


True

GDM-35

4 Star

- 1/2 HP
- Energy Star
- 9.2 Amps
- S/S floor, aluminum interior, white vinyl exterior
- 2 Hinged doors, 4 epoxy shelves per side
- Fluorescent Lighting
- Warranty: 1 yr parts & labor, 5 yr compressor
TGM-35R

Turbo Air

TGM-35R

4 Star

- 1/2 HP
- Energy Star
- 10.9 Amps
- White aluminum exterior
- 2 Sliding doors, 4 wire shelves per side
- Fluorescent Lighting
- Warranty: 1 yr parts/labor, 5 yr compressor
G21010

Traulsen

G21010

3 Star

- 1/2 HP
- Not Energy Star
- 10.4 Amps
- Aluminum interior & exterior
- 2 Hinged doors, 3 shelves per   side
- Incandescent Lighting
- Warranty: 1 year parts & labor

 

Commercial Microwave Ovens & Their Many Uses

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Whether you are the head chef of a five star restaurant getting ready for this evening’s dinner service, or you are preparing lunches in a school cafeteria, the ability to quickly and efficiently prepare your food is a must. Having the best in commercial microwave ovens and knowing how to use them can make a great kitchen even better. We’ve outlined three of the most important uses of commercial microwave ovens below.

Thawing
Knowing when and how to properly thaw frozen foods is one of the most challenging parts of cooking, mostly because, when done properly, it can take literally the entire day. However, if you use commercial microwave ovens like the Panasonic NE-1022F, thawing your ingredients can be a quick and painless process. Here are a few things to remember:

  • When in doubt, use your commercial microwave oven’s thawing button for best results. The Panasonic NE 1022F comes with 1000 watts of power, ensuring that your food will be cooked perfectly every time on any heat level you need.
  • Make sure to stop the microwave and check your food throughout the pre-set time. If the food is warm, let it stand for a few moments before turning the microwave back one to ensure that it’s only defrosting, and not cooking. Give foods like soups or purees a stir before continuing to ensure even heat distribution.
  • Remember, for safety’s sake, to cook whatever you’re preparing immediately after you defrost it.

 

Steaming
Many people aren’t aware that steaming vegetables in commercial microwave ovens retains more nutrients than cooking them on the stove. For best results, add a little water, cover your dish with plastic wrap, and cook on high for a short amount of time. The Amana RC30S2 for example not only has 100 customizable memory settings, but 11 preset power levels designed cook your food perfectly whichever way you’d like it.

Reheating
Another little-known trick for commercial microwaves is that they can reheat and re-crisp meals or snacks like fries or potato chips. The key is to place a paper towel or napkin on top of the plate of food. The napkin will absorb the moisture that makes the food soggy leaving it crisp and ready to eat in just seconds.
Whether you’re thawing chicken for dinner with the Panasonic NE-1022F steaming veggies with the Amana RC30S2, or using one of our many other commercial microwave ovens, Short Order has what you need to reheat, steam, defrost, and cook all of your food to perfection.

The Most Efficient Way to Use Your Gen2 Griddles

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Here at Short Order, we take our products and the quality of the food they help make very seriously. Not only do we want to provide you the very best in restaurant equipment, but we also want to make sure you can get the best results for whatever it is you’re preparing. Take our extensive selection of state-of-the-art Gen2 Griddles, for example. Here are a few tips on how to use our griddles as efficiently and effectively as possible:

Take Your Time
Kitchens can get hectic, and when you are in the middle of a big rush, things can fall through the cracks. It’s easy to forget to heat the griddle before service and try to crank the heat up as high as possible in order to make up for time lost. This creates two problems. First, the drastic rise in temperature will waste energy and cost you money. Second, that much heat created that fast will make for an uneven cooking temperature which means the outside of your food will be overcooked or burned while the inside is still cold.

Take the TG-48C-NAT Gen2 Griddle for example. It’s heavy-duty gas griddle and thermostatic controls gives you a heat range from 150 to 450 degrees Celsius. With a little preparation and the help of custom thermostats, you can get the perfect temperature for any recipe you need so your food is cooked to perfection on the inside and out.

Use Thawed Ingredients When Possible
Similar to slowly raising your temperature, try to avoid putting frozen food directly onto the Gen2 griddle. The surface will have to produce more heat and energy in order to cook the food. And sadly, just like heating the surface up too quickly, food won’t cook as well in the center.

Keep Away from Cold Spots
In order to maximize your griddle’s efficiency, try your best to keep it away from doorways and overhead air conditioning units. The less cold air your Gen2 griddle has to compete with, the hotter it gets with less time and energy.

Keep it Clean
Keeping your griddle clean, just like all other restaurant equipment, is a given, but cleanliness also helps cut down on energy costs. A large surface like the Gen2 Griddle MG-24C-NAT makes cooking a breeze. However, it can be an intimidating surface to clean. Pro Tip: Instead of scraping and cleaning a cold griddle surface, heat the griddle to where it’s barely warm. This will loosen up all the debris and making cleaning up a whole lot simpler.

Now Serving – Halloween is here, the Power of Positivity, and “Mummy Dogs”

Friday, October 12th, 2012
October 2012 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 46
Now Serving

Well, how did your September wrap up? Can you believe that it is already October? I feel like during
the month of October we are on cruise control, in my opinion nothing major happens. Some of you might be enjoying the changing of the seasons, but we don’t have the luxury of experiencing that down here in the south. It is just another month, until the end, when you have to get out the candy and costumes for Halloween.

Pumpkin

How do you celebrate Halloween, if you do at all? Are you one of those that decorates their yard to the nines, and wait in costume to scare the Trick-or-Treaters, or are you one of the ones who turns out all of your lights and gets annoyed with all of the children ringing your door-bell? Drop by our Facebook page and tell us about it.

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: Hilarie Burhans!

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 Power of Positivity, an easy recipe for “Mummy Dogs”, a cute Halloween themed snack that you can take to any party, and our Featured Items: a Randell Hot Food Table, a Gen2 salamander, and a Cadco sandwich grill.

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

 

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Positivity

5 Steps to Raising the Morale of your Business

I recently came across an article by Jacob Harper, about the necessity of encouragement in the work place. I connected to this concept on a personal level, as I thrive in a positive work atmosphere, but who doesn’t? Your staff will be more willing to do a superior job for you and your business, when the company morale is high. His article “5 Easy Ways to Brighten Your Employee’s Day” breaks down five quick things you can do to boost the morale around your company.

1. Appreciate your personnel – According to Harper, the top complaint of employees is that they are under-appreciated. They are probably doing a lot of small daily tasks that you might be taking for granted. Let them know, from time-to-time, that you see those small tasks and that they are valued.

Mummy-dogs

2. Get your hands dirty with them – Your employees will respect you more, if you get on their level and work alongside them every now and then. A supervisor should not ask their staff to do anything that they would not do. You can always relate to people better, if you have been where they have been.

3. Ask them what they need – Your employees will be more content and willing to do an excellent job, when they feel that their voices are heard. It is not realistic to apply all of their ideas, but they might have some good ones for your business that you have not yet thought of.

4. Give a small gift – When you acknowledge your employees with a small token of appreciation, they will feel valued. Listen to their needs; it could be something as small as a new pen, if their favorite pen ran out of ink, or something bigger, such as a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant.

5. Raises! – Money is power, but make sure that it is used appropriately. Do not use a bonus as a bribe. Look at implementing raises as a gift, expecting nothing in return. This will show your employees that you are grateful for their hard work, and they in turn, will want to do a superior job.

I understand that depending on the size of your business, implementing all five of these ideas at once, might be too much. I would recommend starting with a simple, “Thank you for all of your hard work” and watch how far that spreads. Positivity in the workplace can only better your business and in turn, create more satisfied customers.

Featured Products
3515-120
Gen2-SB-36-NAT
NC49
Randell Hot Food Table
3513-120
48″ Hot Food Table
$1,283.00 delivered
Gen2 Salamander
GEN2-SB-36-NAT
36″ Salamander Broiler
$1,439.00 delivered
Cadco Sandwich Grill
CPG-10
13″ Single Panini Grill
$825.00 delivered
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Featured Recipe

Creepy Mummy Dogs

This fun Halloween themed snack from divinedinnerparty.com will be a great side at any party.

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (11 oz.) can refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese (quartered)
  • 8 Hot Dogs
  • Black Mustard Seeds
  • Ketchup & Mustard (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place one slice cheddar cheese on each hot dog
  3. Wrap each dog with dough to look like a mummy, leaving an open area for the eyes
  4. Cut two tiny slits in the exposed hot dog and insert the mustard seeds for “eyes”
  5. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 min, until golden
  6. (optional) Serve with ketchup and mustard
Mummy-dogs

 

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Frymaster
Vulcan
Manitowoc
Beverage-Air
Globe

Gen2 Ranges Great for Fresh Fall Foods

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Fall is fast approaching, and with the changing leaves comes a change in seasonal menus.  Gen2 Ranges are an optimum tool for cooking this season as the weather changes from balmy to blustery, and culinary focus shifts from summery to soothing.

As those cool winds sweep in, so do fresh fall vegetables.  Swap out the last of the summer zucchini for sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, apples, cauliflower and of course, pumpkin.  It seems that the coming of autumn means putting pumpkin in everything.  Bake it in breads, cakes, pies, cookies; roast it for stuffings and sauces and soups; flavor lattes with it; even whip it in with butter.  There are all sorts of unusual ways to incorporate fresh fall flavors into dishes.

Usher in these warm foods and their tantalizing tastes with Gen2 Ranges.  Outfitted with the efficient burners and oven features that are necessary in a fast-paced environment, Gen2 Ranges fit smoothly into any commercial kitchen operation.  A seasonal menu needs variety, but also requires longevity.  You know that fall flavors will be in high demand; anticipate that need with equipment like the Gen2 Range.  The Gen2 commercial range (60-GEN2-10B-S26-LP), for example, is equipped with 10 open liquid propane burners and 2 ovens for optimum efficiency in a busy kitchen.  A prep area and back shelf also allow for storage and flexibility while you work.

Using seasonal ingredients helps keep a kitchen current, keeps customers satisfied, and sets a restaurant apart.  Fresh fall foods are a must this autumn.

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