About 3 of 5 American restaurants recycle at least some part of the waste they produce; most of it in the form of plastic and cardboard packaging, or compost. Very rarely are major items such as unusable restaurant equipment, tables and chairs, or other durable goods recycled, even if they could be.
Right now, the most significant predictor of whether or not a given restaurant recycles is the quality of their municipal recycling program. But even in places where the program is excellent, there are several reasons a restaurant may decide against it.
If there ever was a spotless way to cook and prep food, it would be something along the lines of ‘cooking in outer space.’ You wouldn’t have to worry about any cutting boards to clean or messy paper towels, and all your food would be floating across the cabin of your spacecraft. After all, you never hear astronauts say, “Houston, did you forget to pack the detergent and bleach?” If only we could cook and eat our food like astronauts in space.
Alas, our gravity-bound environment forces us to deal with the food contact surfaces that we use every single day. Bacteria and diseases are more prevalent than ever and proper sanitization and cleaning are vital to keeping a healthy lifestyle. Here are some down-to-Earth steps for keeping your kitchen countertops clean and sanitized.
The first step is to clean and give your surface a good scrub down. This is the hard work such as scraping and wiping down the food- contact surfaces. If any type of raw meat touched the surface in question, grab a pair of rubber gloves to prevent the spread of salmonella or other bacteria and scrub away. (more…)
As we move into the holiday season, we’ve started to notice a shift in dessert menu offerings. They’re starting to reflect the holiday cheer that we love so much. Therefore, we at ShortOrder have put together a list of the top 5 desserts that are a must for your winter holiday menu.
These cupcakes are a sure-fire way to brighten your customers’ day, and bring them back for more. By offering this unique dessert, you’ll be catering to classic holiday tastes (plus, the cupcake fad is still going strong). (Recipe by BakersRoyale.com)
What’s better than a delicious combination of peppermint and chocolate fudge? This is a great addition to any holiday menu because you can prepare it in the morning and serve it throughout the day. You can’t beat a simple, quick and easy dessert like this. (Recipe by ShugarySweets.com)
Everyone knows that the second winter rolls around, it’s Peppermint Mocha time. All you need is a great commercial espresso machine, a few key ingredients, and you’ll have everyone coming by your restaurant for their daily dose of caffeine. (Recipe by momadvice.com)
Anything that is pumpkin-flavored is sure to be a hit during the holidays. So why not add a little pumpkin to the holiday menu? This recipe is simple, yet delicious, featuring an unlikely combination of ingredients that will satiate customers’ holiday tastes. As long as you have one of our commercial ovens and a refrigerator, you’ll be set to make this delicious winter holiday treat. (Recipe by rookno17.com)
5. Pumpkin Pie
There is no better classic holiday dessert than pumpkin. This classic holiday dessert is a great item to have because you have a lot of room to play with the recipe. Customize it however you see fit so that your dessert stands out from the rest. (Recipe by leitesculinaria.com)
Finally, don’t forget to update your appliances this holiday season! You wouldn’t want one of your commercial kitchen appliances breaking down in the middle of this busy season. For equipment from some of the top brands that delivers dependable performance, check out ShortOrder’s selection of commercial restaurant equipment.
Happy holiday cooking from all of us at ShortOrder!
A short couple of months ago on August 5th and after quite a few years of consideration, the FDA released new regulations and a uniform standard for the term “gluten-free”. The truth is that even the best commercial restaurant equipment may not ensure that your food remains gluten-free. These regulations couldn’t have come at a better time, as restaurants offering gluten-free menus are popular and on the rise. So if you’re ready to stock up on restaurant equipment great for going gluten-free, it’s probably time to get familiar with the new rules.
In summary, the FDA defines anything termed as “gluten-free” must be “inherently gluten-free and does not contain 1) a gluten-containing grain, 2) a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten [ex. Wheat flour], or 3) a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten [ex. Wheat starch], if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food. Also, any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food must be less than 20 ppm.)
The last bit there about not containing more than 20 ppm gluten is the key here – being the globally agreed amount of gluten among researchers that should not cause adverse effects in people affected by celiac disease. It sounds slightly daunting, and you may find yourself questioning which piece of restaurant equipment even measures in “ppm”, but by following some simple steps you’ll be able to find yourself easily adhering to the FDA’s new guidelines by August 5, 2014.
1. Avoid cross contamination! This may seem obvious, but many don’t realize the ease with which gluten-free items may come into contact with items with gluten in them. Research evidence suggests that the tiniest speck of gluten can be transferred through contaminated utensils, restaurant equipment, deep fryers, etc. Just be mindful and thorough when handling your restaurant equipment if you plan to offer a truly “gluten-free” menu.
2. Thoroughly analyze all menu items to meet the gluten-free criteria. Even if you keep your restaurant equipment as clean and gluten-free as can be, it won’t amount to much if you haven’t made sure that your ingredients are positively “gluten-free” by FDA standards. There are many resources such as registered dieticians that will not only help you analyze your current menu, but also help you to build a tasty gluten-free menu.
3. Get commitment from and train management and all staff. A vital aspect of offering a gluten-free menu to your guests is ensuring that the entire restaurant staff is on the same page as far as handling restaurant equipment and storing, preparing, or serving gluten-free items. It is recommended that restaurants achieve this by having management and both front and back of house staff attend training programs such as the GREAT Kitchens Course (Gluten-free Resource Education Awareness Training). A committed and well-educated staff on the proper handling of food and restaurant equipment will make certain that guests can maintain trust and loyalty in your establishment.
4. Implement specific protocols and monitor adherence to procedure. You’ve gone through the trouble of analyzing your menu and training your entire staff to the intricacies of serving gluten-free items – it is now time to put that top-quality commercial restaurant equipment to good use by implementing very specific rules, so that everyone knows what the correct protocol is every step of the way. In addition to this, keep a keen eye and monitor the way the new rules are being executed, as your staff makes the proper adjustments and puts their training to use.
At Short Order, we like to inject a bit of entertainment into our information each week to help highlight our fabulous selection of restaurant equipment. In keeping with that motto, this week we intend to get a little cheesy in telling you all about our variety of cheese melters. Whether your restaurant is serving elegantly topped baked potatoes, cheese fries, nachos, or any other divinely delicious dish you’ll want your cheese to follow the rules of cheese melting and not a become pile of sticky disarray.
Cheese melting can become a challenging discipline without the aid of tools such as a cheese melter. Extreme temperatures and too much time under heat can transform cheese into a stringy mess. When you have multiple orders requiring a cheesy topping, managing the melting process can become woefully inefficient. Cheese melting equipment such as the reliable APW Cheese Melter CMC-24 help getting the texture and consistency of melted cheese just right for foodstuffs such as famous grilled cheese sandwiches to a delectable fondue. Design features for the CMC-24 include a four shelf height “microswitch”, solid-state controls, instant “on/off” top quartz elements and a fan-cooled electrical compartment.
Our Cheese Melters also come in many sizes, such as the 50” wide, countertop Vulcan Cheese Melter 1048C-208/1 to the 36” wide APW Cheese Melter CMC-36. Many melters can be configured as counter mount, wall mount or pass through, making them unobtrusive yet easily accessible depending on the needs of your establishment.
Whether you want stringy, stretchy Mozzarella for that pizza pie or a viscous pour over a baked potato, cheese melters are the perfect fit to help you avoid digging through pages of instructions on how to melt cheese. Of course, we also have everything you would need for your restaurant to cook, clean, and do just about anything easily and efficiently.
Sometimes the simplest things in life are also the best. Take, for instance, a hearty breakfast of hash browns, bacon and pancakes or a juicy steak or hamburger. In most cases, there is not too much extravagance or fanfare involved in cooking up these meals. Yet, the taste of a well-cooked, simple meal will satisfy the deepest of appetites.
When it comes to restaurant equipment, nothing makes simplicity taste great like a griddle does. That’s why we love griddles. They are straightforward and help create tasty food quickly and efficiently.
At Short Order, we have a large assortment of griddles that get the job done right. For example, the Vulcan Griddle RRE24D-208/1 and the entire electric-powered, countertop RRE griddle series are heavy duty, with a stainless steel fronts and sides, allowing you to churn out order after order, day after day. The 4-inch stainless back and tapered side splashes mean you won’t have grease flying all over the place either. Speaking of grease, after seeing the 3 1/8 inch wide front grease trough that empties into a large capacity grease drawer, you’ll be tempted to summon your inner Travolta or Newton-John by singing, “You’re The One That I Want.”
Additionally, the two solid tubular incoloy heating elements and one-snap action thermostat provide good choices for the high production necessary to meet the demands of all those customers who are looking for tasty hot cakes or a lunchtime burger. While the RRE24D measures out at 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep, other models in the RRE series include sizes ranging from 24 to 72 inches in width.
In fact, the entire line of griddles in the RRE series receives 5-Star ratings and our Editor’s Choice selection here at Short Order. We also have a wide variety of electric, propane and natural gas powered griddle choices from Vulcan, and other brands such as Turbo Air, APW, Garland and Wolf. So, keep breakfast, lunch and dinner simple by ordering a powerful, commercial-style griddle today. Your customers will love it!
Nothing turns on the salivary glands like food from the backyard grill. Now you can bring that backyard taste into your restaurant with the Vulcan Char Broiler VCCB47-1-NAT. No, that’s not Dr. Spock’s own space ship. It’s just the one of the best medium-sized char broilers on the planet.
Char broilers come with basic variations. All will produce succulent meats and vegetables bearing grill marks and the undeniable flavor of the grill.
Char broilers provide two main sources of heat: radiant heat and lava rocks. Each acts as a high-temperature storage bank. You need to keep enough heat to cook those cold products, or you and your customers will be unhappily waiting. The Vulcan Char Broiler uses radiant heat and has an under burner deflector to reflect lost heat back up to the cooking service.
Broilers use gas flames to heat the radiants. Heat is distributed more evenly over radiants than lava rock, and the radiants are slanted in such a way that they limit flare ups from fat dripping. Broilers are somewhat easier to clean too. Can you smell those steaks broiling?
The Vulcan Char Broiler is a nice heavy-duty, cast-iron radiant broiler. We rated it 5 stars here at Short Order. Are those steaks done yet?
But that is not the only great item we have in our inventory. There’s a great variety of other products, perfect for warming, cooling, cooking, storing, prepping, serving and much, much more. You can even get other great Vulcan products, from range ovens to hot plates.
Whether you are a restaurateur, restaurant equipment enthusiast or simply looking for the right place to upgrade your restaurant equipment, check out our full selection of commercial kitchen-enabling wonderworks today at www.shortorder.com!
We’re going to go ahead and challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone a little bit, here, and regale you with tales of the glories of Bakers Pride ovens. How, might you ask, is this stepping outside our comfort zone? (Boy, we just love assuming audience questions!) Don’t we write about the joys of using this or that product, Manitowoc ice machines one week, Vulcan ranges the next? Well, yes, but this time it’s different.
We say this because, well, we’ve never written about Bakers Pride ovens before. Ever. Not once in the illustrious history of the What’s Cooking blog have we ever laid down ink (or black pixels, we should say) about these magnificent products.
Well, consider that changed.
Bakers Pride ovens can stand toe-to-toe with any of the many other excellent lines of restaurant equipment that we proudly offer here at Short Order. Our offerings include single deck pizza ovens, double deck pizza ovens, char broilers, and more. And, like all Bakers Pride ovens, they’re made with spectacular, nuanced attention to detail.
Consider, for example, the Bakers Pride Oven DS-805-NAT, a single-deck pizza oven that runs on natural gas, is a reliable, high-quality piece of equipment that we’ve rated five stars and designated an editor’s choice. It’s hard to beat that endorsement, and it’s one that we proudly stand behind.
Check out our excellent selection of Bakers Pride ovens here at ShortOrder.com today! Looking for something else besides Bakers Pride ovens? We’ve got an array of excellent restaurant equipment designed to perfectly suit your commercial kitchen’s needs. If it needs warming, cooling, washing, organizing, or storing, and you want it done in a kitchen, chances are we’ve got just the piece of restaurant equipment to do the job for you. What’s more, we offer an excellent Low Price Guarantee. Check it out today!
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