ShortOrder SoundOff – Microwave Ovens

Monday, March 31st, 2014

 

Microwave Ovens
March 2014
 

Microwave ovens are an essential part of every kitchen. For commercial kitchens, it is important to use a commercial microwave oven as opposed to residential. Although residential microwave ovens are less costly, they will not be able to hold up to the demands a commercial kitchen brings, and they lack NSF sanitation standards.

Commercial microwave ovens are higher wattage which guarantees faster cooking as well as safer defrosting. They also have a more advanced heat distribution system which allows food to be evenly re-heated. The majority of commercial microwave ovens have programmable controls which not only makes it easy to use with one-touch start, but this feature also saves energy and is much more efficient.

Before purchasing your commercial microwave oven, it is important to consider how much power you will need.

  • 1000 Watt – This meets the minimum requirement and is recommended for small, limited use items such as the occasional sandwich meat or liquids.
  • 1200 Watt – This wattage is ideal for larger food items for both cooking and reheating. Most 1200 watt commercial microwave ovens come with touch pads and are cook time programmable.
  • 1700 Watt – This offers more power for bulk food reheating as well as a fast menu item turn around.
You can shop for microwave ovens here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Commercial Microwave Ovens
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications

Panasonic
5 Star

 

- 1700 Watts
- 3 Power Levels

 

- 66 Lbs

- 16.63″W x 13.19″H x 20″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

 


Amana


4 Star

- 1200 Watts
-11 Power Levels

 

- 73 Lbs

- 16.75″W x 13.5″H x 22″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

 

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Amana

RC22S2

4 Star
- 2200 Watts
- 11 Power Levels
- 94 Lbs
- 19.25″W x 18.25″H x 25.5″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

 

Panasonic

NE-1064F

5 Star
- 1000 Watts
- 6 Power Levels
- 42 Lbs
- 20.13″W x 12″H x 16.5″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
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ShortOrder SoundOff – Walk-In Coolers

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Walk-In Coolers
February 2014

Walk-in coolers are a necessity for several different types of business, ranging from restaurants to flower shops. They serve as a great way to keep perishable items fresh. The purchase of a walk-in cooler is a large investment in your business, so it is very important to do extensive research before buying one. There are several things to consider before deciding which walk-in cooler is best suited to fit your needs.

  • Insulation Materials – There are two types of insulation most commonly used on walk-in coolers: Extruded Polystyrene and Polyurethane. Extruded polystyrene has a high initial R-value as well as great moisture resistance. Generally, it has the ability to retain 47% of its R-value over the life of the product. Polyurethane also has a high initial R-value, but only retains 19% of its R-value over the life of the product.
  • Exterior Materials – There are 4 types of exterior materials to choose between when purchasing your walk-in cooler.
    • Galvanized – Once the most popular choice, G90 Galvanized meets the bare minimum requirements for a walk-in cooler. While it is strong and dent resistant, it can easily develop “white rust” if not cared for correctly. It is also important to note that flooring in this material is not NSF approved unless quarry tile is installed prior to use.
    • Aluminum – Aluminum is exceptionally resistant to corrosion, but can dent very easily. In order to increase its strength, aluminum flooring is typically diamond tread plate embossed and the walls and ceilings are stucco embossed.
    • Galvalume – Galvalume is actually a combination of aluminum and galvanizing material that is steel coated. This not only gives it the strength of steel, but it is 12 times more corrosion resistant than galvanized. It is generally considered to be the best “bang for your buck.”
    • Stainless Steel – The most expensive alternative, stainless steel is also the strongest and lease corrosive. Although it comes in both brushed or polished finished, most choose brushed as it tends to minimize the visibility of scratches.
  • Refrigeration Systems – Walk-in coolers have two main components: the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser is located outside the unit, while the evaporator is located inside the unit. The refrigeration system can either be top-mounted or side-mounted. The main difference is that the side-mounted refrigeration system requires a condensation drain hose to be connected to a closed drain.
  • Capacity – Finally, it is important to consider the size of the walk-in cooler that will best fit your needs. Remember to account for future growth. A good rule of thumb is that 1 cubic foot of open storage accommodates approximately 28 lbs of food.
You can shop for walk-in coolers here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Walk-In Coolers
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Kolpak
5 Star

 

- Side Mounted Unit
-Galvalume Exterior

 

- 1,391 Lbs

- 93″W x 90″H x 93″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Kolpak

5 Star

- Top Mounted Unit
-Galvalume Exterior

 

- 779 Lbs

- 58.5″W x 90″H x 47″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT4F12A1H
Kolpak

P7-1010-CT-R

5 Star
- Top Mounted Unit
- Galvalume Exterior
- 1,790 Lbs
- 116″W x 90″H x 116″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 


Kolpak
P6-066-CS-R
5 Star
- Side Mounted Unit
- Galvalume Exterior
- 965 Lbs
- 70″W x 78″H x 70″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

ShortOrder SoundOff – Commercial Steamers – January 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

 

Commercial Steamers
January 2014
For fast vegetable cooking and reheating, commercial steamers are your best option. Since steamers use water instead of oils and butter for cooking, the food being cooked will retain more of its nutrients and natural flavors. Steamers are also known for producing faster cooking times, which in turn will increase productivity in your kitchen. In order to ensure the best results from your commercial steamer, follow these cooking tips listed below.
  1. Always preheat your steamer.
  2. Wait until after steaming to break up and season frozen vegetables, never before.
  3. When steaming vegetables, always use a perforated pan.
  4. Use a solid catch pan underneath any meat that is being steamed in a perforated pan.
  5. Make sure that the drain is 6 feet away from the steamer.
It’s also important to consider whether you prefer a steamer that is a convection steamer or convectionless. The main difference between the two is that convection steamers come with a fan which allows for more even cooking. And finally, make sure to only use a new AGA commercial gas flex hose with the purchase of your new commercial steamer. These hoses are designed to be extremely heavy duty and almost always have a brass quick connect. The plumber supplied home-type flex hoses are not built for commercial applications and are not NSF approved.You can shop for commercial steamershereat ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Commercial Steamers
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Groen
5 Star

 

- Convection
- One Compartment

 

- 62,000 BTU

- 21.63“W x 25″H x 33.38″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Panasonic

5 Star

- Convectionless
- 5 Power Levels

 

- 2100 Watts

- 25.57″W x 13.81″H x 20.75″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT4F12A1H
Cleveland

24CGA6.2S-NAT

3 Star
- Convection
- 2 Compartments
- 100,000 BTU
- 24″W x 59.21″H x 37.13″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

5 Star
- Convection
- Double-Stacked
- 54,000 BTU
- 21.75″W x 61.13″H x 36.13″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

ShortOrder SoundOff – Slicers – December 2013

Monday, December 30th, 2013

 

Slicers
December 2013
If you are running a deli or sandwich shop, you will find that a slicer can save you money as well as time. Slicers allow you to produce uniform slices of meat and cheese, and much faster than if you were using just a knife. Before making this purchase, it is important to determine what and how often you will be slicing, how much time you have to dedicate to slicing, and what motor design will best fit your needs.
Your first consideration should be duty-type. Light/standard duty is ideal for slicing deli meats, but is not recommended for slicing cheese. Medium duty can be used to slice cheese for about an hour per day, but is not recommended for frozen products. Heavy duty slicers can be used to cut any amount of any type of meat, cheese, or frozen products.
The next consideration is whether you will most benefit from a manual or automatic slicer. A manual slicer requires someone to manually slide the feeder tray back and forth over the blade. An automatic slicer will automatically slide back and forth, without any supervision needed. Another consideration should be the motor design. Slicer motors are either belt-driven or gear-driven. Gear-driven slicers are more expensive, but will be more reliable and require less maintenance. The belts that drive belt-driven slicers don’t require much maintenance, but they do require regular cleaning. For high volume situations, the gear driven slicer is the best option.
You can shop for slicers here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Slicers
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Globe
3 Star

 

- 40 & 60 Strokes/Minute
- 13″ Diameter Blade

 

- Automatic, 2-Speed

- 23“W x 25.1″H x 26.7″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

German Knife

4 Star

- Gravity Feed
- 12″ Diameter Blade

 

- Manual, Gear Driven

- 25.6″W x 23.6″H x 23.4″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT4F12A1H
German Knife
4 Star
- Angle Feed
- 10″ Diameter Blade
- Manual, Light Feed
- 23.7″W x 17.4″H x 18″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Berkel
4 Star
- 20 & 60 Strokes/Minute
- 13″ Diameter Blade
- Automatic, 1-Speed
- 28″W x 25″H x 29″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

SoundOff – November 2013 – Hot Food Tables

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Hot Food Tables
November 2013
The holidays are here, which means there will be great deal of buffets and brunches over the next few weeks. Hot food tables are an excellent way to not only serve food, but also to keep it warm. With a wide variety of styles to choose from, it is important to consider the intended usage, top layout, and your temperature needs before making your purchase.
There are many different types of hot food tables, such as water bath, dry, and infrared heat. In order to determine which type is best for you, you must be aware of what you will be primarily warming with your hot food table.
They can also range in size from containing two wells, up to five wells. Keep in mind that if you do purchase a pizza hot food table, it does not have any food wells. The main thing that does vary between each manufacturer is the under-shelf, as they can be stationary or adjustable. You will also need to determine if you need a hot food table that comes with a cutting board or a work-board. Finally, hot food tables either come with an infinite temperature control, or a thermostat control, which would allow for you to choose the temperature that you would like to have your table set at.

You can shop for hot food tables hereat ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Hot Food Tables
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Randell
5 Star

 

- 3 Hot Food Wells
- 8″ Work-board

 

- Thermostat Controlled

- 78″W x 36″H x 30″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Eagle

5 Star

- 4 Hot Food Wells
- 8″ Cutting Board

 

- Thermostat Controlled

- 63.5″W x 34″H x 30″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

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Eagle
4 Star
- 4 Hot Food Wells
- 8″ Cutting Board
- Infinite Controlled
- 63.5″W x 34″H x 21″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Eagle
4 Star
- Pizza Holding Table
- 48″ S/S Tabletop
- Infrared Warmers
- 48″W x 64.5″H x 21″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
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SoundOff – Kegerators

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Kegerators
October 2013

 

The holidays are right around the corner which means playing host to a variety of holiday parties and gatherings. A kegerator is a great and convenient way to serve cold, refreshing beer to your customers. Before making this exciting purchase, there are some important things to consider. How much beer will be consumed on a daily basis? How many varieties of beer do you want to have on tap? What style do you prefer? Will the kegerator be placed inside or outside?
Kegerators range in size from containing one standard keg up to eight or more slim-barrel kegs. It’s important to calculate the average daily beer consumption in order to know which size will best fit your needs.
You will also need to choose between a stainless-steel exterior or a black-vinyl exterior. Additionally, there is the option of a standard top or a club-top. A club-top includes a sliding door and glass rail.
Finally, if the kegerator will be located outside, it must be sealed on the back. Also make sure to look for kegerators that are Energy Star compliant which will be an excellent money saver in the long run.

You can shop for kegerators here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Kegerators
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Beverage-Air
5 Star
- 1 Full Keg Capacity
- Club Top

 

- 1 Single Faucet

- 24“W x39″H x 28″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

 

True

3 Star

- 3 Full Keg Capacity
- Standard Top

 

- 2 Single Faucets

- 69.13″W x 37″H x 27.13″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT4F12A1H
Turbo Air
4 Star
- 3 Full Keg Capacity
- Standard Top
- 2 Single Faucets
- 69″W x 37″H x 27″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

 
Beverage-Air
5 Star
- 4 Full Keg Capacity
- Standard Top
- 2 Dual Faucets
- 79″W x 37.25″H x 28.19″D
- Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor

SoundOff – Featured Fryers

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

 

Fryers
September 2013
Looking for a new way to serve up your restaurant’s favorite appetizers this fall? A commercial fryer may be just what you’re looking for! Cooking with hot oil is a great way to prepare a variety of foods, and it’s durable, safe, and easy to clean. Before purchasing a fryer, it is important to consider what type of sediment zone will best fit your needs. A sediment zone is where the excess breading and small pieces of food collect as they fall off during cooking.
  • Open Pot – Fryers with an open bottom and unobstructed heated area. Generally these are ideal for lightly breaded foods, such as french fries as they tend to have a smaller sediment zone.
  • Tube Type – Fryers with tube shaped heating elements that are permanently fixed in place. These are best suited to heavily breaded products such as fish or chicken because the sediments are captured while frying in a larger cool zone.
  • Flat Bottom – Fryers with no sediment zone. Most often, this type of fryer is used for frying delicate items that float to the top, such as tortilla chips and funnel cake.

It is also important to consider what capacity of fryer will best fit your needs. Generally, the larger the capacity of the fryer, the faster the recovery. Recovery is the time it takes for the fryer to heat the oil back to starting temperature after the cold food is dropped in. Not only does a faster recovery allow more food to be cooked in a designated time period, but it prevents cooked products from becoming soggy due to a longer cook time.

You can shop for fryers here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Fryers
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Gen2

5 Star

- 40 lb Capacity
- 2 Fry Baskets

 

- Natural Gas

- 15.5“W x 47.13″H x 30.25″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Frymaster

4 Star

- 80 lb Capacity
- Open Frypot Design

 

- LP Gas

- 20.88″W x 46.13″H x 39.88″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

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Eagle
4 Star
- 15 lb Capacity
- Single Fry Pot
- Counter Unit, Electric
- 12″W x 15″H x 19″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

 
Dean
4 Star
- 43 lb Capacity
- Stainless Steel Frypot
- Natural Gas
- 15.5″W x 45″H x 29.25″D
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

SoundOff – Countertop Ice Machines

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

 

Countertop Ice Machines
August 2013
 
Did your countertop ice machine get a lot of use this summer? Now that the cooler weather is almost here, perhaps it’s time to replace it. With 9 different countertop ice machines to choose from, ShortOrder.com will have exactly what you’re looking for. Before purchasing it, however, there are some key things to consider:
  • Nugget-Style Ice vs. Flake-Style Ice
  • Sensor Activated Dispensing vs. Lever Activated Dispensing
  • Amount of Ice Production per 24 Hour Period
  • Ice Bin Storage Capacity
  • Overall DimensionsMDT4F12A1H

It is important to note that the amount of ice used on a daily basis is rarely uniform. Make sure to choose a machine to meet your peak usage needs. Also, if your company is in the process of growing, consider adding 20% to your current usage estimates to account for this growth.

You can shop for countertop ice machines hereat ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Countertop Ice Machines
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
RNS12AT
Manitowoc

5 Star

- 261 lb/24 Hours
- 12 lb Bin Capacity

 

- Nugget-Style Ice
- 16.25“W x 35″H x 24″D
- Warranty: 2 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT5N25A1J
Scotsman

5 Star

- 523 lb/24 Hours
- 26 lb Bin Capacity

 

- Nugget-Style Ice
- 26″W x 41″H x 22.5″D
- Warranty: 2 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT4F12A1H
Scotsman
5 Star
- 453 lb/24 Hours
- 12 lb Bin Capacity
- Flake-Style Ice
- 14″W x 34.31″H x 23.75″D
- Warranty: 2 yr. parts & labor

 

MDT6N90A1H
Scotsman

5 Star

- 720 lb/24 Hours
- 90 lb Bin Capacity
- Nugget-Style Ice
- 35.19″W x 45.75″H x 29.25″D
- Warranty: 2 yr. parts & labor
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SoundOff – Char Broilers

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

 

Char Broilers
July 2013

Since we are in the dead heat of summer, everyone is pulling out their grills. This month we are going to highlight char broilers for those who might choose eating out over cooking out. We carry over 50 different char broilers from a variety of manufacturers. When purchasing a char broiler, there are a lot of different options that need to be taken into consideration.

Char Broiler

There are different heat options, char-rock, and radiant heat. Products will be heated evenly with radiant heat versus char-rock, which will provide more flavor, but has a higher chance of a flare-up. Char broilers can be placed directly on equipment stands or have legs added to them.
Here are some handy tips for char broiling:
1. Use the appropriate grate for the menu item.
2. Season the grates before the first use by preheating them to open the pores and brushing them with oil.
3. Pre-heat the grates before cooking to help reduce sticking.
4. Dip food in seasoned oil before grilling to reduce sticking and enhance flavor.
You can shop for char broilers here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Char Broilers
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
RB36CNAT
Gen2

5 Star

- 102,000 BTU
- Natural Gas
- 6 Burner
- 36″W x 14.25″H x 26″D
- S/S Front and Sides
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
APW Char Broiler

4 Star

- 120,000 BTU
- Natural Gas

 

- 36″W x 15.5″H x 25″D
- Cast Iron Rock Holder
- S/S Front
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Garland Char Broiler
Garland
4 Star
- 60,000 BTU
- Natural Gas
- 24″W x 15″H x 24″D
- S/S Front and Sides
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

 

Vulcan VCCB25
Vulcan

3 Star

- 58,000 BTU
- Natural Gas
- 4 Burner
- 25.25″W x 14.75″H x 27.25″D
-S/S Front and Sides
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor

SoundOff – Compartment Sinks

Friday, June 28th, 2013

 

Compartment Sinks
June 2013
 
We are featuring compartment sinks this month since they are a commonly used and needed piece of equipment. Be aware of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards on how sinks must be designed if you are installing it into a restaurant, or other health code applicable location. The three compartment sink is usually the NSF standard for a restaurant. One compartment is to wash, the next one is the rinse and the final one is to sanitize.

sink

When you go to purchase your next compartment sink, here are some helpful things to consider – They come in different types of stainless steel. The smaller the stainless gauge, the thicker and stronger it will be. We carry two different types of drains, lever or twist. The twist drain tends to be the more popular choice, since it is easier to operate. Faucets take a beating! Be sure to buy the best that is within your budget. You can choose between deck-mounted or wall-mounted faucets. Lastly, you need to think about your space restraints and if you need drainboards on any, or all sides of the sink. NSF requirements usually call for drainboards as well.
You can shop for compartment sinks here at ShortOrder.com.

Featured: Compartment Sinks
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
414-16-2-18
Eagle

4 Star

- 16/304 SS bowl
- 430 SS drainboard
- NSF approved
- 2 compartment, double drainboard
- 9 1/2″ Backsplash
- 2″ Wide edging
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
DI-1-25
Advance Tabco

4 Star

- 20/304 SS
- NSF approved

 

- 1 Compartment
- Deck mounted faucet included
- Basket drain
- Warranty: 90 day, parts & labor

 

SR16
4 Star
- 20/304 SS
- NSF approved
- Top or bottom counter mount avail
- Deep-drawn bowls
- Deck mounted faucet included
- Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
FE-1-1812
Advance Tabco

4 Star

- 18/304 SS

- NSF approved
- 1 Compartment
- Faucet holes on 8″ centers
- 1″ Adjustable plastic bullet feet
- Warranty: 90 day, parts & labor

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