Fast Casual Restaurant Trend Alert: Potatoes

Friday, November 15th, 2013

We like to keep an eye on trends in the fast casual segment here at ShortOrder, and recently we spotted one that’s particularly a-peel-ing. Apparently potatoes are what’s hot—so to speak—in fryers across the nation. Because the potato is a versatile vegetable (boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew), there are many possibilities when it comes to catering to customers in need of a creative spud.

The potato trend is actually one that’s resurfacing. It was a big deal back in about 2008, when it seemed that every oven in a quick service restaurant was making room for potatoes and sweet potatoes. Now, a recent twist has found a place in the fast casual industry, and a few places, like Potatopia, have even made the potato the star of a single-item menu. Not unlike the fast casual personal pizza trend, the potato trend focus seems to be mostly on variety, customization, and toppings.

So how can you hop on the potato trend bandwagon?

Start by exploring all your potato possibilities. First, the things you can do to the actual potato: bake, boil, mash, twice-bake, thrice-bake, pancake, smash, sauté, fry, pie, and chip are just a few that come to mind. When you’re equipped with the right restaurant equipment, there is no limit to the number of ways you can cook a potato.

Next, the art of dressing the potato. Old standbys like cheese, sour cream, and butter are, of course, a good idea, but you can easily branch out to let customers personalize their potatoes with sauces, meats, vegetables, and more.

Then make sure you’ve got the right equipment. The kitchen at Potatopia, for example, houses a double-decker convection oven, fryers, and a hybrid convection-microwave oven. Gather up a variety of restaurant equipment, and make sure you get high-quality equipment like Gen2 fryers. If your menu is based around a single item, you don’t want your main ingredient to be a lackluster part of the dish.

Has your fast casual eatery capitalized on the potato trend? What kinds of restaurant equipment and fryers have you used? Let us know by connecting with ShortOrder on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Preparing a Fried Fall Feast with Gen2 Fryers

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Now that October is coming to a close, it’s time to put away our spooky decorations, throw away the piles of empty candy wrappers, and make room for cornucopias, copious amounts of football, and a delicious autumn feast. This Thanksgiving consider using one of our Gen2 fryers to help you prepare a tasty fall meal in deep fried style. (Tis’ the season to treat ourselves, right?) Here are some of our favorite dishes that we know will complement any holiday meal.

Sides


Fried Stuffing on a Stick
 This is exactly what it sounds like: your favorite stuffing recipe battered, stuck on a stick, and dropped in one of our Gen2 fryers. Stuffing kebabs make it even easier to eat your favorite holiday side. And with the GEN2-F3-NAT, one of our most economical Gen 2 fryers, it’s never been easier to prepare your favorite seasonal fried foods. With a 40-pound capacity, you’ll be able to make enough stuffing to last you until New Year’s Eve.

Deep Fried Cranberry Sauce Fritters
Classic cranberry sauce is one of our favorite autumn traditions, but this new twist of a dish might just surpass the classic. You’ll need the gelatin-based cranberry sauce sliced into thin cylinders to make these disc-like servings of fried goodness. The GEN2-F3-NAT, or any of our other Gen2 Fryers, will help you get the perfect temperature to create a crunchy outside and a gooey delicious inside.

Main Course


Deep Fried Turkey
Fried turkey is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to prepare this classic holiday headliner. Deep frying the bird leaves the meat crisp and crunchy on the outside and juicy and moist on the inside. Although this method is popular, it can also be dangerous. Here’s a trick to know how much oil to put in: place your turkey in the fryer then fill it with water until the turkey is fully submerged. Take the turkey out, and the water line remaining is how much oil you need. Just don’t forget to wipe all of that water out before adding new oil! With the GEN2-F5-NAT, one of the largest of our Gen2 fryers, cooking the holiday turkey is almost as easy as eating it. And with an automatic safety shut-off, frying your favorite poultry has never been safer.

Dessert


Pumpkin Empanadas
Empanadas, or hand pies as they’re called in northern regions, are tiny fried pies with delicious filling tucked into the center. This seasonal favorite is sure to make all of your guests happy. People love pumpkin pie. Now just imagine how much they will love fried pumpkin pie. With either the GEN2-F3-NAT or the GEN2-F5-NAT, or any of our other Gen2 Fryers, making these delicious pockets of pumpkin-goodness is simple, safe, and sure to leave every holiday guest coming back for seconds.

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?

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 Fryers: Reliability at Its Best!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Durable, safe and easy to clean, Gen2 fryers are the top choice of restaurant owners across the country. Crispy golden french fries wrapped in paper. Crunchy fried shrimp dipped in tart cocktail sauce. Soft bits of dough fried to perfection and covered in powdered sugar. Doughnuts, fry bread, fried fish, fried chicken–these are the items customers come back for time and again.  If you’re going to reliably deliver the goods — the fried treats your customers demand — you’ll want the reliability of Gen2 fryers on your side.

If you’ve noticed, we’ve been featuring Gen2 products in the last few weeks. That’s because, when it comes to restaurant equipment, nothing compares to the consistent quality of Gen2. For example, the Gen2-F3-NAT natural gas Gen2 fryers were voted “Best In Class” by Food Service Supplies Magazine. This fryer, like all of our Gen2 products, has earned our Editor’s Choice award and 5 star rating.  With a stainless steel fry tank, a cool zone for easy cleaning and range of 200º-400º, these 40-pound capacity Gen2 fryers really do the trick. We also offer an LP version of the F3, as well as the even heftier 70-pound capacity Gen2 fryers, also fitted for both Natural Gas and LP.

Gen2 fryers come standard with everything you need to install a reliable piece of restaurant equipment. However, if more flexibility is what you desire, accessories are also available. And, like all the products we offer at Short Order, we offer our Gen2 fryers at the lowest prices possible and include free shipping! When most companies offer low prices, they make up the difference in shipping costs. That’s just not the way we do business here at Short Order. So where would you go for better quality at a better price? Frankly, we have no idea.

Gen2 Ranges: What’s in a Name?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Gen2 ranges bring some important questions to mind. For instance, have you ever wondered why that collection of cooking surfaces in your kitchen is called a range? In fact, the word “range” has a variety of meanings. The word can refer to a testing area for rockets, an spacious expanse of open land, or a variation from one extreme to the other. If you think about it, etymology aside, a kitchen range should be all of these things.

Quality ranges, such as Gen2 ranges, should be spacious, with plenty of room for culinary creativity. And quality ranges should allow for cooking at the lowest and highest temperatures, all the while maintaining a steady source of heat. True to its name, a range should also have the responsiveness and flexibility required to be a “testing area” for new dishes.

Gen2 Ranges embody all the qualities that their title implies. This restaurant equipment performs with unbelievable reliability and responsiveness. In fact, Gen2 ranges were voted “Best in Class” by Food Service Equipment Magazine. That’s why, at Short Order, we are proud to offer a robust selection of Gen2 Ranges in a variety of sizes, from the 24-inch, 4 burner Gen2 Range 24-GEN2-4B-S20 – NAT, all the way up to the workhorse, 60-inch, 10 burner Gen2 Range 60-GEN2-10B-S26-NAT. Now that’s a wide range of options!

Performance is everything at Gen2, and it shows in their Gen2 Ranges as well as their griddles, char broilers and fryers. That’s why we gave the entire line of Gen2 Ranges our Editors Choice award and a 5-star rating. You just can’t go wrong with Gen2 Ranges. In fact, you’ll be so thrilled with the performance of Gen2 Ranges, and the sense of freedom that comes from knowing your equipment is reliable, you might just be caught singing, “Oh, Home on the Range.”

Now Serving – The Makings of a Great Manager and Pancakes

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

 

June 2012 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 42
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Greetings!

Next weekend is Father’s Day – what do you have planned for the big-guy’s celebration? Popular ideas include: bar-b-ques, sports and fun in the sun. Are you doing the typical or trying something new?

I think the summer heat is taking its toll on the economy – as the prices increase, and the economy slows, what are you doing to cut costs? Share your tips on our Facebook wall – and check back frequently for special one-day only deals!

Here’s a way to save on your equipment costs: You can earn some money while helping other people out. Go to Shortorder.com and submit a product review! We’re giving away a $50 ShortOrder.com Gift Card to one reviewer per month. Join me in congratulating this month’s winner: Beth Gaudet!

Don’t miss the 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 issue: The makings of a Great Manager, a recipe for Fluffy Pancakes and our Featured Items: a Scotsman ice machine, a Gen2 fryer and a Lakeside cart.

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!

Tylee Van Waes

 

The Makings of a Great Manager 

A discussion on what it takes to be a great restaurant manager          

 

Growing up, my mother helped make ends meet by waiting tables part-time. As we grew older, and required less of her time, she was able to focus further on her career in the restaurant industry and eventually worked her way up to an award-winning General Manager of a successful restaurant. Seeing my mother at work was watching her in her glory – when serving: her customers were immediately regulars, requesting her service and waiting for a table in her section, when managing; her employees loved her, joked with her and respected her. What made her so good at what she did?

In his blog, “What Great Restaurant Managers Do Differently,” Chef Robert Krzak discusses some important traits of a great restaurant manager. He correctly mentions that “their success depends on so many intangible factors that it is impossible to clearly define what the job entails,” and that there are rules, but all rules can be broken when the time is right! He breaks it down into 5 key components of a good manager:

This is not my mother.

Hold the Reigns Tight – Then Let Go – Great managers know how to define the task at hand, but then know when to step back, let the synergy take over and let people do what they do best.

Honor Diversity – Appreciate the diversity of a team, each person’s unique strengths will work together to build an unstoppable team.

Communication is the Key – He suggests taking communication courses and learning to listen can empower a manager with tools to solve problems and effectively handle difficult situations.

Place the Right People in the Right Job – A great manager takes the time to get to know the employees, identify their strengths and weaknesses and encourages them to try new things and take on new tasks.

Make Time – Krzak notes that there’s never enough time in a restaurant manager’s day, but a great manager is able to organize and delegate to make time.

What do you think? Can being a great manager be learned, or is it just a special kind of person that is a glutton for punishment (kidding… sort of)? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas for great managers on our Facebook page.

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Featured Recipe  

Fluffy Father’s Day Pancakes

Start Father’s Day out right with these pancakes from allrecipes.com!
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
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Deep Fried Magic: Gen 2 Fryers

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In the fast-paced world of food service, sometimes it can feel like you’re constantly in a race to the finish line. It helps to have restaurant equipment that can keep up. Natural gas fryers have the advantage of rapid heating, going 0 to 300º in no time. But just like race cars, a select few take performance to a whole new level–like the Gen2 40 pound natural gas fryers.

The Gen2-F3-NAT natural gas fryer from Gen2 tops our list of featured 40 pound natural gas fryers this month. Voted “Best In Class” by Food Service Supplies Magazine, this fryer has also earned the Editor’s Choice with a 5 star rating. This tube-type fryer has a stainless steel fry tank with a cool zone for easy cleaning. With a range of 200º-400º, the built-in high limit control keeps your fryer from overheating. This baby measures 15.5″ x 47.13″ x 30.25″, weighing in at a respectable 200 lbs. But your heart will be light as a feather knowing your crispy morsels will be perfectly fried every time at a pace that matches the speed you need. Among 40 pound natural gas fryers, this is one of the best.

With Gen2 40 pound natural gas fryers, you’ll fly through the breakfast, lunch or dinner rush, racking up complements from your raving customers as they bite into your perfectly fried bits or dough or juicy chicken. Because when the perfect ingredients, temperature and timing come together, magic happens. And despite the racetrack-like speeds of a busy kitchen., it’s that deep fried magic that will keep them racing back for more.

 

Gen2 Fryers: Like Winning the Lottery

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Gas prices are skyrocketing; solar activity is at its peak and someone just won the Mega Millions in the lottery. With that and the daily troubles of life, you and your customers have enough to worry about. Of course, while seated in your restaurant, your customers only seem to worry about having a great experience and eating food that delights the soul. On your end, it’s not always that simple. Delectable foods often need a fabulous recipe, the right ingredients and restaurant equipment that create magic. When it comes to fryers for your establishment, Gen2 Fryers help make impending doom, the cost of petrol and winning numbers irrelevant.

Need proof? At Short Order, each of our Gen2 Fryers received a 5 Star rating and our Editors Choice. Don’t just take our word for it. Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine voted each Gen2 Fryer “Best in Class” and all you need to do is check out what’s under the hood. Stainless steel fry tanks and door liners are impressive enough. Yet, the other features, such as the Invensys thermostat and built in Flue Deflector make the each one, including the Gen2 Fryer GEN2-F3-LP a solid choice. A full port drain and the fry tank ‘cool zone’ just add to the “hot” factor. What is really hot besides the oil is that Gen2 Fryers come in 40lb and 70lb capacity, LP and Natural Gas. Fryers aren’t the only Gen2 production that will make you feel less apprehensive about your commercial restaurant equipment purchases. From their amazing griddles to their assortment of range ovens, you need not concern yourself with the trivial thought of having the right restaurant equipment for the job.

Are you ready? This is the reality. The price of oil will probably always fluctuate and scientists will have varying interpretations of the Mayan calendar. You probably won’t win the lottery. Heck, it might snow tomorrow in Key West. But, at least when it comes to cooking deliciousness, Gen2 Fryers, griddles and ranges are one thing you don’t have to worry about. 

Now Serving: January 2011

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Greetings!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Years Eve and that your resolutions are off to a good start. This year, I resolve to keep the monthly newsletter entertaining and informative! What are some of your resolutions to help keep your business thriving in 2012?

New for 2012 here at ShortOrder – We are looking forward to rolling out the new look of ShortOrder.com. We anticipate the release this week – so keep an eye out for the exciting changes and let us know what you think! Our goal is to have a site that is user friendly and a source of information for you.

Don’t forget – creating an account can save you money at Shortorder.com! Just log in with your first and last name and your email address, and you will be able to see steep discounts on many of our most popular items.

Also, like us on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (@shortorder) – for special one-day only deals!

Enough about us! Please join me in congratulating Hilarie Burhans – December’s winner for our product review drawing! You can earn some money while helping other people out. Go to Shortorder.com and submit a product review! We’re giving away a $50 ShortOrder.com Gift Card to one reviewer per month.

Don’t miss the 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 often for the best deals.

In this issue: ShortOrder Sound-Off about Gen2 Fryers, a recipe for Baked Honey Mustard Chicken, and our Featured Items: Gen2 rangesGen2 fryers and Gen2 griddles.

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!

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