Perfect Super Bowl Chili Recipes for Gen2 Ranges

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Though it is delicious in any weather, chili is especially delectable when cold weather hits.  And, more importantly, it is a Super Bowl snack staple.  As Gen2 ranges heat up to bring you this football-watchers’ favorite, we want to introduce you to some variations of chili recipes for your Gen2 ranges from across the country.  Chili or “chili con carne” is a stew that is made, at its most basic, with meat, tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic, onions, cumin, and a variety of other spices.  Whether you are a Ravens supporter or a 49ers fan, you’ll appreciate these tasty additions to your Super Bowl food menu, so grab a spoon and fire up your Gen2 ranges to simmer a batch of your very own chili for the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Cajun Chili
This one chili recipe is in honor of this year’s Super Bowl host city: New Orleans.  The unique taste of this chili lies in the addition of a special combination of spices to create a Creole seasoning, plus the Andouille sausage.  Andouille sausage is a spicy favorite well-known for its use in Cajun cooking, made of heavily-smoked and spiced pork sausage.  Follow this recipe, set your Gen2 range’s burner to medium-low, let this chili simmer for at least 30 minutes, and then serve it up hot.

Texas Chili
Most Texans say that beans have no place in their chili.  In fact, this contention has been a topic of debate between northerners and southerners.  The inclusion of tomatoes and tomato sauce also faces the same debate.  However you choose to prepare your own batch of “Texas red” (referring specifically to chili with meat and no beans), be sure to let it simmer for a few hours on your Gen2 range’s top.  The longer it cooks, the better its flavor.

Chili Mac
This Midwestern favorite relies on an extra ingredient for the dish: spaghetti.  Cook a batch of spaghetti or macaroni noodles on your Gen2 range’s top, then ladle out a serving.  Chili mac consists of your basic chili recipe, so spoon some over the noodles, then top with shredded cheese and diced onions.  Perfect for a Midwestern winter!

Boston Seafood Chili
This chili variation eliminates the beef component altogether, focusing instead on a variety of ingredients from the sea.  Mussels, shrimp, bay scallops, and squid make up the heartiest part of this chili, while relying heavily on a combination of vegetables to complete the texture of the dish.

Frito Pie
This dish is popular in the Southwest, and, contrary to its name, bears no resemblance whatsoever to pie.  “Frito pie” is a single-serving bag of Fritos corn chips, topped with a cup of chili, and finished off with shredded cheese, diced onions, jalapeños, and sour cream.

Holiday Safety Tips for Gen2 Ranges and More

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The holidays are a busy time of year, and in such a fast-paced environment, chaos in the kitchen can lead to accidents.  While quality kitchen equipment like Gen2 Ranges can help you create delicious holiday meals with the best technology, be sure to remain diligent about kitchen safety.

Prevent Burns
With any range or stove, not just Gen2 ranges, always be wary of open flames.  Keep your sleeves rolled up and be mindful to turn off burners immediately after you are finished using them.  If you are stirring food on a range, stir away from your body.  With Gen2 ranges and other kitchen appliances, you can never be too careful.

Avoid Cuts
While it is important (not to mention more efficient!) to keep your knives sharpened, a sharp knife can be hazardous to clumsy fingers.  When slicing, dicing, chopping, and peeling, be careful!  Food cutters are a safe alternative, and have the additional benefit of slicing more food, faster.  You should also be wary of the blades on food processors and blenders.

Keep It Clean
Clean up any spills immediately after they happen.  A slick spot on the floor in front of one of your Gen2 ranges can quickly turn into an injury.  If you have your hands full and can’t get to it right away, warn others about the spill so they can avoid it.  Also, it never hurts to wear shoes with good traction.

Know Your Stuff
When working with kitchen appliances, from large Gen2 ranges to small Amana microwaves, it’s important to know your restaurant equipment.  Understand every setting, and fully repair any broken or malfunctioning equipment immediately.  It’s also good to know what kinds of foods you can and can’t use with certain pieces of equipment.  For example, click here for reasons you should never deep fry a frozen turkey.

Follow these tips and always exercise caution in the kitchen, and you can create successful holiday dishes for your customers.  Have a safe, happy holiday from all of us at ShortOrder!

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.

Gen2 Ranges: Not for Small Potatoes

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Everything about Gen2 ranges says the sky’s the limit with these magnificent workhorses. Beautifully designed for efficiency, power and reliability, Gen2 ranges have not only earned our 5 star rating and our Editors Choice Award, but they were also voted Best in Class by Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine.

And it’s no wonder. Let’s look at the Gen2 Range 60-GEN2-10B-S26-NAT. With two 26-1/2″ ovens, a stainless front, landing range and backguard, and a holding range of 150-500 degrees, this baby can naturally do some heavy lifting! This exceptional piece of restaurant equipment is built to sustain the rigors of the toughest kitchen out there and still come out shining. Easy to clean and incredibly reliable, Gen2 ranges are a long time favorite of both chefs and line cooks around the country, and for good reason, too. It would seem that there’s nothing you can’t do with this bruiser.

That is, except put it in a residential home. In fact, the manufacturer will not honor the warranty if the range is installed in a residence or home. And most home insurance policies will be voided as well. That’s because commercial ranges like Gen2 ranges are built for volume. While installing commercial ranges has become a popular trend, its very important to understand what you are getting into. The warranty conditions, codes, and policies are there for a reason–because most homes are simply not designed to accommodate commercial restaurant equipment.

But if you have a commercial kitchen, there’s just about nothing you can’t do with Gen2 ranges. The world is your oyster, or duck, or seared scallop, or steak. Now we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!

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.”

SoundOff – Commercial Ranges

Friday, July 27th, 2012

COMMERCIAL RANGES
July 2012
Range

A true anchor in any restaurant is the range. When purchasing your range, there are so many different options to choose from, it can be overwhelming. They can be topped with burners, griddles or both! Does it have a single oven, or two? Are they convection or standard? Casters or Legs? When picking through the major requirements, don’t forget to look at the smaller components as well.

BTU’s are an example of a smaller detail that should not be overlooked. Higher BTU’s can give you a “hotter” heat, but it can also mean larger gas bills. Also, commercial ranges have a standing pilot light, meaning that it never extinguishes. Commercial ranges require a vented hood system to help reduce the excess heat.

Legs are generally standard on commercial ranges, but casters (wheels) can be ordered as an accessory. They are helpful when trying to clean around and behind a very heavy range.

One final note: These commercial ranges are NOT recommended for residential use. Please be sure to buy them only for your commercial kitchen.

Happy Shopping!

36″ Commercial Ranges
Model
Rating
Performance
Features & Specifications
Gen2 range
5 Stars
- Lift-off burner heads
– Removable oven door
– 5″ Stainless landing edge
- 6 Burners @ 30,000 BTU
– 30,000 BTU 30″ standard oven
– 6″ adjustable legs
– 1 yr parts and labor warranty
Vulcan Range
Vulcan
V36-NAT
3 Stars
- Lift-off burner heads
– 12″x12″ cast iron top grates
- 6 Burners @ 28,000 BTU
– 35,000 BTU 22″ standard oven
– 6″ adjustable legs
– 1 yr parts and labor warranty
turbo air range
Turbo Air
TAR-6-NAT
3 Stars
- Lift-off burner heads
– Removable oven door
– 12″x12″ cast iron grates
- 6 burners @ 32,000 BTUs
– 35,000 BTU 26.5″ standard oven
– 6″ adjustable legs
– 1 yr parts and labor warranty
garland range
Garland
G36-6R-NAT
3 Stars
- Lift-off burner heads
– Keep-cool door handle
– Large knobs
- 6 Burners @ 33,000 BTUs
– 38,000 BTU 26.25″ standard oven
– 6″ adjustable legs
– 1 yr parts and labor warranty

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!

Now Serving: December 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011
Greetings!
Tylee Van Waes

 

From all of us here at ShortOrder.com, we wish you a very Happy Holiday Season. I think this season brings out the best in people. The other day, I was out shopping and a stranger wished me “Happy Holidays” – made my day! As for you, what are you doing to entice hungry shoppers into your eatery?

Budgets are always tight, but especially this time of year! Check out our special discounting program for those with a ShortOrder account. Don’t have an account? Create one today! 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 David DeGhetto – November’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: introducing Gen2, a recipe for Chili, and our Featured Items: Gen2 ranges, Gen2 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!
Tylee Van Waes

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