How to Save Space in a Restaurant Kitchen

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Restaurant Kitchen With Dishes Stacked Under CounterThink all professional kitchens looks like the spaces on Iron Chef? Think again. In reality, the fact is that professional kitchens are often small and cramped; hardly the conditions you see on TV. What’s more, there are two types of restaurant kitchens: those that run like well-oiled machines, and those that are chaotic and messy. Fortunately, by using space logically, following the rules of ergonomics, and leveraging some equipment that can perform several functions, you can create an efficient kitchen no matter how much restaurant equipment you have filling your space.

Less Is More

Finding items that can do more than they appear is the key to saving kitchen space. Don’t have room for a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, bread maker, and mortar and pestle? One good tool (be it a food processor or a Hamilton Beach blender) can do all of those things and more. And as much as chefs love knives, a kitchen only needs a serrated knife, a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a slicing knife. And the right box grater can take the place of a mandolin, a spice grinder, and multiple different kinds of shredders at the same time. (more…)

The Wild Whirled of Bar Blender Basics

Monday, April 21st, 2014

WaringBB180Here’s a tongue twister for you, bartenders:

Betty Bartender bought a blender. “But,” she said, “this blender’s battered.
If I want a blended beverage, I better buy a better blender.”
So Betty ‘Tender bought a blender better than her battered blender,
and when her beverages were blended, Betty’s bar was better tended.

Betty knows a better blender when she sees one. But do you? Bar blenders come in all shapes and sizes, and if you have margaritas, daiquiris, or any number of tasty blended drinks on your bar menu, you need the right blender to keep up with your customers’ demands. Buy a better blender, ‘tenders. Here are the top questions you should ask before purchasing new bar blenders.

What intensity blender do I need?

There are three classes of commercial bar blenders: economy, restaurant, and heavy-duty. Evaluate how much work your blender will be doing and choose a blender class accordingly. If your bar menu tends toward blended drinks, especially those with large ice cubes or frozen fruit, opt for a blender with a higher horsepower.

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Hamilton Beach Blender 990: Helping Blend Art and Science

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Turning simple ingredients into tasty delights is almost both an art and a science. Quality restaurant equipment performs the cooking, mixing, heating and chilling, while cooks, chefs and bartenders turn food and drink components into the Picasso’s of cuisine and beverages. At Short Order, we have the science part covered for you. From sophisticated commercial microwaves and range ovens to frozen drink dispensers and espresso machines, you can find everything you need to release your inner artist. For example, the blender is just one small appliance, but it can help provide a unique character and consistency to everything from salsas and dips to soups and margaritas. That is why this week we feature the Hamilton Beach Blender 990.

Blenders, despite their small size in comparison to other commercial restaurant equipment, are often the workhorse of a kitchen or bar. After all, they purée and mix solid objects such as frozen bananas and berries and liquid substances such as yogurts and juice into mouth-watering smoothies. Jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, limes and onion can transform into a fabulous salsa with just a flick of a switch. Of course, we cannot forget about the art of combining liqueur, tequila and lime or lemon juice into yummy margaritas either. To turn simple ingredients to art, you need a blender that is both dependable and powerful. The Hamilton Beach Blender 900 not only looks like a prize-winning trophy, it will easily handle the high demands of any restaurant, hotel or bar.

While dependability is a fabulous quality, a blender also needs to cut and mix just right. The Hamilton Beach 990 incorporates durable stainless steel blades that make certain your food or drink elements are mixed thoroughly. Two-speed blending with a pulse option keeps pureeing, mixing and chopping precise and uncomplicated. And the stainless steel container holds a full gallon of your prized concoction! Dual metal clamps and a heavy-duty rubber gasket also help keep your artful creation from spilling or leaking.

We gave the Hamilton Beach Blender 990 a 5-Star rating and our Editor’s Choice because this power-packed blender is the industry standard for meeting your blending needs. If you’ve been tolerating a sub-par blender that won’t quite blend your secret recipe into a work-of-art, then look no further. The Hamilton Beach Blender is ready to turn your ingredients into a masterpiece!

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