The FDA Food Code and Your Restaurant: What You Need to Know

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Chef Preparing a SaladThere are a lot of rules in the 2013 Updated Food Code published by the FDA. Most of them are commonsense rules, but there are some very important bits that every restaurateur should know for fostering a safe work environment, safe storage and handling, cleaning restaurant equipment and much more.

The HACCP

The FDA strongly encourages the creation of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. Essentially, this is a document printed out and available to all of your kitchen workers that details what how to correctly respond to any form of common kitchen emergency. The FDA offers a useful document called “Managing Food Safety” that explains precisely how to execute this process. Having an HACCP isn’t mandated nationwide yet, but a good number of municipalities require it within their borders. (more…)

Houston, We Have Contact: How to Clean Food Contact Surfaces

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Short-Order_Chef-CleaningIf 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.

Step 1:

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…)

Gen2 Griddles Make Any Meal

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Griddles have long been a staple in kitchens from the Deep South to the Northeast.  While cooking on a griddle originally consisted of using a flat stone or brick slab, today’s are of course more advanced, more precise, and deliver reliable results.  Gen 2 griddles, for example, consist of evenly-spaced burners on a gas griddle that is manually controlled.  Gen2 griddles are great for cooking foods of all kinds, and make it easy to serve customers quick and delicious meals around the clock.  Here are a few of our favorite griddle recipes to make on Gen2 griddles.

Old-Fashion Buttermilk Pancakes
Griddle-cooked pancakes are a Southern classic.  Southerners have cooked up just about everything on a griddle, but pancakes are among the most classic Southern breakfasts.  The trick to the best old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes is, of course, to use real buttermilk.  True Southern pancakes often have lard or shortening in them, so if you want to err on the side of healthiness, there are several ingredients you can substitute.  Butter or margarine will work, but be sure to add 2 tablespoons to every cup of lard or shortening a recipe calls for.  Applesauce or prune puree are also suitable substitutes for lard or shortening.  For every cup of lard or shortening, use ½ cup of puree.  The rest are your basic pancake ingredients, so pick your favorite and fire up your Gen2 griddles.

Philly Cheesesteaks
This famous Pennsylvanian classic is made from vegetables and thinly-sliced pieces of steak, cooked on a griddle and served on a long roll with cheese.  There is much debate as to the composition of a “true” Philly cheesesteak, so choose your version carefully.  If you are not too reverent of the sacred cheesesteak, mix it up a little for those customers who prefer chicken, and offer them a chicken cheesesteak.  Loyal Philadelphians might scoff, but those looking for an alternative will thank you for the leaner suggestion.

Gourmet Burger
The hamburger is by far the most well-known component of the American fast-food meal.  However, it is easy to elevate a simple burger with a few tweaks.  Choose a theme and craft a burger to match, and you’ll have an original hit.  Looking for a little barbeque?  Hickory BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and bacon complete the burger.  Going lighter?  A patty made of shredded chicken and sundried tomatoes cooks well on Gen2 griddles.  A spicy burger might be your basic beef topped with poblano peppers and chipotle mayo.  Get creative with your condiments, and you’ll make an entrée not soon forgotten.

Going Steady With Scotsman Ice Machines

Friday, July 6th, 2012

There’s something to be said for consistency. Your customers rely on it, and so do you. Consistency is what makes your dishes famous and your customers coming back for more. Consistency is what allows you to turn on the stove and expect the flame to ignite every time. While we tend to overlook the simplicity of reliable performance, without it, where would we be? With Scotsman Ice Machines, you’ll get bin after bin of fresh, cold ice. In fact, almost every one of the Scotsman Ice Machines has earned our Editor’s Choice award and five star rating.

Scotsman Ice Machines are not only reliable, they’re efficient too. Prodigy® cubers like the Scotsman Ice Machine C0530MA-32B/B530S exceed both California and Federal regulations for the use of energy and water. And who says reliability has to be old fashioned? This machine has indicator lights to alert you when its time to sanitize or descale, operational data that can be shown onscreen or remotely and an ultrasonic ice control system that allows you keep ice levels exactly where you want them. And with a hefty capacity of 536 lbs, that’s a lot of flexibility in one piece of restaurant equipment.

Then there is the Scotsman Ice Machine AFE424A-1A. This guy fits under the counter, producing flake style ice up to 400 lbs a day, 80 lb bin storage capacity. So your produce and seafood stay fresh and chilled. Short Order carries Scotsman Ice Machines in just about every shape and size, ranging from the petite models with 24 pounds of storage to heads that produce 1900 lbs a day.

But when it comes down to it, whatever the size of the machine or the shape of the cube, and whatever your use. consistency is what you want most in an ice machine, and that’s where Scotsman Ice Machines take the lead. Thanks, Scotsman Ice Machines, for keeping the food industry that much cooler.

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. 

Hobart Slicers: Impeccable Design that Performs Too!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

My how we like shiny and pretty new things. For some of us, fancy restaurant equipment gizmos often come with a complicated learning curve and a price tag to match. It is just then that you find your contraption to be not so polished after all. In fact, soon you find yourself using duct tape and paper clips, grease and possibly a sledgehammer in an attempt to get your thingamajig to work as well as it did the first day you bought it. And if your thingamajig is a slicer, you’ll then be dealing with a bunch of work to do. If you have experienced a form of slicer buyer’s remorse, then it may be time to purchase for your establishment one of our highly touted Hobart Slicers instead.

Hobart Slicers are not only rather exquisite looking; they shimmer with wild ingeniousness. Might we add that you do not need to download anything, type in passwords, buy more storage space or constantly upgrade like that appealing tablet computer that you are still trying to figure out. After all, it is just a slicer. Except, when it’s not. See, at Short Order, we gave our selection of Hobart Slicers a 5-Star rating and a few of them receive our Editor’s Choice, because unlike some other commercial kitchen equipment doohickey’s, you truly get what you pay for. That is a good thing, because Hobart Slicers —such as the Hobart Slicer 2612-1— will not only do the job of slicing, they are incredibly durable and incorporate some helpful and fancy features that many other slicer brands do not. Attributes such as the CleanCut™ Knife helps reduce the cost of ownership and improve yield, while the burnished aluminum base and exclusive tilting and removable carriage system allow for maximum performance and reliability.

Sometimes it is far more comforting to know that your shimmering new restaurant equipment investments won’t become obsolete, maddening or utterly complicated right off the bat. And when it comes to contraptions that slice, Hobart Slicers don’t just exude impressiveness with appealing design, they do the job right and will continue to execute for a long time to come. 

Globe Slicers: Always Sharp, Permanently Precise

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Ask an explorer hacking their way through thick and daunting jungle territory; or a carpenter buzzing through lumber, stirring up sawdust—ask them and they’ll tell you: you need the right cutting tool for the job. When it comes to restaurant equipment, Globe Slicers perform the difficult work of slicing through meats, cheese, vegetables and more, with both power and precision.

Theoretically, you might be able to prepare meals in your kitchen with an electric power saw or by chopping away with a long, handheld blade. It may even be possible to exact precise cuts with a small, sharp knife. But without the proper tools, time and energy are sure to be wasted, and you will certainly have one heck of a mess on your hands. At Short Order, you can put away the odd cutting tools and get one of our fabulous Globe Slicers to help you slice like a true professional. For instance, the Globe Slicer 4600P features a ½ HP, 7 amp motor that aids the 13” PreciseEdge™ hardened steel alloy knife for segmenting tough meats and turning them into perfect cuts. This unit even comes with the option for a frozen meat-slicing package, which includes a serrated knife and bronze gear. You will not even have to worry about constantly replacing the knife when it dulls. A top mounted sharpener is permanently mounted. Simply activating a lever initiates the sharpening stones to return the knife quickly to a razor-sharp state.

From compact manual units to medium duty and gear driven slicers, Globe Slicers will replace those archaic cutting tools you had been using–and possibly even that worn out old prehistoric slicer too. Therefore, when you need the proper cutting tools for your establishment, look no further than Short Order for your restaurant equipment needs.  

Vulcan Ranges: The Right Tools for Your Culinary Genius

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A master chef without a good range oven is like Mozart without a piano. It’s like a professional photographer without a camera, or an artist without a canvas. Master chefs know that the quality of their work is limited by the quality of their tools. So, if the best culinary geniuses use high quality restaurant equipment to do the job, then so should you. When it comes to range ovens, Vulcan Ranges are a fabulous tool to have in your cooking repertoire. Your professional cooking wunderkind will thank you for it.

Just like any professional, you need the right equipment to perform consistently and at your best. What matters is the long-term ability to cook mouthwatering delights your customers will love and enjoy, every single time. Vulcan Ranges provide the reliability you need in a great culinary tool. Even heat distribution and quick and efficient cooking are just what heavy-duty use in range ovens need, and Vulcan has them and more. Their long-term durability and reliability are just two of the incredible traits built in to a wide assortment of Vulcan Ranges we carry. Whether you need a smaller 36’’, 6-Burner model like the Vulcan Range 36-S-6B-NAT, or something larger to handle high demand, such as the 60’’, standard, and convection oven with 10 burners in the Vulcan Range 60-SC-10B-NAT, we have it here at Short Order. Our Editor even calls the 60’’ model a “Heavy duty workhorse in the kitchen”; which means you’re getting some powerful and dependable restaurant equipment to help you sauté, broil and bake all day, every day.

Vulcan Ranges are rather easy to use. So you and your staff don’t need a special manual the size of a phonebook or an advanced culinary degree to use one. That is what the best cooking tools do. They’re simple and effective. When it comes to high-quality range ovens and other restaurant equipment, look no further than Short Order. 

Frymaster Fryers: The Scent of Delicacy

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

From the teeming wonderland of Los Angeles, to small roadside diners in Texas, to street corners all over the Midwest and bustling cafes of New England, a wonderful aroma is luring people from the sidewalks of America and inviting them to dine. That emanating scent floating through the air is probably the telltale signs of delicious fries or chicken wings. Or, it could be the fragrance of deep fried shrimp or onion rings. The alluring trace of deep fried delicacies may well have been conjured up in many locales with the use of Frymaster Fryers.

At Short Order, our wide assortment of Frymaster Fryers may just be the perfect restaurant equipment purchase to help create a magnetic draw from the outside, without all of the signs and advertising. Just one whiff and customers could end up lining up outside your door. However, it’s not just the aroma from cooking up fine fare that makes Frymaster Fryers some of the best restaurant equipment available, but rather it is Frymaster’s dependable and high quality selections that make Frymaster one of the best in the industry. From high-production 80 pounds capacity fryers to 40-50 pound natural gas or LP equipment, you will get fast recovery to help maintain high production levels and easy-to-clean and use fryers. For example, the Frymaster Fryer Filter PF50R garnered our Editors Choice and a 5-Star rating, and the Frymaster Fryer RE180 is a top-notch 80 pound electric unit with a digital controller designed to meet high-production, high-sediment frying needs. With the ability to produce up to 84 pounds of French fries per hour, the RE180 shouldn’t be taken lightly—after all, that is quite a few fries!

Frymaster Fryers are one way to ensure your customers will be coming back time and again—allured by the aroma, but satisfied by flavor and texture that delivers. Be sure to check out the variety of fryers we carry on our Short Order website. 

 

 

 

Discount Restaurant Equipment

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Discount restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.com means big savings for restaurant owners. We understand that equipment costs can add up quickly, whether you’re replacing old restaurant equipment or opening a brand-new restaurant. With all the costs involved with operating a business, discount restaurant equipment can really help owners and managers meet their budget and save money.

Discount Restaurant Equipment: Ranges

Looking to save big on commercial ranges? Discount restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.com includes discount prices on ranges. Vital to most restaurant kitchens, ranges are a popular and much desired type of discount restaurant equipment. Don’t miss Vulcan ranges at ShortOrder.com — they’re well known for their durability, quality and value.

Discount Restaurant Equipment: Scratched and Dented

If you don’t mind discount restaurant equipment that has minor damage from freight but is still good and working, scratched and dented restaurant equipment might be a great option for you. This type of discount restaurant equipment can mean serious savings for restaurant owners who don’t mind that the appearance of the product is slightly damaged.

Buy Discount Restaurant Equipment

Buy discount restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.com, where we carry a huge selection of equipment. Find Manitowoc ice machines, Vulcan ranges, Frymaster fryers, Globe slicers and more — and they’re all at great prices. Even if you’re buying something that isn’t at a discount, restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.com has a low-price guarantee that means you have the assurance that you’re getting it for the lowest price possible. Many items are also rated as Editor’s Choice or with five stars to show that they’re outstanding.

Don’t miss discount restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.com. From slicers to ranges, we have everything you need for your restaurant — and it’s all offered at low prices.

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