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America's Food: 3 Ways to Cook a Hot Dog

America's Food: 3 Ways to Cook a Hot Dog

Americans spend over three billion dollars on hot dogs and sausages each year. Knowing this, it only makes sense that you would want to add hot dogs to your menu. Luckily, with the right equipment, hot dogs are very easy to cook and serve. In addition, the right hot dog equipment keeps hot dogs at a warm, safe temperature for human consumption.

Soft Serve Machines: Performing Routine Maintenance

Soft Serve Machines: Performing Routine Maintenance

Here are a few maintenance tips for your soft serve machine as reviewed and confirmed by Jeff Resnick with Spaceman USA.



Receiving Good Service at a Restaurant May Actually Be in Your Control

Receiving Good Service at a Restaurant May Actually Be in Your Control

If you have ever received less-than-quality service at a restaurant or other eatery, did you take a moment to consider that perhaps you may have had something to do with it? Of course it is true that some servers may not be as good as others at their job, but it is also possible that you actually influenced the service you received. Here are some key things to keep in mind that may influence your future restaurant experiences for the better.



Outfitting Your Chefs: Kitchen Uniforms

Outfitting Your Chefs: Kitchen Uniforms

Chef uniforms exude professionalism while serving the purpose of protecting the wearer as well as your customers, and they’re an essential piece of protective wear for food safety purposes as well. As an operative tool in any kitchen, you should know the true purpose of each piece as well as the dos and don’ts in regards to your chef’s uniforms.







Tips for Keeping Your Griddle 'Like New'

Tips for Keeping Your Griddle 'Like New'

For many breakfast-style eateries and other types of restaurant that use a griddle as a focal point in their kitchen, servicing their commercial griddle should be one of the top priorities. Indeed, a breakdown of this unit can close your shop indefinitely, so take care to follow a few of these tips when servicing your commercial griddle. 





National Ice Cream Month

National Ice Cream Month

In the proclamation in 1984 designating Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." Here are a few ways your restaurant can incorporate this frozen, creamy treat.


Shrimp Recipes for Summer

Shrimp Recipes for Summer

Summer brings with it new waves of trends and demands - many of which center around seasonal items like seafood! Shrimp are a classic choice, and restaurants across America will see a spike in shrimp sales during the warm weather months.


Spotless Pots and Pans: 3 Effective Ways to Keep Cookware Grime-Free

Spotless Pots and Pans: 3 Effective Ways to Keep Cookware Grime-Free

Stainless steel equipment in your kitchen may only need a simple wipe-down at the end of the night to keep up appearances, but pots and pans tend to see more action during the course of any given day and can accumulate grime and buildup that can burn out your supply of ‘elbow grease’ when you’re only using cleaners designed for easier-to-clean appliances. 





RECIPE: Chili for Chilly Weather

RECIPE: Chili for Chilly Weather

A spicy stew containing beans, meats, spices, and any number of veggies that is a sure-fire hit for chilly weather is chili.

Is It Time to Replace Your Refrigerated Merchandiser?

Is It Time to Replace Your Refrigerated Merchandiser?

Noise, temperature instability, wear-and-tear, and other signs to look out for to determine whether or not your merchandiser is on its last legs. Spot the signs early and address issues before they start with this blog.



Fire Safety in Your Commercial Kitchen

Fire Safety in Your Commercial Kitchen

Commercial kitchens are loaded with industrial equipment that can cause a fire. From hot surfaces to open flames to multiple electrical and gas connections, fires can start with a simple accident or overlooked precaution.




5 Best Food Truck Ideas

5 Best Food Truck Ideas

Like brick-and-mortar restaurants, food truck designs, menus, and themes can influence the flow of traffic and interested patrons. One of the best parts about food truck ownership is one’s ability to get creative with a specific cuisine type and style, allowing for more unique flavor profiles. As food trucks become more competitive in their styles and selections, some trucks are coming out on top as customer favorites.




Menu Labeling Requirement Delayed

Menu Labeling Requirement Delayed

A set deadline for December 2015 was causing restaurant owners nationwide to scramble. The deadline indicated the date for which restaurants would need to provide nutrition information about every menu item to their customers. While some restaurants may have had an easy time with this new regulation, many smaller businesses and supermarkets were realizing that the looming deadline was likely to not be met. Now, the deadline has been moved back a year to December 2016 to give businesses extra time to plan and execute.







Food Pan Carriers

Food Pan Carriers

Catering involves the purchase of equipment that is specialized for the transportation of foods in a safe and sanitary manner from your restaurant to a venue. For those offering buffet-style catering, hot and cold food bars are one of the most important pieces of equipment. To stock your bar, you’ll need to invest in food pan carriers to get the prepared items to the venue.

Calzones Are A Delicious Item To Add To A Restaurant Menu

Calzones Are A Delicious Item To Add To A Restaurant Menu

Pizzerias, diners and other establishments can benefit from the inclusion of this crispy snack.

Certain Restaurant Equipment Can Make A Cheesy Dish More Enjoyable

Certain Restaurant Equipment Can Make A Cheesy Dish More Enjoyable

Americans are fascinated with cheese. Any meal can be made better just by throwing on some extra cheddar.

Conveyor Cooking

Conveyor Cooking

If you’re a pizzeria owner, you’re probably no stranger to conveyor ovens. True, conveyor ovens can improve your kitchen’s speed, durability, and overall efficiency, but these ovens are sometimes taken for granted, and the basics of proper installation, operation, and maintenance can get left by the wayside.

 

Hands-Free Faucets

Hands-Free Faucets

Hands-free faucets have become a widely-accepted part of restaurant bathrooms. But have you considered using them in the kitchen as well?

Kitchen Uniforms

Kitchen Uniforms

Chef uniforms exude professionalism while serving the purpose of protecting the wearer as well as your customers. As an operative tool in any kitchen, you should know the true purpose of each piece as well as the dos and don'ts in regards to your chef’s uniforms.



What Can I Do About My Drafty Dining Room?

What Can I Do About My Drafty Dining Room?

If you’re finding that your dining room is drafty or stuffy, then it might be time to take a look at your exhaust system. 

High-Volume Prep Equipment

High-Volume Prep Equipment

Peak hours and busy restaurants benefit the most from equipment that cuts down on time and increases efficiency. Fortunately, the restaurant industry leaders have spoken, and commercial kitchen equipment suppliers responded by providing equipment that helps to cut down on prep time and effort!






Janitorial Checklist

Janitorial Checklist

Do you consider your restaurant ‘clean as a whistle’? While that sounds snazzy, it may not be good enough to pass with an A+ health inspection. 

Design Gives Competitive Edge

Design Gives Competitive Edge

 In the world of restaurant marketing, any difference that sets you apart from your competitors; Design is no different! In any business, it pays to have a distinctive design. And we will help you to make it the best!

Lava Cake Recipe

Lava Cake Recipe

Lava cake, chocolate meltdown, molten chocolate cake - this gooey dessert goes by many names but boils down to one general recipe. Its best-selling qualities are in the simplicity of its ingredients which include chocolate cake, fudge-filled center, and a side of ice cream to sweeten the deal! The recipe incorporates a version of a chocolate flourless cake with a souffle, creating a molten center surrounded by rich cake.






Tips for Using Your Cook and Hold Oven

Tips for Using Your Cook and Hold Oven

Cook and hold ovens are an excellent addition to any kitchen looking to invest in equipment that can handle the tasks of many. With such versatility, cook and hold ovens give cooks the ability to multi-task while increasing food yields.


Apps for your Restaurant

Apps for your Restaurant

We live in an age of digitization - where patrons can check ratings, browse photos, and navigate through a multitude of customer reviews before ever setting foot in your brick and mortar restaurant. Rather than getting carried away at the mercy of your patrons, it’s time to take control and be an interactive player by using and being involved in phone applications for the foodservice industry. Not only can your restaurant benefit in business, but the organization in back-of-house operations can also be streamlined! If you haven’t already, it’s time to spend some focused effort on apps that are appropriate for your restaurant.


Start Seeing Less of Your Spouse!

Start Seeing Less of Your Spouse!

Made ya’ look! But don’t feel guilty for clicking on the link; we’re talking about health food items for your menu.


Stock Up On Stock Pots

Stock Up On Stock Pots

Choosing the correct stock pot for the job can be a little confusing, and many resort to simply guessing at which one to pick, sometimes resulting in less-than-desirable outcomes. By taking into account size, shape, structure, and material makeup, your kitchen can benefit in efficiency and production of stock pot dishes!



Decorative Heat Lamps

Decorative Heat Lamps

Decorative heat lamps are many times overlooked in the grand scheme of restaurant setups, and employees either rely off of standard heat lamps or warming platters to merely get the job done. 

From Online Traffic to Brick-and-Mortar Sales

From Online Traffic to Brick-and-Mortar Sales

The end goal is to increase sales, there are a few things you can do to get your customers off of their computer and into your restaurant.

When Life Hands You Lemons...

When Life Hands You Lemons...

Lemons are an integral part of any bar, and restaurants tend to use them across their menus as well. If you aren’t using the entire lemon in your restaurant, you’re missing out on some of the key health benefits that they provide!

Recipes: Breads and Biscuits

Recipes: Breads and Biscuits

Breads make their way into your pre-meal appetizers and main-course dishes. Rather than slacking and purchasing ready-made breads (which typically lack in freshness and flavor that a house-made bread could provide!), consider making your breads and biscuits on-site by giving some of these tried-and-true recipes a try!






Kitchen Design - Storage

Kitchen Design - Storage

The more organized a kitchen design is, the more conducive the environment to efficient work practices. By simply walking through your kitchen and paying attention to how storage is utilized and where scraps of unused space are located, you can create a plan for your kitchen’s storage design.




Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

By combining the use of upselling as suggestive-selling in regards to appetizers and desserts, you can increase your ticket averages and even tips! Learning to use appetizer and dessert sales to increase ticket averages and tips can equate to an exponentially more profitable restaurant business.




The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The technology of today’s equipment has surely been a game-changer for many restaurant owners and managers!


Let's Toast to Toasters! Two Main Types of Commercial Toasters

Let's Toast to Toasters! Two Main Types of Commercial Toasters

Commercial toasters are ideal for foodservice businesses such as bakeries, delis, diners, restaurants, buffets and the like, as they are able to produce large amounts of bread products in a short amount of time. There are several different types of commercial toasters to choose from when shopping for a new appliance for your kitchen. Two of the major types of toasters are conveyor toasters and pop-up toasters. Each of these types of toasters has very different characteristics, so be sure to do your research before deciding which toaster is right for you and your kitchen!

Grilling Up Profits for Your Restaurant

Grilling Up Profits for Your Restaurant

Grilling is known to be a better option than cooking with oil (such as frying) because the fats liquefy and fall off the food during the cooking process. If you plan to incorporate grilled items into your menu, you’ll want to invest in the right grill for the job.


3 Fun Ways to Expand Your Career: Bars, Vacations, and Restaurants

3 Fun Ways to Expand Your Career: Bars, Vacations, and Restaurants

All professionals feel the need to grow and expand their businesses, but many of them are on tight budgets just like the rest of the world. So why not think outside the box and combine fun-money with work-money?! Who says your professional development can’t be fun? As long as you stay in-check and well-balanced, it is a win-win situation for you and your business alike! Here are three ways to have fun while simultaneously investing in your professional development!



Compounding Butter

Compounding Butter

Flavored butter can turn a boring piece of bread into a flavorful experience, and compounding butter, simply put, is just another word for flavored butter.


Did You Know? : Freshness Monitoring Systems (FMS)

Did You Know? : Freshness Monitoring Systems (FMS)

The key to a great cup of coffee is freshness, as we emphasized in our previous post about Choosing Coffee. Unfortunately, proper tracking and monitoring can fall to the wayside in a busy kitchen, causing coffee to become old, stale, and burnt. In fact, monitoring coffee on a consistent basis can become a burden in both labor and cost! Kevin Curtis and Karol Renau co-developed the Curtis Wireless Freshness Monitoring System (FMS), which now has uses beyond monitoring the freshness of your coffee. Let’s take a look at what FMS is, its applications, and how you can use it in your kitchen!






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