How do you produce great tasting ice that battles bacteria?

There is some exciting new technology now available from Ice-O-Matic! The O3-Matic Ozone Delivery System is a groundbreaking sanitizing system that infuses ozone into the water of your ice machine. The O3-Matic works like this: the device attaches to the incoming water line and water flows through the device, where electrolysis creates the ozone directly in the water. That water is then frozen into the ice cube and the ice goes into the bin.

This ozone-infused ice has many benefits for both you and your customers! Ozone is FDA approved as a water additive and can eliminate odor and improve taste, making your iced drinks even more enjoyable for your customer with every sip.

O3-Matic post image 1The O3-Matic even makes your life easier with its sanitization benefits. The O3-Matic’s ozone infusion significantly reduces the growth of bacteria throughout the entire path of the ice. Ozone is more effective against bacteria than chlorine! The addition of a small amount of ozone eliminates odor and common microorganisms while improving taste, all without any of the chemical trace odors that other antimicrobial treatments use. This means that your machine, bin, and dispenser, as well as any utensils that come into contact with the ice, are all benefitting from the ozone. The ozone kills bacteria, sanitizing all that it touches, and also slows the growth of new bacteria. The device is effective against mildew, mold, yeast, algae, and viruses.

The O3-Matic is the only device that can make the claim that by using it you are sanitizing your machine more effectively. While not a substitute or replacement for cleaning and maintaining your machine, the O3-Matic increases the intervals between cleaning and sanitizing your machine, saving you precious time and money. Are you ready to add this NRA Kitchen Innovations Award Winner to your ice maker? Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies can help! The O3-Matic is designed for modular cube ice machines and fits all existing Ice-O-Matic units. Stop by our showroom in Perrysburg, OH, or go to Burkett.com to get your Ice-O-Matic O3-Matic Ozone Delivery System today!

Burkett Move: Complete!

Our new building in Perrysburg, OH is officially complete, and we have to say we’re VERY happy with the results! During this move, it was important to have a building that allowed us to grow as a company and better serve our customers. If you haven’t had a chance to see for yourself, let us formally introduce you to our fresh headquarters.

The most visible upgrades can be found in the showroom. New and used equipment are now located in the same space to create a centralized shopping experience for our customers. We’ve added new shelving units and racks to organize our smallwares and kitchen supplies, grouping similar items in convenient sections to eliminate confusion.

Perrysburg, OH Showroom

Need more assistance? Our knowledgeable and helpful showroom team is located near the entrance of the showroom and always ready to help you! In addition to all the architectural changes, our showroom went through a handful of aesthetic changes and it looks AWESOME. On theme with our new Burkett logo and website, our information desk, floor and signage were redesigned for a fresher and more modern look. Feel free to gush over our showroom makeover, because we do every day we come in.

As an industry leader in pre-owned restaurant equipment, it was necessary to include a new, state-of- the-art equipment servicing area in our construction plans. This is the designated area for used equipment to be cleaned, maintained and repaired.

Service

We have skilled technicians in-house to make sure each piece of equipment is thoroughly restored and tested. After products are whipped back into working shape, they are taken to our custom photo studio to produce clean, reliable shots for online product pages. At Burkett, we believe that buying used doesn’t mean lowering standards to save money. It should be a reliable option to provide our customers with the best business decision.

In our new warehouse, we are twice as efficient as we were in the old building. That translates to more space to store your favorite brands and supplies. The added space and docks also enable us to handle higher volumes of inventory and increased shipping, meaning we can ship more equipment and restaurant essentials faster and more efficiently than ever before.

With all of these improvements, we truly feel like we’re settling into a new Burkett. Come out and check us out if you haven’t yet, we’d love to see you!

Team

The New Burkett.com is Here

Many exciting changes have happened recently here at Burkett. Along with our new headquarters in Perrysburg, OH, we’ve also completely redesigned our look, logo, and website! We think our new improvements allow us to be even more focused on what’s important: our customers.

Our new logo is straightforward and easy to understand, which is exactly the way we want to run our business.

Burkett Logo

You may have noticed our new, easy to remember web address, Burkett.com. With a new web address comes a brand new website that is easier to use than ever before! Burkett.com features a totally new design, is fully responsive on any of your devices, has improved navigation and checkout experience, and is faster than before.

New Responsive Burkett.com

At Burkett, we keep our customers at the front of everything we do. That’s why we’re now featuring more promotions and new inventory! We know that running a business means keeping an eye on costs, which is why we work with our manufacturers to provide the best pricing possible. Make sure to keep checking the website for the latest promotions on all the products your business needs. Speaking of products, be on the lookout for new inventory! We are always working to find the right products for our customers. Our new warehouse allows us to be more efficient and to get your products to you even faster. Look for the items marked “Quick Ship”. These items can be out the door in 3 days or less—often on the same business day!

We hope you love our new improvements just as much as we do! The new Burkett: Easy to understand. Straightforward. Focused on our customers.

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Burkett is Moving!

Attention Burkett Customers! We have a lot of exciting things going on within our company, and we’re finally ready to start sharing the news with you: WE ARE MOVING!

Construction

We are finishing construction now and can’t wait to invite you in to our new building.

Yes, we have moved our entire operation from our beloved location in Toledo to a fresh, newly updated facility in Perrysburg.  Our new facility is almost 100 years younger, with freshly renovated offices, new equipment refurbishing facilities, and a brand new showroom.  Although we loved the home we fostered on Council St, it was time for a change.  And with change comes opportunity, specifically the opportunity to expand as a business and serve our customers better.

Warehouse

Our custom photo studio is designed to give you the best possible view of our used products.

Equipment Refurbishing

Our brand new service department is designed to clean, repair and maintain our industry leading used equipment.

We’ve upgraded to a newly designed showroom with our customers in mind.  Now you can view our new and used equipment in one area for an easier shopping experience.  In addition to increased showroom space, the building is built to handle high volume shipping with more docks for faster shipping.  This new location is close to several major freeways, making it more accessible for incoming and outgoing deliveries.

Showroom

Our newly built restaurant equipment and supply showroom is being designed with the restauranteur and the serious home cook in mind.

Although we are eager to start business in our new space, it is hard to say goodbye to our Council St residence. Burkett Restaurant Equipment has spent 29 years in the downtown area, it’s a part of our history that we don’t take for granted. During that time, we fostered valuable relationships with neighboring businesses and loved being a part of that local community. The area served us well, but our growing business needed room to expand. Thank you for allowing us to serve you from our Council Street Showroom. We look forward to being an even stronger partner at our new and improved Perrysburg location.

Our new showroom will be open starting April 11th, 2016 at 28740 Glenwood Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551. Hope to see you there soon!

Steam Kettles vs. Tilting Skillets

tilting skilletAre you considering a new steam kettle or tilting skillet for your restaurant but don’t know which is best for your business? Both options have a lot of pros. Take a look at the highlights below and contact one of Burkett Restaurant Equipment’s knowledgeable account representatives today!

Steam kettles are unique because they cook more quickly than standard stock pots. Cooking is achieved through the steam jacket- a welded space between the cooking surface and the steam source that holds steam and creates a larger cooking surface area. Steam kettles come in two varieties- self-contained, in which the steam kettle has its own built-in steam source, and direct steam, where a separate boiler provides steam to the unit. We offer a large variety in steam kettles to suit any need.

Tilting skillets are a great space saving unit for smaller restaurants as well as a versatile piece of equipment for larger ones. Tilting skillets allow you to cook soup in one space, scramble eggs, brown meat for chili and then cook the chili. The tilting skillet is one of the most variable items we sell. Available in countertop or floor models, there is a model to fit your space requirements. They also come in hand-tilt models for the personalized feel or a steadier pour for soups, or power-tilt models for the larger batches of thicker items that are too heavy to pour by hand. A tilting skillet is one of the best things a restaurant can buy.

Benefits of Light Duty Deck Ovens

deck ovenLight Duty Deck Ovens are great for commercial or even residential use, heating a simple pizza to serve a customer or to feed a family. Light duty models are much less intrusive on your space and energy costs, keeping floor space open in any size kitchen for other equipment.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers various pizza oven styles to fit your restaurant countertop requirements. We offer deck style, conveyor, and wire rack oven types. Pizza oven door styles include pull down doors, and drawer-style openings that allow for easy rack sliding and product loading and unloading. Our models range from 4,000 watts up to over 10,000 watts, with BTU options ranging from 40,000 BTU up to 150,000 BTU. Electric and gas models are available to meet your commercial kitchen’s specific electrical specifications.

Are you curious about some of the features and benefits of light duty deck ovens? See below for more information.

  • High quality brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Durable heating elements provide even heating performance throughout the oven.
  • Wider oven opening provides more versatility than standard pizza ovens.
  • Adjustable Temperature Control
  • Easy set timer.
  • Heavy duty chrome plated baking rack.
  • Removable, stamped aluminized steel crumb tray for easy clean-up.
  • Ergonomically designed and convenient space saving flip-up handle.
  • Skid-resistant feet.

Blodgett Hydrovection-Convection Cooking With Moisture

HV-100G-Double

Full Size Gas Hydrovection Oven

The latest buzz in the convection oven industry is being brought to you by Blodgett Oven Company in Burlington, Vermont. They currently have the only continuously humidified convection oven being produced and it’s sure make your baking more efficient and delicious. But what is Hydrovection and how can it help you save time and money?

The Hydrovection oven has two settings: convection only cooking and Hydrovection at high and low humidity. It’s two ovens in one, somewhere in between convection and Combi, and is conveniently the same size as a standard convection oven. Although you cannot do a steam only cook as with a Combi (you always have to have convection with the moisture), the benefits come without debate. Not only will you see higher yields of 15% over convection cooking, but cooking times will also be reduced. You’ll save both time and money without sacrificing kitchen space. Also, you’ll enjoy the eco-friendly benefits found in the insulation and overall construction and as well as the water saving technology found in the quench system.

Don’t be fooled by the higher price tag-this oven will be paying for itself in no time with ease of use and higher yields. It comes in gas and electric models as well as a half size electric version. You can also upgrade to some pretty handy control options, including but not limited to the SmartTouch which can hold up to 255 recipes and allows for cavity moisture to be changed in accurate 10% increments.

How to Sharpen Your Chef’s Knife

Most chefs know that a sharp knife is a safe knife. That’s because a sharp knife requires significantly less pressure to be applied for it to do its job. Dull knives require more, making them more likely to slip and cause injury. Most chefs also know that a sharp knife is also an efficient knife that will help you improve your cooking and make your job in the kitchen a lot easier. Cutting jobs simply go much faster with sharper knives. Sharp commercial cutlery will also enable you to create more uniform cuts, which will aid in more even cooking and improve the taste of your dishes.

Honing vs. Sharpening

If you have a higher quality set of knives, you may have honing steel. That’s the long, abrasive steel rod with a handle that you see TV chefs running their knives across. The honing steel is a tool made to maintain the edge of blade, to keep it smooth and straight. It isn’t for sharpening and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for sharpening. Use it once every few cutting jobs to maintain the quality of the cutting edge.

Sharpening Your Kitchen Knives

If used with regularity, you should sharpen your blades about every 60 days, especially the most used ones like your chef’s knife. The best way to sharpen your knives is with a whetstone. There are other methods, especially sharpening machines, but they tend to grind away too much of the blades surface, which will greatly reduce the knives useful lifespan.

Five Steps to a Sharp Knife

A good set of well-maintained knives should last you a long time. Here are the five steps to caring for your blades.

  1. Lay the whetstone on a cutting board or non-slip counter top with the coarse side facing up
  2. Grasp the handle in one hand and hold the edge of the blade to the surface of the stone with the other at about a 22 ½ degree angle
  3. With medium pressure slide the blade forward and across the stone. Left to right or right to left will depend on whether you are right- or left-handed. Maintain both pressure and angle as you run the entire length of the blade across the stone. Do this 10 times on each side of the blade
  4. Flip the stone over so that the fine side is facing up and apply 10 similar strokes to each side of the blade
  5. Finally, apply five to eight strokes per side with a honing steel. Be sure to maintain the same 22 ½ degree angle used for sharpening

Rinse the blade under water and carefully (it’s sharp) dry with a soft cloth or towel. Your knives are now as sharp, or sharper, than when you first bought them.

8 Food Safety Tips for your Kitchen

cambroEvery restaurant wants to provide not only the best tasting food, but food that is safe to consume. Below are 10 food safety tips you should follow to ensure you are protecting your employees and restaurant customers alike.

1. Wash your hands. Those that prepare the food in a restaurant should be regularly washing their hands. This should especially be done before and after handling any raw foods. Contact after working with raw meats or produce can infect already cooked items.

2. Wash your produce. Wash produce, even if it looks clean. If eating a fruit that can be peeled, scrub the surface to be sure any germs on the outside do not make their way into the interior section.

3. Use clean plates. Serve food on clean plates or trays. If surfaces used for raw meats are not cleaned correctly before cooked meats are placed there afterwards, bacteria are spread.

4. Replace serving plates. If fresh food is placed on an old tray, then the food becomes contaminated.

5. Take advantage of food thermometers. Use a food thermometer and be aware of Minimum Cooking Temperatures for each item. If an exact temperature is not provided, know the characteristics of the food to know when it is ready to serve. For example, different seafood items have certain colors or textures once they are prepared properly.

6. Find the right hot temperature. Keep your hot foods at 140 degrees F or above by using the right restaurant equipment and supplies. Before cooking, thaw frozen meat in a fridge, microwave, or under running water.

7. Find the right cold temperature. Keep your cold foods at 40 degrees F or below. Foods – hot or cold – should never sit out on a counter for longer than two hours.

8. Use two cutting boards. Be sure to have two cutting boards in the kitchen – one for raw meats and one for ready-to-eat foods. This will keep the risk of cross-contamination at bay. Many commercial kitchens use color coded cutting boards and knives to help alleviate this problem.

Supplies You Need to Cater a Buffet

Catering CartSummer is filled with celebrations, from weddings and graduation parties to holiday get-togethers. Whether you’re a small, start-up catering business, a mom preparing to celebrate her recent grad or a large banquet hall gearing up for wedding season, Burkett Restaurant Equipment has all of the serving line equipment and supplies you need – from set up to tear down – at the right price.

Catering & Buffet Supplies

Concessions Appliances: Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a wide range of concession equipment ideal for catering and buffet services. Burkett carries new equipment for every concession need, whether you’re serving hot beverages from your new cappuccino machine, fresh soft pretzels from a heated merchandiser, or hot and juicy hot dogs off the roller grill. Don’t forget to pick up condiment dispensers so your customers can doctor up their snacks, and a popcorn machine to entice patrons with the smell of fresh popcorn wafting through the air. Shop our entire collection of concession equipment and supplies today for quality and variety.

Serving and Display Ware: One of the most important parts of a successful catering experience is the manner in which food and drink is served. For businesses, this means it is vital they have the proper equipment and supplies to present and serve food in an appealing and efficient manner. Burkett provides a selection of catering supplies including a wide variety of serving and display ware.

Hot & Cold Buffet Stations:  When the temperature of the food you serve is a priority, having the right equipment is vital. Cold Buffet Stations make it easy to keep your cold food chilled and ready to serve. Hot buffet stations are great for cafeterias, presentations, travelling restaurants, and catering companies because they are mobile. Utility Buffet Stations make it easy to keep your cold food chilled and ready to serve. You can choose from refrigerated cold food serving stations and non-refrigerated cold food serving stations to meet your business needs depending on what you are serving and where you are serving it at.

Banquet Carts: From Sunday brunch to memorable events and tabletop displays, banquet carts are valuable pieces of catering equipment when it comes to promoting your culinary excellence. Banquet carts designed to be mobile, keeping hot goods fresh for foodservice operations. Banquet cabinets are especially great for catering services because of their mobility. We sell a variety of heated cabinets with capacities ranging from 14 to 36 pans to keep it at just the right size for your uses.

Chafers & Accessories: Find all your chafing dishes, pans, and accessories at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies. Our high quality chafers, including stainless steel chafing pans, and accessories will keep your buffet elegant and efficient. We offer chafing dishes and more from the leading manufacturers and brands at the low prices you love.

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