Product Spotlight

Garland Gas Ranges offer a full range of options for any kitchen

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The gas range, as its name would imply, is one of the more versatile players in any commercial kitchen. From slow cook to a quick flash in the pan, this appliance must cover the full range of cooking needs.

With the versatility come choices. With or without an oven? With or without a griddle? How many burners are needed? There are plenty of questions to be asked and Garland full line of ranges is the answer to all of them.

Garland products invoke trends that provide easy paths to future success in any business. Their products are built to operational needs while also keeping in mind the push to drive customer traffic. What sets Garland apart from its competitors is the drive to understand operations from the kitchen to the table. They then work with a team of kitchen innovators to create industry-changing solutions.

garland-cooking-rangeGarland proudly presents its latest innovation, the award-winning Garland Restaurant Range Series. This state-of-the-art range allows chefs to concentrate on their culinary creativity and productivity instead of clean-up and maintenance.

Garland stoves and ranges are built to be ideal for any professional kitchen, regardless of physical size or volume production. Their gas ranges deliver quality performance while providing powerful versatility. Garland’s line of light, medium, and heavy-duty ranges all adopt power, precision, and efficiency as standard benefits. Their sturdy gas ranges are built to last with heavy-duty stainless steel construction, heavy duty cast iron top surfaces, and easy to use precision control knobs. They come in several sizes, ranging from four to ten burners, and even containing griddles and standard ovens.

Using Garland gas ranges will help support a wide variety of cooking needs with ease and superior quality. Check out the full line of Garland gas ranges available at Burkett Restaurant Equipment and, for a limited time, enjoy free shipping on all of them!

Quick Cooking Power with Commercial Microwaves

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When something needs heated quickly and efficiently, there is no better value than a commercial grade microwave oven.

Here is a pair of popular models perfect for peak performance in any kitchen.

panasonic-microwaveThe Panasonic Microwave Oven NE-1054F 1000-Watt with Digital Controls features 10 programmable memory pads with braille touch controls, too. This model is ideal for light operations such as coffee shops or diners. It can help you heat and serve smaller items easily. There are six power levels, which enable you to heat up a variety of items, and the unit features 2-3 stage cooking. The durable stainless steel door can stand up to everyday use, and makes the unit easy to clean.

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For a top-of-the-line microwave oven, look no further than the Amana HDC-182. The 1,800 watts of heating power makes this ideal for consistent and quick results for anything needed. The 0.6 cubic foot capacity easily accommodates a standard half-pan. This unit has 11 power levels for delicious results in frozen or fresh foods, and durable construction for years of commercial food service usage. This model also features a unique method of energy distribution for superior even-heating that doesn’t leave foods wilted or rubbery along with and a multiple quantity pad that helps calculate the proper cook times for multiple portions.

Our wide selection of microwaves ranges from 1,000 watts up to 3,000 watts and provide you with just the right amount of cooking power. Lower levels are great for defrosting or a quick warm up, while higher wattages provide powerful heating energy that can warm even frozen items quickly. The precision controls on many models help ensure that foods are cooked for the right amount of time, and to exact specifications with settings that are customizable on digital models. With brands like Amana, Panasonic, and Vollrath, you can’t go wrong. Visit the Burkett website for the full line of commercial microwaves, and find one to fit your needs.

 

What About InSinkErator Commercial Garbage Disposals?

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It’s a messy, dirty issue that we all wish we could just wash down the drain. Well, everything but the kitchen sink at least.

Handling food scraps and leftovers can be a real pain in the food service industry no matter how big or how small the establishment. But with the right garbage disposal, that process can be made a lot easier and a lot more efficient part of the cleanup process.

Like anything else, the options are endless for make, model and size of the disposal you want or need. One of our favorites, and among the most recommended brands in the industry, is InSinkErator.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries many models of InSinkErator Commercial Garbage Disposal units, ranging from a light duty ½-horsepower unit to a beefy 10-horsepower unit.

insinkerator-lc50The LC-50 Light Duty Commercial Garbage Disposal has a ½-horsepower motor with the ease and flexibility of a household unit that is designed for foodservice. The disposer mounting (included) fits standard 3 1/2” -4” sink openings, and does not require welding. It operates with a standard wall switch, and features an automatic reversing motor for longer life and trouble-free operation.

 

insinkerator-ss-1000At the other end of the spectrum is the 10-horsepower SS-1000 Commercial Garbage Disposal. This heavy hitter features a powerful motor that spins at 1,725 RPM, features corrosion resistant stainless steel, and controlled power air flow to cool the motor for efficiency and longer life. The quiet design has a 3/4” rubber mount about the grinding chamber to isolate sound and eliminate vibration. This model is designed for continuous operation for bigger jobs and high volume areas like restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and cafeterias.

No matter how big or how small the job, Burkett Restaurant Equipment has the garbage disposal unit that will fit your needs and your budget. Contact our sales team today at 800.828.8564 to find the right disposal for your business’s needs.

Blodgett Hydrovection-Convection Cooking With Moisture

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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.

This method of cooking is economical and eco-friendly, in a durable, space-saving machine. With a Blodgett Hydrovection oven, you can cook faster and serve your customers more in less time. A great addition to any kitchen, this equipment will produce for years. Three control options also give you a range of options to meet your cooking needs. Check out our website for all Blodgett hydrovaction ovens today!

Get Cooking in the Great Outdoors

MAG-LPAGA30-2Memorial Day is a good indicator that the weather is (finally) breaking. By now, you’re getting your table and chairs out of storage, umbrellas unrolled, and outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes, and beer gardens are gearing up to open for business.  While residential grade grills are used for seasonal outdoor cooking, they have a hard time standing up to general wear and tear of the elements and daily use.

A fun alternative for foodservice operators with patios and outdoor seating is preparing some or all meals ordered outdoors….well, outdoors. Many places already have an outdoor bar, so why not consider purchasing a portable commercial grill? Much of this depends on your menu, of course, but the option to open up your outdoor seating and grilling burgers and brats is exciting! Portable commercial grills are also beneficial for taking your food (and brand) on the road to local sporting events, festivals, county fairs, or other offsite catering events.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a wide variety of portable grills including propane and charcoal, steel top or chrome plated, and different sizes to suit your needs. Start shopping for your best summer today!

Benefits of Buying Melamine Dinnerware

THU-1010TB-2Melamine dinnerware is an economical solution for busy homes and restaurants where traditional china isn’t ideal. Melamine is available in a variety of colors and sizes to match any décor and, better yet, its nearly indestructible. If you’re looking for more reasons to give melamine a try, keep reading!

Savings
Melamine truly is a long-term investment. While it also tends to be more inexpensive than traditional china and other dinnerware, melamine is durable and lasts long – even after continual, everyday use. No more worrying about shattering or chipping your plates and mugs.

Variety
Melamine dinnerware is a great option if you’re looking to add a little color and fun to your table. Melamine tableware is designed for many occasions and applications; and is offered in a variety of colors and patterns. In addition, many of the brands offer higher end selections that appear like china and ceramic dinnerware, if you’re trying to keep it classy.

Nearly Indestructible
Thanks to its design, melamine is shatterproof. Melamine can withstand a number of scenarios. Whether you accidentally drop a plate or bowl there’s a good chance your melamine dinnerware will be perfectly fine. An added bonus, melamine is also relatively scratch resistant meaning no more marks from your silverware.

Insulation
Melamine is ideal for cold food displays because of its great insulation. Melamine is ideal for any cold application – salad bars, buffets, deli displays. Melamine also stays cool to the touch, so it’s perfect for nights when you’re serving hot entrees.

BPA Free
Melamine is safe for use. It won’t transfer or leach into food product as long it is not heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. While it’s not suggested for ovens or microwaves, it is dishwasher safe and meets NSF approval for food safety.

Gift Guide for the Burger Aficionado

A Meat Grinder VOL-40743-2

A meat grinder you say? Yes, I do, and here’s why: grinding your own meat gives you better flavor, better texture, and it’s safer. A dedicated meat grinder is your best option if you’re planning on grinding on a regular basis, so put your food processor aside. If you own a mixer, most companies offer attachments. For the true burger aficionado, a standalone meat grinder like this one from Vollrath offers you the power to grind over 200lbs. of burger per hour.

Squeeze Bottles 352401-2

Let’s face it; if you’re grinding your own meat, you know exactly how you like to dress your burger. The best way to avoid a mess and store any homemade condiments is in these plastic squeeze bottles. They’re affordable and give you that authentic diner feel.

A Hamburger Turner 353062-2

Also known as a spatula, but that’s not nearly as festive, is it? This stainless steel turner is strong enough to keep your burger pressed to the griddle to perfectly sear your patty. Plus, it’s made of sturdy stainless steel that will last forever and hold up against the highest heat.

Commercial Salt Shaker 357473-2

When you’re working fast, seasoning that 200lbs. of burger you just grinded, you’ll really benefit from having a high volume salt shaker. These stainless steel shakers are exactly what you see at diners and drive-thrus all over the country. They’re perfect for rapidly and evenly coating your food with a dusting of salt.

A Griddle Pan VOL-77530-2

This non-stick aluminum griddle pan is a great surface for retaining high heat and getting a nice sear on your hamburger. It’s durable and a welcome addition to any kitchen. While the deep-walled cast iron skilled is the more common pan for burgers, we prefer the shallow sides of the griddle pan which give you a little more leverage when smashing and scraping up patties.

Chef Jeff’s Kitchen Essentials Gift Guide

Kitchen Essentials don’t have to be expensive. I asked our very own expert, Chef Jeff, to give me a list of kitchen gear that all chefs – both professional and home – will use on a regular basis. You won’t find anything here that requires a major investment, just reliable tools for real chefs who cook on a daily basis.

1. A Kitchen Timer Internaltional Update Kitchen timer

Ever pop a loaf of garlic bread in the oven and completely forget about it until you hear the smoke alarm going off? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Keep the burning to a minimum with an electric kitchen timer.  This Update International timer, available at Burkett, has an easy to read display, a loud alarm, and a magnetic clip for easy mounting. What more could you need?

BUY NOW: Electronic Kitchen Timer

2. A Digital Thermometer Digital Thermometer

A good instant-read thermometer is the only way to ensure that your food come out at the perfect temperature, the perfect amount of doneness, every time. Relying on accurate timing or, even worse, cutting and peeking, isn’t worth ruining a perfect steak. Go ahead and buy a high-quality, fast, digital thermometer and never have a piece of undercooked meat again.

This digital pocket thermometer from Burkett is money well-spent. It’s waterproof, field calibration ready, and has a thin tapered tip for precision accuracy.

BUY NOW: Digital Pocket Thermometer

3. A Great Paring Knife Paring Knife

Let’s be honest, all of you professional chefs out there are probably saying, “What about a chef’s knife?!”, and you’ve got a point. However I have a feeling you’ll come around to the convenience of a paring knife for small, everyday tasks like cutting off a bit of butter, taking the rink off some citrus fruit, or slicking up garlic. This 3” Forschner paring knife has a large handle for bigger hands and is built to last.

BUY NOW: Forschner 3” Paring Knife

4. A Bench Scraper bench scraper

A bench scraper doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for the kitchen essentials list, but that’s because you’re not using it regularly. Just wait; it will become one of your favorite tools. Keep one next to your cutting boards. It quickly transfers chopped veggies into your pots and pans and scraps into the garbage. It has a variety of other uses, including cutting pizza dough, ground beef, and releasing those tiny bits of dried dough from your work surface.  This bench scraper makes picking up tiny bits of chopped herbs a breeze. With its comfortable wood handle and sturdy construction, you’ll wonder how you ever operated without it.

BUY NOW: American Metalcraft 6” Scraper/Cutter

5. A Food Scale ditigal food scale

You might already know, from this blog post, that I’m a big fan of kitchen scales. Seriously, they take the guess work out of baking. The inaccuracies involved in scooping a single cup of flour (up to 25%, seriously) will send you running to the stores for a kitchen scale this instant. A good digital kitchen scale will make baking with weight measurements a pleasure, it will also help you determine how much moister your chicken lost during roasting, or exactly how far you’ve reduced that stock.  Important things to look for when shopping: Up to a 8lb capacity, a zero-out (tare) function, easy to read display, and a flat design for storage.

BUY NOW: Taylor Electronic Scale

6. A Good Pepper Mill 

Do yourself a favor, buy everyone you know a real pepper mill and save yourself, and your loved ones, from ever consuming ground pepper again. This Tablecraft Mahogany Pepper Mill is much better than the plastic disposable type, and it’s an investment that will improve almost every savory food you cook.

BUY NOW: Tablecraft Pepper Mill

7. A Mandoline Mandoline

This might be my favorite tool. A mandoline makes short work of all your slicing and julienning tasks. You’ll be surprised to find that most mandolines in your typical home goods stores are quite pricey. This Stainless Steel Mandoline from Burkett Restaurant Equipment is only $52.95. It slices a variety of foods and is constructed to last forever. Walk into any restaurant and you’ll see one or two of these babies.

BUY NOW: Winco Stainless Steel Mandoline

8. Metal Mixing Bowls Mixing Bowls

Forget the fancy designs and heavy lifting with fancy glass mixing bowls. Professional chefs know, metal mixing bowls are lighter, take up less space and last longer. With metal mixing bowls, you won’t have to worry about chips from your glass or ceramic mixing bowls landing in your batter, and most modern microwaves can handle metal these days. Bonus! You’ll find the metal bowls are cheaper at restaurant supply stores, like Burkett Restaurant Equipment, than anywhere else. We offer a variety of sizes to choose from to suit all of your needs.

BUY NOW: Metal Mixing Bowls

Tips for Cooking with Convection Ovens

convection ovenConvection ovens are a common staple in commercial and professional kitchens. However, if you’ve purchased a new oven for your home in the past 10 years, chances are you have a convection setting too. There is also a big chance that you’ve never used that setting.

Despite rarely being mentioned in recipes, convection ovens are known for cooking food faster and more evenly thanks to the internal fan that circulates hot air around your food. They are also more energy efficient, meaning your convection oven will cook many meals more evenly and up to 20 percent faster while using lower temperatures. For many chefs – both professional and at home – knee deep in planning holiday menus, this news is like a beacon of light!

The key for anyone new to cooking with convection ovens is that they often require adjustments to either time or temperature—and sometimes both. If you’re trying to figure out how best to cook with your convection oven, we have you covered. Here’s some helpful advice, most manufacturers of convection ovens recommend dropping the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit and to start checking the dish when three-quarters of the normal cooking time has passed.

If you’re baking, take caution. The fan can sometimes splatter batters from pies, cakes and quick breads. That doesn’t mean bakeries should discredit convection ovens. Your baked goods will all be flakier, lighter, and loftier since butter releases steam almost immediately allowing your dough to rise higher. For cookies, take advantage of all available shelf space by baking with several trays at once. Because the fan disperses heat throughout the inside of the oven, you won’t have to rotate them as often as you would with a standard radiant oven. Follow these general rules and carefully monitor your first few attempts at cooking with convection heat. Before you know it, you’ll have a sense of how your convection oven cooks and what, if any, other adjustments should be made.

Interested in purchasing a convection oven for your home or business? Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a range of options for you to shop from, including full size convection ovenshalf size convection ovens, and light duty counter-top ovens for our residential customers. Follow the links to our site where you can find more information and chat with an equipment expert.

4 Common types of Commercial Pizza Ovens

conveyer pizza oven If you’re shopping for a commercial pizza oven, you might notice there are quite a few types out there to choose from.  There are pizza ovens made for high-volume pizza parlors and ovens made for artisan pizza cafes. Despite coming in all shapes and sizes, each type of commercial pizza oven has advantages. Each oven variety uniquely impacts the way the crust is baked, toppings are cooked, and cheese is melted. Let’s review your commercial pizza oven options below:

Deck ovens and conveyor ovens are the most common types of pizza ovens. Often used in quick service restaurants, deck ovens are best for quickness and ease of use. Deck ovens can have ceramic based decks that help in distributing heat evenly, and maintain heat between batches. Pizzas are stacked on the heated stone to cook and the result is crisp, authentic crust that closely mimics the flavor of pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven.

Conveyor ovens make pizza cooking simple and quick. The conveyor oven cooks pizzas evenly and in a lightning-fast six minutes.  Raw pizza is placed on one end of the conveyor belt and comes out the other end perfectly done. Both gas (fueled flame) and electric coil conveyor models are available. You’ll more than likely see these at fast-food pizza parlors. Conveyor ovens have a long shelf life. If you’re considering a used conveyor oven, you can rest assured that you’ll be delivering delicious pizza for years to come.

Cart Ovens are perfect for street vendors or for making pizza at fairs and carnivals. They are small, easy to transport and can be powered by gas or electricity. Cart ovens are popular in Italy, where they’re typically seen at festivals and street fairs.

Convection Ovens cook pizza by circulating hot air inside the stove. A cheaper and efficient option, commercial convection cooking results in even cooking and is favored for all types of baking. Pizza cooked in a convection oven will be perfectly cooked with no hot or cold spots to worry about.

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