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Are commercial knives better than conventional?

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You love to cook and there is nothing quite as satisfying as the look of delight on your loved ones’ faces when they take that first bite of a new recipe. However, today’s bustling society makes it more and more difficult to find the time to cook in the home. Your knives may well be adding to the problem and it may be time to replace them with a better option. Read more.

Sani-Safe knives offer professional quality at affordable prices

 

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Dexter Russell manufactures more than 1,500 different knives and utensils in the United States and has been doing so since June 18, 1818. The Southbridge, Massachusetts company is the largest U.S. manufacturer of knives and also the oldest.

For nearly two centuries, Dexter Russell has maintained a tradition of excellence in both material and workmanship that can be seen in its products. Professionals around the globe agree that Dexter Russell produces the broadest line of professional cutlery made by any single manufacturer in the world.

sani_safe-infographicIf you’re in the market for a professional knife, then look no further than Dexter Russell. Their products were built to be tough and long-lasting. They offer a superior blade shape for easier slicing, while also meeting health code standards. Their Sani-Safe knives contain a unique long-lasting high-alloy stainless steel for enhanced sharpness, edge holding, corrosion resistance, and allow for ease of re-sharpening. Blades are manufactured from proprietary DEXSTEEL™ stain-free, high-carbon steel, are individually ground and honed, and excel in commercial use. An impervious blade also offers the utmost sanitary qualification by being stain-free, easy to clean, and by being slip-resistant. The textured, slip-resistant, easy-to-clean polypropylene handles also withstand both high and low temperatures.

Dexter Russell Knives are perfect for any job in any size kitchen setting, whether it be commercial or personal use. Their quality kitchen cutlery isn’t just made to be affordable, but hand honed to provide the ultimate superior edge. These knives come in an array of handle colors, keeping cross-contamination and food allergies at bay. Whether in a restaurant kitchen or home kitchen, Sani-Safe knives are primed to be tough, sanitary, and the workhorse of your cooking.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries a wide range of different Dexter Russell knives, cutters, and tools. View our inventory of Burkett Dexter Russell knives and add to your kitchen today.

Save with Used Restaurant Equipment from Burkett

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Refurbished goods are what got us started in this business, and has made Burkett Restaurant Equipment one of the largest and more reputable dealers of pre-owned commercial restaurant equipment in the U.S. It has been our specialty, since 1977!

We’ve created our own “certified” process to bring you the best used equipment on the market. All used equipment comes with a Burkett 90-Day Warranty, and each piece of equipment is given a final certification test before it leaves our building.

For example, our used cooking equipment is put through a series of rigorous tests prior to being available to our customers. We give the utmost attention to the heating elements, as we know the reason behind any good cooking product is the efficiency, fast production, and dependability.

Each item is thoroughly cleaned, detailed, and major cosmetic issues are repaired, and every used equipment purchase is shipped with a Burkett product specific guide that provides you with everything you need to know about your purchase.

Here’s an example of the process we take:

used-hobart-mixerThis used Hobart Dough Mixer was tested by our in-house service technicians. They plugged it in, testing the electrical components to ensure they are working properly, and that no connections were shorted or frayed. They then tested all mechanical and safety parts, including the transmission, gears, and stop/start button, and the gear housing oil was changed. The technicians then added dough to the mixer to ensure that it mixes properly and consistently. This used Hobart D340 Dough Mixer passed all quality control tests and is in good condition.

The used price for this item is $3,995 – a similar sized new Hobart mixer would cost more than $8,000. Your business could save hundreds of dollars by purchasing used restaurant equipment from Burkett!

We currently have an inventory of more than 70 used pieces of equipment in our Perrysburg showroom and online at www.Burkett.com. With so many categories, your business is bound to find the equipment you need at an affordable price.

Want Fries With That? Pitco Fryers Can Handle It!

 

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With low maintenance and cost of ownership, commercial frying equipment from Pitco has been a reliable and versatile leader in the industry for more than 80 years.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Pitco Solstice Series Fryers allow you to cook more product, more efficiently, with an improved operating environment featuring cooler flue temperatures. Each model in the Solstice series is the same depth front to back, so that you can easily order and build a standard battery of fries to meet your unique needs.

pitco-fryer-pit-35cs-2tPitco also designs for serviceability – they’ve reduced the number of parts, and the fryers are serviceable from the front. The filtering process improvements eliminate steps, so that fryers are easier to clean and return to service faster.

The Pitco 35C+S Gas Fryer is perfect for places that serve smaller items, like appetizers, for quick batch cooking and serving. It features stainless steel construction and a welded tank with an extra smooth peened finish for easy cleaning. At 90,000 BTUs this fryer uses long lasting, high temperature alloy stainless steel heat baffles mounted in the heat exchanger tubes for maximum heating efficiency and combustion. It also features a millivolt thermostat to maintain the selected temperature automatically between 200oF (93oC) and 400oF (190oC).

pitco-fryer-pitc-sg18s-2tFor larger frying needs, Pitco Solstice Fryers are available in up to a 90lb gas fryer size. The Pitco SG18S 90lb Gas Fryer features a dependable blower free atmospheric heating system for fast recovery. The Solstice gas fryer comes standard with a millivolt thermostat with a thermo-safety pilot, high temperature safety limit switch.

The unique Solstice burner and baffle design increases cooking production, lowers flue temperature, and improves the working environment.

Take a look at all of the Pitco models that Burkett Restaurant Equipment has available! Many are available to Quick Ship within 3 business days.

International Tableware Offers More than Just Tableware

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International Tableware (ITI) is reliable and direct source for high quality tableware, but they make more than just tableware. ITI creates a variety of innovative, quality products that help to fulfill the needs of each and every customer, and Burkett Restaurant Equipment is proud to provide you with a full line of ITI products.

One of the most popular of these lines are ITI glasses. These glassware items are attractive and strong, and can stand up to daily use in the busiest of commercial environments or catering events. Whether you’re looking for shot glasses, goblets, rocks glasses, cordials, Irish mugs, or juice glasses, International Tableware has the glasses that will meet your needs.

iti-mixing-glassBecause we know you value your investments, Burkett Restaurant Equipment invites you to consider these tips from ITI that will help to reduce potential damage to your glassware:

  1. Thermal Shock – Thermal shock can occur when glassware is subjected to a sudden temperature change (either hot or cold) and it can cause enough stress to result in breakage. To avoid possible thermal shock, glassware should always be returned to room temperature before it is used again.
  1. Mechanical Shock – Breakage or chipping due to mechanical shock is typically the result of sharp contact with another solid object (this can include a countertop, another glass, dinnerware, or flatware). It is not uncommon for mechanical shock to create a minor crack in the glassware. This glass item becomes more susceptible to breakage whenever it encounters mechanical shock, or a thermal shock. The best way to avoid mechanical shock to your ITI glassware is to avoid placing flatware into a glass, and avoid nesting glasses together unless they are specifically made for stacking.
  2. Breakage – Stacking glasses causes unnecessary stress on these pieces, so don’t stack pieces to avoid breakage, scratches, chips, or cracks. Look into getting a glass rack for extra space and organization if needed.

Keeping these tips in mind can help keep your glassware in good working condition. With proper care and handling, your business can avoid common glassware problems. For more ITI products, head over to the Burkett Restaurant Equipment website.

Embrace Versatility at Your Next Catering Event with a Star Sandwich Grill

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Commercial sandwich grills have a home in many food service businesses. They are used at any time of day for any number of menu items. With features such as varying grilling space height, adjustable temperature, and easy cleanup, a sandwich grill is a good choice to add to your kitchen. Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers the Star brand of sandwich grills, known for quality and reliability in the food industry. With options such as aluminum or iron plates, single or double grill, Star offers countless sandwich grills that will fit with your business’s needs.

star-sandwich-double-grillThe Star GX20IG Sandwich Grill is a split-top unit constructed of 20-gauge stainless steel. It has heavy-duty grooved cast iron plates that can accommodate up to three inches of food. This amazing design provides longevity and superior performance to meet all of your menu requirements, including sandwiches, tortillas, wraps, steaks, chicken, fish, and more!

The thermostat of the Star GX20IG is rated from 175°F to 450°F and it provides accurate sensing of temperature. Embedded elements located in the cast iron plates means superior heat distribution and fast recovery. This sandwich grill has a reliable hinge system which provides effortless operation and it is designed for even pressure on both sides of the product for consistent heating and searing of your chosen food products.

The bottom plate has a patented ¾ inch splash guard corral which offers maximum protection against grease spills. A removable grease trough allows for easy clean-up. A heavy gauge, water resistant, and flexible plastic conduit protects electrical connections, and a large heat resistant handle means safe operation.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment is proud to offer the Star GX20IG Sandwich Grill and a wide variety of other Star Sandwich Grills. A good sandwich grill is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to add to your kitchen for your guests.

Let Them Have Soup with the Star Food Warmer

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Star Manufacturing prides itself on creating high-quality, reliable, and durable commercial kitchen equipment since 1921. They are a popular choice among U.S. stadiums and arenas, as well as among those in the catering industry.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment sells a number of Star Manufacturing products from ovens to griddles, and from hot plates to popcorn machines. One of their most popular food warmers is the Star 4RW-4H 4 Qt. Round Food Warmer.

star-food-warmerThis food warmer is constructed of stainless steel and comes equipped with a hinged lid designed to contain heat and provide easy serving. It has wrap around heating elements with the highest wattage available, which helps to provides maximum heating for both refrigerated or frozen foods. This food warmer has an adjustable thermostat that holds food product at the temperature you de
sire and includes a Hi-limit thermostat which prevents overheating. Best of all, the Star Round Food Warmers keep your food at the right temperatures until you’re ready to serve them, and it does so without taking up a lot of counter space. This amazing food warmer can effectively keep a variety of food products warm including chili, gravy, hot fudge, and – of course – soup! At such a low cost, these can be added in multiples and do not take up much counter space.

Burkett Restaurant also sells additional specialty items like the Star Spout and Pump Warmers and Star Well Warmers that are perfect for warming sauces, cheese, or condiments. These warmers are great for outdoor arenas, ice rinks, and other places with colder or inconsistent temperatures. The product will dispense correctly and at a safe temperature for your guest to consume, each and every time.

Consider a food warmer as your next purchase and addition to your business. These great items will add variety to your menu, and offer more options for your guests.

How is climate change transforming commercial refrigeration?

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Addressing the effects of climate change is a top priority for The U.S. Department of Energy. Record heat puts the Earth at a higher risk of more intense and frequent weather events such as droughts, wildfires, and floods. Global warming has been linked with greenhouse gases used as cooling agents in commercial refrigeration, namely hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). While President Obama’s Clean Air Act is phasing out HFCs, they continue to be the most prominent greenhouse gas present during testing.

Normal climate changes are caused naturally, but in recent decades, human activities have been the likely cause of warming, mostly due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Regulating energy efficiency in commercial refrigeration is one way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution linked to ozone damage. Commercial refrigerators generally must be kept cold constantly, consuming large amounts of power and generating emissions on a daily basis.

The Energy Department has proclaimed appliance efficiency a top priority. Therefore, to counteract these emissions, the government will begin regulating the way refrigeration can be produced and sold. To stay within the Clean Air Act guidelines, manufacturers have the option of using the hydrocarbon refrigerant known as R290. R290 is a refined blend of propane, a naturally-occurring compound. The explosive nature of propane is a big concern; therefore it is advised not to use open flames when working with R290. However, the results of an ignition risk assessment study of a R290 refrigerant leak revealed the probability of an explosion is less than 0.001%.

In the end, hydrocarbon refrigerants like R290 mean more efficient, environmentally conscious, commercial equipment. The new alternative is safe for operators and will decrease emissions of ozone-depleting substances in the years to come. Manufacturers in the U.S. have already started using the new alternatives in applications such as refrigerators, freezers, bottle coolers, beverage dispensers, and dehumidifiers. Time and future testing will tell us know how much safer it really is.

Keep Your Customers Cool With Frozen Beverage Machines

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For many Americans, the days are getting hotter and hotter! The official start of summer is right around the corner and Burkett Restaurant Equipment knows that means your customers are coming into your establishments looking for all those cool, tasty frozen beverages.

Whether you’re a restaurant that serves frozen lemonade, a bar that has frozen cocktails, a convenience store that serves slushes, an ice cream establishment that has granita, or a café that provides their customers with frozen cappuccino, it’s important to have the reliable frozen drink beverage machines that will support your customer demand.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a wide variety of Frozen Drink Machines and Granita Slush MachinesDouble frozen drink dispenser

The Grindmaster 3312 Frozen Drink Machine, for example, is a great way for you to provide your customers with everything from sweet slushies to frozen cappuccinos to refreshing cocktails. It has a back-lit design and valves that illuminate. Both will grab the attention of your customers and invite them to make their frozen beverage selection. This model has reliable and consistent controls that means the unit will be fully functional under all operating conditions. It’s made from stainless steel and it includes a sturdy belt drive and an oversize motor that ensures the functionality of the freezer.

 

Double frozen granita dispenserThe Bunn ULTRA-2-0080 6 gal. Double Bowl Granita Slush Machine will also keep your customers feeling cool this summer. It includes a refrigeration system that internally monitors the unit so to ensure long-lasting performance. Its reverse auger design reduces air mixing and quickens freeze time. The touchpad display makes it simple to program and operate. The display will even help you with preventive maintenance and cleaning!

Contact one of our sales representatives with any questions or for assistance in selecting the best frozen beverage machine for your business! These versatile machines can bring in lots of revenue for a modest cost, try it for customers and expand your menu for year-round offerings.

Prevent a Meltdown – Helpful Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

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Unfortunately, many who work in food services don’t think about maintaining their commercial kitchen equipment. This failure can often result in units breaking down more quickly, and expensive repairs. During the summer months, it could also mean having to throw away hundreds – or thousands – of dollars’ worth of food that melts or spoils on hot summer days. It’s important to have preventive maintenance measures in place for all of your kitchen equipment. In this article, Burkett Restaurant Equipment invites you to consider some particular tips for your commercial refrigerators. Following these suggestions this summer could save you a lot of headaches, and considerable money!

KEEP THEM CLEAN: Thoroughly clean your commercial refrigerators at least once a week (or more depending on usage). Clean inside and outside of each unit, using hot water and mild soap.Do not use any abrasive tools or harsh chemicals. Be sure you are never using water on electrical components! Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge.

NO MORE CLUTTER: Placing items around your refrigerators can block airflow. Develop a routine that checks to see if you have items around your unit and remove any furniture, debris, or storage items that may be causing blockage.

Commercial refrigeration blog post TRUE-TSD-69GINSPECT REGULARLY: Inspect all units for any signs of problems at least weekly. Are there any water leaks? Do you hear any excessive noise or strange sounds? Are there any broken hinges of fasteners? Do you see gaskets that won’t seal? Etc. This quick check can help you identify problems before they become big problems.

CALL IN A PRO:  Consult with a refrigeration service provider and ask them to check your units on a regular basis. Make sure they are addressing the following items:

  1. Checking refrigerant levels
  2. Checking lines for condensation
  3. Clearing drain lines of debris
  4. Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils
  5. Checking temperature and defrost settings
  6. Calibrating thermometers
  7. Cleaning fan blades
  8. Inspecting the fan motor
  9. Checking for air leaks through cracks, holes, and worn parts like gaskets and seals
  10. Checking for loose electrical connections
  11. Thoroughly cleaning all ice maker components
  12. Lubricating handles and door hinges
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