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How to Sharpen Your Chef’s Knife

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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.

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.

How to size Grease Traps

grease trapFats, oils, and greases have no place in drains. A commercial grease trap is the ideal solution to keep them out. Grease traps slow the flow of water allowing the oils and grease to cool and then collect them to be cleaned out. Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a variety of grease traps. To properly size one you need to use the following formula:

Commercial grease traps are sized according to the rate of incoming flow, in gallons per minute (GPM). Associated with this incoming flow rate is the trap’s capacity. This rated capacity, in pounds, is listed at twice the flow rate. For example, a 10 GPM trap has a rated capacity of 20 pounds.

Keep in mind to consider not only how much grease you may generate, but also the size of the bowl on your sink. Similarly to overflowing a funnel, if your grease trap is too small it won’t be able to keep up with the rate of water flow.

It is important to size a grease trap larger than calculated (round up to next available size only). A grease interceptor that is extremely oversized will have longer periods between pump-outs. The rotting grease will adversely affect the structure of the grease interceptor.

Tips for Buying Restaurant Equipment for your Home

buy-equipment-for-your-homeA trend in home kitchens is the use of commercial equipment like the pros use; emulating celebrity chefs can be fun and a great way to practice restaurant techniques at home. Many of these consumers know that commercial equipment can be versatile and durable compared to conventional home appliances. With special considerations, some commercial pieces can have a home within a residence. Burkett Restaurant Equipment is a leading dealer for commercial foodservice equipment and supplies that welcomes residential customers, and wants to provide a few important pieces of information you need to be aware of before you start shopping.

Purchasing Commercial Restaurant Equipment

The equipment Burkett sells is designed for commercial use in restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, and food trucks or trailers. If you are considering purchasing commercial equipment for your home kitchen, please keep in mind the following:

  1. Commercial equipment is much louder than residential grade equipment, and often utilizes considerably more energy.
  2. Commercial equipment requires special clearance, insulation and power sources.
  3. Many times your home owners insurance will be voided if commercial grade equipment is installed in your home. Check with your insurance agent or homeowners policy before installing in your home.
  4. Manufacturers do not honor warranties when commercial equipment is used in a non-commercial setting.

With that being said, Burkett offers our home chefs a multitude of non-equipment items for your kitchen. Many of our small wares and tabletop items are available for purchase including:

  1. Bakery Supplies
  2. Bar Supplies
  3. Cookware
  4. Commercial Cutlery
  5. Pizza Supplies
  6. Food Prep Items (whisks, mixing bowls, etc.)
  7. Tumblers and Drinkware
  8. Dinnerware and Serving Platter/Bowls
  9. And more!

Many of these items can make a home chef comfortable creating restaurant-inspired recipes, and give confidence in their abilities to grow their culinary skills! By simply adding a Vitamix blender or specialty knives, a home chef can take their kitchen to a whole new level.

How to Maintain Your Commercial Garbage Disposal

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Garbage DisposerDisposals provide a convenient way to deal with food waste, while improving sanitation in your kitchen. In the name of spring cleaning, here’s a closer look at how to maintain your commercial disposer, thanks to our friends at FES Magazine.

Commercial garbage disposals haven’t changed much since their initial design. Most basic commercial disposals are scaled up versions of residential types and range from 1/2 to 10 HP. While disposals require minimal maintenance, proper use will lengthen the system’s service life. Disposals are simple to maintain, and feature and easy-to-clean corrosion resistant finish.

Some things to keep in mind when utilizing your disposal:

  1. Do not use these systems to dispose fat, oil and grease.
  2. Flushing the drain after use will help prevent clogs. Some controls do this automatically.
  3. Periodically check your grind plates to help prevent clogs.
  4. After feeding waste through the disposer, run cold water for 10 to 20 seconds to push all of the particles to the main sewer line.
  5. While some systems just need to be wiped clean, others may include automatic cleaning flush systems that need to be activated on a daily basis.
  6. Use cold water to flush waste, since hot water can melt fat and allow it to solidify and block the drain line.

So how do you know when it’s time to replace your disposal? Depending on running time, the type of waste being processed, and drain plumbing conditions, a typical disposal can last an average of five years or as long as 20 years.

Here are five signs a disposal has reached the end of its service life.

Excessive Noise: Unusual or excessive noise, along with water leakage represent a pair of obvious signs a disposal is failing and needs replacement.

Drain Backups: This may indicate the blade teeth are worn and the mechanism needs replacing or may signify the disposal is on its way out.

Increased Grind Time: Blades wear out over time and when processing an excessive amount of hard material at high volumes. Signs such as increased grinding time or frequent clogging may signify a new disposal is needed.

Cracks: Over time, the disposal may develop cracks due to excessive use, chemicals and vibrations. Retire the unit when its construction is compromised.

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