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Top Ten Tips for Commercial Range Safety

cooking commercial rangeCommercial ranges are staple pieces of equipment in many commercial restaurants. Before operating any commercial range, be familiar with all safety precautions located in the manufacturer’s operating manual. Below are our top ten suggestions for burn prevention, fire safety, and general equipment safety.

10. Keep the range clean.

Residual grease and food particles may catch fire and quickly get out of control.

9. Be aware of hot surfaces.

Take care when cooking and avoid burns from hot surfaces or flames.

8. Keep protective equipment handy.

Keep pot holders and oven mitts handy. These are perfect for handling hot containers, pots, pans, and generally following safety precautions.

7. Never leave a hot range unattended.

It is important to monitor and be in control of the heat and the product being heated at all times while operating the equipment.

6. Be careful of equipment tipping over.

Ranges with light-gauge steel are often lighter and may tip easily, causing injury.

5. Never store items on top of a range.

Even if the range is off, never cover or clutter the range top. This creates a fire hazard.

4. Keep flammable items away.

Flammable liquids or chemicals should not be stored on or near surface of the range nor on the floors surrounding the range.

3. Keep the floors clean.

Be sure to clean up any grease or water spills on the floor near the range. This eliminates the possibility of slipping and falling onto hot surfaces.

2. Follow maintenance guidelines.

Know how to care for the commercial range. Replace the range when the overall structure is compromised due to warping, broken components or potential gas leak.

1. Be aware of gas leakage.

The flame emitting from a burner ought to be steady, quiet, and blue in color. A sputtering yellow flame may be problematic and require a certified technician’s help.

Introducing SEAGATE Commercial Products

As one of the leading distributors of restaurant equipment and supplies, Burkett’s catalog includes more than 100 of the top brands in food service. We are proud to introduce our latest brand offering, which is a Burkett exclusive.

SEAGATE RefrigerationWith SEAGATE Commercial Products, you’ll get quality commercial kitchen equipment that is affordably priced and ready to go, right out of the box. Choose from pizza prep tables, sandwich prep tables, reach-in commercial refrigerators and freezers, restaurant ranges, and commercial fryers.

SEAGATE Commercial Products have been specifically designed for customers that are seeking quality workmanship at an affordable price point.

All SEAGATE products come pre-assembled and are ready to go right out of the box. What does that mean exactly? That means when you get your brand new SEAGATE reach-in refrigerator and open the doors you won’t find any casters or other parts inside to assemble. From shelving to casters, everything comes already factory installed on the units. SEAGATE makes it simple.

SEAGATE CookingSEAGATE is redefining the standard for our industry and we couldn’t be more excited to offer it. That’s why you’ll enjoy free same-day shipping from our warehouse in Perrysburg, OH on all SEAGATE equipment. Your customers have come to rely on you for consistency and you’ve come to rely on your products for reliability and durability. With SEAGATE, you get a reliable and competitively priced piece of equipment that can handle the rigors of any commercial kitchen and help you deliver the consistency your customers crave  When you can get value without compromising quality, it means a great deal.

SEAGATE restaurant equipment is available exclusively from Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies and is available for sale now by phone, online, or in our showroom store. Check out the full SEAGATE lineup at www.burkett.com/brand/SEAGATE.

5 Reasons Why Ice-O-Matic’s Elevation Series Takes Ice Machines to the Next Level

Refreshingly simple innovation was needed in the ice machine category, enter the Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic. The CIM models replace previous models that began with ICE. Ice-O-Matic believes in this evolution of the ice machine with Elevation, and here’s 5 reasons why:

Ice Machines Designed To Simplify Life

The new and groundbreaking Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic is designed to simplify life. The cube ice machines are easy to clean, easy to service, simple to operate, and environmentally responsible without sacrificing productivity. The Elevation Series provides clean, dependable ice from an astonishingly user-friendly and energy-efficient machine.

Environment Stewardship, One Cube At A Time

The Elevation Series is an enhancement and re-commitment from Ice-O-Matic to be responsible environmental partners. Like you and your customers, everyone at Ice-O-Matic takes environmental stewardship seriously. In their Colorado factory, they recycle everything from oil to scrap metal to light bulbs. In the field, they have partnered with the American Forests and Global ReLeaf Initiative, which allows IOM to offset our carbon footprint by 40%. In Elevation Series ice machines, BPA-free plastics are used, parts are recyclable, and digital controls rigorously monitor energy use. The entire Elevation Series meets or exceeds 2018 Department of Energy regulations.

Dual Exhaust. Limitless Installations

Exclusive, groundbreaking technology offers a completely unique solution to the problem of hot-air discharge clearance: Dual Exhaust. Standard on every Elevation Series unit, it’s built to accommodate both top-air discharge and side-air discharge. Regardless of airflow requirements, the Elevation Series adapts to your needs and make sure you get the most from your space. Since every Elevation machine is designed to provide both side- and top-air discharge, there is no need to stock additional inventory.

Save Time, Money, and Calls to Your Technician

We all know what a headache servicing your ice machine can be. Whether it’s long wait times, expensive onsite calls from technicians, or difficulty finding experts in rural areas, a broken ice machine breaks the bank. That’s why Ice-O-Matic designed the new Elevation Series ice machines to be the easiest to service yet. The plug-and-play design requires minimal installation; plus, it makes servicing a breeze. In fact, the Elevation Series is so intuitive, the operator can often keep the machine operational without calling a service technician. Universal Smart Harness™ control board makes servicing machines elementary.

Ice is Food Too, That’s Why Sanitation Really Matters

Ice is food. Not only does the cleanliness of your machine impact the taste and smell of ice, but it also has serious consequences for the health and safety of your customers. An improperly maintained ice machine carries the risk of foodbourne illnesses. IOM recognizes how crucial it is to keep your machine sanitary, and your business safe, so it designed the Elevation Series to be easier to clean and stay cleaner longer. The seamless food zone is sealed from all mechanical hardware, meaning nothing contaminates the area where ice is produced. When it’s time to clean and sanitize your machine, the Food Zone is smooth and crevice-free for thorough, long-lasting sanitation. Plastic Food Zone eliminates hard-to-clean nooks and crannies, allowing for effortless operator wipe-down and easy, long-lasting sanitation. Smart LED light indicates when cleaning is required, and the unit features one-touch cleaning with sanitizing and de-liming. Features BPA-free snap-in/snap-out dishwasher-safe components.

Check out our full line of Ice-O-Matic products and take your ice machines to the next level with the Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic at Burkett!

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 almost 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, it’s 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 200 pounds of meat 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 200 pounds of burger you just ran through the grinder, you’ll really benefit from having a high volume salt shaker. These stainless steel shakers are exactly what you see at diners and drive-ins 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.

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