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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

Portable Draft Beer Keg Coolers: Perfect for the Outdoors!

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How do you plan to store and cool beer kegs during a concert or outdoor party? Keg coolers can be portable and provide great performance for parties, receptions, and more. Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries a variety of portable draft beer keg coolers, all of which are the perfect accessory for your outdoor events and catering! Two coolers that we suggest are from True Manufacturing, a leader in the refrigeration industry. 

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The True TDD-1 Keg Cooler allows you to keep a keg of your customers’ favorite draft right in front of the bar. This beer dispenser is designed with enduring value and quality. It is made with the highest quality materials, and assures colder product temperatures and years of trouble-free service. This oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). With a stainless steel counter top and black vinyl exterior, this cooler not only looks great, but hides scratches and dents well.

 

 

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The True TDD-1-S Keg Cooler from Burkett Restaurant Equipment lets you provide your customers with chilled-to-perfection brews. It also keeps your drafts fresh for long periods of time, all without reducing quality or taste. It is also an oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system that holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). Its interior features a stainless steel floor with 1/2″ (13 mm) reinforced lip, and heavy gauge galvanized steel walls. It is NSF-7 approved for bottled and packaged product. The cooler comes with an anodized aluminum glass rail on top that provides convenient storage for glasses.

 

Keg coolers are available in different materials and sizes, and finding the right one for you is easy with Burkett. Visit our website for the current selection, and contact a sales representative for more details or questions. Your guests deserve the coldest draft beer and fast service, so give them both with a draft keg cooler from True.

How do you produce great tasting ice that battles bacteria?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

Host a Wine Tasting on Valentine’s Day

cheesy_wineValentine’s Day is a busy night for most restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a way to move beyond the traditional dinner and heart-shaped tasty cake, intoxicate your guests with love and wine. Okay, don’t really intoxicate them with wine…but go forth with the love part. Organizing a wine tasting in your restaurant takes some time to plan, but a successful event can bring in continued business long afterwards. You can host a wine tasting any time during the year, but a Valentine’s Day wine tasting sets a great atmosphere of romance and fun, a recipe for success.

In my opinion, the best days to organize a wine tasting are Friday and Saturday when people can relax and not have to worry about going to work tomorrow morning. This makes 2014 your year since February 14th falls on a Friday!

When you decide to host a wine tasting, you should start by thinking about your typical guests’ drinking habits. Most people drink more when they eat a meal, so you could start after lunch or around dinner time. For Valentine’s Day in particular, I suggest an evening event scheduled with dinner reservations. Print off formal invitations, or market the event on your social media networks to get the word out. You can also hire a Sommelier or work in tandem with your wine distributor if you prefer to have an expert on hand to answer any guest questions.

Keep in mind that the tasting area will likely be crowded so make it practical. Avoid overly perfumed flowers and candles that could mix with the smell of the wine. A nice arrangement of glasses and plated grapes and assorted cheeses are enough.  Don’t forget to stock up on wine glasses. Nothing will ruin a restaurant wine tasting faster than lack of wine glasses. So, if you are serving six wines, that is six glasses per guest. If you have 50 guests, you will need 300 wine glasses for the evening. You may need to buy an extra case or two of glasses.

Finally, create a little ambiance for the evening: have music playing softly in the background, cover the tables with crisp linens, and display cards with the nights wine list. Ready to start planning? Check out Burkett’s wine accessories here. Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Products from the Brands you Love!

Whoa! We hope you like selection because Burkett is on a mission to be your one stop shop for all of your restaurant equipment and supplies needs. We are working hard behind the scenes to get the latest and greatest products up on our website. The result? A ton of new stuff! You will be shopping from dusk ’till dawn when you see what we have added. Take a look at this list of new products from the brands you love:

  1. Ice-O-Matic Items
  2. New InSinkErator Products
  3. Almost 90 new Advance Tabco Products including: Hand Sinks, Drop-in Sinks, Wall Mounted Shelves, Stainless-Steel Work Tables, and Enclosed Base Work Tables
  4. New Bakers Pride Inventory
  5. Blodgett Items
  6. Pitco Items
  7. New T&S Brass Inventory

Log on to www.Burkett.com today and shop our newest arrivals!

How to Clean and Maintain your Commercial Ice Cream Machine

There are two things I love: England and ice cream. They fairly go hand in hand considering former British Prime Minister, Margret Thatcher, helped create soft serve ice cream during her time as a food scientist.  I like my ice cream smooth and creamy, no hard frozen chunks of toppings for me to crack a tooth on. Enter the underdog of summer treats – soft serve ice cream.

I know most people prefer hand-dipped ice cream because it offers a larger selection of flavors. However, I’ll argue that when done right, a cone filled with sweet creamy vanilla beats any fancy flavor you can think of. Plus, I think you get more ice cream with soft serve.

Enough about me; how do you guarantee you’re doing the soft serve thing right? Regular cleaning and maintenance of your commercial ice cream machines, that’s how!  Regular cleaning and sanitization of ice cream machines helps ensure food safety. One drop of that heavenly mix will create a haven for bacterial growth. Before you start, research local health codes for cleaning commercial ice cream machines. Most will require a daily or twice weekly disassemble and clean. After that, follow these four simple steps for cleaning and maintaining your machine. The result? Sweet, smooth ice cream worth of The Iron Lady.

Completely empty the machine: Start by emptying any unused mix from the freezing chamber. Wipe out any impacted ice cream that has hardened out of reach of the scraping blades. Ensure that there is a clear pathway for water to pass through the machine completely.  Flush it a few times until the water comes out clear.

Take it apart: Get out your owner’s manual and locate all of the parts that are suggested for removal when cleaning. Completely disassemble the ice cream maker, removing any detachable parts that come in contact with the ice cream. Commercial machines have dispensing handles and tips that come in contact with fingers and ice cream regularly. These tips and handles should also be disassembled and removed during every cleaning session.

Soak + Scrub: Pour a mixture of hot soapy water into the freezing chamber of your machine. Many ice cream makers now come with a wash cycle setting; run this if your ice cream maker includes this feature. If it does not, a kitchen scrub brush with a handle is recommended to clean all of the inner moving parts. Once finished, drain your machine of all soapy water and flush it again with clean hot water to remove all traces of soap. Next, place all of the parts into a tub of more hot soapy water. Add a tablespoon or so of bleach to kill any remaining bacteria and allow the parts to soak for 30 minutes, or until the water has cooled. Rinse all parts in clean water and allow them to dry on clean towels.

Reassemble : Finally, wipe down your machine and parts with a clean, dry towel and reassemble your machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Additional best practices for ice cream machine maintenance include keeping the condenser coil clean. If the coil has a buildup of grease and dirt, you’ll need to use a degreaser and then wash the coil off. When you wash the coils of your commercial ice cream machine, be sure to cover the condenser fan motor and any other electrical components that might get sprayed. Note if the coil has a build-up of dry dust and lint. The best way to clean that is to wash it thoroughly with water. Also, open the side and back panels of your commercial ice cream machine and inspect the inside for debris.

Finally, check the drive belts and make sure they’re in good condition and adjusted to the correct tension, and make sure the drive pulleys are aligned correctly. You might want to keep spare tune up parts like o rings, seals, gaskets, food-safe lubricant, sleeves, bushings, and beater blades. These things will wear out and will need to be changed every three to six months.

Cinco de Mayo in Style with Burkett Restaurant Equipment!

Dust off your margarita pitcher; it’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo!

I don’t know a single person that doesn’t enjoy Mexican food and drinks or indulging on the 5th of May, so I’ve compiled a short list of tips to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Burkett Restaurant Equipment style.

Is doesn’t take much to set the mood for a fiesta. Hang up your favorite papel picado and get out your Latin inspired table top items for instant ambiance.

 

What better way to get in the Cinco de Mayo mood than with a pitcher of margaritas? Really, there isn’t a better way. Here’s my favorite recipe:

1 can frozen limeade from concentrate

6 oz your favorite tequila

2 oz triple sec

Throw all ingredients in a blender with crushed ice and blend away to bliss. Don’t forget the margarita rimmer for salt and sugar.

 

 

Keep it authentic by serving your salsa, queso and guacamole in molcajete bowls or melamine salsa dishes.

 

Surely no Cinco de Mayo celebration can be considered complete without fajitas. Keep your tortillas warm and tasting great in tortilla servers.

 

Finally, set out your Mexican wedding cookies (seriously, they are SO good), turn on the salsa music and shake your maracas into the night, it’s Cinco de Mayo people!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out Burkett Restaurant Equipment’s Pinterest page.

Buyers Guide: Choosing the Best Commercial Slicer

Deciding which food slicer to purchase for your food service establishment can be confusing. Let Burkett Restaurant Equipment help make it a little easier. Before you shop, do your homework. Commercial slicers make the task of slicing meat, cheese, and other foods fast and easy. They’re typically electric and are used to slice large quantities of food; so knowing what kind of food you plan to slice is just as important as knowing how much food you plan to slice.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Horsepower
    A slicer’s horsepower is a good indicator of what foods it can handle and how much power is transferred to the blade. If you need to slice large volumes and require consistent thickness, you will want to look for an electric slicer with a lot of horsepower, allowing you to slice large amounts of meat, cheese, or other foods at one time. While a deli slicer is often equipped with a large blade and can slice limited amounts of cheese, they are not suitable for slicing frozen items. Look for heavy-duty deli slicers that are capable of slicing any amount of meat, cheese or frozen products over a longer duration.
  • Dimensions
    Make sure you select a slicer with a blade that fits the product you’re slicing. The volume of food you’re slicing, as well as its size, is a key factor for choosing a slicer. Also, check the size of the carriage, the shelf that holds your meat/cheese in place, to ensure the slicer accommodates your products. Smaller, light-duty slicers equipped with 10-inch blades and are best suited establishments that anticipate using their slicers for only an hour a day. If you’re slicing higher volumes, you’ll require a slicer with a 12- to 14-inch blade.
  • Operation Automatic vs. Manual
    Most heavy-duty commercial slicers are equipped operate automatically, saving your staff from the pushing and pulling your food across the blade. As an added bonus, automatic slicers can be left unattended, allowing your employees to complete other tasks while the slicer works. Manual slicers are labor-intensive, and not recommended for high-volume restaurants and delis.

Ready to start shopping? Burkett Restaurant equipment offers slicers made by BerkelGlobe and others..

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