What is NSF International?

ImageIf you have commercial grade kitchen equipment and supplies, you’ve probably seen the NSF logo on many of your products. But do you know what it means to have an NSF certified product? Not to be confused with the National Science Foundation, the foodservice related NSF does not stand for anything today, although in the past this acronym stood for the National Sanitation Foundation.

What is NSF International?  NSF International is a not-for-profit organization that inspects and tests a variety of products to ensure that they meet adequate standards of safety. “Manufacturers, regulators and consumers alike look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification that help protect the world’s food, water, health and consumer products.” (NSF, About Us)

What is NSF Certification? A Product that is certified or listed means that NSF has determined that a tested product meets NSF’s standards of safety. It is only after a product is certified, that a manufacturer is allowed to use the NSF Mark.

What does it mean to have an NSF product? Products stamped with an NSF logo have been put through rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe. These products are also guaranteed to be accepted by state and local regulatory agencies (i.e. health inspectors). Keep in mind also that NSF Certification is not a one-time activity. Tests are periodically performed on a product to ensure that it continues to meet the standards after its initial certification.

Are all commercial kitchen supplies NSF approved? No. Certain items must be certified to pass health inspections, such as Refrigerators, Ice Machines, and Freezers. Other items that need to be thoroughly sanitized such as Countertops, Prep Tables. Make sure to check with your insurance provider to see what products they require to be NSF certified, as they may not cover damages caused by a non-certified product.

What commercial products are NSF certified? Many of the items that you find in your restaurants kitchen are NSF certified. This list includes

  • Warewashing Equipment, Detergent and Chemical Feeders for Commercial Spray-Type Dishwashing Machines
  • Ice Machines,  Automatic Ice Making Equipment
  • Refrigerators, Storage Freezers, Dispensing Freezers
  • Cooking, Rethermalization and Powered Hot Food Holding and Transport Equipment, Mobile Food Carts
  • Water Heaters, Hot Water Supply Boilers, and Heat Recovery Equipment
  • Commercial Powered Food Preparation Equipment
  • Refuse Processors and Processing Systems
  • Manual Food and Beverage Dispensing Equipment, Commercial Bulk Milk Dispensing Equipment, Vending Machines For Food and Beverages
  • Thermoplastic Refuse Containers, Air Curtains for Entranceways in Food and Food Service Establishments
  • High Pressure Decorative Laminates for Surfacing Food Service Equipment
  • Dinnerware, Oven Mitts Used in Commercial Food Service
  • Food Equipment, Food Equipment Materials,  Supplemental Flooring, Special Purpose Food Equipment and Devices,
  • Disposable Food Contact Gloves
  • Code of Practice on Cleanability of Commercial Food Equipment Used in the Retail and Catering Sector

Does NSF offer classes to train my employees? Yes. NSF offers over 50 classes such as Food Equipment Sanitation Certification and Kitchen Products Certification. If you have over 6 people who need to be trained, NSF provides cost-effective onsite training. They also offer customized programs. For more information, contact NSF directly: training@nsf.org

Vitamix Recipe: Zucchini Pancake Batter

A Vitamix Blender is not just for blending and smoothing soups, juices, and salsa. Get really creative for your customers with this delectable recipe for Zucchini Pancakes. It’s easy to make and a healthy alternative that your customers will love.

Zucchini Pancakes


  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 2 C Chopped Zucchini
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 C Sugar
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t Allspice
  • 1 1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 t Baking Powder


  1. Place milk, zucchini, egg and the spices into your Vitamix Food Blender.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4 or 5.
  3. Blend 15-20 seconds. Remove lid plug and add flour and baking powder through lid opening. Replace lid plug.
  4. Blend 15-20 seconds or until mixed.

How to Select the Right Vitamix Blender for Your Business


When we think of high volume, premium blenders, we think Vitamix. But which one is right for you?

Commercial food blenders are categorized into two different types: beverage blenders and food preparation blenders. Beverage blenders make smoothies, frappés, and frozen cocktails silky and pulverizes ingredients quickly. Food prep blenders provide power and performance anywhere from delicate chopping to blending coarse ingredients. Whatever your food service needs, Vitamix has a blender that will meet the demands of your business with easy to use controls, durability, and flexibility.

Use the table below to find a list of guidelines based on usage to help you select the right Vitamix machine for your business. With options such as automatic shut-off, optimized programs, and built-in timers, Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries the right Vitamix machine to suit your business. Visit the Vitamix page on the Burkett website for more information, fast purchases and shipping, or call 1-855-224-2079 to speak with a sales representative.

Number of Blends/Day Type of User Recommendations
1-50 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant Drink Machines
2 Speed, 2 Step Timer
Drink Machine Advance
1-50 drinks per day Bar or Restaurant Bar Boss or Bar Boss Advance
50-100 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant The Quiet One Blending Station Advance
Over 100 drinks per day Bar, Restaurant or Cruise Ships Portion Blending System
1+ blended product per day Any end user with Mix-ins Mix’n Machine
Mix’n Machine Advance
Type of Blends Type of Use Recommendations
Any ingredients for back of house Food Preparation Vita-Prep
Extra thick and heavy use Food Preparation Vita-Prep 3
Large Capacity/Heavy Blends Food Preparation XL Machine


After choosing the right machine, consider additional containers for your Vitamix blender to cut down on serving time between batches. Multiple containers allow for processing multiple batches of soups, smoothies, frozen cocktails, and purées leading to shorter prep times and fast service. Find the right container for your machine on the Burkett website here!

Take Our Bakeware Quiz!

Think you know everything there is to know about baking? Test your skills with a fun Bakeware Quiz!

1. Which Pan would you use to bake a Cheesecake?

A- 10″ Angel Food Cake Pan

B- 12″ Spring Form Cake Pan








2. True or False:

Baking Sheet Pan has rimmed sides to prevent juice from spilling into the oven.

3. Which Pan is best for making a layered cake?

A- 8″ Cake Pan

B- Full Size Sheet Pan









4. Which Pan has a distinctive ridged ring shape?

A. Angel Food Cake Pan

B. Bundt Pan

5. A customer comes into your bakery and orders a cake for 23 people. What size Sheet Pan will you need?

A. 1/4 Sheet Pan

B. 1/2 Sheet Pan

C. Full Sheet Pan


So how do you think you did? Scroll to the bottom to get the answers.

All 5 Right…. You’re a Baking Genius!

3-4 Right…. You’re getting the hang of this baking stuff!

Less than 2… Head over to our website and research all the different pans before you bake your dessert! Answers 1- B 2- True 3- A 4- B 5-  A

Must Have Baking Supplies in Your Baking Caddy

Whether you are opening a Gourmet Cupcake Shop, adding desserts to your restaurants menu, or just cooking at home for the family, make sure you have the necessary supplies to make your creations successful. If you take a look in your cupboards, you’ll probably find that you already have many of these products. Make sure they are in good condition (no cracks or rust) and put them in a Baking Caddy so that they’ll be organized and on hand when you need them. Head over to Target or Wal-Mart and pick up a Clear Container Storage Bin with Lid to store all of your supplies.

9″ Spring Form Cake Pan

Bake Ware…. These are the essential pans that you can’t live without. Depending on what your baking, you’ll need Baking Sheets and Pans, Spring Form and Cake Pans, Cake Sheets, and Muffin Pans. Each one serves a different purpose so make sure you’re using the right pan for your recipe. For example, if you are making an Apple Strudel that creates a lot of juice, making it with a Cookie Sheet will leave your oven with an undesireable mess. On the other hand, a rimmed Baking Sheet will not allow juices to drip off the pan.

Cooling Rack….Perfectly baked and piping hot, if you leave cookies or cake in their

17×25 Wire Cooling Rack

pan too long they’ll stick. Instead, use a wire cooling rack to speed up the cooling process. It’s inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes.

Mixing Bowls…. Where else would you mix up perfect cake batter? Make sure that your mixing bowl is at least 1.5 times larger than your batter to allow ample room to mix the batter.

Utensils…. Whisks, Spatulas, Wooden Spoons, Pastry Brushes and Cutters, and Pie/Cake Servers are just a few of the utensils that you’ll need in your Baking Caddy.

13″ Cake Stand

Cake Stand…. Whether you created scrumptious cookies, delicious pie, or a layered cake, proudly display your creation in a covered Cake Stand to give it a grand presentation.




Remember to leave us a Product Review on ANY Bake Ware during the month of June for your chance to win a great Baking Starter Set! Everyone will also receive 200 Burkett Bucks towards your next purchase. Just follow this link -> http://goo.gl/qelh9


How to Convert a Refrigerator to a Keg Cooler

Did you know that you can convert an old refrigertor into a Keg Cooler? While this may not pass a health inspection for your restaurant or bar, a converted refrigerator Keg Cooler makes an excellent backyard drink dispenser. The Internet is full of how-to’s, and well…. here’s one more.

Step 1: What You’ll Need…. Check appliance stores, Craig’s List and your local newspaper for old refrigerators. Make sure the refrigerator is at least 24 inches high and 17 inches wide if you want to fit a standard 1/2 barrel keg. We also recommend that you leave about 5 inches on the top to leave room for the shank and hose. Next, get the Keg Conversion Accessories. You’ll need:

  1. Aluminum CO2 Tank- 5lb tank will last 7-8 kegs and the aluminum will not rust.
  2. CO2 Gauge
  3. 5/16″ CO2 Line
  4. 3/16″ Beer Line
  5. Shank
  6. D-Style Coupler
  7. Faucet
  8. Drip Tray
  9. One Fiber and One Neoprene Washers
  10. Clamps
  11. 3/4″ Hole Saw
Step 2: Get the Interior Ready…. Find your location and set the shelf  (which can be reinforced with bricks or lumber to keep it propped). With the hole saw, drill a hole in the front of the refrigerator for the shank. Go slow and take your time to ensure a clean hole.
Step 3: Install the Keg…. Insert the shank through the door and attach the flange, faucet, and handle on the refrigerators exterior. Then attach the CO2 hose and beer line making sure to pay attention to the IN and OUT pressure. Next assemble the CO2 regulator, place the keg on the shelf and attach the coupler.
Step 4: Pour and Enjoy… I don’t think you need  directions here.

Cool Keg Cooler Designs!

Ok, so if you decide you want to be a bit more creative with your beer dispensing machine than the standard commercial Keg Cooler, get inspired by these unique Kg Cooler designs that we found after scouring the web. Which is your favorite?

Take the term “Portable Keg Cooler” to the next level!











Beer. Robot. Enough Said!











For the Geek in you!










How can you make Draft Beer and Video Games cooler? Combine them!











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Draft Beer Problems

In the event that your Keg Cooler is working properly, but the quality of beer is not where it should be there are also ways that you can troubleshoot the problems. To reduce the risk of draft beer problems, always follow manufacturers instructions for temperature and your beer suppliers CO2 pressure recommendations.

Flat Beer (lacks usual zesty flavor).. Caused by a contaminated air source, greasy glasses, not enough pressure (usually caused by pressure being shut off during the night), loose tap or vent connection, sluggish pressure regulator, or obstruction in lines.

ImageWild Beer (too much foam)…. Beer drawn improperly, faucet in bad or worn condition, kinks/obstructions in line, beer temperature is too warm, or too much pressure (usually caused by creeping gauge)

Cloudy Beer (not clear)…. Dirty glass/faucet, beer too cold or keg temperature variance, hot spots in beer lin, cutting beer through faucet, beer lin in poor condition, dirty lines, beer was frozen.

Bad Tasting Beer…. Dirty faucet, old or dirty beer lines, failure to flush beer lines with water after each keg change, unsanitary conditions at the bar, foul air or dirt in lines, oily/ greasy air, temperature of keg too warm, or dry glasses.

False Head (soap-like bubbles that dissolve very quickly)…. Dry glasses, improper pour, pressure require does not correspond to beer temp, coils or direct draw beer lines warmer than keg, small lines into large faucet shanks, beer drawn improperly.

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How to Determine What Size Keg Cooler You’ll Need

Turbo Air TBD-3SD Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 3 Keg Capacity

When it comes to commercial beer dispensing, kegs are not one size fits all. There are several things to note when determining what size Keg Cooler your establishment will require.

  • Availability of each size of keg will vary by brand of beer and location.
  • Talk to your beer supplier to find out which brands are available for immediate pick-up, and which need to be special ordered, and in which size keg those particular brands are available.
  • Approximate Keg Diameters:
    • 1/6 Keg= 9-18″
    • 1/4 Slim Keg= 12″
    • 1/4 Standard Keg= 16-17″
    • 1/2 Keg= 16-17″
  • Once you determine what size kegs you will need, then you should shop for the proper size Keg Cooler.
  • Keg Box Capacities:
    • True 1-Keg Capacity will hold….  1 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 2 x 1/6 Keg and 1 x 1/4 Slim Keg; or combination of 4 x 1/6 Kegs
    • True 2-Keg Capacity will hold…. 2 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 2 x Standard or 1/2 Kegs and 2 x 1/6 Kegs
    • True 3-Keg Capacity will hold… 3 x Standard or 1/2 Keg; or combination of 3 x Standard or 1/2 Kegs and 2 x 1/6 Kegs
We understand that Keg Coolers can be a confusing piece of equipment to purchase, so we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions 1-800-828-8564 or sales@basequipment.com
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Bars with the Most Beers on Tap

Thirsty? Looking for a place to quench your finicky palette? We’ve scoured the web for the bars with the most beers on tap throughout the world.

Yard House (Los Angeles)- between 130-180 different bubbly brews on tap on any given day, and 250 taps total.

Taco Macs (Cumming, GA)- over 220 different beers on tap.

Heroes Bar and Grill (Fullerton, CA)- 119 beers on tap.

Tap House Grill (Seattle, WA)- proudly boasts 160 beers on tap.

Village Draft House (Raleigh, NC)- 99 beers on tap for your drinking pleasure.

Max’s Taphouse (Baltimore, MD)- 102 delicious drafts.


Which have you visited or which would you love to visit?

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